Bridgestone unveiled two prototype golf balls – both are four-piece construction with urethane covers – that Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar put into play at the Presidents Cup.
Snedeker had been using the company’s B330 ball while Kuchar had played the B330-S ball. But on Wednesday, Snedeker confirmed his use of a prototype during practice rounds this week at Muirfield Village.
The balls were not named, but sources at Bridgestone didn’t try to hide their identity. Snedeker played what will be introduced in 2014 as the new B330, and Kuchar played the new B330S.
“It’s a little longer, spins a little more, and is a little softer. It’s a really good ball,” Snedeker told Golfweek, discussing the model he used.
Snedeker’s B330 and Kuchar’s B330-S models were released two years ago, and Bridgestone historically has released updates every two years.
Snedeker said that he has been practicing with the new ball for about a week and is comfortable making the switch on the eve of the competition.
Said Snedeker: “[It went] straight into the bag. Kuch, too.”
Snedeker and Kuchar clearly have similar taste in equipment. Both golfers also use Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back irons and a Ping Anser hybrid. Furthermore, when Kuchar switched to Aerotech SteelFiber i95 Constant Taper shafts in his irons, Snedeker tried them and switched as well.
– Jeff Babineau and Jim Achenbach contributed.