Review: The 2017 Srixon Z-Star and Z-Star XV Golf Balls @SrixonGolf

You may not know that Srixon has a long and storied golf family tree. Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd., Srixon’s parent company, has been making golf ball long before anyone in Massachusetts. With more than a century of golf ball development in their background, Srixon has certainly mastered the art.

The fifth generation line of Z-STAR golf balls are as innovated today as its ancestor the historic Dunlop 65 was back in 1935. With advancements in the Energetic Gradient Growth™ core, Spin Skin™ coating, and Speed Dimple™ pattern technologies, Srixon has improved the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV golf balls.

“The level of innovation in the new Z-STAR SERIES golf ball models is like nothing Srixon has ever achieved before,” said Jeff Brunski, Director of Research & Development for Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, North America. “Every element has been enhanced from the previous generation, which was already regarded as one of the best tour golf ball pairs in the world. Srixon tour staffers have been reaping the benefits from switching and we know consumers will, too.”


With the hottest player on the planet, Hideki Matsuyama, 
putting his trust in the new Z-STAR XV and winning worldwide it clear that Srixon Golf has developed a superior golf ball.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 05: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan poses with the trophy after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth playoff hole at TPC Scottsdale on February 5, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Srixon Golf has Two Models of Premium Tour Level Golf Balls for Skilled Players:

2017 Z-STAR: Tour Performance with Exceptional Control

  • Incredible greenside control and softer feel with outstanding distance

2017 Z-STAR XV: Tour Performance with Exceptional Distance

  • Incredible distance with exceptional feel and greenside control

The 2017 Z-STAR Golf Ball Line

While many of my fellow golf evaluators are stuck in the snow testing the new Z-STAR on launch monitors I, being here on the upper Texas coast, am able to put them to work on the golf course in February. This was my first interaction with Srixon Golf, other than being a big G-MAC fan of course.  The Z-STAR line is available in “Pure White” and “Tour Yellow,” I used the “Pure White” for testing.

 

From the Tee:

The 3-piece, urethane-covered Z-STAR golf ball produced a high launch angle with a 10 degree driver resulting in an exceptional carry distance. Srixon’stests use swing speed range of 101 to 112 mph for the Z-STAR to produce the “most favorable launch conditions” with the driver, my swing speed averages just under 100 mph and in my opinion the launch conditions look pretty good. The lower spin produced off of the driver was indeed helpful in keeping the ball on the short grass. I even used my driver on holes that I would normally tee off with the 3 wood, still hitting more fairways than usual.

With a urethane cover, and a compression of 105, the 4-piece Srixon Z-STAR XV feels a bit firmer why hit with driver, but not at all hard. Like the Z-STAR, the XV keeps it straight with the

Srixon Golf Z-STAR

lower side spin, helping hit the fairway. Distance with the Z-STAR XV from the tee box is where it distinguishes itself adding yards to every well struck drive. Playing conditions from the two rounds I used for testing were so different it is hard to have an accurate distance between the two balls.

From the Fairway:

With the fairway woods and long hybrids, the Z-STAR and XV get the ball up quickly on shots to the green. Workability, even for me, is easy with the Z-STAR from the fairway.

The Approach Shot:

The Z-STAR’s high launch angle shines from 150 yards, helping the ball land on the green without flying off the back. Control on the approach is a key characteristic of a pro line golf ball and the new Z-STAR line fills the bill. The soft feel on the mid-irons makes even miss hits pleasant, with the XV having a slightly firmer feel them the Z-STAR.

The Wedges:

Now we’re at everybody’s favorite place, a full wedge to the pin. Here find out just what this “Spin Skin™ coating” that we have been hearing Graeme McDowell talk about for some time.

From a full wedge, shots are high and land softly with more back spin than most golfers are accustom too generating. Chip shots checkup with easy and flop shots will make you feel like you know what you are doing out there. Each of the Z-STAR line has a much softer feel and enhanced green-side spin than many golf balls on the market.

The Putter:

Again, the softer feel of the line shines on the green. The balls are marked with a putting line to help you line them birdies up and drop them.

The Bottom Line:

Srixon has made a golf ball that will keep paces with any other golf ball you’ll find and surpass most of them. If you look passed the $39.99 a box price tag and try the Srixon Golf Z-STAR line you will get your money’s worth and you just may keep the ball in the fairway instead of the woods.

