Mizuno RB Tour Ball Review

In this Mizuno RB Tour Ball Review, Kit Alexander takes a box of them out on the course to see how it performs in every area of the game

Mizuno RB Tour Ball Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Mizuno RB Tour ball does offer something a little bit different in the market. The flatter and stable flight will really appeal to golfers who play in windy conditions or want to get their flights down, but it won’t be for everyone, especially mid and slower swingers. The unusual sound and feel combination takes a bit of getting used to, but it doesn’t impact the performance.

Reasons to buy
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    Stable and penetrating flight

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    Excellent durability

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    Good distance and greenside control

Reasons to avoid
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    Lower flight won’t suit everyone

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    Sound and feel at impact don’t really match

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Mizuno RB Tour Ball Review

Mizuno has put quite a bit of effort into developing a competitive tour ball in recent years. It is a brand than has had a presence in the premium golf balls category for a while in Japan, brought them to Europe a few years ago, and has now entered the American market with the RB Tour and its sister golf ball, the RB Tour X model.

The RB Tour is a four-piece ball, with pretty average compression for a tour model, but the big technology that Mizuno are shouting about comes on the outside. The cover features 360 Cone Dimples that reduce drag and create a flatter and more penetrating trajectory without losing distance.

It certainly produced a stable flight in winder conditions and there wasn’t any noticeable difference in distance compared to other tour balls we tested, but that slightly lower flight may not suit mid and slower swing speeds as well.

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The short game performance was decent, although it didn’t feel and sound as soft or inspire as much confidence as some of the other best golf balls on the market. The durability of the urethane cover was OK but it scuffed up a little quicker than we'd have liked. We noticed a healthy amount of bite on the second bounce when hitting from clean lies.

One other interesting point we discovered was that the ball actually sounded harder than it felt at impact. While this didn’t affect the actual performance, it was a little disconcerting at first and does take a bit of getting used to.

Kit Alexander is a golf broadcaster and journalist who commentates and presents for the DP World Tour, PGA EuroPro Tour and Rose Ladies Series. He has over 15 years’ experience of magazine and television work in the golf industry and is a regular contributor to Golf Monthly.