Here I will be reviewing the newest Bridgestone e5 golf ball, which earned a gold award in the 2015 Golf Digest Hot List. In contrast to the e6 and e7, the e5 is designed to fly a higher trajectory with more spin for a longer carry and potentially more distance on the course. Read on to find out what you need to know about this quality golf ball to make an informed purchase.
What are the reviews like?
The 2015 model of the e5 golf ball has very good ratings overall — 4.8/5 stars on Amazon (click here to read the customer reviews) and 4.1/5 stars (71% recommended) on the Dick’s Sporting Goods website. It also has countless glowing reviews on the official Bridgestone website, but I suspect they’ve been filtered.
Customers have generally been very satisfied with the e5 and state that it performs as expected — a soft feel at impact, solid workability and a higher ball flight that holds greens well. Most agree that it is not quite on the same level (from hairy lies, for example) as the much more expensive tour-calibre Pro V1/V1x, but it does deliver superb value for the money.
Overview and Features
The e5 is designed for the golfer with a slower swing speed (around 90 mph) who wants more spin or who could stand to gain more distance through a higher trajectory. Like the e7, the e5 has a high compression rating.
Unlike the other balls in the e Series (e6 and e7), the e5 has a two-piece construction: a “tour-calibre” urethane cover and a large gradational core. The urethane cover, as opposed to the harder surlyn cover found on the e6 and e7, provides a softer feel with more spin.
The 326 dimples (216 hexagonal, 110 dual) of the e5 follow a web design as part of Bridgestone’s “WEB Dimple Technology“, also found in the 2015 models of the e6 and e7 (reviews here and here). This technology is said to improve ball flight and distance through a 10% increase in surface coverage.
How does the ball perform from tee to green?
Short game: Typically one of the benefits of a urethane cover is an improved softer feel and increased control around the greens, and the e5 certainly doesn’t disappoint in this regard. It’s safe to say that it offers the best short game performance in the e Series; with wedges and the like, it produces spin rates on par with many more expensive tour-calibre balls. The new alignment aid on this model is a nice touch and definitely helps when lining up putts.
Long game: As expected, launch trajectories, spin rates and stopping power are all impressively high with the e5 throughout the bag — hybrids, long irons, mid irons and short irons. More skilled players should have no problems at hitting shots with their short irons that stop dead or even back up on the greens. One drawback of the higher trajectory and spin rate compared to a ball like the e7 is that fact that it’s more susceptible to the effects of the wind; nonetheless, the e5 is great in situations where you need to carry trouble and land the ball softly.
Off the tee the e5 yields great results, with trajectories that do indeed tend to be higher than the norm. While this can benefit golfers with a naturally low trajectory, it can hurt distance results for those who already have a high trajectory and spin rate; it would be wise to consider this before using a ball like the e5. The e5 arguably holds its line better than the previous 2013 model, and overall accuracy is very decent.
What about feel and sound?
As I mentioned above, the e5 has a fairly soft feel thanks to the urethane cover, although it’s not the softest ball in the e Series — the e6 takes that title. Like the e6 and e7, the the 2015 model of the e5 does appear to have a better feel than the 2013 model, as it should — it is being marketed as an upgrade, after all. With the driver and other longer clubs, the ball has a nice firmness to it and seems to rocket off the face.
The e5 sounds crisp off the putter and other clubs, with a pitch that is somewhere in between the e6 (low pitched, muted) and the e7 (high pitched).
Where can I get used e5 balls at a lower price?
If you’d prefer not to pay full price for new e5 balls, you have the option of getting them refinished or recycled.
As I’ve stated elsewhere, I would recommend avoiding refinished e5 balls. They are usually stripped and repainted to look like new, and there’s a lot of risk involved when it comes to performance.
Recycled e5 balls are a much safer bet. They are balls that have been found on golf courses, and very often they’ve only been hit once or twice. I would recommend buying packs with ratings of AAA or above.
In the case of the Bridgestone e Series balls, they are often mixed together and sold in combination (e5, e6 and e7). You can find excellent deals for e5 balls on this eBay page — just modify the search query as desired.
Pros: Soft-feeling/versatile/controllable around the greens, added height and spin to shots can revitalize the game of those that need it, easy to get into the air with longer clubs from a variety of lies, great stopping power, affordable price point
Cons: Extra height can make shots more vulnerable to the wind, golfers who already hit it high may lose distance
Golfers of all skill levels can find success with the Bridgestone e5 golf ball, but it’s most ideal for those who struggle with a low trajectory and could stand to gain more distance and control through a higher spin rate and trajectory.
If you have any thoughts or opinions about the Bridgestone e5 golf ball, be sure to leave a comment below!