Bridgestone J15 Wedge Review

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On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Bridgestone J15 Wedge, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other wedges we have recently reviewed.

We reviewed the Bridgestone J15 as part of our Best Golf Wedges Review.

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Bridgestone J15 Wedge

Our Assessment

8.4 Total Score
Good (B)

An elegant aesthetic design that is offered in either brushed satin or matte black and the grooved sole grind is an absolute winner in terms of versatility. The J15 wedges were designed and built to create more spin, versatility and durability. One would think every manufacturer sets out these particular goals from the get-go, but surprisingly don't ever quite seem to gel all three TOGETHER! Feel is superb and undoubtedly the forged aspect has the most to do with that, but this is one of the best wedges feel-wise that we've tested. With all the positives mentioned, unfortunately playability is not top drawer and won't cater to the mid handicap player due to the low bounce. This being said it is still a great wedge.

Design / Appearance
9
Build Quality
9
Control / Feel
8.5
Performance
8
Value for Money
7.5
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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Sleek, elegant design
  • Grooved sole grind aids playability tremendously
  • Feels superb off the club face – almost buttery
CONS:
  • Demands pure ball striking, so not great for mid to high handicappers
  • Only acquire if able to put in a good few hours practice each and every week in order to maximize its potential

Key Facts

Product Details Bridgestone J15 Wedge
Launch RRP $119.00
Gender Mens
Handicap Range Low to Medium
Hand Availability Right Only
Right Handed Lofts 50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°
Left Handed Lofts Right Hand Only
Lie 64°
Material Finish Black Oxide or Satin Chrome
Club Length 35.5″ – 35.75″
Shaft Type and Name True Temper® Dynamic® Gold Spinner shaft
Grip Custom Grip
Manufacturers Website Bridgestone

Official Video

Here’s a short 1 minute video from PGA.com with special guest Josh Kinchen talking about why the new Bridgestone J15 forged wedge leads to more consistency than any of their previous wedges.

Bridgestone J15 Wedge Review

PGA.com speak with Josh Kinchen about the new Bridgestone J15 forged wedge

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Bridgestone J15 Wedge Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

The Bridgestone J15 we can honestly say is one of the better looking wedges available on the market right now and that is purely due to the simplistic elegance in the way it was designed and finished off.

Available in two options either brushed satin chrome or matte black oxide.

The minimalistic branding on the rear end of the club-head is just what we like and doesn’t detract from the overall look of the golf club.

The head also has a teardrop shaped club-face which we prefer. As do most Tour players.

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Image Credit: Official Bridgestone Image

Build Quality

Being a premium stainless steel forged offering you can see designers have taken their time in order to produce a solid all-round offering.

he J15 wedge has been heat treated in order to increase longevity, which is a huge positive as most wedges need to be replaced at least within a year due to wear and tear if playing regularly.

The grooved sole grind is another big plus as it’s not just there for show, but has due purpose which we will elaborate on in Performance.

Control / Feel

This wedge feels as though it’s had the club-face spread with butter; it is that soft! The super soft forging has resulted in a phenomenal feel that not many competitors can contend with, if you are even the harshest critic we are confident you will be impressed with the feel of the Bridgestone J15.

Control is more than adequate and this is mainly due to the Sure Contact Sole that provides a consistent lie angle each and every shot.

Our Bridgestone J15 Wedge Review was a clear reminder how forged wedges are just that much better than any cast alternative.

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Bridgestone J15 Wedge Review

Performance

Whilst being consistent in terms of distance control one must note that off-center strikes are unfortunately penalized more than for example the Ping Glide Wedge or Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge options.

The machine milled face increases surface roughness, which in turn increases the amount of spin produced on each and every shot.

In today’s era though it does seem something of a pre-requisite for manufacturers to have some sort of milling in order to aid performance.

With this wedge you actually aren’t even concerned if your ball ends up in either a bunker or particularly the rough as the Sure Contact Sole easily slides through grass or sand with very little effort.

The only factor is off-center strikes are penalized and don’t provide relief for the mid handicap player.

Value for Money

We give the Bridgestone J15 Wedge a 8.4 out of 10 for value for money.

Sure we love the feel, the design and the versatility – but the playability is potentially one factor that may not meet the low to mid-handicapper’s game.

Some competitors’ wedges offer the playability and subsequently widening the target market so that the best professionals in the world or the local 12 handicap player at your club can use them…both parties being equally satisfied.

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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