Conclusion: The B330-S is shorter than the "Costco" Callaway Hex Warbird by 10 yards. Bridgestone told me that the B330-S is called a "spin" ball, and you should expect a 10 yard or more loss of distance off the tee. Up to the 8i they seem to perform about the same distance-wise. However, the B330-S works much better for 105mph swing speed which promted me to call Bridgestone. They are great balls, and they seem to do the job pretty well.
Summary: In case it matters, I'm a 5 handicap which means I shoot in the 70s AND 80s. So yes, I chose "Shoots in the 70s" cuz it sounds better. :) I'm surprised nobody mentioned the durability of this ball in their reviews. Many of today's high-end golf balls are long while provide some good feel and spin. What this ball has over the ProV1x, for instance, is that it is MUCH more durable. Anytime I hit a ProV with anything near a full sand wedge, it's toast.
Conclusion: The longest player I've played a round with at my course uses the B330. A group of players who hit it about the same - but a shade shorter more often than not depending on the day - tend to use the ProV1x, Pro V1, Penta, B330, and B300S. Seems consistent with the advertizing at least wrt distance off the tee. None of the longest hitters (who I've played with - key point right there) were using a "distance ball".
Conclusion: WUTiger: I recently have been playing these Bridgestone balls. I have tried both the E6 and the 330-S. For me the 330-S spun too much and i will be trying the 330 next. But for the E6 i was not able to get a whole lot of backspin on the ball. Not to say that it ran out a lot, but it didn't back up for me even on full wedge shots.
Conclusion: Bridgestone team showed up at my club on Wednesday, and gave me the Bridgestone Challenge. I compared my usual ball the TopFlite Gamer.v2 with the Bridgestone E6. Driver = Razr Fit 9.5* head with Aldila RIP.D NV 60 gr. R shaft (low kick). Both balls averaged 85.5 MPH clubhead speed, and had draw spin, which is how I was set up at address. - E6 marginally higher on launch angle and ball velocity w/ +13 yds.
Conclusion: Is there much difference in performance between the 2011 and 2012 version on the RX? 20012 has dual dimple and thinner outer layer -- does it make a difference? I'm currently playing the 2011 RX. What should I expect to see in the 2012 version?
Conclusion: Guys, it's simple. With a wedge you don't care as much about compressing the core. It's more of a glancing blow (due to the loft), and you only want to send the ball 100 yards or so anyway. With a driver you will compress the golf ball farther into the core. Not only is the blow more square (less loft) but you can swing a driver much faster than a sand wedge (lighter club, longer shaft).
Conclusion: I also then have to disagree that driver is the only club that compresses the ball. I swing my irons very down (compressing) and I wonder if my swing speed with irons is so slow because with shorter irons my swing speed slows down after contact. I may just be rambling but I think I have decided that balls made for higher swing speeds are for me.