Bridgestone J36 Hybrid Review

By February 21, 2008, 5:00 pm

Their new J36 hybrid is an extension of their previous game improvement Gravity Chamber hybrids with some major design changes to suit better players. These days, hybrids span every shape and form, some look like large irons, others small fairway woods. There are plenty of options out there for golfers to find clubs that fit their eye. However, many players struggle to find hybrids they feel comfortable with, many get so frustrated they simply resort back to the long irons they sought to replace. With the J36 hybrid, Bridgestone does a great job addressing their target market and should be high on the consideration list for any avid golfer.
 


 
Aesthetics
 

Some hybrids look like super-sized irons, others come close to matching fairway woods. With the J36, Bridgestone has achieved the fine balance between a hybrid that's small enough to suit better players yet still provides plenty of confidence from address. The club head is small for a hybrid, just a touch bigger toe to heel than a golf ball. It is covered in black paint that extends all the way around the club head. The hosel blends in perfectly with the top line giving the club an open appearance at address. Full face scoring lines provide a traditional look many golfers will love.
 


 

The face is deep and the square toe makes for a very clean setup behind the ball. The feel at impact is what I would call perfect. It has a solid, muted sound at impact that is closer to the feel of an iron rather than a wood. There is no hint of the 'tin can' sound other clubs have.
 
Technology
 

Bridgestone has released two previous hybrid models - the original J33 and the Gravity Chamber. With the J36, Bridgestone sought to combine the best qualities of the two. The fusion has produced a club targeted towards better players with a little forgiveness built in. One of the big changes this year was the internal weighting of the club. The J36 has completely neutral weighting, something better players crave. It's a club that allows you to dictate the ball flight rather than force you to compensate like other models which feature heavy draw biases.
 
The sole features a small channel cut into the sole that moves weight to the perimeter of the club for a touch of forgiveness. The sole itself has been redesigned to help produce the best interaction with the turf from a variety of lies. The stock shaft is an 80 gram Alidla VS Proto which is a great match for the high but flat ball flight of the head.
 


 
Performance
 
I have had found two hybrids over the years which I have loved. The J36 beats them all handily. The club is fantastic whether hit off the tee or off the deck. It has a very flat trajectory that rises quickly and levels off. Also, thanks to its neutral weighting and face angle, working the ball in either direction is a very easy proposition. Need to hit a high hook? How about a low fade? Either shot is possible with the J36.
 

With hybrids, it is important to have a descending blow much like an iron. Turf interaction is an important characteristic for a hybrid. In thin, firm conditions, the camber of the sole makes it easy to catch the ball cleanly since a minimal area touches the ground. In very soft conditions, the blunt leading edge and width of the sole and leading edge prevent the club from digging.
 
The primary goal of a hybrid is forgiveness and the J36 does very well in this respect. It's not a point and shoot club, nor is it intended to be. The ability to work the ball requires some sacrifices in forgiveness. However, shots struck hight and low on the face all seem to get up quickly and don't lose much distance. In the wind, the flat trajectory makes ballooning very difficult. The ball spins off the club, but it is not excessive, a tremendous benefit for players trying to dial in their distances.
 
Conclusion
 
Better players often find themselves in a quandry when it comes to long irons. Many desire the ball flight control of an iron but want more room for error on mishits. The J36 hybrid is one of the few clubs on the market made specifically to suit the needs of better players. Players who have been skeptical in the past might even find themsleves ready to replace 4 or 5 irons with the J36. It is a complete club in every way.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.