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Could this be Rory’s golf ball in 2013? Nike Golf has made some changes to its 20XI golf ball. The original model contained proprietary RZN technology, which was a multi-year collaboration with Nike Golf's golf ball engineers and a team of material and science experts at DuPont. The core was made from a new resin material, which replaced conventional rubber cores. Among the properties found in the highly neutralized polymer was that it was lighter in material. Nike is now using more RZN material in its new 20XI ball, available on February 1st. 

According to the company, this larger, softer RZN core improves feel off all shots while maintaining driver distance. The added RZN mantel produces longer shots off irons while providing a softer short game feel. This combination of core size and mantle translates into two times more RZN material than the previous generation 20XI.

“The added RZN mantle provides faster speed off irons and, therefore, more distance,” said Rock Ishii, Nike Golf’s Product Development Director for golf balls. “Not only did we increase speed with 20XI, but we added softness for improved feel around the greens, creating a balanced tour model golf ball.”

According to Nike, RZN technology accomplishes two critical performance components to maximize benefits from a golf ball: More distance off the tee and a more stable ball flight (especially in crosswinds).

Internal tests with Nike Golf tour athletes have shown an average of 2-3 mph increase in ball speed. It said every 1 mph increase equates to 2-3 yards carry distance. The new and improved 20XI has a lighter core but with heavier outer layers result in perimeter weighting. According to Nike Golf, the 20XI has the highest levels of MOI in a golf ball to date.

The 20XI will be available in two versions, the 20XI and the 20XI X. The 20XI X model offers reduced spin for players that are looking for added distance or have a tendency to add spin through their swing. The balls will be available at retail starting on February 1, 2013, with a street price of $45.99 per dozen.