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Mizuno RB Tour and RB Tour X golf balls: The first balls from the company to hit the U.S. market (2019 PGA Show)

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Mizuno has launched two new golf balls – the RB Tour and RB Tour X, the first balls the company has released in the U.S.

The new golf balls from Mizuno both feature a new drag-reducing Cone Profile Dimple (C Dimple), which as a result of 12-years of wind tunnel testing at Mizuno’s MT (Mizuno Technics) test facility in Yoro, Japan, is designed to provide maximum greenside feel as well as excellent performance in the wind.

According to the company, The C-Dimple “creates more trigger points to keep fast flowing air close to the ball’s surface for longer, simultaneously reducing drag, and strengthening trajectory … producing a controllable, penetrating driver flight, and noticeable distance gains on full iron shots.”

Both four-piece designs feature a Butadiene rubber dual core with a soft urethane cover and an ionomer mantle.

Speaking on the decision to release the RB Tour and RB Tour X to the U.S. market, David Llewellyn – Director of R&D stated

“The RB Tour takes us to the next level and we’re excited to see where this takes us. We’ve been lobbied on every social media channel to introduce the ball to the US market, but we specifically wanted to wait for this ball.”

The RB Tour X is designed to provide low- to mid-driver spin, while the RB Tour, with softer compression, aims to provide low driver spin.

Both the RB Tour and RB Tour X will be at retail from February and will cost $43 per dozen.

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. A

    Jan 25, 2019 at 10:46 am

    As long it performs

  2. Tim

    Jan 24, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    It’s tough to get excited about another premium price golf ball from one of the major manufacturers. Direct to consumer companies with premium balls like Cut, Snell, Vice, etc… have made this an even more difficult market to squeeze average joe golfer dollars from.

  3. C

    Jan 24, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Wouldn’t mind trying some. But for now, I’ll stick to LostGolfBalls for ProV’s and TP5’s.

  4. Rob

    Jan 23, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Just what golf needs, another expensive golf ball.

  5. The dude

    Jan 23, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Are they forged?

  6. Simma

    Jan 23, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Another great ball for the single dig-get handicapper so he/she can get within 10 feet of the hole with his/her wedge second shot on 430 yard par 4’s. The rest of us are just trying to get it on the green and top line balls are just as hard to stop from 170 yards as the cheaper ones for anyone over a 15.

  7. Ball Tester

    Jan 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    I would imagine they will sell at the $39 price point but either way, I’ll try a dozen just to see what they have to offer.

  8. jgpl001

    Jan 23, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Mizuno have tried to enter the premium ball level now for a number of years, but always seem to fall short

    Maybe these will be closer to the big boys

    I’d like to see a Golfwrx test of these side by side with the new ProV range and the TP5 range

    I’ll certainly buy a sleeve of each for a test drive when they are released

    • Alastair

      Jan 24, 2019 at 4:11 am

      Have you even tried the MP-S and MP-X balls? The TP5 is the best out there but I’d take the MP-S over ProV1 every time.

  9. DB

    Jan 23, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Hopefully you can get them for less than $43 per dozen. They won’t sell any at that price.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Tyrrell Hatton’s custom Ping PLD putters”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Tyrrell Hatton’s 2019 custom Ping PLD putters. Our crew were on-hand to snap the two putters in the Englishman’s bag last month, and the general feedback on the custom Ping PLD flat-sticks from our members has been positive.

For plenty more photos, check out the full thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • konklifer: “The second one is awesome. Why oh why aren’t there more minimal offset shafts like that?”
  • nova6868: “These PLD putters are so nice. Also, this appears to be a new face groove option.”
  • Titletown: “That would be awesome if they brought these all black PLD’s to retail.”

Entire Thread: “Tyrrell Hatton’s custom Ping PLD putters – 2019”

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Tiger Woods’ personally used 1997 Masters prototype Scotty Cameron putter sells for big bucks

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How much would you be willing to pay for a Scotty Cameron putter personally used by Tiger Woods? Well, for someone out there the answer was just short of $23k.

As Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall first reported this week, the putter in question is the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3, and although it didn’t play a role in 13 of Woods’ 14 major victories, it is a putter associated with his very first Masters triumph back in 1997.

The putter sold via Green Jacket Auctions, and according to their description, the flat-stick was not just used by Woods, but it was the prototype version of the Newport TeI3 which he used on his way to dominating Augusta National for his first major victory.

Per the report, this particular putter has a teryllium insert which features 32 vibration-dampening dots that sought to soften the feel of the putter and offset the five screws that were used in the back cavity during the milling process.

As the description on Green Jacket Auctions states, Callaway’s director of fitting and instruction, Randy Peterson was the recipient of the putter before the 1997 golf season, and the flat-stick has “Tiger” stamped in dancing letters on the toe, while “Proto” and “XXX” are stamped on the back bumpers. The last five digits of the Certificate of Authenticity from Cameron (84437) also spells out “Tiger” on the phone keypad.

While $22,784.40 may seem like an inordinate amount to pay for a putter, there is reason to believe that the new owner of the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3 may have got themselves an excellent deal. Two previous Tiger Woods Newport 2 GSS backups (the same model he used on his way to winning 13 of his 14 majors) have been sold via Green Jacket Auctions in the past three years, for totals of $53,146 and $44,401, and comparing this Scotty Cameron putter to those previous models, the auction company states

“With all due respect to those fine putters, perhaps no privately owned Tiger Woods putter holds a candle to the collecting appeal of this specimen.”

 

 

 

 

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Brendan Steele shows off prototype Wilson Staff driving iron on Instagram

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Wilson Staff has been making waves recently with a lot of high profile activity including the signing of Gary Woodland and the new Staff blade iron prototypes he has in the bag. It appears that the R&D team at Wilson has just gotten started for 2019, considering another new prototype driving iron has popped up thanks to Brendan Steele posting some very nice pictures on his Twitter and Instagram.

We don’t have a ton of information except for the caption from Brendan’s own post

“Check out this sweet new toy! @wilsongolf was awesome enough to let me create a new prototype driving iron and it couldn’t have turned out better!” 

It has some similarities to the previous V4 Driving Iron from Wilson by the looks of both the screw and the knurling around the hosel

 

but the cosmetics and certainly more inline with the new Staff Blades pictured below along with also appearing to have a shorter heel to toe length and a higher overall toe profile:

Whether or not this new driving iron will show up at retail like the Staff blades, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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