As we approach May, and as we put get ready for The Players and U.S. Open, the golf season is definitely in full swing. Learning about all the new 2015 products out there is one of my favorite ways to prepare for another year on the course. I hope you’ve been enjoying this new series where I compile all the best product reviews and put them into one place to make it easy for everyone to find. I hope you find these ultimate product reviews helpful! – Matt
Club Name: J715 Driver
Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
Price Point: $399
Specs: Available in lofts of 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 12°. The stock shaft is a Mitsubishi Fubuki ZT with a Yellow Golf Pride Tour Velvet Grip.
The new Bridgestone J715 driver is the company’s first new model in four years.
“We want consumers to know that when we introduce a new club, it will always offer real tangible performance benefits,” said Josh Kinchen, Golf Clubs and Accessories Marketing Manager at Bridgestone Golf.
Bridgestone has added four new technologies:
1. Flex Action Speed Technology (F.A.S.T) in the crown, which will help golfers launch the ball higher and faster. F.A.S.T. means that the crown is thinner near the face, and gets progressively thicker towards the rear of the club head.
2. Bridgestone has added a power-milled face, which is said to reduce that unwanted slippage at impact by adding friction.
3. A new Spin Flight Control Technology in the driver that allows golfers to adjust the center of gravity — golf’s hottest trend to increase distance.
4. An adjustable hosel that can set the face angle 1 degree open or closed, and the lie angle can be set to standard, or 1- or 2-degrees upright.
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1. Golf Digest: Silver Rating. While others have focused on ways to make the sole more flexible through slots or channels, Bridgestone believes thinning the crown is better. A series of internal ridges in the front of the crown are designed to produce an accordion-like effect, yielding more ball speed off the face and a higher launch angle. Charging $16 a pop for extra movable weights is like a country club charging members for tees.
2. Golf Magazine: Just Ok. This is a better-player’s club in game-improvement clothing. The J715 is best left to a more accomplished ballstriker who shapes shots off the tee. If that sounds like you, this club—with its cool adjustability features—can produce spectacular results.
3. Golf WRX: Like It. Bridgestone incorporated four new technologies into its new J715 460 driver that allow it to launch higher and spin less than its predecessor — the recipe for more driver distance. The most important of those technologies could be the Flex Action Speed Technology (F.A.S.T) in the crown, which will help golfers launch the ball higher and faster. F.A.S.T. means that the crown is thinner near the face, and gets progressively thicker towards the rear of the club head. The construction allows the face to flex more at impact, imparting more spring-like effect to improve launch.
4. My Golf Spy: Like It. Everyone, let’s welcome Bridgestone to the adjustable hosel club. The J715 is Bridgestone’s first adjustable hosel driver. Like TaylorMade, Cobra, and a few others, Bridgestone’s implementation is a single cog design that allows for a 1° change in face angle (either open or closed). Settings also allow for the club to be set either upright or flat.
5. Golf Magic: Bronze Rating. In an age where driver technology aims to rescue a dreaded mis-hit, the J715 relies much more on the pilot. A little pricey at £350 given its overall performance, but better players who enjoy a classic-looking clubhead and an ability to shape the ball off the tee will love this one.
6. Golf A Lot: 5 stars out of 5. There are any number of reasons I could use to justify why I am going to knock a star off, from the price, the parade gloss head-cover, the slightly confusing hosel, or the fact the head didn’t seem to like being adjusted by me anyway. But I’m not going to, because sometimes you have to go with your gut feel. Find the right initial loft for you, leave the shaft alone and just play with the sole weights and you will be rewarded with a driver that is great fun to use and gives you lots of lovely sound and feel feedback from a large, classic, clean head.
7. PGA.com: Like it.