-TheGolfBallGuy

From Srixon Golf

SRIXON INTRODUCES NEW Z-STAR SERIES GOLF BALLS:
“TOUR PERFORMANCE TAKEN FURTHER”

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – January 23, 2017 – SRIXON®, a global leader in high-performance golf
equipment and a brand Dedicated to Improving Your Game™, is proud to introduce the new Z-STAR® SERIES
golf balls, featuring two different models: the Z-STAR® and the Z-STAR® XV. Both Tour Performance golf ball
models are available in Pure White™ and Tour Yellow™ color options. Srixon® Z-STAR® and Z-STAR® XV golf
balls have an official North America launch date of Friday, February 17, 2017, and carry a minimum advertised
price of $39.99 per dozen.
Now in its fifth generation, the new Srixon Z-STAR SERIES takes golf ball performance to an even higher
level. With significantly advanced Energetic Gradient Growth™ core innovation along with proprietary Spin
Skin™ coating and Speed Dimple™ pattern technologies, Srixon has further improved the launch conditions,
flight performance, and approach spin control in the new Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV golf balls. The result is
unmatched total performance.

Two Different Models Available for Skilled Players:
2017 Z-STAR: Tour Performance With Exceptional Control.
* Incredible greenside control and softer feel with outstanding distance.
2017 Z-STAR XV: Tour Performance With Exceptional Distance.
* Incredible distance with exceptional feel and greenside control.
The Evolution of Total Performance:
In the global development process for Srixon Z-STAR SERIES golf balls, the key areas of focus were
improving feel, playability and scoring performance. Srixon analyzed every aspect of both golf ball models,
from the core to the cover, to ensure the best-possible results in the Tour Performance category. The Total
Performance has been validated on tours all over the world, with 19 global wins since being introduced during
seeding in 2016. Tour staffer Hideki Matsuyama, who is currently No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings, has
recorded five global wins since switching to the new 2017 Z-STAR XV.

Key Technologies:
* Energetic Gradient Growth Core Technology. The E.G.G. core

Z-STAR

in each new Z-STAR SERIES model
has been enhanced to deliver optimal performance. In the Z-STAR, the new core is slightly softer with
lower compression to provide even softer feel on all shots and improved launch conditions for more

Z-STAR XV

distance off the tee. The dual E.G.G. core in the Z-STAR XV now features a larger, softer inner core,
which promotes faster ball speed and better launch conditions for more distance off the tee. Srixon tour
staffers appreciate E.G.G. technology because of the precise consistency it helps provide on full shots.
 

Spin Skin Coating. The third generation of this innovativecoating
application, featured on both the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV golf ball
models, is softer and more elastic than ever before. The results are
softer feel, enhanced greenside spin and more consistent spin on
approach shots from any lie, especially the rough. Srixon tour staffers
continue to rave about the added spin control Spin Skin coating
technology provides, all without sacrificing any full-shot performance.

338 Speed Dimple Pattern. The Z-STAR SERIES features themore aerodynamic Speed Dimple
pattern, which improves flight performance for
additional gains in distance and control on full shots.
By optimizing the relationship between dimple
occupancy and dimple uniformity, Srixon has
created a dimple pattern that tour staffers trust
because of the penetrating, consistent launch it
promotes.
“The level of innovation in the new Z-STAR SERIES golf ball models is like nothing Srixon has ever achieved
before,” said Jeff Brunski, Director of Research & Development for Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, North
America. “Every element has been enhanced from the previous generation, which was already regarded as
one of the best tour golf ball pairs in the world. Srixon tour staffers have been reaping the benefits from
switching and we know consumers will, too.”


More on the Z-STAR Golf Ball:
The Energetic Gradient Growth core in the 3-piece, urethane-cover Srixon Z-STAR golf ball now features 88
compression, two points lower than the previous generation. The results are higher launch and lower driver
spin off the tee, which help produce longer distance. E.G.G. core technology enables Srixon to vary core
stiffness from soft to hard to maximize energy transfer, increase launch angle and lower driver spin for even
more distance. The new core makes the Z-STAR an ideal option for a skilled players seeking exceptional
control, now with slightly lower compression and the more penetrating 338 Speed Dimple pattern.

