This version of Nike’s RZN balls was long off the tee and created less spin, which made the driving distance exceptional. I also really liked the performance around the greens, as the spin rate was predictable and consistent. Another advantage was that it putted really nicely, particularly on longer putts. Whatever your preference, though, there’s a ball to suit in this range.
As with previous versions, the RZN Black offers a stable ball flight and copes very well in the wind. This new version also offers decent distance off the tee, which Nike engineers say is due to the new core design. It spins less than the RZN Platinum, which is ideal if you tend to spin the ball a lot off the tee and want to control the flight you produce. Players with average to slow swing speeds will get more out of the RZN White and Red balls, including more distance off the tee and added spin when hitting approach shots into greens.
The durability on offer is very impressive for a urethane-covered ball, but the feel provided off the putter face is still extremely soft.
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Nike’s resin material is used again in the core, but the design has been advanced. Resin is lighter and faster than rubber, which allows weight to be moved to the perimeter to make the ball more stable. The resin core design now grips with the compression layer for better energy transfer at impact. The Black is designed to offer less spin off the tee than the Platinum version.
Will suit... Those looking for a soft feel and an impressive flight.
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Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email email@example.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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