Martin Hopley

When you take the headcover off the Bridgestone J15HY hybrid you are probably going to go 'oooh' at the smooth shiny head with its classy lines and you would be right to do so.

Bridgestone J15HY Hybrid

Bridgestone has spent time with the J15 range adjusting the sole camber by reducing the heel profile to make them more playable from a variety of lies and in the J15HY hybrid they have done a good job.

Bridgestone J15HY Hybrid

They have also used the same FAST crown and Hyper Stainless 455 steel face as the fairway to create a head that flexes more at impact to increase ball speed and create a higher launch angle.

Bridgestone J15HY Hybrid

The crown is thinner near the face and then gets thicker towards the back to enable a spring like effect on the ball and it gives the J15HY a lovely light feel and a great zing sound at impact.

Bridgestone J15HY Hybrid

The face felt very powerful at impact and the mid to high trajectory would suit a lot of single figure golfers.

The J15HY has a clean look at address and all you can see are the white lines on the face, which I think looks very good. The head shape is rounded with a reasonably toe-heavy shape, which concerns me a little, as the better players this is supposedly aimed at would probably prefer it to be more neutral.

Bridgestone J15HY Hybrid

Combine this with a reasonably closed face and I worry that this could go left on me without much prompting, so it was not surprising to when I hit it to note that the J15HY had a bit of a draw bias.

There is a removable 6 gram weight in the sole of the club, but there are no supplied weights to swap it with, so unless you are near a tour van I would just leave it where it is and step away from the wrench.

If you do want a pack of a 2g, 4g, 6g, 8g, 10g and 12g weights to play around with then you can get them as an extra for an RRP of £41.

Bridgestone J15HY Hybrid

Having given the headcovers of the Bridgestone J715 driver and J15F fairway a hard time I have to be fair and mention that I like the styling & number tag of the hybrid cover.

There is a choice of four lofts starting at a 17° H1, that could work well with the closed set up, right up to 23° H4, so this club is aimed more at better players than game improvers.

Bridgestone say that the J15HY is for 'professionals to high handicap players' and I suppose I can see all of these types of players using it, as the flight is fine for the good guys and the set up is fine for the less good guys.

However, how many will fall into both camps I am not so sure, but if that is you, then the Bridgestone J15HY is worth considering.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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Bridgestone J15HY Hybrid

Bridgestone J15HY Hybrid - Product Details

UK LaunchMarch 2015
UK Launch RRP£159
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityRight
Right Handed Lofts17°, 19°, 21°, 23°
Swing WeightD2
Shaft NameMitsubishi Fubuki Z
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff, X Stiff
GripGolf Pride Tour Velvet
Number/LoftH1/17°, H2/19°, H3/21°, H4/23°
Manufacturer's WebsiteBridgestone Website

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