Nike’s RZN Tour, Speed balls shaped by innovation

Rock Ishii, Nike Golf’s Senior Director of Innovation for Golf Balls, and his team of engineers are constantly looking into the future to find ways to modify the ball so that it performs better.

Since launching its first ball in 1999, Nike Golf has continuously found ways to break traditional moulds and discover new construction methods and materials that give the athlete the best possible tool to succeed at the highest level.

These include scientific investigations — in physics and aerodynamics — and material explorations for each layer in the ball. The result is an unwavering pursuit of improvement in distance, feel and spin.


Featuring a four-piece urethane cover design, the RZN Tour ball utilises four key components: RZN 4.0, Speedlock X Core, Speedlock Mantle and Flight Suit Cover.

These combined technologies help propel the RZN Tour/Black and RZN Tour/Platinum balls to added yardage and a softer feel, versus the previous RZN Black and RZN Platinum.

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“The ball feels much softer, yet I’ve maintained my ball speed and even picked up a few yards overall,” declares Nike Golf athlete Rory McIlroy. “It’s easily the best combination of distance and feel I’ve ever played.”

Made with the newest iteration of RZN material, RZN 4.0, the blue centre core is not only softer but also 10 percent bigger than the previous generation. This gives the ball what amounts to a bigger engine, thus unlocking faster ball speeds.

The RZN Tour ball will be available in two versions: Black for lower-spin distance and Platinum for mid-spin control.


In addition to the RZN Tour, Nike Golf engineers also created the RZN Speed golf balls, two new three-piece constructed balls designed for ultimate forgiveness and softer feel.

The same Speedlock X Core technology from the RZN Tour ball helps maximise energy transfer for faster ball speed and ultimate forgiveness, while a softer RZN formulation provides a softer feel without sacrificing distance.

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The RZN Speed ball will be available in two versions: Red for longer carry and White for softer feel.

Both the RZN Tour and RZN Speed golf balls will be available locally in March 2016.