Bridgestone e6 Golf Ball Reviews (2015)
Here I will be reviewing the newest Bridgestone e6 golf ball, which earned a gold award in Golf Digest’s 2015 Hot List. In contrast to the e5 and e7, the e6 is designed to fly straight at a moderate trajectory. Read on to find out what you need to know about these quality golf balls to make an informed purchase.
What are the reviews like?
The reviews for the e6 ball are very positive. It has a 4.8/5 rating on Amazon with over 37 customer reviews, and at the moment it’s the #5 best selling golf ball there.
Reviewers have praised these balls for their softness, distance, solid ball flight, low spin off the tee and decent spin around the greens. The 2015 e6’s arguably feel and perform a little better than their 2013 counterpart. However, some customers are underwhelmed with the fact that this ball doesn’t seem to do anything extraordinarily well. It is generally regarded as being a solid all-around golf ball at an affordable price point.
Overview and Features
Bridgestone states that the e6 is the softest multilayer golf ball currently on the market. Putting the intended meaning of that aside, the e6 has a core compression rating of 50, which is quite soft on the softness spectrum. These balls are likely best suited for golfers with slow-to-average swing speeds of around 80-100 miles per hour — it will help them compress the ball with irons and maximize distance. Features of the e6 include:
- a three-piece construction, consisting of a surlyn cover, soft gradational core and anti-spin mantle. The inner layer (mantle) is said to resist sidespin and therefore result in shots that are much straighter. The soft surlyn cover provides durability and low spin.
- a 326 “dual-dimple” design, with Bridgestone’s “WEB Dimple Technology” (increased surface coverage by more than 10%). This is supposed to increase lift, reduce drag and increase ball speeds with all clubs for a better and longer ball flight.
What about feel and sound?
When I tested out the 2013 e6 balls years ago, I found the feel to be lacking a little bit; it wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. The 2015 e6 balls, though, offer a much better experience in the feel department in my opinion.
With the putter and shorter clubs, the impact sound is very muted and low pitched as you would expect for a relatively soft ball, but then again it is a bit surprising given the surlyn cover. With the driver and other longer clubs, the ball feels firm (but not hard like a rock) and hot off the face, which is great.
How does the ball perform from tee to green?
Short game: Impact feel is great. However, it turns out that, with wedges, the e6 leaves a little something to be desired in terms of spin. It’s not the worst, but its RPM numbers are on average much lower that what you would find in a tour-caliber golf ball. There are certainly other balls out there that spin more — the E5 immediately comes to mind. Although, if you’re a high handicapper or any other golfer that isn’t overly concerned with maximizing spin around the greens, I would expect this to bother you very little, especially considering the e6 still has solid stopping power.
Long game: After testing these balls thoroughly, I can safely say that the claims of less curvature on shots are indeed true. If you’re someone who tends to fight a slice or a hook, there’s a very good chance of improving or nearly eliminating the issue entirely with the 2015 e6 ball.
Of course, that’s not to say that it’s impossible to hit a bad shot — you certainly will if you make a bad swing — but the tendency to do so is reduced. If you make a good swing, chances are the ball will go straight where you want it to go. Keep in mind, the natural consequence of this is that the workability of the ball is limited, so if you’re one that likes to shape shots, you may want to look elsewhere.
Where can I get used e6 balls at a lower price?
If you’d prefer not to pay full price for new e6 balls, you have the option of getting them refinished or recycled.
As I’ve stated elsewhere, I would recommend avoiding refinished e6 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 e6 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: Excellent for alleviating slices or hooks and hitting straighter shots, good distance, retains benefits of a soft ball despite surlyn cover, great price
Cons: Does not provide tour-level spin control around the greens, limited workability (shot shaping ability)
The Bridgestone e6 are great general-purpose golf balls, ideal for low-to-mid handicappers, golfers who have accuracy problems or just want a good solid golf ball to play.
If you have any thoughts or opinions about the Bridgestone e6 golf ball, be sure to leave a comment below!