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.