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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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Brooks Koepka’s winning WITB: 2019 PGA Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M5 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX shaft

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3), Mizuno JPX 919 Tour (4-PW)
Shafts: Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 Raw (52-12F, 56-10S); Vokey SM4 TVD Raw (60-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Image c/o Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Bettinardi releases military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served

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Bettinardi Golf has unveiled its limited-run military-inspired BB8-Wide Armageddon putter in honor of those who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Veteran Golfers Association.

Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, the new release from Bettinardi features a unique full tactical F.I.T. Face over Honeycomb face milling which is designed for extra soft feel at impact. The neck, bumpers, and sole of the flat-stick features engravings inspired by military insignias used in the army.

Handpainted in a military-themed “sniper” navy, gray and white color scheme, the putter is milled to 355 grams from Soft Carbon steel and comes with a matching Made in USA headcover and a red Lamkin Deep Etched Cord grip.

 

The BB8-Wide Armageddon putter costs $550 and will be available to buy at Bettinardi specialty dealers around the globe on May 23, and online in the Hive on Bettinardi.com.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who asks fellow members what their preferred choice of club is when their ball is in thick rough. A variety of irons and hybrids are mentioned by our members who delve into the discussion of course management.

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.

  • RainShadow: “For me, that sot would be a 7 iron, open the face a little and play a runner up to the front of the green. Open face will help a bit with getting stuck in the grass.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “Club choice depends on whether you’re willing to accept a bogey or whether you insist on making double.”
  • ChipNRun: “I would try a hinge and hold action. Take a half swing with plenty of hinge action and punch down on the ball with limited follow-through. Use the big muscles of the shoulders – you don’t want to hurt yourself trying to muscle it. Probably choose something between a PW and a 7i. You’ll need to hold firmly with L hand, so the grass doesn’t wrap around the hosel and deloft the club face.”
  • kcd38: “If it is 200 plus from the green and a decent lie, hybrid. If it is less than 200 from the green and sunk down a little, I usually go with my 8 iron and play the face slightly open knowing the grass will grab the hosel and shut the face. Definitely need some speed to get out of the thick stuff.”

Entire Thread: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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