Here I will be reviewing the newest Bridgestone e7 golf ball, which earned a silver award in Golf Digest’s 2015 Hot List. In contrast to the e5 and e6, the e7 is designed to fly a lower, more piercing trajectory for maximum 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 e7 golf ball has been received very well by consumers — it has achieved a 4.8/5 on Amazon (click here to see the customer reviews), a 4.7/5 (100% recommended) on the Dick’s Sporting Goods website, and also has numerous positive reviews on the official Bridgestone website.
Reviewers have praised these balls for their solid feel, affordable price point and their tendency to fly a lower, penetrating trajectory that carries and potentially rolls out a long way. The general consensus is that these balls do live up to Bridgestone’s claims. Some downsides to the e7 ball are the relative lack of control and spinning ability around the greens, as well as the fact that the e7 doesn’t really do much to suppress sidespin from mis-hits compared to other balls.
Overview and Features
The e7 is designed for the adept golfer off the tee who hits it on target consistently and wants more distance. It has a high compression rating north of 100, which is quite hard on the softness spectrum. Golfers with fast swing speeds of 100 mph or greater will be able to compress the ball and maximize their distance.
The e7 has a three piece construction: a “reactive” surlyn cover, a “spin-reducing” inner layer, and a “speed-enhancing” gradational core. The surlyn cover provides durability and lower spin, while the inner layer further helps to reduce spin (but not necessarily sidespin, which can be a problem when mis-hitting it).
The 326 dimples (216 hexagonal, 110 dual) of the e7 follow a web pattern as part of Bridgestone’s “WEB Dimple Technology“, also found in the 2015 models of the e5 and e6 (review here). This technology is said to increase surface coverage by more than 10%, improving both distance and ball flight.
How does the ball perform from tee to green?
Short game: The e7 ball is relatively weak around the greens when compared to balls like the Pro V1/V1x and even its sister the e5. If the ball is struck cleanly from a good lie, a decent amount of spin will be generated and the ball will still grab. Overall, though, the e7 does a better job with bump-and-runs than skip-and-check shots.
Long game: Shots from the rough and fairway do indeed tend to stay down, and thus are able to perform better in the wind than other balls. This makes the e7 ideal on windy links-type courses where you can run the ball up to the green. Despite the flatter trajectory, it still stops fairly well on the green, but when the situation calls for maximum height and a super soft landing the e7 probably wouldn’t be your best choice.
When struck well, the e7 generally yields fantastic distance results off the tee. The penetrating ball flight (even more penetrating than the 2013 model of the e7) seems unfazed by the wind, and once it hits the ground it can potentially roll a seriously long way if the conditions are right.
In terms of accuracy and the reduction of sidespin, the e7 doesn’t do as well as the e6, but it’s not the worst — mis-hits will typically slice or hook about as much as you’d expect they would. Naturally this means that the e7 is quite workable, so shaping shots shouldn’t be much of a problem.
What about feel and sound?
As I alluded to elsewhere in the review, the e7 is a hard ball and it feels firm at impact. It’s the firmest feeling ball in the e Series line from tee to green. In my opinion, the 2015 model of the e7 has a noticeably better feel than the 2013 model; I suppose this should be expected since Bridgestone is marketing it as an upgrade. With the driver and other longer clubs, the ball has a great firmness to it and seems to rocket off the face.
The impact sound with the putter and shorter clubs is the highest pitched out of all the e Series balls, also expected due to the hardness of the ball.
Where can I get used e7 balls at a lower price?
If you’d prefer not to pay full price for new e7 balls, you have the option of getting them refinished or recycled.
Refinished balls are usually stripped and repainted to look like new, and as I’ve stated elsewhere, I would recommend avoiding them. There’s a lot risk involved when it comes to their performance.
Recycled e7 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; you can find such offerings on this eBay page. Just modify the search query as desired.
Pros: Superb carry and rollout off the tee when struck well, lower piercing trajectory does great in the wind, workability is good, price is affordable
Cons: Spin performance around the greens isn’t tour-level, not as forgiving on mis-hits as balls like the e6
The Bridgestone e7 golf ball stays true to its “distance” moniker. Golfers of all skill levels can have great success with it, but it’s most ideal for golfers who frequently play windy links courses or who have a ball flight or spin rate that is too high and could stand to gain distance from a flatter trajectory.
If you have any thoughts or opinions about the Bridgestone e7 golf ball, be sure to leave a comment below!