Expert Review: Srixon Golf Balls
Thinking of switching up your golf balls? Get to know Srixon golf balls with this comparative test by golf expert Rob H.
I have been employed by TaylorMade for most of my golf industry career, but I just ran out of my supply of TP5 and Project A golf balls. I am ready for a change. It is always good to try new things or revisit old things, and since I am not required to play a certain golf ball, I decided to revisit Srixon golf balls!
I have always been a believer in these golf balls from the performance and durability side. Best thing is they are not a Titleist golf ball. I never liked being a crowd follower, so I typically do not like to play products that a vast majority of golfers are playing.
I am going to test out the following golf balls: Q-Star Tour, Z-Star, and the Z-Star XV, to pick the right one for me.
Before we jump into the test, I want to mention that I am not sponsored or paid by Srixon Golf to write this article. I purchased these golf balls to do this review.
I have been a fan of Srixon balls since my old retailer I worked at brought them in to sell, back in 2006. I loved playing and selling the AD333 when it came out. It had a great price point and performed just as well as some of the tour balls back then.
As for me, I play at least 9 holes a week. I am currently a 10 handicap. When I was practicing everyday of the week, I was down to a 2 handicap.
This golf ball features Energetic Gradient Growth Core Technology, a 338 speed dimple pattern, and a proprietary Urethane called Spin Skin. This is a three-piece golf ball. This ball's core is much softer than the following tour balls, and you will have a soft feel on all your shots. The Q-Star Tour is a lower-compression golf ball with a rating of around 75.
This ball comes in pure white and tour yellow colors.
The Z-Star is a three-piece golf ball that also features Energetic Gradient Growth Core Technology, a 338 speed dimple pattern, and Spin Skin. This golf ball is all about soft feel on all shots, and is a low-compression ball with a rating of around 90, similar to a Titleist Pro V1.
This ball comes in pure white.
The Z-Star XV is a four-piece ball that features dual cores in addition to Energetic Gradient Growth Core Technology, a 338 speed dimple pattern, and Spin Skin. This ball differs from the non-XV version, because it produces lower spin with a slightly high launch. You will find a firm feel off the driver and little more of a clicking sound on iron and wedge strikes. This is a higher compression golf ball with a rating of around 102.
This ball comes in pure white.
I had one of my lab assistants white out all the identifying markers on the golf balls and assign them numbers. My assistant will know which golf ball is which and I will be totally blind.
To test these golf balls, I am going to hit various shots with them to see which one performs the best for me. I am going to try shots from various locations hitting three shots with each ball. All these golf balls have urethane covers and should have a softer feel, especially on the short shots.
Once I am done with my testing, my lovely assistant will hand me the number she assigned to each ball. Let’s dive into the performance!
Around the Green
I was really surprised. All the golf balls felt the same around the green. All of them spun enough to stop where I wanted them to. I really could not tell them apart, except for the clicky sound off of the XV ball.
There definitely was some separation between the golf balls in this test. The XV ball rolled out just a little more than the other two. The Q-Star Tour ball and the Z-Star ball also launched higher off of my wedges and generated a little more spin.
This range had similar results for most of the golf balls. I think with the full shot, I was able to get more of the XV ball to compress. All the golf balls felt great, and the clicky sound on the XV seemed to be a bit softer, most likely due to more of the golf ball being compressed. The Z family balls were a little more workable than the Q-Star Tour, mainly due to the softer compression.
The XV showed its teeth on this length. It had a higher flight and less spin than the other golf balls. The Z-Star was about 5 yards on average behind the XV. The Q-Star Tour was only a yard or so behind the Z-Star. This was the only test where I could have predicted the results before we started. The XV was built for driver distance.
The winner for me was the XV golf ball. The little extra distance off the tee and the spin I can get from full swing shots will fit my game nicely.
Overall, though, I think the real “star” here is the Q-Star Tour. It was hanging with the tour ball in all aspects of the game and it is more reasonably priced (approx $30 vs. $40 for the Z family). The Q-Star Tour has a softer core than the other balls tested and would be a great choice for mid to high handicaps or moderate swing speed players.
If these golf balls do not appeal to you or if you have more moderate swing speeds, try the Soft Feel line or the Q-Star. They contain soft cores, have ionomer covers, and are a two-piece construction. Their price points range from $19-24 and they come in varying colors.
If you have any questions about which golf ball would be right for your game, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or a fellow Curated expert.