“Having a core that is softer in the middle and becomes gradually harder towards the outer edge allows the
new Z-STAR to feel soft at impact, but also generate

Russell Knox

tremendous distance,” Brunski said.
Russell Knox, a two-time PGA TOUR winner in 2015-16 who has amassed over $10 million in career earnings,
relies on the exceptional control of the Z-STAR to play with precision: “I attribute much of my recent success to
the trust I have in my Z-STAR golf ball,” he said. “I love how this ball feels. It gives me complete confidence in
my ability to control the spin on greenside pitches and chips.”
More on the Z-STAR XV Golf Ball:
For players who prefer firmer feel in a Tour Performance golf ball, the Srixon Z-STAR XV has a urethane cover
with 4-piece construction and 105 compression. The most significant difference in the fifth generation Z-STAR
XV is the dual-core design. A larger, softer inner core has varying hardness while the outer core now features
more consistent hardness to help increase ball speed with a higher launch angle and lower driver spin.
“Through rigorous testing, Srixon concluded that by making the inner core larger and softer and the outer core
hardness more consistent – not as much gradation – better flight occurs,” Brunski said. “Ball speed increases,
launch angle is higher and driver spin is reduced. That means longer distance on full shots.”
Hideki Matsuyama has trusted a Srixon golf ball since turning professional and he has played some of the best
golf of his life since switching to the new Z-STAR XV: “This is a truly reliable ball that delivers more distance
than anything I have ever used before, and it has more responsive feel at impact,” he said. “It also has more
spin and better feel around the green, and has more consistent spin – especially from the rough. I’m amazed
with these significant improvements.”

Independent Test Results:
Srixon worked with Golf Laboratories to conduct independent outdoor robot testing on new Z-STAR SERIES
golf balls against key competitors in the Tour Performance category. The results were impressive:
 * In test results featuring an average of 101 mph and 112 mph driver swing speeds, the Z-STAR had the
most favorable launch conditions of highest launch angle with lower driver spin*.
 *The Z-STAR XV had leading distance in a robot test of 112 mph driver swing speeds, eclipsing the
next-closest competitor by three yards with faster ball speed, higher launch and lower driver spin.**

Tour Success:
The performance of Srixon products, especially golf balls, speaks for itself on global tours around the world.
Srixon Z-STAR SERIES golf balls have accounted for more than 475 wins since launching in 2008, including
more than 430 wins in the last years***. Since seeding for the fifth-generation Z-STAR SERIES began on
global tours in 2016, there have been a total of 19 victories with the new golf ball models, and it is consistently
one of the most-played golf balls week in, week out on the PGA TOUR:

Srixon® Z-STAR® and Z-STAR® XV golf balls have an official North America launch date of Friday, February
17, 2017, and carry a minimum advertised price of $39.99 per dozen.

ABOUT Srixon®:
Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Srixon®, is part of the DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD family and enjoys a strong presence on
competitive tours worldwide. The professional staff includes players such as Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama,
Inbee Park, as well as many others. Srixon®, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to providing “Tour-proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience
playing the game of golf.” 

*Statement based on data gathered from an independent Golf Laboratories test commissioned by Srixon. Results conducted with robot
swing testing consisting of 12 shots of each model using a TaylorMade M2 Driver, 9.5°, in standard S (101 mph swing) and X (112 mph
swing) flex shafts. Test included the following selected competitors: 2015 Titleist ProV1, 2016 Bridgestone Tour B330S, and 2016
Callaway Chrome Soft.
**Statement based on data gathered from an independent Golf Laboratories test commissioned by Srixon. Results conducted with robot
swing testing consisting of 12 shots of each model using a TaylorMade M2 Driver, 9.5°, in standard X (112 mph swing) flex shaft. Test
included the following selected competitors: 2015 Titleist ProV1x and 2016 Bridgestone Tour B330.
***Global win counts as of January 1, 2008. The following professional golf tours are included in the counts: PGA TOUR, Web.com
Tour, PGA TOUR Champions, LPGA Tour, European Tour, Ladies European Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour, OneAsia, JGTO Japan
Golf Tour, JGTO Japan Challenge Tour, JLPGA Tour, Japan PGA Senior Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, European Challenge Tour (as
of 2011), KPGA Tour (as of 2012), KLPGA Tour (as of 2012), Mackenzie Tour/PGA TOUR Canada (as of 2016), PGA TOUR
Latinoamerica (as of 2016), PGA TOUR China (as of 2016). Also counted are European Senior Tour and JLPGA Step-Up Tour (both
from 2009 to 2011).

srixon.com

The New Q-STAR TOUR Golf Ball from @SrixonGolf

The Q-STAR TOUR is a premium,  lower- compression golf ball with a urethane cover designed especially for golfers with moderate swing speeds who demand the performance and feel of a tour ball.

