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    Still hard for me to get a true feel on this ball solely b/c of the spring weather here in Chicago. Always pretty windy this time of year, fairways and green still very soft, and it snowed yesterday!

    I've used the RB Tour X for 3 rounds and have had good scores. After watching the TXG video it makes perfect sense why in to the wind ive been shorter than normal on approach shots. This ball spins more than the RB Tour (which will be good for my irons) compared to the TP5x vs TP5, Zstar XV vs Zstar, but in windy conditions there's been plenty of times im a whole club short even after clubbing up 2 clubs.

    On the launch monitor this was definitely comparable to the TP5x and outperformed the Z-star XV. Im trying to be patient but I cant wait for the summer and dry conditions to see how this ball truly performs
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    These are intriguing.....look forward to hearing more about these
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    if you need more spin this is the ball for you!!!! at my iron fitting yesterday while warming up with my p790 6 iron I started with my normal ball, TP5x. First 5 swings I was hitting about 3700rpm which is very low for a 6 but I launch high so holding greens has never been an issue. next swing I hit my rb tourx and spin was 4600. next swing was 4400. The fitter asked if I made better contact on the ball and I said no, I switched balls.....

    So as we started digging into the numbers to find a better head and shaft for me we were hitting the rb tourx exclusively b/c it was giving great iron spin. The other ball I recently played was the Snell MTB-X which I posted about in that thread. After fitting into the srixon Z forged with Accra i125 shafts to raise spin and hitting all 3 balls, the TP5x averaged 4500 rpm, the Snell MTB-X was 5200 rpm, and the Mizuno RB TourX averaged 5700 rpm.

    I had extra time during the fitting so hit my driver for the hell of it. The TP5x and RB TourX had the same spin at about 2500rpm while the MTB-X gave me 2300rpm.

    Moral of the story. If you need more spin then the RB TourX is the ball for you! If I were to keep the current iron set I have now then I would definitely game the RB TourX. If I buy the irons I fit into (at a hefty $2300 price tag which I'm not too happy about) then the Mizuno would be too high of spin.
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    I really want to like these balls but the durability is absolutely awful!!! After 4 rounds, any full wedge shot ive had in to the green has destroyed the cover... im not talking about a slight scrape, but a big gouge in the cover.

    I haven't lost a single ball, but have gone through the whole dozen in 4 rounds. And im the typer of player to try and use the same ball as long as possible.... These balls unfortunately are so roughed up you can't use them if you care about your score
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    I’m beginning to wonder if modern premium golf balls can live up to what people expect out of they. I mean they have to go far, spin low for long game shots, spin like mad for short game shots, putt with softness but a positive feel and cheat the wind, stop on a dime and be durable beyond belief. Not sure how durable we should expect some balls to be given the thinner than ever cover systems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfrigo1003 View Post
    I really want to like these balls but the durability is absolutely awful!!! After 4 rounds, any full wedge shot ive had in to the green has destroyed the cover... im not talking about a slight scrape, but a big gouge in the cover.

    I haven't lost a single ball, but have gone through the whole dozen in 4 rounds. And im the typer of player to try and use the same ball as long as possible.... These balls unfortunately are so roughed up you can't use them if you care about your score
    Awful, sorry to hear it.

    Wonder if you got a bad batch? Only because my experience has been the opposite as durability has been on par with the more durable tour balls I've played.

    Three rounds with the same ball and it has one small scuff that doesn't seem to affect performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WMac19 View Post
    Awful, sorry to hear it.

    Wonder if you got a bad batch? Only because my experience has been the opposite as durability has been on par with the more durable tour balls I've played.

    Three rounds with the same ball and it has one small scuff that doesn't seem to affect performance.

