REVIEW: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 Wedges
One of the big features of the Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 wedge is the large raised B right in the sweet spot on the back of the wedge. It places a good chunk of mass on the ball at impact. Some wedges have moved to cavity back designs with perimeter weighting or low weight, these raise the weight to directly behind the ball. The feel is noticeable how the mass is directly behind the ball. You’ll also notice when you don’t hit the ball solid with the change in feel of being off-center. The CG on this wedge is different than others and really liked the solid almost heavy feel of this CG.
The new Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 has a nice sole grind that will be useful for most golfers on most shots. It isn’t extreme or outrageous, it is just a nice blend of heel and toe relief. The camber is fairly flat, but edges are all blunted so they don’t want to dig too significantly on any shots. The head shape is really nice behind the ball. The teardrop shape isn’t too rounded on the leading edge and fairly straight transition off the hosel fits my eye. I didn’t feel like I would blade it or have trouble getting under the ball either.
The Bridgestone Tour B XS-1 wedges performed very nicely on the course. I can’t they did anything different compared to other wedges; they have good spin, accurate distance and nice trajectory. I hit the shots I expected to hit and had very few misses with them. The grooves and micro-grooves combined with the DG Spinner shaft mean these wedges have some serious RPMs. It wasn’t off the chart, but consistent from many different lies.
Bridgestone makes the most underrated clubs on the market. I’m regularly impressed by their clubs. The Tour B XW-1 wedges are really good. While the options might be simple, they are solid performers. Hopefully they are available at more pro shops in 2018. The new wedges come in less options which is both a positive and potentially a negative. If you want a clean looking, solid feeling, good performing forged wedge, this is an excellent option.
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