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Today 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.
Note: The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing, body and clubs are different, results with a particular golf ball may differ from person to person.
What are the reviews like?
The reviews for the e6 ball are very positive.
What People Like
- solid ball flight
- low spin off the tee
- decent spin around the greens
The 2015 e6s arguably feel and perform a little better than their 2013 counterpart.
What People Don’t Like
- some customers are underwhelmed with the fact that this ball doesn’t seem to do anything extraordinarily well
The e6 is generally regarded as being a solid all-around golf ball at an affordable price point.
Overview & 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:
This consists 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.
WEB Dimple Technology
The e6 has 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.
How does this ball perform from tee to green?
Impact feel is great. But 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.
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 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.
What about feel & 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.
Where should you buy these balls online?
These balls are tougher to find because of their age. Your best bet is buying them on eBay, ideally recycled ones.
If you’d prefer not to pay full price for new e6 balls, you have the option of getting them refinished or recycled.
Refinished balls are usually stripped and repainted to look like new, and I would recommend avoiding them. There’s a lot risk involved when it comes to their performance.
Recycled e6 balls are a much safer bet. They are balls that have usually 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 excellent deals for e6 balls on this eBay page. Just modify the search query as desired.
- excellent for alleviating slices or hooks and hitting straighter shots
- good distance
- retains benefits of a soft ball despite surlyn cover
- great price
- 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, for golfers who have accuracy problems, or for players who just want a good solid golf ball to play.
Interested in the e6 ball? If you have any thoughts or opinions about it, feel free to drop a comment below.