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Bridgestone e12 Golf Ball Review

The dimple pattern is the first thing you’ll notice about the Bridgestone e12 golf balls. We were eager to give these a try both on our launch monitor and out on the golf course. Bridgestone e12 Contact are not tour-level balls, they are a 3-piece mid-price range ball similar to a TaylorMade Tour Response or a Titleist Velocity. The e12 is designed to produce straighter shots and more ball speed from the tee. From our testing, that was undoubtedly the case.

At A Glance

Bridgestone e12 golf ball dimple pattern

The Bridgestone e12 Contact features include:

  • Three-piece golf ball
  • Compression around 60
  • Contact Force Dimple pattern
  • Flexativ Cover Technology (similar to Surlyn, not a Urethane cover)
  • Colors: White, Matte Green, Matte Red, Matte Yellow
  • Price point: $34.99

Off The Tee

The Bridgestone e12 Contact is excellent off the tee.

We compared the distance of the tee to the Pro V1, and the results were almost identical. Carry distance was about 4-5 yards shorter on average, but the total distance was within one yard on most drives. The peak height of the e12 is a little lower than the Pro V1, which helped it get a few extra yards.

Driving data of the Bridgestone e12 golf balls vs Pro V1

Data is great, but we also like to play with each golf ball on the course to watch the ball fly and roll.

On the course, the Bridgestone e12 is long and reflects what the TrackMan data suggests. Is it as straight a ball flight as Bridgestone claims? We didn’t notice a major difference when compared to other golf balls, but straight distance certainly wasn’t an issue with the e12.

If you are looking for a great distance golf ball, you’ll find it here.

Wedge Shots

Next, we moved on to the wedge shots. These are full-swing wedge shots into a green. We guessed that the e12, not being a Tour-level golf ball, would not spin as much as the Pro V1, and that was correct. The Pro V1 had an average spin rate of around 7900rpm, whereas the Bridgestone e12 was closer to 7300rpm.

That’s a noticeable difference.

wedge data of the Bridgestone e12 golf balls vs Pro V1

The descent angle for the wedge shots was also slightly lower on the e12, another factor that won’t help you stop it on the greens.

On the course, we noticed the same issue. The ball doesn’t stop like a tour-level ball. It’s not a complete rock just running through every green; you can just see it’s built more for distance as opposed to finesse.

If you’re a player that likes to land just short of the green and roll one up, you’ll enjoy the e12 as it can give you those few extra yards.

Inside 50 Yards And Around The Green

Launch monitors can give you some data for inside 50 yards, but we like to head to the course to test what a golf ball does around the greens from different lies.

The Bridgestone e12 has a Contact Force Dimple design. The design increases the surface contact by 46%. The claim is that the extra surface contact should help increase friction and help the ball stop on the greens.

We won’t say that the technology doesn’t work, just that this doesn’t match a Pro V1, TP5 or Bridgestone Tour type of performance. This is not a golf ball built for players looking for premium greenside performance.

The ball feels softer than we expected it would. It’s not quite as receptive as a premium ball coming off the face, but you can learn to control it. With the distance that the Bridgestone produced, we expected it to feel more like a rock coming off the face around the greens, but it performs slightly better than we’d imagined.

On short shots from the rough, you won’t be able to add much short-game spin.

The more distance you give yourself between you and the pin, the better the chance of a bit of control with this golf ball, but this club head speed is needed to generate spin.

Feel

Off the tee, the Bridgestone e12 has a great feel. It is similar to a Pro V1 on the longer shots. The Sound was also pleasant; for distance balls, you’ll be pleased with the way you can compress this ball without feeling like it’s too hard.

Around the greens, the ball is a little hard. If you want a soft feel ball that spins, you may need to find slightly more expensive balls.

Value

The Bridgestone e12 Contact is priced at $34.99. It sits right in the middle of the premium golf balls and the budget choices. Based on our testing and comparison to other golf balls, the price point here is fair. You’ll save some money compared to the Pro V1 but lose some short-game performance.

Compared to a budget golf ball, the e12 offers more distance, better feel from the tee box and at least some control and feel from 100 yards and in.

Golf Insider Verdict

From the tee, we actually really like the Bridgestone e12 contact. In fact, the day we tested this golf ball on the course, we played with it instead of the Pro V1, and the temperature was a little colder. (A day that a few extra yards can help your game.) The e12 performed exceptionally well and even continued to perform well on approach shots to the green, just with less spin than a premium golf ball.

The only real issue you will run into with these golf balls is that they are a little firmer and less spinny around the greens. You’ll have to spend an extra $15 to $20 to get premium short-game performance. If you want to play with a good all-around golf ball under $40 this is worth a shot.

Alternatives To Consider

If the Bridgestone e12 Contact isn’t a fit for you, here are a few others to consider:

  • TaylorMade Tour Response – will be similar off the tee, with slightly higher spin rates around the greens
  • Callaway Chrome Soft – similar off the tee but slightly higher spin rates and a softer feel around the green.
  • Titleist Pro V1 – same distance technology but better greenside performance
  • Bridgestone Tour B RX – much better greenside feel and spin, won’t be as wallet-friendly as the Bridgestone e12

Frequently Asked Questions

To wrap up we’ll cover a few of the most commonly asked questions by golfers looking to try out the Bridgestone e12 golf balls.

Which Bridgestone ball does Tiger Woods use?

Tiger Woods plays with the Bridgestone Tour B XS golf ball.

How many layers is the Bridgestone e12?

The Bridgestone e12 is a three-piece golf ball. It features a Gradational Core, Active Acceleration Mantle, and a FlexActiv cover.

Which Bridgestone Golf ball is best for ladies?

The Bridgestone Lady Precept is made specifically for women golfers. However, for a slightly faster swing speed woman looking for more distance from the tee, the e12 Contact golf ball is a great choice.

How many dimples does the Bridgestone e12 have?

The Bridgestone e12 has 326 dimples, and they are in the Contact Force dimple pattern to help increase surface connection with the club face.

Happy golfing.

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Will is a PGA golf professional, with a PhD in Biomedical Science and MSc in Sports Biomechanics & Psychology. He spent 10 years lecturing part-time at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds in Biomechanics and Motor Control before becoming the Head of Golf for the University of Exeter. He currently runs Golf Insider UK, Sport Science Insider around wider consulting and academic roles in sport performance and motor control.

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