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Bridgestone Tour B JGR Driver Review

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The Bridgestone Tour B JGR driver is very forgiving and easy to hit.  The combination of draw-biased head and lively shaft produce strong right-to-left ball flight.

Introduction

Even before it was officially announced, the new Bridgestone Tour B JGR driver was used by Brandt Snedeker to shoot a 59 and win the 2018 Wyndham Championship.  Will it be the driver that propels you to a new career low?  Will it be the driver that pushes Bridgestone’s clubs into the mainstream?  We tested one to try to find the answers.

Looks

At address, the Bridgestone Tour B JGR driver has a clean, modern look.  There are no alignment aids, and the crown is gloss black – a finish which has become a rarity.  My favorite visual thing about this driver is the way the scoring lines frame the ball.

The nods to modernity are the Boost Wave Crown and the modest crown graphics.  The driver is fairly long from front to back with a round, symmetrical shape.

Sound & Feel

The first thing that struck me about the Tour B JGR driver is how quiet impact is.  Bridgestone is clearly making an appeal to the better player with the understated, slightly bass-y tone.

Equally appealing is the solid feel.  Even when you get away from the center of the face, the hit feels strong.  There is some feedback, but this is a driver built to forgive those mishits, not expose them.

Performance

One thing I always look at before I start writing a review is the OEM’s page of technical notes.  I like to compare my notes to the claims that the company makes about the product.  In the case of the Tour B JGR driver, my notes and Bridgestone’s have a lot in common.

The first thing I noticed when testing was the draw bias.  Heel shots flew straight, and balls hit in the center of the face took a strong turn left.  Bridgestone states that there are 8 grams of external weighting and 25 grams of internal weighting placed to fight the fade.  It’s very effective.

As I was hitting draws (and the occasional hook), what surprised me was how high the ball was launching.  Typically, when I get it going left, the trajectory is noticeably lower.  Turning to Bridgestone’s notes, I see that’s the result of the Boost Wave Crown.  The crown flexes more at impact to produce that higher launch and create more carry distance.

Finally, I want to touch on the stock shaft.  The UST Recoil ES is lively.  This makes sense given that the Tour B JGR driver is meant as a game improvement club.  A more active shaft can promote a higher ball flight and help square the club face.  If you’re a faster swinger or someone who hits a natural draw, try to test this driver at a Club Champion where you can pair it with a more stout shaft.

Conclusion

If you like watching high draws fly down the fairway, the Bridgestone Tour B JGR driver may be worth a look.  Available in October of 2018, you’ll be able to demo this club through Bridgestone’s Test Drive program or at any Club Champion location.

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12 Comments

  1. Those bright yellow graphics aren’t doing it any favors.

  2. Tweeted and the @bridgestonegolf JGR drive is amazing!! @Mewzme2

  3. David Thompson

    When will it be available in the uk ?

  4. Having had this driver in play now for over a month–I was selected to test it–I can say it’s every bit as forgiving as the high MOI Ping G400 Max that I have been playing all year, and just as long. I actually like the yellow grip, makes it stand out and am not bothered by the graphics on the toe end of the club. I mean when do you see that, either the head cover is on it, or you have it at address, where it’s not visible. So I think it’s fine.

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  6. I would love to try this driver. I have many many sets of Bridgestone drivers and iron sets and love them all.
    Anyone have any more feedback? I may go on the BStone site and just buy it.

  7. Larry D. Head

    I bought the Tour B JCR Rescue clubs 19, 22, 25 love them all! Great clubs and now thinking about getting rid of my Rogue Driver and getting one of the JCR drivers

  8. John Kornis

    I’ve had my JGR Driver for 2 seasons now and very happy with it . I’m 70 a 10 HC who usually fights a slice . This driver took care of that and the distance is better than my average.

  9. I love this club!!! It gives me much more distance than my OLD Ping TSI which is about 20 years old. I was amazed at how much distance this driver gives me. My Ping was a 10 degree loft with a stiff shaft and since I have aged 20 years and am now 55 I have a regular shaft with a 10.5 degree shaft. I could not believe how far I was hitting the ball with this driver. I have to tee the ball up a tad lower and it goes a bit higher and a lot farther. I have just hit this on the driving range a couple of times and had both drivers with me and now my Ping is in the garage cabinet. Try it! I bought mine for less than $200 so I tried it and now I love it!

  10. Hello,
    I have a Taylormade M2 and a Bridgestone JRG both at 12 degrees, which for me is slightly longer. Which head should I use for an Autoflex SF405 ?
    OR, should I get an Taylormade M6 head at 10.5 degree’s?

    • Matt Saternus

      JJ,

      There’s no way for me {or anyone else) to knowledgably answer that without fitting you in person. If you hit the Bridgestone longer, I’d probably start there.

      -Matt

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