I use Bridgestone balls now but, what do you guys think about Bridgestone driver, irons, wedges? I'm looking to upgrade my Burner 2.0 driver by the end of the year. Has any played the J40 clubs, and what do you think about them compared to the competition?
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I know a lot of people who really like their clubs and swear by them, not to mention Tourstage is the #1 brand in Japan. Ive owned a few of their woods (J33 driver, J38 3-wood and 5-wood), one of their wedges (West Coast Design) and a few sets of their irons (J36, Precept Tour Premium and GC Mid) and Im not a big lover of their clubs. For me, they just didnt perform as well as the Mizuno clubs that Ive owned. I got a pretty low ballflight with their woods and I found the feel of their forged irons to be a bit too firm. Also, with the GC Mids I found the distance to be somewhat inconsistent.
My Bstone wedge was nice, I didnt find it to be the spinniest wedge in the world though and again, the feel wasnt as soft as I would like.
I absolutely love Bridgestone's golf balls and really wanted to like their clubs but I just wasnt a big fan of them.
Impressed with the B irons this season.
In April, a guy I know let me hit his J36 irons with Nippon NS Pro 1050 (I believe) stiff shafts. I hit four of six shots dead solid with his 6 iron. I was a bit surprised, as I had dumped stiff shafts in all my clubs and gone back to regular in 2009. (Since then, a couple of our fellow Sand Trappers have suggested that the NS Pro shafts have flexes a tad softer than most other brands).
A Bridgestone ballfitting team showed up at my club in mid-July. Besides balls they brought some irons with them.
I hit a 4i, 6i, and 8i in the J40 Dual-Pocket Cavity - shafted in PX 5.0. This model seemed to move through the ball quite well. I have the same shafts in Callaway X20 Tour, and the J40s seemed a bit livelier going through the turf.
The J40s had an easy set-up for me, and really felt good. (J40s might need to be more upright in lie if I got a set). Give the Bridgestones a try. If you could find a slightly used set somewhere that fit you for lie and flex, you could get a really good deal.
Pretty club. I had one of those and I absolutely HATED it. Maybe the one I bought was a fake but the ball just seemed to come off of the face dead and low.
Very low spinning head. Has a sound and feel like no other. If you're a slow swinger, not a good fit as it's a spin killer.
I have the J40 driver and J40 irons (dual pocket cavity in 3-4i, and cavity-back in 5-pw). I absolutely love them. I'm 49 years old and hit the ball farther than I've ever hit it. As a reference point, I love my J40 driver as much as my RBZ 3-wood, which says a lot.
I had too much spin on my driver in the past, so I got the J40 (spin killer) and tee it up a little farther forward.
I like the J40 irons because they are forgiving but are also forged, so I like their feel. If you like forged irons, then you should consider Bridgestone. They are commonly regarded as one of the top three companies for forged irons, along with Mizuno and Srixon. You can find a 6 iron pretty cheap on ebay in case you can't hit one locally. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have.