Check out Nike Golf’s new interlocking RZN core design - which promises to deliver more energy at impact for faster ball speed, longer distance, better feel and a more consistent stable ball flight.
Nike Golf has unveiled its innovative Speedlock RZN core technology and added four golf balls to the new RZN franchise – RZN Platinum, RZN Black, RZN Red and RZN White.
Speedlock RZN core technology features an interlocking core design – the core’s surface is similar to that of a waffle iron – that interconnects with the compression layer to form a tighter bond that helps promote better energy transfer through the layers at impact.
Speedlock core’s interlocking geometry helps eliminate the slipping that normally occurs between a traditional, smooth-surface core and the outer layer. When a core slides or slips on impact, the ball loses energy and as a result, speed and distance. Speedlock Technology helps to harness more energy between layers for faster ball speed, longer distance and more stability into the wind.
Inspired by the original Haskell ball, which emerged in the early 1900’s as the first rubber core golf ball, consisting of elastic thread wound around a rubber core under extreme tension.
Several Nike Golf athletes, including Rory McIlroy have put the new ball into play in 2013.
“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.”
A new spin-optimised coating on the outer surface of the ball helps grip the grooves for better control on wedge and iron shots. The coating, in addition to a softer cover and softer compression in the core, also helps provide improved sound and feel, especially on off-centre shots.
The Nike RZN franchise will launch four versions of the new ball:
· RZN Platinum: Tour Performance control and moderate spin
· RZN Black: Tour Performance distance and less spin
· RZN Red: Distance Performance, longer carry
· RZN White: Distance Performance, softer feel, for swing speeds 95-100 mph
RZN Black/RZN Platinum - RRP: £40.00, €56.95
RZN Red/RZN White - RRP: £30.00, €39.95
* Available January 2014