Gear: Bridgestone Tour B JGR fairway woods
Price: $399 with UST Mamiya Recoil 460 ES shaft and Golf Pride grip
Specs: 15 and 18 degrees
Available: Oct. 8
Bridgestone’s newest fairway wood, the Tour B JGR, is designed for players who want to hit higher-flying, lower-spinning shots off the tee and from the fairway.
The Bridgestone Tour B JGR fairway woods are designed to complement the Tour B JGR driver, and they share many of the same technologies.
The crown was designed to flex as the ball makes impact with the face to promote a higher launch angle. Bridgestone refers to the design as a Boost Wave crown, and coupled with the variable-thickness face it should help golfers generate more ball speed.
To reduce spin and further enhance distance, Bridgestone gave the Tour B JGR fairway woods a face that has been milled, creating a series of grooves that stretch from the toe to the heel. If you run a finger over the face, you can feel the Power Milled Face design, and it helps keep the ball in contact with the hitting area for a longer period, reducing spin.
Bridgestone chose not to give the Tour B JGR fairway woods an adjustable hosel mechanism because the company thinks more players who will be in the market for a club like this will benefit from the reduced weight of a bonded hosel than would benefit from being able to increase or decrease the stated loft.