LOWER COMPRESSION ENERGETIC GRADIENT GROWTH CORE

3-Piece Ball with Soft, Thin Urethane Cover Excellent total performance with tour-level greenside spin and feel.

Improved Spin Skin

Helps increase frictional force at impact for more greenside spin and improved feel.

Energetic Gradient Growth Core

Advanced core construction promotes seamless energy transfer to maximize distance and optimize ball performance on every shot.

PLE PATTERN

Construction                                              3pc Cover Material                                        Urethane Mid-Layer Thickness                                     1.6 mm Cover Thickness                                       0.50 mm Compression                                                       75

Dimple Number                                                324

Look for our review of the new 3-piece urethane covered Q-STAR coming soon.

TheGolfBallGuy

The Kick X Golf Tour-Z Golf Ball

Today’s golf world is very exciting with so many new golf ball companies giving players numerous alternatives to the “Big Few.” One such company is Kick X Golf, offering its Tour-Z Premium golf ball.

From Kick X Golf

The Longest Premium Ball in Golf

The Tour-Z golf ball is designed to do it all. Gain more distance on drives and Kick X Tour-Z ball 2experience precision control on approach shots, chip shots, and putting. The Tour-Z is built for optimal ball flight and maximum roll giving players the advantage under any conditions.

Metal Fuzion Core™ Technology – Gain More Distance On & Off the Tee

Power Enhancement Core Casing – Gain Amazing Accuracy & Spin Control

Proprietary Z-Aline System™ – Consistently Make More Putts

Tour Soft Engineered Cover – Experience Amazing Tour Soft Feel

Tour-Z Premium 3pc Construction

The Tour-Z™ will increase your shot distance and improve your play through its precision control. Advanced triple layered construction provides superior feel and the ultimate in scoring performance. Secondly, the Tour-Z’s main core is constructed using proprietary Metal Fuzion Core™ technology to provide maximum C.O.R. – delivering higher ball speeds for explosive distance.

Proprietary Z-Aline System

Designed for optimal aiming accuracy. The unique triple line design makes it The Kick X Golf Tour-Z Premium Golf Balleasier than ever to precisely line-up putts and the center dot helps to focus attention.

Conforms with USGA rules and regulations.

From TheGolfBallGuy

The Tee

Hitting the Tour-Z ball with the driver gives a solid feel, as expected from a golf Kick X Tour-Z ball 4ball in the “Premium” category. The length from the first tee was noticeably longer than my average drive. The ball trajectory from the tee produced a higher ball flight that helped with carry distance. As the round continued, the driver distance was consistency longer than with my usual ball. Accuracy from the tee was as good as I could have hope for with a straight ball flight.

From the Fairway

On long shots from the fairway, the Tour-Z feels soft leaving the club face and has a surprisingly high ball flight. The larger graphics can be a little distracting when addressing the ball, but do come in handy on the green.

The Approach Shot

The three piece Tour-Z golf ball’s “Tour Soft Engineered Cover” allows for good control and soft feel with mid-iron approach shots. The high ball flight produces a softer landing and the cover grips keeping the ball on the green. Again, the ball sailed straight on the target line making many of my approach shots joyful.

The Wedges

The Tour-Z produced more back spin from my wedges than the ball I usually play, stopping so nicely on the putting surface. The Kick X Tour-Z ball, aided by its “Tour Soft Engineered Cover,” preforms as nicely as most premium tour golf balls.

The Putter

The soft cover on the Tour-Z keeps feel off the putter face smooth allowing for Kick X Tour-Z ball 1nice feedback. Kick X Golf has given the Tour-Z golf a secret weapon, “Z-Aline System,” designed to help alignment. Most golf balls have the ubiquitous single text line as an alignment aid, the Tour-Z takes the idea to the next level. With the Z-Aline markings, there is no need to mark you ball with a Sharpie as the multiple lines on the Tour-Z are permanently imprinted on the ball. The Z-Aline System not only show when the ball is aimed at the target and but also shows when the ball is lined up square to the target line. This added alignment element is something other ball makers have missed. I personally found using the Z-Aline System in conjunction with the alignment markings on my putter to be very helpful in practice and on the course.

