Nike RZN Tour Black Golf Ball Review

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50 Words or Less

The Nike RZN Tour Black golf ball is a perfect choice for players who want maximum distance but don’t want to sacrifice short game control.

Introduction

True to the company’s background, Nike Golf has recruited some of the best athletes on the PGA Tour, and when I say “best athletes,” I mean “guys who can mash the ball.”  The problem with delivering 120+ MPH of club head speed is that spin can get out of hand in a hurry.  For players like Tony Finau that need to keep the spin down to maximize distance and control, Nike developed the RZN Tour Black golf ball.
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Feel

The RZN Tour Black feels very similar to the RZN Platinum, but there is a difference if you’re paying attention.  Off the putter, both balls have a “click” at impact, but the sound of the RZN Black is slightly higher pitched leading to a firmer feel.  Similarly, the RZN Black is slightly louder and firmer feeling off the long clubs.

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Short Game

The RZN Black is designed to be the longer, firmer, lower spinning of Nike’s two new tour-level golf balls.  With this in mind, I wasn’t expecting much in terms of short game spin, but I was very pleasantly surprised the first time I took it to the course.  On everything from long pitches to full wedges, the RZN Black took one hop and stopped cold.
On the launch monitor, we saw a substantial difference between the RZN Black and the RZN Platinum – approximately 700 RPMs on 50 yard pitches.  This is a bigger difference than some other brands have between their two models, and I think that’s a good thing because it provides players with two unique options.

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Long Game

Making your long game longer is exactly what the RZN Tour Black is designed for, and it will do just that.  This ball is as low spin off the driver as any ball that I’ve tested, both on the course and on the launch monitor.  That low spin is also seen in the iron game.  There’s enough spin to stop an approach that has good trajectory, but the ball flight never balloons in the wind.  Even on a gusty day in Florida, I was able to trust that good shots would hold their line and fly their full distance.

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Conclusion

While I certainly can’t move the ball out there like Nike’s big hitters, I still love the RZN Tour Black golf ball.  I love the strong trajectory in the long game and the fact that I don’t have to give up much stopping power in the short game.  If you need to drop some spin to eke out some more yardage off the tee, the RZN Black is a must-try.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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