Following the success of the previous generation of golf balls, Mizuno is bringing a second wave to Europe in 2015 with the high performance MP-S and MP-X balls being accompanied with the JPX concept ball.
Mizuno JPX Golf Ball
The concept JPX came out of research undertaken in collaboration with the Fukuoka Institute of Technology into the 'descent' phase of ball flight that Mizuno recognised was the least optimised in terms of current dimple design.
This led to the addition of 'micro-dimples' being located around each larger dimple on the ball that effectively slows down the balls descent to extend airtime and therefore distance.
Masashi Tamakoshi, Mizuno's Head of Golf Ball Development:
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. By stalling the descent phase just a fraction, we were able to increase the JPX’s overall airtime.
The 'Dimple-Cluster' featured on the JPX ball is the result of 3 years of research that Mizuno has undertaken in the golf ball's descent phase.
The cluster pattern comes into effect at slower speeds as the ball speed falls towards the end of flight without effecting the higher ball speeds generated at impact. The micro dimples form part of a 512 dimple pattern and combine with a 3-piece construction that gives the ball a soft and responsive playability.
The JPX golf balls will retail at £35 per dozen and are available from 1 April 2015.
Mizuno MP-S 2015 Golf Ball
The MP golf balls are focussed on developing the relationship Mizuno has established with the better player and the performance and feedback of the balls through the development and seeding process mean the company believes it has made the next step in its journey to being a credible golf ball manufacturer.
The MP-S golf ball is Mizuno's softest and most responsive ball and has been updated in 2015 to maintain that characteristic whilst adding more long game distance.
Dubbed the "ball that loves to spin" the three piece ball has had its urethane cover reduced to just 0.5mm, and together with a larger core, this has added yards for mid to high swing speeds. The increased initial velocity is transformed into an efficient flight by the balls 330 dimple pattern.
Alex Thorne discusses the profile of the MP-S:
The MP-S is a high feel golf ball that works great for mid to high swing speeds - we’ve matched this ball to players who like a little spin to help their ball flight. It’s still very responsive around the greens, for guys who like the ball to check up.
The MP-S golf ball will retail at £50 per dozen and are available from 1 April 2015.
Mizuno MP-X Golf Ball
The MP-X that European Tour player Chris Wood will use throughout 2015 is the latest addition to the MP stable and is aimed at high spin ball strikers.
Tour players and elite amateurs will benefit from the 4 piece construction and dual core design that combine to reduce spin from the driver. The MP-X also gives extra long game distance with the 0.5mm urethane cover and its 330 dimple configuration gives the ball a very efficient flight pattern.
Alex Thorne explains how the MP-X and MP-S sit in terms of player type:
For the majority of tour players and elite level players, we’ve found the low spin characteristics of the MP-X off the tee, make it more predictable in the long game. Club players who generate a little less spin naturally, will match up better with the MP-S.
The MP-X golf ball will retail at £50 per dozen and are available from 1 April 2015.