Bottom Line

In my test of the Kick X Golf Tour-Z golf ball, I found increased distance from the tee and the fairways. The 17th hole on the course I tested the Tour-Z golf ball is a long par five with an uphill approach to an elevated green, a hole that I’ve played half a dozen times without making par. When I played this hole testing the Tour-Z, I made par.

The “Z-Aline System” was indeed helpful when lining up putts both long and short.

The price for the Kick X Tour-Z golf ball is in line with tour premium golf balls with a list price of $59.95. I did find the Tour-Z listed on Amazon.com for $38.20 and free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Kick X Tour-Z ball 3
Buy the Tour-Z here!

Photos from Kick X Golf

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag? #WITB

See what Sergio is playing at the 2016 Northern Trust Open.

Driver:

TaylorMade M1 460 with 9.5゚ loft

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag Driver

TaylorMade’s longest driver, the M1 has a multi-material construction featuring an ultra-thin, ultra-light and high-strength carbon composite crown – that unlocks breakthroughs in distance, playability, and feel for all golfers.

Fairway Wood:

TaylorMade M1 3 wood with 15゚ loft and 5 wood with 19゚ loft.

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag Fairway 3

TaylorMade’s first Carbon Crown Fairway lowers CG for optimal launch conditions. 30g (two at 15g) of sliding weight allows golfers to personalize trajectory to maximize performance and consistency.

Irons:

TaylorMade PSi Tour (3-PW)

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag Irons 1

The PSi Tour irons were created using direct input from TaylorMade’s Tour players. Our design is uncompromising in delivering the specific look, sound, and performance demanded by the best players

Wedges:

TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Tour Grind (52゚ and 56゚)

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag Wedge

Electroformed nickel cobalt grooves provide long lasting spin.

Putter:

TaylorMade Monte Carlo Prototype with a SuperStroke Midnight Pistol GT 1.0 with Counter Core

Putter photos by GolfWRX – Feb 18, 2016

Ball:

TaylorMade Tour Preferred X Golf Balls MyNumber #10

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag Ball

TaylorMade’s close connection with Tour professionals is based on respect and trust. We respect their input, and they trust our ability to use it to create the best performing clubs and balls for players of their caliber.

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Golf Quote of the Day

I’ve always felt I should do things 100 percent or not do them. It’s all or nothing. That’s what makes me a good athlete – doing things with all the ‘ganas’ (desire) I can.

-Sergio Garcia

The Old Golf Ball of the Day

Sergio Garcia’s personal logoed tournament use golf ball.

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Sergio Garcia S Logo TaylorMade TP-RED LDP #00

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The Golden Bear over the Decades

In celebration of Jack Nicklaus’ 76th birthday, we will follow his lustrous career in golf balls. From the early 1960s Mr. Nicklaus’ name and “Golden Bear”, moniker has graced over 1500 different models of golf balls. Here are samples of those golf balls from each decade.

1960s Jack Nicklaus Champion by MacGregor circa 1963

 

1970s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear MacGregor Brunswick

1970s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear MacGregor Brunswick

1980s Jack Nicklaus Goden Bear by MacGregor circa 1983

1980s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear by MacGregor circa 1983

1990s Jack Nicklaus Personal Maxfli HT 392-100

1990s Jack Nicklaus Personal Maxfli HT 392-100

2000s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Dual Ti

2000s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Dual Ti

2010s Jack Nicklaus Nicklaus Black by Nicklaus Golf circa 2014

2010s Jack Nicklaus Nicklaus Black by Nicklaus Golf circa 2014

Happy birthday Jack Nicklaus!

 

-TheGolfBallGuy

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Old Golf Ball of the Day December 31, 2015

The Ken Venturi Championship golf balls produced by United States Rubber, circa 1960.

