The Bridgestone e6 golf ball is supposed to be the best ball in the Bridgestone lineup for an average swing-speed golfer looking for maximum distance and a soft feel around the greens.
We took the Bridgestone e6 out to the golf course to see how this compared to other golf balls on the market, especially those like the Kirkland Signature, Srixon Soft Feel, and Titleist Velocity. These balls are all in the same price range and geared at the same golfers.
Bridgestone e6 Golf Balls
- Number of Pieces: 2
- Category: Distance golf ball
- Cover Material: Surlyn cover
- Compression: ~50
Of all the performances that the Bridgestone e6 golf balls offered, the distance was the best. Certain golf balls claim they are distance balls simply because they are two-piece ball. However, what I have determined from testing both premium golf ball options and more affordable choices is that the number of pieces a ball has does not always directly correlate with distance capability.
The two piece Bridgestone e6 golf balls produce a ton of distance on tee shots. I was surprised by how far I hit both drivers and my 5 wood off the tee boxes. In fact, I was playing with my husband that day, and he was less than thrilled when the drive on the first hole was significantly further than his.
Bridgestone claims that this is a soft ball, and I didn’t expect it to have the distance capability that it does. Golfers often are surprised to find out that low-compression golf balls, usually don’t travel as far as high-compression alternatives.
On iron shots to the green, I can say that distance is about average. However, if you are talking about lower-lofted iron shots, the distance is long because of the low spin rates.
This lower spin rates reduces drag through the air and results in increased roll on landing.
Compression on the Bridgestone e6 is not widely advertised, but when tested, it was roughly 50, which sits between a low compression and an average compression golf ball. Suggesting, average swing speeds (80-95mph with driver) will find the most benefit from this ball.
The bottom line here is that average golfers should see more distance and higher ball speeds when switching to the Bridgestone e6 golf ball.
There is no question that the Bridgestone e6 golf ball is one of the best golf balls for a low spin from the tee. I had no trouble getting the ball to take off and roll a long way once it hit the fairway.
On iron shots to the green, if I hit the ball high and was coming out of a thinner lie, then there was some spin, enough to stop the ball within a few feet.
However, when it comes to short game spin, this ball struggles.
I had a few pitches from 50-75 yards from a very tight fairway lie that had good stopping power. However, on shorter shots where you can’t get that clubhead speed up, it’s nearly impossible to get the e6 to stop.
This is where the premium golf balls’ multi-layer design and urethane cover really make a big difference.
The greens were rolling fast, but I couldn’t help but think about higher handicap golfers who think they are not capable of generating spin. So many players have this feeling that generating high levels of spin is a problem in their swing, and sometimes it truly is the golf ball.
I wouldn’t rule the Bridgestone e6 golf balls out simply because of their low greenside spin. Instead, I would just prepare yourself for the roll and adjust your short game accordingly.
The Bridgestone e6 golf balls have a soft Surlyn cover. The Surlyn covers are certainly cheaper than Urethance covers, and they don’t do a great job with short game spin. However, in the two piece golf balls, the Surlyn covers can provide a softer feel.
Bridgestone created a slightly larger core and a thinner cover in this newest version. The result is a relatively soft feel when around the greens.
In the long game, I don’t notice the soft feel; there is enough firmness here to help get you plenty of distance and feel confident about total yardage. Where most golfers need the softer feel is around the greens.
The e6 is certainly not the softest golf ball I have played with, but I preferred the feel of this ball when compared to others. The e6 has just enough firmness to be a great ball on the putting green as well.
Although I wish the e6 had a little more spin around the greens, one of the biggest reasons why I liked the e6 was the fact that it had a great feel on the putting green.
Surlyn covers generally hold up quite well, even if you are an avid golfer that uses the same ball for a few rounds of golf. Purchasing a dozen Bridgestone e6 golf balls should allow you many rounds of golf.
Remember that these are also available in optic yellow as well and they can be even easier to see.
The Bridgestone e6 is about half the price of the premium golf balls from Bridgestone. Although not the cheapest two-piece golf ball on the market, I would still choose the e6 over some other options (specifically the Titleist Velocity).
The quality of the Bridgestone e6 is solid, but the distance technology is really impressive. I also can’t complain at all about the feel on the putting greens; it has a premium feel and one that you can play quite well with once you are used to it.
For high-handicap golfers that struggle to generate spin around the greens, you will have to go to a multi layer ball (3 or more layers) in order to get some of that extra spin. The pricing will be higher, so for the price it’s offered, the performance you get from the e6 is entirely fair.
Golf Insider Verdict
Hopefully, this Bridgestone e6 golf ball review has given you a little more insight into whether or not this golf ball is worth the money.
Overall, I like the e6. I feel it’s very compatible with the Srixon Soft Feel (a great golf ball in itself), although it may be a little longer in total distance. The Soft Feel has slightly better greenside performance.
Determine which part of your golf game needs the most attention, and if it is distance, I would highly recommend the e6. This is a great ball for high handicappers who value distance, feel and value over high levels of spin.
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