The Fix Is In--Bridgestone Fix Golf Ball Review
Apr 27, 2011 (Updated May 5, 2011)
Review by Bill Brott
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Long, Straight, Drives Well, Putts Well, Holds The Line Like A Wire Guided Missile
Cons:What took them so long?
The Bottom Line: I am a big fan of this ball. Anybody who liked the old Lady/Laddie MC Ball will fall in love with this one. About Time Bridgestone!
The Fix Is In
Recommend this product?
If you've ever played the old Precept Lady MC, a golf ball whose very existence spawned more urban legends than any other, then you really do have to try this one. Bridgestone has tried desperately to get a ball that would not only replace the Lady MC, but one which would gain an equally loyal following, and maybe even spawn another urban legend or two, and perhaps even a conspiracy theory thrown in for kicks. The Lady SIII never took off, the XP-3 was a dud, the Lady Tour never quite cut it, and let's face it--The Precept Laddie is nothing more than a mere shadow of it's former self when placed against its current competition.
Bridgestone tried depserately to reinflate the Precept Bubble, but it just hasn't caught on. In a desperate attempt to rekindle the excitement, they marketed several balls under their own "Bridgestone" moniker, but the E5 and E6 are overpriced as compared to this category, and The "Treosoft" was more like an expensive version of The Nike Kharma Ball rather than a new aged Precept Lady. (Small wonder since Bridgestone does build Nike's Golf Balls for them.) So finally, for all of you old Lady and Laddie holdouts who remember the good old days when people were claiming that, "The Lady MC" was "really a Pro V1 for half the price", or that "The original Laddie really was a great two piece ball", Bridgestone has finally come through and engineered a replacement. Better yet, at less than $20 a dozen, you get a lot of ball for your money.
This little fairway egg is so easily spanked off of the driver, that it will send shockwaves through the likes of your golfing buddies. Like the old Lady/Laddie Models, it is soft, without being mushy. Yes, even us old arthritic types are going to receive a fair shake from a driver swing that ranges in the low to mid 80 MPH Range. It's not one of those 60 something compression models that feels like a marshmallow at impact, nor is it hard like an old school distance rock. It is soft, yet slightly firm at impact. Better yet, unlike the old Lady/Laddie models, it features that now famous "Bridgestone Seamless Cover." Between the lower compression rating, and the seamless cover--you are guaranteed straight ball flight. Hooks and slices will no longer foul you up from too much sidespin--provided of course you aren't incorporating any major swing flaws into your tee box routine.
Long Irons/Hybrids/Fairway Metals
This ball is going to be your 3 Metal's best friend. Though it is not stratospheric in nature, ball flight is mid to high in trajectory, and it has great flat line characteristics for super distance. Hybrids will like that as well. All too often today's super low compression balls, teamed with today's hybrids, which sport super low centers of gravity, results in ballooning skyballs that lose a lot of distance. These get high enough, and hot enough to get you the distance you want, and also have that slightly higher trajectory you need for softer landings. Long Irons are kind of funny here. If you have the skill to hit your long irons well--what the heck are you doing playing a 2-Piece Ball??!!--Still---if you are, this ball does equally well with a 2 Iron Stinger--just don't expect her to throw on the brakes come greenside--as she does with a high flying 3 Iron off the tee box. Yes you can work this ball a little, but it will be more dependent upon your actual swing than any sidespin you hope to get off of this one. Basic fades and draws, however, are easily accomplished with this ball.
Now I usually play a 3-Piece ball, so when I was smashing my 7 Iron the same distance I get with my 6--my buddies were getting ready to have me tested for steroids. This ball is long. It is also very straight. It also feels good coming off the irons. Anyone else remember these same statements form the Lady/Laddie Craze of 7-8 Years ago. This is it! You can definitely seek the center of the green with this one, but she will relaease a touch on you. C'mon folks--this is a 2-Piece Ionomer covered ball. Let's not go starting any urban legends yet about how we used this one from 180+ Yards out and it backed up 1/2 the green and dropped in the hole for an eagle. I'm pretty sure there will be enough good stories floating arond this ball without the need for embellishment. It's long, straight, hot, and everything else you buy a 2-piece ball for--'nuff said.
This is a good ball for these clubs in the sense that it is straight and almost laser like as far as accuracy goes. If you are a mid-high capper, and needing to straighten out your short irons and wedges--this is a great ball to help you figure out exactly what those clubs can and can't do. Eventually, when you become a spin doctor supreme, you can upgrade to a 3-piece ball. Until that time--this ball is really a great choice.
This ball rolls very well. It stays true to any line you pick for it. It doesn't exactly sport that tour level split-second of cling to the putter's face, but it doesn't come popping off of it like a cat on a hot tin green either. It has a nice little "click" at impact that is not overtly stated, and this makes for a pleasant audible cue. She held up well on a course I played where the greens featured lots of hard breaks, and a few plateaus. That's a good thing to know too. New folks--try changing your ball before changing your putter. Once you find a ball that putts well and drives well, you can pretty much work with all the stuff in between. Dollar for dollar,this is quite possibly the best 2-piece ball on the market.
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