Ken Venturi Championship by U.S. Rubber Circa 1960 (3)

Ken Venturi (May 15, 1931 – May 17, 2013) distinguished amateur golfer, professional golfer, and golf broadcaster. He won 14 tournaments on the PGA Tour including a major, the 1964 U.S. Open. Mr. Venturi was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

While coached by Byron Nelson, Venturi won the California State Amateur Championship in 1951 and 1956. In the 1956 Masters, as an amateur, he finished one shot behind winner Jack Burke, Jr.

Ken Venturi Championship by U.S. Rubber Circa 1960 (2)

Venturi reached the highpoint of his career, winning the U.S. Open in 1964 at Congressional Country Club.  He nearly collapses from dehydration in the heat and humidity on the 36-hole final day. Venturi was named PGA Player of the Year and awarded Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year” that year.

With a total of 15 career wins in a career that lasted a mere 11 years, Venturi retired in 1967 and then spent 35 years as a one of the top color commentator in golf for CBS Sports. He retired from broadcasting in June 2002.

Ken Venturi Championship by U.S. Rubber Circa 1960 (1)

Ken Venturi’s Career Summary

Amateur wins1950 San Francisco City Amateur Championship

1951 California State Amateur Championship

1953 San Francisco City Amateur Championship

1956 California State Amateur Championship

1958 San Francisco City Amateur Championship

Professional wins

Aug 18, 1957      St. Paul Open Invitational

Aug 25, 1957      Miller High Life Open

Jan 26, 1958       Thunderbird Invitational

Feb 2, 1958         Phoenix Open Invitational

Mar 2, 1958        Baton Rouge Open Invitational

Aug 4, 1958         Gleneagles-Chicago Open Invitational

Jan 5, 1959          Los Angeles Open

Jun 28, 1959       Gleneagles-Chicago Open Invitational

Jan 24, 1960       Bing Crosby National Pro-Am

Aug 28, 1960      Milwaukee Open Invitational

Jun 20, 1964       U.S. Open

Jul 26, 1964         Insurance City Open Invitational

Aug 23, 1964      American Golf Classic

Jan 31, 1966       Lucky International Open

1959 Almaden Open

Old Golf Ball of the Day October 26, 2015

The Doug Ford sold by Sears, circa 1963.

Doug Ford Sears Tournament by Sears circa 1963

Doug Ford was born in West Haven, Connecticut on August 6, 1922. Ford turned professional in 1949 and won the first of his 19 PGA Tour victories  in 1952 at the Jacksonville Open.

PGA Tour wins (19)

  • 1952 Jacksonville Open
  • 1953 Virginia Beach Open
  • 1953 Labatt Open
  • 1953 Miami Open
  • 1954 Greater Greensboro Open
  • 1954 Fort Wayne Open
  • 1955 All American Open
  • 1955 Carling Golf Classic
  • 1955 PGA Championship
  • 1957 Los Angeles Open
  • 1957 Masters Tournament
  • 1957 Western Open
  • 1958 Pensacola Open Invitational
  • 1959 Canadian Open
  • 1960 500 Festival Open Invitation
  • 1961 500 Festival Open Invitation
  • 1962 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
  • 1962 Eastern Open Invitational
  • 1963 Canadian Open

 

Golf Quote of the Day

You don’t hit anything on the backswing, so why rush it?

– Doug Ford

 

Take a Look at The Monsta Golf Ball

Monsta Golf, pronounced “Monstahhh!”

“Must be a Boston thing?”

The Monsta golf ball is a three piece ball designed for short game performance and affordability.  A progressive ND high-energy core maximizes the C.O.R. and improves ball flight consistency.  The mantle layer features a blended ionomer designed to promote a high initial velocity while continuing to keep the spin lower off of the tee. Monsta’s soft sticky cast urethane cover is designed to stop the ball on the green.

“$40+ for a Dozen golf balls is Nuts!!”

Back in 2013, the two founders of Monsta Golf, Dave and Ken, had the idea to produce a ““premium performance golf ball without the premium price.” Their direct- to- consumer sells keep the price down; thereby giving you the opportunity to play a top performing golf ball without the top price.

“Join the Revolution”

From the Tee:

Looking down at the Monsta ball on the tee, I can’t help but smile as I see its’ logo staring back. The Monsta golf ball from my 12deg driver produced a nice trajectory with a little better than average distance. Monsta Golf describes their ball as, “designed for mid to low handicap players” and in my experience, the ball flight is indeed affected by a slightly open or closed clubface.  Therefore, I would not recommend this ball to golfers who have trouble hitting straight golf shots.

