Mizuno has, for the first time, introduced their golf balls to the global market with the release of the RB Tour and RB Tour X. Available in Europe, Asia and now the US, the tour-standard four piece balls have been 12 years in the making and claim to excel in windy conditions thanks to thorough research and testing methods.
Central to the new balls' design is the drag-reducing Cone Profile Dimple (C Dimple), which has been developed thanks to 12 years of wind tunnel testing at Mizuno's test facility in Japan. This speed-enhancing dimple pattern creates more trigger points, which keeps faster moving air closer to the ball for less drag and a more penetrating flight.
During testing, Mizuno discovered that 360 Cone Dimples on the ball was the optimal pattern for producing a strong and controllable driver flight, along with greater distance on iron shots.
Director of R&D David Llewellyn said:
After 13 years we have the expertise to build a really high performance tour ball that works particularly well in the wind. Mizuno has its own wind tunnel at the Mizuno Technics laboratory and a particular skill set in aerodynamics. We've now built a reputation across Asia and Europe for producing a quality ball - working with tour winners, elite amateurs and emerging tour players.
The RB TOUR takes us to the next level and we’re excited to see where this takes us – especially with US golfers who are ready for an alternative.
The 4 piece construction of the RB Tour and Tour X balls features a urethane cover which is very soft and offers high greenside spin, along with a high-energy Ionomer mantle layer and graduated hardness Butadiene Dual Core.
The RB Tour model’s very soft compression offers lower driver spin to suit more downward angles of attack, while the slighty firmer RB Tour X is geared more towards mid driver spin for flat to upward attack angles.
Available at retail from February 2019, the RB Tour and RB Tour X models are priced amongst the premium-ball category at £50 per dozen.
Are you a Mizuno fan? Would you be tempted to give their new Tour-standard ball a go and make the switch from your current ball? One thing is for sure, Mizuno aren't a company to release a new product unless they are 110% confident it will hold it's own in the market. This ball is 12 years in the making and maybe worth taking a closer look at. One to watch.