Nike’s New RZN Core Has Heads Turning

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For the second time in three years Nike Golf is re-vamping their golf ball.  This year’s improvements are based around the RZN core.  The revolutionary design is an industry first. Partnering with DuPont, a leader in science and innovation, the new Speedlock RZN one technology has the design feature of an interlocking core that results in a softer and more energy efficient material.  The Speedlock RZN core’s design interlocks with the compression layer to create a tighter fit promoting a greater energy transfer through all layers of the golf ball to get the tour level performance you’re looking for.  There is also a new coating on the golf balls to “melt” into the grooves of your golf clubs for better control. The combinations of softer compressions, a soft cover and a new coating translate to an improved sound, feel and distance. These golf balls are the real deal.  Here’s what Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy have to say.

“I want something that sounds fast off the club head, and something that sounds soft around the green,” Casey says. “This new ball with Speedlock Technology does that.”

“I’m finding that especially around the greens there is a big difference,” adds McIlroy. “The ball feels and sounds a lot softer. And even from inside 50 yards, it felt like the ball was getting a little more grip, a little more spin. My iron shots were great, and wedge shots were great, too.”

These new elements can be found in varying degrees, in Nike’s four new golf balls.  Each golf ball is designed with a different performance aspect in mind.  Choosing the correct golf ball will help you improve your game drastically.  The descriptions below will help you determine which golf ball is best for your needs.

RZN Black

  • Tour Performance designed for higher to moderate swing speeds
  • 4 piece urethane golf ball designed for distance
  • Increased ball speed for longer distance
  • Lower spinning for a penetrating ball flight
  • Overall low spinning golf ball for distance

RZN Platinum

  • Tour Performance designed for higher to moderate swing speeds
  • 4 piece urethane golf ball designed for feel and control
  • Soft compression core for better feel
  • Soft cover for extreme spin on  approach shots
  • Overall moderate spinning golf ball for control


  • Distance Performance designed for moderate to lower swing speeds
  • 3 piece ionomer golf ball designed for distance
  • Fast RZN Core technology for maximum distance
  • Low driver spin for longer carry on tee shots
  • Overall low spinning golf ball for longer carrying golf shots

RZN White

  • Distance Performance designed for moderate to lower swing speeds
  • 3 piece ionomer golf ball designed for feel
  • Soft RZN Core technology for superb feel
  • Soft cover for enhanced feel and ultimate playability
  • Overall moderate spinning golf ball for soft feel

Alan Unruh, PGA

Alan Unruh is a Class “A” member of the PGA of America, and holds PGA Certifications in General Management, Golf Operations and Player Development. With these certifications, he is among the 1% of PGA members that hold multiple PGA Certifications. He has a profound passion for the game of golf along with extensive experience and knowledge regarding planning and strategy for golf operations, rules of golf, tournament operations and golf swing fundamentals. Alan has also played a crucial role helping manage multiple high profile tournaments throughout his career including the USGA Women’s U.S. Open, PGA and LPGA Tour events, and multiple NCAA and AJGA events.

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