The Monsta Golf Ball

From the Fairway:

The Monsta golf ball off of the short grass with a fairway wood is a nice place to be. When using the fairway woods and long hybrids the ball has a soft feel when hit and the balls trajectory is just perfect. Distance with the green eyed Monsta is very good, even without 110 mph swing speed.

The Approach Shot:

The Monsta ball was designed to “bite the green” and even with the mid-irons, it will. High shots land softly on the putting surface and hold fast.  With the Monsta, I have to club down on my approach shots because of the increase in distance this ball produces over the ball I regularly play.

The Wedges:

Short game is the big winner with these sticky little sphears “outta Boston.”  The super soft cast urethane cover of the Monsta golf ball grabs the clubface grooves and spins like a one eyed Tasmanian devil.

I was able to get back spin using a $25 sand wedge (I chose a cheap wedge to prove my point) from 60 yards out. This  just “don’t happen,” with any golf ball on the market.

The Putter:

Putting the Monsta golf ball is nice and smooth with a soft feel and true roll. The alignment marks are an added bonus, as they aid in lining up your putt.

The Bottom Line:

You don’t have to be a scratch Golfer to benefit from the Monsta Golf ball.

The Monsta golf ball played as well or better than any of the major golf ball manufactures’ tour balls.  In my test, using the Monsta golf ball significantly increased my yardage over the premium golf ball I regularly play. Surprisingly, I got a nice trajectory with straight ball flight on fairway woods and long hybrids.  Approach shots felt smooth with the super soft cast urethane cover. Overall, the ball’s performance around the green is phenomenal, without question one of the best I have tested.

Lastly, I feel compelled to mention the people behind Monsta Golf. When my first The Monsta Golf Ball (3)purchase arrived, there was a hand written note on the invoice thanking me for my business. You will never get that with a box of ProV1s. These guys are all over social media and are happy to interact with their customers. Do a search on Instagram for #Monstasighting and see why so many people are enjoying Monsta Golf.

-TheGolfBallGuy

Buy the Monsta Golf Ball Here!

Golf Ball Review The Monsta Golf Ball

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The Bridgestone e6 Golf Ball

What The Golf Ball Guy Thinks About the Bridgestone E6 Golf Ball

After years of playing the NXT from Titleist my game started to go sideways and by sideways I mean the big fat slice that had been exercised out of my golf game was back. With my pushing the fifty mark, I don’t have an extra ten years to improve. The hunt was on to find a golf ball that would help me keep it out of the forest but that doesn’t feel like a range ball from 1975.

As a golf fan many of my favorite players are on the Bridgestone Tour Team so the first place I turn to was the Bridgestone Golf website’s ball fitting app. After following the simple step-by-step instructions, the e6 was recommended and I gave it a try.

e6-sleeveToday the multi-layer golf balls are king and Bridgestone has taken the concept a little further with their “Soft gradational core,” “Anti-side spin inner layer”, and ” Softer Surlyn cover for improved feel.”

From the Tee

Looking at the e6 on a tee, with logo pointing along the target line give a little confidence as well as a visual aid at address. The e6 ball off the driver produced a nice trajectory. Feel was a bit harsher than the NXT but the ball flight kept me in the short grass, which more than made up for any feel issue.

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From the Fairway

A long second shot from the fairway is often a chance to shine or slice it into the creek. When I hit the e6 with favorite stick, my beloved #5 fairway, the feel was soft and smooth with a ball flight that I would have picked any time.

The Approach Shot

I played my first approach shot, using the e6 ball, with my 7 iron and put it over the green but it went straight over. Hitting the e6 with an iron was like spankin’ a pat of butter, soft as could be.

The Wedges

The e6 feels as soft when hit with a 60 degree lob as it does with cavity back pitching wedge, landing soft with more back spin then any game improvement golf ball should be able to produce.

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The Putter

Putting with the e6 and it’s soft cover and core is as smooth as any Surlyn covered golf ball I have ever used. The e6 logo, while as nice visual when driving, is pretty obtrusive but the alignment line on the side helps a great deal.

The Bottom Line

The e6 keeps the ball straight for a reasonable price.

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Bridgestone E6 Golf Ball Review

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