Mizuno is making its first appearance in the North American golf ball market with the introduction of its RB Tour and RB Tour X products that represent the company’s first golf balls to be introduced globally.
Mizuno introduced its first golf ball to the Japanese market in 2005, its first urethane covered ball to Europe in 2013 and its second generation MP-s and MP-x in 2015.
The RB Tour and RB Tour X will be available for tour and retail in Japan, Europe and now the United States and Canada.
Mizuno’s new Cone Profile Dimple, or C Dimple, used to reduce drag, comes after 12 years of wind tunnel testing at Mizuno’s MT (Mizuno Technics) test facility.
The C-Dimple is designed to create more trigger points to keep fast flowing air close to the ball’s surface. Mizuno’s tests showed a configuration of 360 Cone Dimples was most effective at producing a controllable, penetrating driver flight, and noticeable distance gains on full iron shots.
The RB Tour and RB Tour X’s four-piece construction blends 360 drag-reducing C-Dimples with: a urethane cover used to provide soft, responsive greenside performance; a high-energy Ionomer mantle laye; and a graduated hardness Butadiene Dual Core.
The RB Tour model’s soft compression offers lower driver spin to suit more downward angles of attack, while the RB Tour X is geared more towards mid driver spin for flat to upward attack angles.
“After 13 years we have the expertise to build a really high performance tour ball that works particularly well in the wind,” said David Llewellyn, director of R&D for Mizuno.
“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.” he said.
“The RB Tour takes us to the next level and we’re excited to see where this takes us, especially with U.S. golfers who are ready for an alternative. We’ve been lobbied on every social media channel to introduce the ball to the U.S. market, but we specifically wanted to wait for this ball.” said Llewellyn.