    My results have been mixed. I had 1 ball with which I played 2 rounds, but I've had a couple that have gotten scuffed quickly. Unfortunately, all I've played so far have eventually developed an affinity for the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noodle3872 View Post
    I’m beginning to wonder if modern premium golf balls can live up to what people expect out of they. I mean they have to go far, spin low for long game shots, spin like mad for short game shots, putt with softness but a positive feel and cheat the wind, stop on a dime and be durable beyond belief. Not sure how durable we should expect some balls to be given the thinner than ever cover systems.
    Well for starters I'd expect them to be as durable as a Chrome Soft or TP5 or ProV1. There are fairly durable balls out there with every bit of the distance, spin and wind performance but which are usually playable for 36 or 54 holes with no problem. That's the competition Mizuno and their manufacturing contractor are up against. It would take an awful lot of brand loyalty to play a ball that has to be replaced after a round or less when for the same price you can choose from many other balls that are at least twice as long lasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Et Tu Brute? View Post
    Well for starters I'd expect them to be as durable as a Chrome Soft or TP5 or ProV1. There are fairly durable balls out there with every bit of the distance, spin and wind performance but which are usually playable for 36 or 54 holes with no problem. That's the competition Mizuno and their manufacturing contractor are up against. It would take an awful lot of brand loyalty to play a ball that has to be replaced after a round or less when for the same price you can choose from many other balls that are at least twice as long lasting.
    Agree with you here. Ive always played tp5x and can use one ball for 2 rounds easy. While I do think the Mizuno performs at a premium level, I cant consider it a premium ball b/c it wears out so quick! It performs how a $43/dozen ball should in my opinion, but they totally got the cover wrong. I cant justify buying this ball again knowing in 4 rounds or less the whole dozen will be completely destroyed

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfrigo1003 View Post
    Agree with you here. Ive always played tp5x and can use one ball for 2 rounds easy. While I do think the Mizuno performs at a premium level, I cant consider it a premium ball b/c it wears out so quick! It performs how a $43/dozen ball should in my opinion, but they totally got the cover wrong. I cant justify buying this ball again knowing in 4 rounds or less the whole dozen will be completely destroyed

    Wet paper towels have better durability than these golf balls do
    I lose enough balls as it is. It would just *kill* me to get two or three rounds out of a ball without losing it but have to throw it away due to damage.

    I'm streaky that way. Might play the same ball for 54 or even 72 holes then I might lose three on the same nine. Years ago, urethane balls weren't particularly durable compared to Surlyn. For the last 5-6 years just about all the manufacturers have figured out the durability issue.

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    Well, I finally experienced durability and QC issues with my second dozen of the RB Tour.

    First, I intended to mark 6 balls prior to the round and toss them into the bag. But only 5 made it as one had a terribly shoddy seam, even slightly raised.

    Then after a few holes, I discovered a raised pinpoint sized defect on my ball in play. I was -2 with it so I played on. Couple holes later though, on a full swing LW from the fairway, two cheese-grater cuts.

    So one tossed right outta the box, another retired after 6 holes. No bueno. No issues from there on out, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WMac19 View Post
    Well, I finally experienced durability and QC issues with my second dozen of the RB Tour.

    First, I intended to mark 6 balls prior to the round and toss them into the bag. But only 5 made it as one had a terribly shoddy seam, even slightly raised.

    Then after a few holes, I discovered a raised pinpoint sized defect on my ball in play. I was -2 with it so I played on. Couple holes later though, on a full swing LW from the fairway, two cheese-grater cuts.

    So one tossed right outta the box, another retired after 6 holes. No bueno. No issues from there on out, however.
    Its such a shame b/c I think performance wise they are incredible balls. The things I've been able to do around the greens with the Rb Tour X has been so fun to play. Lots of bite on both versions of this ball

    Im not one to complain about anything price related regarding golf, especially balls, but I dont know if I can commit to buying another dozen knowing there are quality issues
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    in searching the desert for someone's golf ball I came a cross a pretty new RB Tour. After donating a ball to the desert (or more accurately buried it in a cactus) I put the RB tour in play. Performed well for me, but honestly I am not super sensitive to the differences in golf balls.

    I had played the last of my TP5s and previous model ProV1, I found them all to play very similar, but I was on new courses to me and I am not the most consistent ball striker so I can't say too much.

    I will say, I didn't think the cover looked as good as many other options, Srixon pure white is my favorite right now, but the mizuno looked, I don't know, just kind of cheaper than the ProV1 or TP5. Maybe it had baked in the sun for a few days before I grabbed it.
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