Mizuno RB Tour X Ball Review

In this Mizuno RB Tour X ball review, Kit Alexander outlines what you can expect from this premium category offering in terms of feel and performance.

Mizuno RB Tour X ball review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Mizuno RB Tour X ball is an excellent option for a relatively small group of golfers. If you can swing fast enough and launch the ball high with the driver, then you could really see some gains. The ball flight is strong and the cover is very durable, but you might be sacrificing a little in terms of short game feel and finesse. Premium performance without the hefty price tag.

Reasons to buy
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    Good distance for faster swingers thanks to lower spin

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    Strong ball flight

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    Excellent durability

Reasons to avoid
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    Not as durable as some similar-priced options

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    Noticeably firm sound and feel, even for an x version of a premium ball

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Mizuno RB Tour X Ball Review

Mizuno isn’t a name that necessarily jumps to mind when you think of golf balls – 99.9% of people rightly associate the brand with world-class forged irons like the Mizuno Pro 221 or the forgiving JPX923 Hot Metal – but it’s a category in which it has significantly increased its presence in recent years. The RB Tour X ball is designed to offer something that not too many other balls do, low launch and high spin with higher compression. Of course, there is now a newer version of this ball - the Mizuno RB Tour X 2022 - designed to build on this performance.


The difference in compression is in line with where most other manufacturers with a regular and an X model position theirs. The firmer compression of the RB Tour X versus the sister RB Tour produces more ball speed, but at the cost of more spin with the driver. In simple terms, if you’re a low spin, high speed player who can hit up with driver, you should opt for this X model.


It’s a four-piece ball and there are 360 Cone Dimples on the cover that are designed to reduce drag and create a lower and more piercing flight without giving up any distance. This certainly seemed to ring true during testing as it flew very true, even in windier conditions, and the distance was comparable to other premium golf balls. That being said, it wouldn’t suit a golfer who ordinarily struggles to get the ball high enough and generate enough spin.

Mizuno RB Tour X Ball Review

The urethane cover itself was one of the most durable we’ve ever tested, but that did seem to come at the expense of a little feel and finesse on and around the greens. It performed pretty well in the short game, but just didn’t have quite as much spin as some of the very best golf balls. This was a consistent performer that will serve the low handicapper well, despite not being a household name in the world of premium golf balls.

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Kit Alexander

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.