Expert Review: Mizuno RB Tour Golf Balls

Published on 03/14/2023 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.
Michael V, Golf Expert
By Golf Expert Michael V

Mizuno RB Tour Close Up. All photos courtesy of Michael V.

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in February of 2022.

My take

The Mizuno RB Tour Golf Balls are a great option for players with faster swing speeds who want a softer-feeling performance option without sacrificing forgiveness.

About the golf ball I own

About me

  • Average score: <75
  • Handicap: 0.7 index
  • Experience: 10+ years of playing golf
  • Right/Left-handed: Right-handed golfer
  • Typical shot shape: Slight draw or fade for full swings
  • Typical trajectory: Low knockdown shots to control ball flight
  • Club swing speed: Average clubhead speed with a driver is around 115 mph

Test conditions

  • When I bought this: February 2022
  • Days tested: 6-8 rounds of golf
  • Where I’ve used it: Courses like Rancho Mañana and Talking Stick Golf Club in Arizona
  • Weather and wind conditions: All types of weather
  • Turf conditions: Firm and soft
  • Green speeds: Slow and fast greens

How it performs

Greenside Spin

What I was looking for

I was looking for a mid-to-high compression golf ball with a softer feel and better green-side spin control. Being a feel player, I was simply looking for the ball that would feel the best.

Why I chose this golf ball

I chose the Mizuno RB Tour to compare with a few other golf balls that I was more familiar with. Wanting to find the best-performing ball for my game, I compared the RB Tour to golf balls with a similar compression rating from other manufacturers. The Srixon Z-Star, with its four-layer design instead of a three-layer one, had the closest comparison for feel, and was a tad firmer than the RB Tour ball.

Finding out the differences between the most similar golf ball

What I love about it

  • Distance: I was surprised by the piercing ball flight and exceptional distance from a softer-feeling golf ball.
  • Feel: The feel was almost hollow, similar to that of an Odyssey White Hot OG putter. Coming off of the clubface, it is very soft.
  • Durability: These are very durable golf balls, which is not usually the case for a softer-feeling ball.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Feel: The hollow feel might only be appealing to some golfers.
  • Green Spin: Green-side spin was not quite as advertised. It’s great for bump and run check shots, but for shots within 50 to 100 yards, spin was harder to control.

Best shot with this golf ball

My best shot so far with this golf ball, was my longest putt of the year. After punching out from the trees on a par 4, I was left with a 40 to 50-foot putt from the fringe. The ball stuck to the line and I was able to sink the tough birdie.

Value for the money vs. other options

For value, these golf balls are an incredible option as they cost less than balls from other manufacturers offering similar feel and performance. TaylorMade’s TP5 and the Srixon Z-Star are both more expensive but with the same compression rating. For a bargain ball with the same design, Callaway’s Warbird golf balls are half the price of the RB Tours. In that context, these are fairly-priced performance golf balls.

Final verdict

The Mizuno RB Tour offers great feel, performance, and durability, at a reasonable price. Despite a hollow feel which might not be for everyone, it is a ball that should still appeal to a wide array of golfers.

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