2016 Bridgestone JGR Expert Review


Bridgestone’s JGR lineup of clubs features some great innovations that will help players consistently lower their scores. While these clubs are geared towards players looking for Game Improvement equipment (especially the irons), the more rigid speeDARC sole and interchangeable weights in the woods make them great for a wide range of players.

Bridgestone JGR Driver


Club Tested: JGR Driver Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV Orange 65; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 10.5°

The Takeaway

New for 2016 the Bridgestone JGR driver features an Improved Power Milled Face design for the ultimate combination of low-spin distance and added forgiveness on off–center hits. SpeeDARC technology increases the rigidity of the sole providing an incredibly stable base, resulting in fastball speeds. The 460cc F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Speed Technology) Crown Design increases ball velocities and produces the highest launch angles Bridgestone has ever achieved.

Who’s It For?

The JGR driver is for players across the whole handicap spectrum who like the feel of a glued-in shaft design.

Final Take

I found the JGR driver head cosmetically very appealing from all angles. The Yellow colorway highlighted the crown and really framed the ball well at address. I struggled mightily with this head mainly due to the higher loft and what felt like a closed face and very upright lie angle compared to what the specs say. However, the feel was excellent, though unfortunately I could not produce a shot that fit my eye properly, both in ball flight and overall dispersion.

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Bridgestone JGR Fairway Woods


Club Tested: JGR 3-Wood Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV Orange Fairway 75; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 15°

The Takeaway

Much like the JGR Driver the fairway woods feature F.A.S.T. Crown design with speeDARC technology, an improved Milled Face and an Ultra-Thin Face design. The adjustable weight allows for user defined trajectory and weight profile.

Who’s It For?

This fairway wood will cover the majority of players except those looking for hosel adjustability since the JGR is fixed.

Final Take

Same great looks as the driver but I found this sat more square at address. To me, the head size and face depth are dead in the middle of the fairway wood pack, not too small, nor too big. The ball flight was mid to mid-high and fairly penetrating. What stood out the most was the sound, I felt like I was at a high scoring college baseball game. Some will like it and some may not.

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Bridgestone JGR Hybrid Forged Irons


Club Tested: 6-Iron Shaft: Nippon Zelos; Flex: Stiff; Loft: 24°

The Takeaway

Bridgestone boasts the JGR Hybrid Forged Irons have the lowest & deepest CG of any forged iron on the market, and the thinnest face ever providing maximum ball speeds. The Wide Flange design allows for easy to hit, high launching distance, and Turbo Rubber provides vibration dampening for an incredible feel.

Who’s It For?

Bridgestone says these irons are for everyone, but I am not so sure about this. The very wide sole might not be for everyone based on certain types of swings, like those that are quite steep or players that play on very firm ground. Sweepers of the ball who want a softer more forgiving head will like these.

Final Take

First off, this set is 5 iron thru AW, however the lofts are somewhat in line with a 4-GW setup. They are interesting clubs, for sure. Being forged you get a great feel, but because of the sole design to have the lowest and deepest CG you get a definite click from these irons that you do not get from other forged heads. These are very easy to elevate and swing, but with the strong lofts I did not see any definitive distance increases. At address they look like a lower profile forged head, and has very nice lines. This should be a very nice club for players that pick the ball clean off the turn and need to improve launch angles.

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Bob Gomavitz

Bob Gomavitz Age: 59 Handicap: 4.6 Introduced to Golf: Age 10 Years Playing: 47 Hole In Ones: 2 Double Eagles: 1 Years in the Golf Industry: 14 Rounds Per Year: Over 100 Favorite PGA Tour Course Played: TPC Sawgrass Favorite Local Course Played: Royal Colwood Victoria, B.C. Most Famous Golfer that I played with: Fred Couples Most Famous Person that I played with: Kenny G (High School Teammate)Current WITB Driver: Taylormade 2016 M2 9.5 45" D-3 Graphite Design Tour Ad 60 Stiff 3 Wood: Taylormade RBZ 13 Degree TS Oban Revenge 7 Stiff 43.25” D-3 Hybrid: Taylormade R1118 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Hybrid: Taylormade R11 Rescue 21 Degree Matrix Altus Stiff Irons: Taylormade Burner 2.0 4-PW KBS Tour Stiff Std Lie, Lofts and Lengths Wedges: Taylormade Rac Black 54 Degree TT DG Wedge Flex Wedges: Callaway X Tour 58 Degree MD TT DG Wedge Flex Putter: Odyssey Versa 90 degree #7 Super Stroke 3.0 34” Ball: Titleist Pro V1x, Srixon Z Star XV YellowTrackman Driver Swing Info Club Head Speed: 98-101 Ball Speed: 148-151 Angle of Attack: +1.7 to +2.6 Launch Angle: 12.7 to 14.1 Spin: 2400-2750 Angle of Descent: 39.8 to 37.3 Carry: 234-242 yards Distance: 258-272 yards Path: 0.7 to 2.4

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