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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.