The Nike golf ball R&D team are always looking for ways to improve. Status quo is not suitable. They’re challenged to continually peer into the future to find ways to use cutting edge technology to modify the golf ball.
With the launch of their first golf ball 1999, Nike has always found a way to stray from the norm and discover new materials and methods to enhance the golf ball for the top athletes in the world. The top athletes in the world expect and demand the best and Nike won’t ignore their athletes. What they want is what they get. The R&D team goes to work and digs deep into the world of physics and aerodynamics and how small tweaks affect the golf ball.
The History of Nike Golf Balls
2000 – Tour Accuracy
The first solid-core golf balls. A technology that helped Tiger Woods win more than 20 tournaments, including 4 consecutive major championships in a 4 year span.
2003 – Nike One
One of the industry’s first 4-piece construction golf balls
2001 – Nike 20XI
The first RZN core, using a new lighter and faster core that allowed the weight to move to the perimeter for better stability.
2014 – Nike RZN
RZN material on a new lever with Speedlock technology.
2016 – RZN Tour
Engineered to feel soft without sacrificing distance. The combined technology help take the RZN Tour Black and RZN Tour Platinum golf balls to a new level for distance and soft feel.
The ball feels much softer, yet I’ve maintained my ball speed and even picked up a few yards overall. It’s easily the best combination of distance and feel I’ve ever played. – Rory McIlroy
The Nike RZN Tour golf balls are made with the newest iteration of RZN Material (RZN 4.0). The blue center core is 10% bigger and it gives the golf ball more speed. Think of the core as the engine – bigger engine, more speed.
The core of the golf ball uses Nike’s Speedlock X technology. This technology has deeper grooves and an X-shaped surface pattern. This design creates 26% more surface which transfers more energy through the golf ball for more distance. This technology surrounds the core and the two technologies combined engage the golf ball for greater spin on short shots.
Flight Suit Cover
The golf balls’ Flight Suit cover has a visible 344 dimples and 13,558 micro dimples. To hit longer shots, the aerodynamics need to be changed and the micro-dimples, which are strategically positioned, help improve the lift and drag of the ball flight.
The Nike RZN Tour Black golf ball is designed for athletes seeking lower-spin distance.
The Nike RZN Tour Platinum golf ball is geared for athletes seeking mid-spin control.
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