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B-Stone Test Center

This is me in the Bridgestone Test Center in Covington, GA standing next to the "B".  Players sign it when visiting, but it's a little hard to see in the photo. Signatures include Lee Trevino, Davis Love III, Brandt Snedeker, Nick Price, Paula Creamer, Matt Kuchar and several others.


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Do you work at Bridgestone, or did you just recently take a trip there? I noticed you had a Bridgestone polo on when you posted the video of cutting a golf ball in two.

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3 minutes ago, Pretzel said:

Do you work at Bridgestone, or did you just recently take a trip there? I noticed you had a Bridgestone polo on when you posted the video of cutting a golf ball in two.

I was an equipment tech with Bridgestone for almost 10 years.  They did some restructuring and my position was eliminated late last year.  Great company, great people.

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Just now, 1badbadger said:

I was an equipment tech with Bridgestone for almost 10 years.  They did some restructuring and my position was eliminated late last year.  Great company, great people.

Sorry to hear that, but it sounds like that would have been an interesting job to hold. I always thought it would be cool to work for a golf company, but I'm not a huge fan of the materials engineering that it seems it would mostly entail.

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4 minutes ago, Pretzel said:

Sorry to hear that, but it sounds like that would have been an interesting job to hold. I always thought it would be cool to work for a golf company, but I'm not a huge fan of the materials engineering that it seems it would mostly entail.

I wasn't involved with engineering or R&D (although it's still interesting to me)...believe it or not I was actually part of the marketing dept.  My job was mostly answering consumer questions and education, so I really enjoyed it.  There are some positions that aren't golf related like the credit dept, I.T., shipping and receiving, logistics and things of that nature, but other positions are highly specialized and require a lot of knowledge and experience. There are many different areas like most big companies.

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40 minutes ago, 1badbadger said:

My job was mostly answering consumer questions and education, so I really enjoyed it. 

If you don't mind, I've got a couple questions should you know the answers and are allowed to spill the beans.

  • Do you know if they ever made "tour-only" versions of their golf balls as some rumors state?
  • What golf ball do you prefer?
  • Is there anything that most people would be a bit surprised to hear about Bridgestone products (whether it be golf balls or clubs or apparel)?
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2 hours ago, Pretzel said:

If you don't mind, I've got a couple questions should you know the answers and are allowed to spill the beans.

  • Do you know if they ever made "tour-only" versions of their golf balls as some rumors state?
  • What golf ball do you prefer?
  • Is there anything that most people would be a bit surprised to hear about Bridgestone products (whether it be golf balls or clubs or apparel)?
  • The Tour staff will sometimes test prototype versions of golf balls for product development, but generally they play the same version that is available at retail.  They make pink B330-RX just for Paula Creamer, but other than the color of the cover, it's the same ball.

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The "Tour B" logo was initially only available to staff players on the regular Tour (not Champions or LPGA) but that has now been made available to the public.  Players on staff in Japan play some different versions that are not available in the U.S., but they are over there.  At one time when it was still Precept Golf, they did make models that were not available to the public

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  • Personally, the ball I prefer is the B330-RX. I have been able to test almost all of the balls on the market (the mainstream models) and I can honestly say it fits me better than any other ball.  I continue to play it even though I no longer work for the company.
  • Something most people would probably be surprised about is how big Bridgestone Golf is in Japan, and they have been making golf balls since 1935.  In the U.S. they are much smaller than TaylorMade, Callaway and Titleist and not as well-known (despite bouncing between #2 and #3 in golf ball sales), but they are the biggest producer of balls in Japan.  They are bigger in Japan than Titleist is in the U.S.  They have Bridgestone Golf stores...as in  golf stores that only sell Bridgestone products:

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You'll notice on the top of the display case is the product catalog for Japan, which is open about half-way...it's pretty thick. It's around 113 pages.  They offer shirts, pants, shorts, outerwear, 17 types of socks, 8 different belts, 3-4 colors ea, 6 types of umbrellas, 2-3 colors ea, shoes, mittens, and drivers in every flavor:

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A lot of people don't even realize Bridgestone makes clubs!

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That is actually really cool about the Japanese market. I never would've guessed a single company in golf could have their own entire store, especially a company that is perceived as "smaller" in the U.S. outside of the golf ball market (I know they make clubs, but I don't know what their line up looks like and I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I saw anyone besides Matt Kuchar playing them). Thanks for the response, it was more informative than I would have expected!

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1 hour ago, Pretzel said:

That is actually really cool about the Japanese market. I never would've guessed a single company in golf could have their own entire store, especially a company that is perceived as "smaller" in the U.S. outside of the golf ball market (I know they make clubs, but I don't know what their line up looks like and I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I saw anyone besides Matt Kuchar playing them). Thanks for the response, it was more informative than I would have expected!

My pleasure! 

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12 hours ago, 1badbadger said:

A lot of people don't even realize Bridgestone makes clubs!

And very good ones I might add.
I've have 2 sets of J-33's, played for years.
And three J-33 driver with FW woods, loved them,  Also a J-40 driver, and also the J-715.

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2 hours ago, Club Rat said:

And very good ones I might add.
I've have 2 sets of J-33's, played for years.
And three J-33 driver with FW woods, loved them,  Also a J-40 driver, and also the J-715.

I agree Rat...sounds like you've been familiar with B-Stone stuff for quite a while! The j33 drivers continue to have a cult following among guys who like low-spin heads, and believe it or not, I still play the j33 irons and j40 driver.  I'll put their stuff up against anything on the market.

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The J33 Combos are some sweet blades and the J33 cavity backs were also a great feeling club.
I still play the cavity backs once in a while for fun.

The rep in my area has been a long time friend.
He's tried for years to convert me to the 330 ball. :-)
 

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