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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
* Energetic Gradient Growth Core Technology. The E.G.G. core
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
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
“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
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.**
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.
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).