â€¢ New range took six years for Nike to develop
â€¢ It features four new golf balls – Black, Platinum, Red and White
â€¢ ‘It feels way better than any ball we’ve had before’
The new line, Nikeâ€™s first since the end of 2013, features RZN Tour (available in Black and Platinum versions) and RZN Speed (available in Red and White versions). Rory McIlroy put the RZN Platinum version in play for the final three events of 2015, including his win at the season-ending DP Tour World Championship in Dubai.
â€œThe ball feels much softer, yet Iâ€™ve maintained my ball speed and even picked up a few yards overall,â€ explained McIlroy. â€œItâ€™s easily the best combination of distance and feel Iâ€™ve ever played.â€
One of the first things youâ€™ll notice when you pick up the ball is the new cover. Nike has added around 40 micro dimples inside each individual dimple to improve the ballâ€™s aerodynamics, particularly in the final third of its flight. This keeps it flying for longer, resulting in more distance.
Donâ€™t like the sound of micro dimples? Donâ€™t worry, the changes are only visible when you look at the ball closely and canâ€™t be seen when addressing the ball to play a shot.
The core has been made out of Nikeâ€™s newest RZN material and is bigger than in previous versions. According to the brandâ€™s engineers, this effectively gives the ball â€˜a bigger engineâ€™ allowing it to travel faster from impact, a big plus for anyone looking for that extra bit of distance.
The inner layer, meanwhile, has a new pattern on its surface to help energy move better through the ball from the clubhead. Wrapped around the core, it is the main reason it is able to give more distance on iron shots, an achievement Nike is proud of.
â€œThe USGAâ€™s Overall Distance Standard limit is 320 yards and we were already really close to that with our last balls,â€ Tom Harper, Nike Europeâ€™s golf business director, told bunkered.co.uk. â€œWe have built the same machine as the USGA uses to test them at our HQ in Portland and have been able to get this ball to 319.9 yards. Itâ€™s something weâ€™re really proud of and feel can make a real difference for golfers out there. It feels way better than any ball weâ€™ve had before.â€
So, how do you pick the right one for you? Well, the RZN Black is for those who want lower spin and more distance, while the RZN Platinum gives a bit more spin than the Black as well as more control.
Alongside the RZN Tour balls, Nike has revealed new designs for its RZN Speed range, featuring Red and White versions. Where the RZN Tour balls are four-piece, these are three-piece designs and offer the combination of forgiveness and feel. The RZN Red is best suited to golfers that want to carry the ball further, while the RZN White gives softer feel.
Price: Â£39.99 per doz (RZN Tour); Â£29.99 per doz (RZN Speed)
Availability: At selected retailers from Jan 29, 2016
For more information on Nikeâ€™s new gear for 2016, visit nike.com/golf
Originally published on bunkered on January 6, 2016.