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Bridgestone e5

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #24 in Golf Balls


Pros: Distance, durability, spin

This review is for the 2010 model of the e5. I bought it at reduced price once the 2011 version came out, but for the "value" rating I assumed the standard price of $26.99. Also, for what it's worth, I tried the e5 coming from playing the Gamer v2, so most of this comparison is against the Gamer v2.

The e5 is designed to fly higher than a typical ball. I didn't notice any ball flight difference in my short and mid irons. I did, however, notice that my ball flight on flush hits with my hybrids and driver would peak a little higher and I got the impression that their total distance was a little longer.

Being a two-piece ball, the e5 had a solid feel off the tee and with my long clubs -- not too hard, but not soft either. Definitely not the feel of a 3-piece ball. Off the putter, it felt a little hard and sounded a little clicky. The e5 is definitely not a soft ball, but it's not a rock. It's somewhere comfortably in the middle, but not as soft as the Gamer v2.

Since the e5 has a urethane cover, I was hoping for some good wedge spin. I was not disappointed. I once hit a 30 yard pitch over a short tree onto a downhill green with my 52* wedge opened up a little bit. The e5 only rolled out 8 to 10 feet. It wasn't even a great pitch (I hit a bit fat) so I was impressed that the ball held onto the green as well as it did on a downhill lie. I had a couple full PW shots that only rolled out 6 or so feet. I think that it matched the Gamer v2's greenside spin, if not slightly exceeding it, and is probably as good spin as a ball will get for under $30.

I was impressed with the e5's durability. I was afraid that the urethane cover wouldn't fair well in wedge play, but it turned out that I had nothing to fear. I played the same ball through 9 holes on a pitch-n-putt course (a bunch of full wedge and half wedge shots) and didn't get a scratch on it. I don't hit the spinniest of wedge shots, but between that and the few holes I used it for on the next full course I played, I was impressed to not see a single scratch show up. It's a little more durable than the Gamer v2.

Overall, compared to the Gamer 2, I felt like I got a little more performance for a little more money. At the same price, I'd go for the e5. At an extra $7/dozen for the e5, it's kind of a toss-up depending on how many balls I anticipate going through.


Pros: Distance and Finesse Shot Spin Around Greens

Cons: On the Firm Side of Soft, Can Scuff

Verdict: Smile Around the Greens Again - an Excellent, Two Piece Urethane Ball for the Swing Speed Challenged. The 2011-12 Version is the Green-Shaded Box with Dimple in Dimple.


I played the first iteration of the e5 about 5 years ago. At that time, it flew high, short, and felt firm when compared to the 330 Series balls I played at that time. 


The current version of the e5 is a new ball game - literally. It is still a two piece with a urethane cover to give  you stopping power on finesse shots, and what adds to the good-good is that the ball is longer, plays better in the wind, and feels softer off all clubs. My normal ball was the 330-RXS - a soft feeling ball with tour stopping power. But as my swing speed is now below 90, I find more distance off the driver with the e5.


Scuffability - don't know if it was the wedge or cart path (ahem) but the first two balls I put into play were scuffed. Having played 3 more rounds with the ball, I haven't had the issue with scuffing. Until I confirm, I'll say durability is fine, although it is a urethane (i.e., softer cover) ball.


Greenside Spin - I used a low bounce Mizuno MP T11 (60-08) and the e5 put on the brakes immediately. I think milled grooves make a difference. I used a Miura (stamped grooves) on the same ball and it would check and roll a few feet. So if you want absolute braking power -- go milled (as most do now) grooves.


Feel of Irons and Putter - On the firm side of soft and acceptable. I don't have any hesitation using it on the greens.


The 4.5/5 rating is for the player for whom this ball is meant. If you find your SS hovering in the 80's-low 90's, needing more carry, and can't bear to part with green side spin, take a test ride on the e5 side. For that player, it's the only ball in town.

Bridgestone e5

Bridgestone e5 2010 Golf Balls The Bridgestone e5 2010 golf ball uses its unique 2-piece urethane cover construction to help golfers who have a desire to add more height to their shot trajectory. Its powerful 2-piece urethane cover promotes deep distance, added spin control, and promotes higher trajectory. Features: Large gradational compression core Tour caliber urethane cover 326 high flight seamless dimple design

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