Titleist Avx vs Bridgestone E6 – What’s The Better Golf Ball?
As a golfer with a few years of play under your belt, you face a decision every time you tee off: what ball are you going to place on that tee? You are probably past the point of beginner balls and may have reached a point where you need more performance out of the balls you use.
But do you go for a premium grade ball or a tour grade ball? Are tour grade balls really worth the extra money or will a premium grade ball work just as well? Perhaps the most important question is which type of ball will help you lower your handicap?
With those burning questions in mind we set out to compare two different balls to determine which is better. We tested and reviewed a premium grade ball and a tour grade ball. The following review details our experiences with each.
The Titleist AVX Balls
If you have ever played the Titleist Pro V1 balls and wished they were a little softer, the Titleist AVX balls are the ones you have been pining for. They play softer than the Pro V1 thanks to a low compression core (a factor of 80).
But the Titleist AVX balls feature the same patented casing and cover technology as the Pro V1’s. The cover is made from a cast urethane, thermoset material that gives these balls incredible flex and makes them play longer than your average low compression, soft balls.
That is really the crux of these balls: you get a great soft feel without losing any distance off your drivers and long irons. As you would expect from a tour grade ball the Titleist AVX features a three piece construction and the casing layer allows for tour caliber control around the green and on approaches.
- Tour grade balls
- Great flex
- Feel really nice off the driver and long iron faces
- Low spin
- Low flight
- Allows for good control around the green
- Not good balls if you have a naturally high ball flight trajectory
- They are on the pricey side
- They don’t have a lot of stopping power on the greens
- Not the best balls if you rely on spin for control
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The Bridgestone E6 Balls
These were the premium grade balls that we pit against the tour grade Titleist AVX’s. Firstly we noticed that these Bridgestone balls lived up to their classification as “soft.” They feature an exceptionally soft gradational core with a compression factor of 50.
The second thing we noticed about these Bridgestone balls was that like the Titleist AVX balls, these flew with a very low spin rate. We were able to get a piercing, low-flight distance from these balls on a consistent basis.
The cover is made of surlyn and features a 326 dimple pattern. These balls offer great control even when the wind picks up a little thanks to the Delta Dimple cover pattern. And one of the nicest things about these premium grade balls is that they feature a three-piece design.
- Affordable price for a three-piece construction ball
- Great for low swing speed players
- Designed to fly straight
- Good accuracy off the tee and irons
- Low spin rate
- They play long
- The surlyn cover doesn’t seem too durable
- Not the best balls if you like to intentionally fade shots
- Not great if you have a high swing speed
- Not the best sounding balls
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What these balls had in common off the tee were low flight arcs, low spin and decent distance. It was easier to get a straight shot from the Bridgestone E6 balls and we were actually able to get more consistent distance from them.
The Titleist AVX added about 10 yards to our drives and to be honest, they felt better than the Bridgestone balls. Overall these two balls performed surprisingly similarly. That says more for the Bridgestone E6’s than it does for the Titleist AVX’s since the Birdgestones are premium grade.
But, with that all being said, we would say that the Titleist AVX balls were better off the tee.
Performance on the Fairway and Around the Green
Both of these balls had some issues around the green. Namely the low ball spin. This can be a boon for some players, but we like to add some spin for stopping power on approach shots and neither of these balls delivered on that front.
We were able to get better distance off long irons with the Titleist AVX balls so they take the victory on fairway and approach shots.
The cover of the Titleist AVX balls gives them a slight advantage over the Bridgestone E6 balls. They feel better and are more accurate on most greens. They hold a line pretty well and we were able to bend our putts a little more with them compared to the Bridgestone E6 balls.
There is a pretty big price gap between these two balls. You can expect to pay somewhere around $20 for a dozen of the Bridgestone E6 balls while the Titleist AVX’s run for almost $50.
Before we give you our opinion as to which of these balls is better overall, we have to make note of the fact that the cheaper balls and the one’s of the lesser premium category held up very well against the more expensive, tour grade balls.
The Bridgestone E6 balls were very impressive for being so affordable. But if you are an intermediate golfer looking to take a leap with your game, we recommend using the Titleist AVX balls. The high quality cast thermoset urethane cover allowed for more greenside control.
And the cover material of the Titleist AVX balls gives them that tour grade feel that just has to be experienced. In terms of performance, feel and accuracy, they are the better balls. But as far as distance and flight go, they performed the same as the Bridgestones.
Still, they are the type of balls that could give you that extra edge that you need to elevate your game so check out the Titleist AVX’s today!
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Hi, I am Matthew, a mid handicap golfer who likes to play as much as possible. I love trying out new gear and this blog is where you can find all the gear I have tested over the years!