Ball Lab: 2022 Bridgestone TOUR BX Review


MyGolfSpy Ball Lab is where we quantify the quality and consistency of golf balls. Today, we’re reviewing the 2022 Bridgestone TOUR BX To learn more about our test process, click here.

About the Bridgestone TOUR BX

a photo of the 2022 Bridgestone TOUR BX golf ball

The Bridgestone TOUR BX is one of two true Tour-level offerings in the current Bridgestone lineup. Like most balls in the category, it costs nearly $50 per dozen.

Bridgestone TOUR BX Construction

The Bridgestone TOUR BX is a three-piece ball with an injection-molded urethane cover.

As with other TOUR B offerings, TOUR BX balls destined for the American market are manufactured by Bridgestone at the company’s factory in Covington, Ga.

Compression

A 2022 Bridgestone TOUR BX being compression tested

On our gauge, the 2022 Bridgestone TOUR BX has an average compression of 94. That’s just a few points softer than the previous model so it’s likely compression targets were the same. The BX is the firmest (and fastest) ball in the Bridgestone lineup and easily qualifies as a firm offering in our system.

Diameter and Weight

A bridgestone TOUR B X in the MyGolfSpy Ball Lab diameter gauge

Two balls in our TOUR BX sample failed to meet our standard for roundness and were flagged as Bad. Notably, perhaps, both balls were in the first box we purchased.

Bridgestone balls typically run a bit larger than most in the “Tour” category so we wouldn’t expect to find any that challenge the USGA’s minimum size requirement. All of the sample conformed to the size rule.

Likewise, past measurements suggest Bridgestone doesn’t typically challenge the USGA’s weight limit. All of the sample met the USGA’s minimum weight standard.

Inspection

Centeredness and Concentricity

We flagged a single ball for a concentricity defect but, otherwise, we found no serious issues within the sample.

Core Consistency

the core of the 2022 Bridgestone TOUR BX golf ball

Core color was generally consistent across the entire sample. This is typically the case with Bridgestone balls.

Cover

No cover defects were identified.

Bridgestone TOUR BX – Consistency

In this section, we detail the consistency of the 2022 Bridgestone Tour BX. Our consistency metrics provide a measure of how similar the balls in our sample were to one another relative to all of the models we’ve tested to date.

a chart showing the consistency of the Bridgestone TOUR BX

Weight Consistency

  • At the time of testing, weight consistency for the 2022 Bridgestone TOUR BX fell within the Average range.
  • As you can see from the chart above, Box 1 was a bit lighter than 2 and 3.

Diameter Consistency

  • Despite two balls that weren’t round, diameter consistency fell at the lower end of the Average range.
  • Based on the average diameter of the balls in our sample, we’d classify the TOUR BX as a “large” ball. That’s unusual for the Tour category.

Compression Consistency

  • Despite a reasonable amount of variation (see above), compression consistency falls within the Average range.
  • While a nearly 10-point compression delta doesn’t place it among the best we’ve tested, it is the tightest we’ve tested from Bridgestone to date.

True Price

True Price is how we quantify the quality of a golf ball. It’s a projection of what you’d have to spend to ensure you get 12 good balls.

The True Price will always be equal to or greater than the retail price. The greater the difference between the retail price and the True Price, the more you should be concerned about the quality of the ball.

Summary

To learn more about our test process, how we define “Bad” balls and our True Price metric, check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.

The Bridgestone TOUR BX is an average quality ball with no significant red flags.

The Good

  • Within the Average range for the consistency metrics we track.
  • No significant compression issues

The Bad

  • Two balls failed to meet our roundness standard.
  • A single layer defect in the sample

Like the Titleist Tour Soft we reviewed last week, the 2022 Bridgestone TOUR BX receives a Ball Lab score of 74. That’s one point better than the database average (73) at the time of testing.

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