Bridgestone Tour B JGR Hybrid Review

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The Bridgestone Tour B JGR hybrid is long and easy to hit.  An excellent choice for mid to high handicap players and those struggling to hit a draw.

Introduction

If you’re bagging a set of the new Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF1 or HF2 irons, you’re likely going to have to reconfigure your hybrids to accommodate your newly-lengthened iron shots.  An easy solution is the new JGR hybrid.  This club provides a distance boost just like the irons and is even easier to hit.

Looks

The Bridgestone Tour B JGR falls on the side of larger hybrids.  Its head is fairly long from heel-to-toe and front-to-back.  Interestingly, it has a slight pear shape which is unusual for a game improvement club.

The JGR has the same Boost Wave Crown as the other woods in the family, and there are some light crown graphics.  As with the driver, I found the graphics to be far enough away from the ball that they weren’t distracting at address.

Sound & Feel

Like all the other woods in the Bridgestone JGR family, the hybrid is surprisingly quiet.  Impact produces a “snap” which doesn’t have the usual metallic tone.  Because it’s so quiet, there isn’t much audio feedback.

Where the JGR hybrid does communicate the quality of the strike is through the hands.  It’s easy to feel whether you’ve struck the ball pure or hit one off the heel or toe.

Performance

All the technology in the Bridgestone JGR hybrid is geared toward making it easy to hit.  From the Power Mill Face Design to the Boost Wave Crown, the goal is to make shots hit all over the face perform similarly.  I found this suite of features to be very effective.  The JGR hybrid produced consistent results swing after swing.

On the launch monitor, one of the first things I noticed was that the JGR hybrid produces excellent ball speed.  If you’re looking for a hybrid to replace a fairway wood, this is a great option.  With the right loft and shaft, you can hit it a mile.

Another feature that stood out is the consistency of the launch and spin.  The JGR hybrid wants to launch the ball fairly high, and it does this whether you strike it pure or a little thin.  Spin stays fairly low, even on those thin strikes, thanks to the Power Mill Face Design.  Finally, it’s worth noting that the head does have some draw bias.  It’s not overwhelming, but it’s a noticeable help for the slicer.

Conclusion

Whether it’s part of a total bag remodeling or just an upgrade to your long game, the Bridgestone Tour B JGR hybrid is a solid choice.  Hybrids don’t get much easier to hit, so it’s a great option for the mid-to-high handicapper, or the skilled player smart enough to value forgiveness.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

4 Comments

  1. hi Matt,
    Love your reviews and the work done here at Plugged-In!
    How does the Tour B JGR compare with the latest hybrids from Mizuno? I have hit the last several versions and they seem to deliver above average distance and control. And I am a big fan of Bridgestone balls and equipment, but finding any stores in the Boston area that carry any of the clubs is a real effort. Only find them in the used club section. Only Srixon has found some shelf space around here versus the usual suspects that market heavily everywhere!
    Thanks
    Rich G.

    • Matt Saternus

      Rich,

      To your second point, Bridgestone is going to be making a much bigger push with this new line. Club Champion is carrying it, and I believe you will see it in more stores.
      With regard to a Mizuno comparison, the JGR is more forgiving and easier to hit, but may not have the same level of control for the high end ball striker. Than again, that statement may be colored by the stock shaft being a little soft for my preference.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. How would you compare these to the Callaway Rogue hybrids that you reviewed earlier this year?

    Thanks.

    • Matt Saternus

      Ken,

      Both are really good in terms of forgiveness and distance. I would put them in the same overall category and say it comes down to personal preference.

      Best,

      Matt

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