I posted this to the review section, but will repeat it here as well.....
I was fit to the B330 S using Bridgestone's on-line selection guide. I was a little surprised at the outcome because my 103 mph driver swing speed is just under their recommended 105mph threshold for this ball. The on-line fitting was more in-depth than simply asking about swing speed though, so obviously some of the other factors tipped me in this direction.
I've been playing the ProV1 almost exclusively for the past 3 years, so all comparisons are based on that.
This is a 4-piece, Urethane covered, premium ball. Bright white.....noticeably brighter than the ProV1. Very clean, unobtrusive logo and a somewhat unique dimple-in-a-dimple pattern that Bridgestone claims produces a more consistent ball flight. New for 2014 is a "hydro-core" that is supposed to reduce spin with the driver while maintaining high spin rates around the green.
Nice and solid off the driver, woods, and irons without feeling hard. Soft, but not at all mushy with a nice "click", rather than a "clack". Putting is a different story. VERY soft on the green. Significantly softer off the putter than the ProV1, it really reminded me of a balata ball, to the point that I initially struggled with lag distance control because of the somewhat vague feel off my milled face putter. After a while, I became used to it but never really came to like it.
Very similar to the ProV1. Mid-launch and a nice boring trajectory with no real tendency to balloon, even into a breeze.
Similar to the ProV1 off the irons.....maybe just a tad less with the driver, which is exactly what Bridgestone says that they want to accomplish with the Hydro core technology. Very consistent and controllable. Mid-irons and hybrids stop very quickly. Wedges back up, but nothing inordinate for what I'm used to with the ProV1. Very soft and spinny around the green. Pitches can be thrown right at the pin, and assuming they were struck properly, they're going to hop and stop dead. Even chips seemed to grab just a little more than I'm used to, and I left some chips short as a result until I adjusted.
This is where I think my couple of mph lower swing speed impacted performance. Maybe 10 yards shorter than the ProV1 with the driver, and a half-club with hybrids and mid-irons. No real difference in wedges, but then other than the PW, I seldom hit a full wedge and I had no trouble with partial wedge distance control.
This is one tough ball. The top ball below is brand new. The bottom ball has been played 2 rounds. No shredding with a wedge, and even the occasional encounter with a tree leaves only a minor blemish. Even one unfortunate skip off a paved cart path left only a small scrape. Nothing to affect playability at all and so far, no loss of brightness in the color.
Overall I was very pleased with the ball. I'll be trying the B330 RXS to see if I regain the little bit of distance loss and also hope for just a little firmer feel off the putter, but anyone considering a high spin, premium ball should definitely put this one on their short list.