Following on from the successful launch of its first range of golf balls back in 2013, Mizuno is back with three brand new balls and you’ll now see Chris Wood, Mizuno’s No.1 European brand ambassador, playing them on tour.
The pro- level MP-S and MP-X balls are accompanied by Mizuno’s new ‘dimple-cluster’ concept ball, the JPX in the 2015 line-up.
Working closely with the Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Mizuno’s research team identified that the descent phase of ball flight was the least optimised by its current dimple design, and by adding a cluster of micro-dimples around each larger one, they found that descent could be slowed down, extending both airtime and distance.
“We are also really excited that Chris Wood is now contracted to the MP-X ball for 2015."
“The micro-dimples have little effect at higher ball speeds generated at impact. However, as the ball peaks and slows, they start to take effect,” said Masashi Tamakoshi, Mizuno’s head of golf ball development. “By stalling the descent phase just a fraction, we were able to increase the JPX’s overall airtime.”
The MP-S and MP-X balls are aimed at the better player and, after months of seeding both prototypes, the manufacturer is confident that it is ready for the next stage in its evolution.
“We’ve been testing the new MP-S and MP-X sine late September,” commented Alex Thorne, head of tour operations. “This time round the younger elite players are more familiar with the Mizuno ball. We already have some highly ranked amateurs with the new ball into play.
‘The golf ball is possibly the most sensitive piece of equipment in a better player’s bag, so it’s better to work with the players young and bring them through with our specific feel and technology.
“We are also really excited that Chris Wood is now contracted to the MP-X ball for 2015. There are also five players on the Japanese Tour committed for 2015.”
For more information, visit golf.mizunoeurope.com
Mizuno MP-S - £50 per dozen
Mizuno MP-X - £50 per dozen
Mizuno JPX - £35 per dozen
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