Bridgestone has released their next generation of JGR clubs including a new driver, fairway woods, hybrids, and two different lines of irons, the HF1 and HF2. I also had the chance to speak with Bridgestone’s Club Marketing Manager, Zach Kupperbusch about the new line of equipment. The first thing I asked Zach was what the mindset and goal of the newly designed JGR line.
“The JGR line, for us, is very important as it fits many players looking for increased forgiveness. Our goal with the new TOUR B JGR line was to build on the success of the original JGR line by adding exciting new technologies that benefit players of all skill levels.”
The new driver, fairway woods, and hybrids all share the same look and several pieces of technology.
Visually, the clubs are sleek in shape with a deep-blue head color combined with an eye-catching yellow and sharp, silver face.
Building off the original JGR driver from 2015, Bridgestone has improved and expanded on the technology within the clubs. In 2015, only the JGR driver was equipped with Bridgestone’s Power Mill Face Design. However, this generation has actually doubled the depth of the milled grooves and also included the technology on the face of fairway woods and hybrids in addition to the driver.
The face design promotes a low spin on the golf ball and increases quality compression time between the club face and golf ball.
The driver, fairway woods, and hybrids also feature what Bridgestone calls “Boost Wave Crown” technology. These are strategically placed internal and external “slits” that allow the crown to flex more at impact. The result is a higher initial launch of the golf ball into the air.
Here’s Zach again talking about the weighting of the driver:
“Another component for the driver is the draw biased weighting, which is an 8g external weight in the port and 25g internal weighting for draw biased shot shape. Additionally, it has a power rib sole that keeps the driver more rigid at impact for increased ball velocity.”
Brandt Snedeker also happened to have the JGR driver in his bag this year when he won the Wyndham Championship.
Finally, the face of the fairway woods and hybrids are also designed with a variable thickness that provides more forgiveness on off-center strikes.
Moving to the two new set of irons, the HF1’s and HF2’s, each have been designed with a lot of thought for different levels of golfers.
“If you compare the HF1 to HF2 side by side,” explains Zach, “it is obvious that they are designed for two very different players. Both irons feature a forged construction, but that is where the similarities end. The HF1 has a wide sole design that helps to prevent digging. It also helps to promote a higher launch for higher handicap players. The HF2 irons are a more traditional cavity back shape that allows players to work the ball a bit more while still providing a bit of forgiveness through increased hosel offset. The stock shafts are designed for each category of players. HF1’s features the UST Mamiya Recoil 670 and 680 stock shafts which will promote a higher launch for slower clubhead speeds. The HF2’s features True Temper XP 95 shafts which are a very popular lightweight steel offering for players of all skill levels.”
I can tell you from experience, the HF2’s are sharp looking and back-up Zach and Bridgestone’s claims regarding feel and forgiveness. After playing about 15 rounds with them, I’ve been continually impressed with their performance. They have a crisp, clean sound, enough face size to promote confidence over the ball, and the feel of the ball strike is pure.
The HF2’s are perfect for the player looking to graduate from the super-game improvement irons (I had been playing the Ping G30s) to something more forgiving than blades, but still provides enough feel for shot shaping. These are absolutely those irons.
I always promote getting fitted when making the investment in new golf equipment. The good news is Club Champion will be carrying the JGR line when they officially launch in October.
I would definitely recommend giving the full JGR line, from driver to irons, a work-out if you’re looking to upgrade your current bag.
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