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    Equipment: Nike releases RZN Proto golf ball

  • The RZN Proto golf ball has a spin-optimized coating that allows for increased greenside spin and control. (Photo courtesy of Nike Golf)The RZN Proto golf ball has a spin-optimized coating that allows for increased greenside spin and control. (Photo courtesy of Nike Golf)

The Nike RZN Proto golf ball Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel used to record worldwide wins in the last month is now available in limited quantities.

The company will likely release a retail version of the new ball at the beginning of the year, but instead of making golfers wait, the Swoosh opted to release a prototype version of the ball that's currently being used on TOUR. It's unclear if there's a difference between the prototype and retail version.

Equipment manufacturers rarely release prototypes through retail channels, but over the course of the last year, Nike has given golfers the opportunity to purchase a number of prototype clubs, including the MMProto iron, McIlroy's Method Prototype 006 putter and Tiger Woods' Nike Vapor Speed driver.

While Nike has yet to release an official name or release date for the four-piece ball, the company's website noted the next-generation RZN is softer "for more spin and better touch around the green," and features a "lighter RZN core" and heavier outer layers that improve MOI for a more stable flight through the wind. It also has a spin-optimized coating that allows for increased greenside spin and control.

The RZN Proto retails for $60 per dozen and is currently available through Nike's website.