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Mizuno to launch three new golf balls



According to Mizuno Golf’s European website, the company will launch three new golf balls in March 2015.

The new golf balls will include Mizuno’s MP-S and MP-X models, which are designed for better players, but most interesting is the company’s new JPX golf ball.

The JPX golf ball has Mizuno’s new “dimple clusters,” which are micro-dimples located around the larger dimples on the ball’s cover that are said to improve aerodynamics. The design was created by working closely with the Fukuoka Institute of Technology in Japan, the company said.

[quote_box_center]”The micro-dimples have little effect at higher ball speeds generated at impact,” said Masashi Tamakoshi, head of golf ball development for Mizuno. “However as the ball peaks and slows, they start to take effect. By stalling the descent phase just a fraction, we were able to increase the JPX’s overall airtime.” [/quote_box_center]

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According to Mizuno, at least five Japanese Tour players will use the MP-X golf ball, and Chris Wood, a Mizuno Golf staff player on the European Tour, is also testing the the MP-X golf ball.

The balls are not expected to be available in North America.

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  1. Mark R

    Mar 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Not available in the US? Quite frankly My Dear – Who gives a Damn about the US?
    And – Dear Fellow Gearheads – hadn’t you considered that the Rest of The World also logs into GOLF WRX, not just you guys? Take your heads out of your butts and concentrate on finding a way to win the Ryder Cup or perhaps you never will again. Just keep telling yourselves how good your (made for television) PGA Tour is! Heard the latest? Sponsors want 15 hole rounds and 3 day tournaments – makes better television, don’t you know?

  2. Speedy

    Mar 5, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Now, if they’d just made them two-tone.

  3. Mlight

    Feb 25, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Why bother reporting about it if there not available here in states?

  4. AIN

    Feb 24, 2015 at 1:25 am

    If it ain’t available in the US, it ain’t news lol

  5. John Ineson

    Feb 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Not available?? So what! You never lusted after something that was not available? Oh man, they’re over there with their balls in the air a fraction longer thanks to those dimples so unavailable to me! I want those dimples so bad I’ve already put a tour ball in my vise and with a 6 penny nail am pocking it with heretofore unseen dimple clusters. Now it’s non-conforming? Oh no! What’s a poor, unproperly dimpled westerner to do? Time to remember the rule: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors balls, nor his cup-faced irons, nor his fourteenth driver released by that company this year . . .” Believe me . . . in just about all our cases it’s NOT the ball!

  6. christian

    Feb 23, 2015 at 4:01 am

    I have used the older Cross Eight Mizuno balls occasionally, and those were really good, excellent performance/feel

  7. MHendon

    Feb 22, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    You’ll be able to get them in the U.S. as long as you’re willing to pay a premium for them on ebay.

  8. brian k.

    Feb 22, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    “The balls are not expected to be available in North America.”
    “The balls are not expected to be available in North America.”
    “The balls are not expected to be available in North America.”


  9. Mike

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Just like the car manufacturers European model shown in advertisements not available in the US. Why tease us and looks cool.

  10. Sebastien

    Feb 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    If the micro dimples help, why not have it on the higher end ball????

    • Claude

      Feb 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Wait ill next year when they launch their new ball which uses their hyper super micro tri-dimples technology. The design was created by working closely with the Fukuoka Institute of Technology in Japan, the company said.

    • Jengus

      Feb 23, 2015 at 5:30 am

      Obviously didn’t read the article. They aren’t effective on higher ball speeds so they are pretty much redundant to better players. Hence part of the JPX brand rather than MP.

      • NaborsX

        Feb 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

        And you obviously mis-interpreted the the article… They have little effect at IMPACT, but take effect as the ball starts to slow down and descends.

        “The micro-dimples have little effect at higher ball speeds generated at impact,” said Masashi Tamakoshi, head of golf ball development for Mizuno. “However as the ball peaks and slows, they start to take effect. By stalling the descent phase just a fraction, we were able to increase the JPX’s overall airtime.”

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