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The Nike RZN Tour Platinum golf ball is an excellent choice for high level players seeking maximum spin in the short game and solid distance in the long game.
Designing a ball for one of the world’s best golfers is a daunting task. Thankfully, it’s something Nike Golf has some experience with. For the 2016 Nike RZN Tour Platinum golf ball, Rory McIlroy asked Nike to keep the performance of last year’s RZN but make it feel softer. What he got is arguably Nike’s best golf ball ever.
In head to head testing against the #1 selling ball in golf, the Nike RZN Tour Platinum golf ball produced approximately 300 RPM more spin on 50 yard pitch shots. While that’s not a huge practical difference, that ~5% may be important to players looking to stop or back up every shot.
On the course, the RZN Platinum delivered all the spin we saw on the launch monitor. On full and half wedges, the ball stopped immediately or backed up a couple feet, depending on the conditions of the green and the landing angle.
The former (and future?) world #1 will be gaming the Nike RZN Tour Platinum golf ball in 2016, and I think a lot of other skilled players will be as well. The feel is as dialed-in as any Nike ball I’ve ever used, and they’ve maintained the combination of high spin in the short game and low spin in the long game. If you haven’t considered Nike as a golf ball option in the past, it’s definitely time to start.