Expert Review: Srixon Q-Star Tour 3 Golf Balls 1 DozenPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min read This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I tested for one day in October of 2022.
No Laying Up! Going for it in 2 from the fairway on a long Par 5. All photos courtesy of Shelby Martin
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I tested for one day in October of 2022.
The Srixon Q-Star Tour 3 golf balls offer a solid feeling. The quality three-piece ball is great for the intermediate golfer. The Q-Star Tour 3 is ideal for players that need more distance, need a higher launch from tee to green, and want a softer-feeling golf ball at impact.
About the golf ball I tested
- Model: Srixon Q-Star Tour 3 Golf Ball (2021)
- Color: White
- Average score: 67-75
- Handicap: N/A
- Experience: Almost 15 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-handed: Right-handed
- Typical shot shape: Draw
- Typical trajectory: Mid-high
- Club swing speed: 6 iron = 84 mph, driver = 112 mph
- When I tested this: October 2022
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Practice area and on the course.
- Weather and wind conditions: Mid-70 temperatures in northwest Ohio, winds 10-15 mph.
- Turf conditions: Soft fairways, semi-soft greens
- Green speeds: 11
How it performs
What I was looking for
I wanted to test the Q-Star Tour 3 golf balls because I wanted to have another alternative ball fit for players that are in the mid-high handicap range for a better price that won’t break the bank.
Why I chose to test this golf ball
I decided to try this ball to expand my knowledge of three-piece balls and how they perform. I wanted to know what kind of player this ball would appeal to. I did not consider any others, for I hadn’t tested this one yet, so it was an easy choice to test out.
What I love about it
- Feel: The feel of the Q Star Tour 3 was soft throughout, even more so on and around the green. It felt very buttery coming off the putter face, and I enjoyed the feel from every lie for short game shots. With irons and longer clubs, the ball felt similar to a ProV1: semi-soft but sold. Overall, this ball had great feel from tee to green.
- Green Spin: The Q Star Tour 3 had VERY good spin for short game shots around the green and great spin for wedge shots 100 yards and in. I was impressed with the spin on wedge shots and how much control I had over the distance. The ball spun within a yard or less of its pitch mark for irons.
- Durability: I played 18 holes with the Q Star Tour 3, and the outer cover stayed in very good condition. This ball is very durable.
- Color: The color I played with was the white Q Star Tour 3, and it had a glossy finish. Very clean.
- Other: Since this ball is designed to go higher and straighter, I noticed that this ball was not as workable in terms of shot shaping. I was able to hit draws and fades, but the side spin was very muted and did not draw/fade as much as my normal ball.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Distance: If one has a faster swing speed with an already higher ball flight, this ball is NOT for them. Knowing that this was a higher launching and spinning ball, I expected to lose about five yards of distance, especially off the tee and with iron shots. With my personal swing and natural mid-high ball flight, the Q Star Tour 3 launched higher than my normal ball. Therefore, I lost about a half club distance with my speed. The Q Star Tour 3 is designed to get up in the air and land soft for those who struggle to get the ball up. Therefore, this is a great ball for a great price for a mid-high handicap that needs help with launch and spin. Those who struggle to get the ball in the air should expect distance GAINS with the Srixon Q Star Tour 3.
Best shot with this golf ball
I recall a 45-yard wedge shot on the first hole using the Q Star Tour 3. It was a front pin, so I knew I had to hit it higher and softer. I was very impressed to find that I could control the Tour 3 and the distance well. I landed just short of the pin, and the ball stopped on a dime. Three putt birdies on par 5s are always a good time. I was pleased with the amount of spin generated from just a three-piece ball on a wedge shot less than 50 yards in.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Srixon Q Star Tour 3 was a very easy ball to hit. This ball will be great for players with a mid-high handicap that need better directional forgiveness and a higher launch from tee to green. Great greenside spin and distance for slower swings make this a very good ball for the money. I would compare this ball to the Callaway ERC Soft golf balls for very similar results and feel.
Overall, the Srixon Q Star Tour 3 was enjoyable to play with. Personally, if one has a higher swing speed and already has a higher ball flight, they may want to choose an alternative ball. This ball will be great for players struggling to get the ball in the air, control distance, and lack spin on iron and wedge shots. I also enjoyed having the black line on the ball for putting, as I use a line when I putt. I personally love when manufacturers draw the line for you!