BRIDGESTONE JGR DRIVER
CATEGORY: Max Game Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° with Aldila NV 65 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The flexible crown near the face bends back from the target to boost launch and spring.
DISTANCE: This one’s a monster—contact all across the face carries far and offers great rollout; one of the longest drivers in the Max Game Improvement category beats what most testers have in their bags.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The JGR is easy to hit consistently from the very first swing; shots take off straight with little sidespin; top-notch correction— even the worst misses try to curve back to the center.
FEEL: The clubhead remains stable through the hitting zone; impact is exciting—the ball jumps off the face, even on minor mis-hits.
PLAYABILITY: The JGR consistently delivers a penetrating, medium-high ball flight that cuts through the wind; testers can’t adjust loft with this one, but flipping the two weights on the sole can fine-tune shot shape.
LOOK: A traditional shape that sits squarely and comfortably; neon yellow graphics on the crown and white scoring lines on the clubface make it easy to set up correctly.
Testers prefer a less brash-looking color scheme, and many of them would change the neon yellow grip before putting it into play; the especially deep face inspires confidence, but it takes some time to determine the correct tee height.
BOTTOM LINE: The Bridgestone JGR is the best model in its class—this star earned top ratings in each performance category. Any higher-handicapper looking to improve his tee game should give it a test-drive.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: The bonded head has two movable weights (6 and 12 grams) to change directional bias and CG location. It delivers max forgiveness for average Joes seeking a traditionallooking head. Launch: Mid; Spin: Mid
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MORE INFO ON THE BRIDGESTONE JGR DRIVER
From GOLF.com, January 25, 2016:
Bridgestone's JGR driver ($300) pairs a flexible crown with a stiff sole reinforced by two arc-shaped pieces (speeDARC technology) to improve the spring like effect at impact for higher trajectory, longer drives.
A new milling pattern gets progressively tighter as you move down the face to limit spin on thin shots and utilizes vertical grooves on the toe and heel to mitigate sidespin. In addition, interchangeable 6- and 12-gram weights help tune trajectory and create a draw bias as needed. -- Michael Chwasky