Very rarely at The Hackers Paradise do we get involved with the “buzz” of a product. We review so many items each month that it would be hard to get caught up or excited about any particular golf related item especially a golf ball. But ever since the PGA Merchandise Show this year, we were excited about a golf ball. Srixon has quietly been putting together a very impressive ball lineup and with the launch of the Z-Star and Z-Star X the buzz going around was that they have finally put together a top notch premium ball that can not only contend with but possibly dominate, the premium ball market.
While at the PGA Merchandise Show, we kept hearing about the new Srixon balls from people. But the kicker is we were hearing about it from other companies. More people were talking to us about this golf ball than any other ball we can remember. By the time the show was over we could not wait to get our hands on the “magic ball”. I have to admit it, I was caught up in the buzz and thought for a while that the Srixon Z Star was going to cure every flaw in my game. The day we got back from the show I was sending in my requests. The poor person that we deal with there is one of the nicest people in this business and we did not even give him a chance to get back to his desk before my requests for the golf balls started. Well, he was kind enough to not make us wait too long, as within a few days a dozen of each arrived at our offices to review for our readers.
Z Star Acronym
Tuned to increase distance on the driver while providing unparalleled stopping power on approach shots.
Designed to produce an aggressive ball flight that maximizes distance regardless of weather conditions. High ball speed is maintained for a longer period of time during flight.
Developed to maximize the energy transfer to the ball for more ball speed resulting in greater distance.
Configured to provide great touch and feel greenside. In addition, the ball is responsive on full shots that need to be shaped.
We will cover both golf balls in this review but first I want to go over the differences between the two balls. Both are three piece construction and both have 324 dimples. The Z Star X has a slightly firmer cover and a slightly firmer core that was designed for players that have a swing speed of 105mph and higher. It was made for that player gunning for tour caliber distance without sacrificing the feel and spin.
First up in this profile is the Srixon Z-Star. With both of the new balls this year Srixon has used their softest and thinnest outer layer to date made of urethane. Our first thought would be durability but it turned out that it was a non-issue. (more on that later). We started with 4 of us around the practice green working on chipping, pitching, and putting. All of us had the same thoughts.
1. Great Spin
2. Good alignment arrow
3. Good sound
We never really put much thought into the sound of the golf ball but around the green we have quickly learned to realize that it is one of the most important elements in choosing a ball. Some hear something as “clicky” where as others here something different. None of the four of us had any issue with the sound of this ball when chipping or putting. Next up was playing 18 holes each one of us armed with a Srixon Z-Star sleeve. By the time the round was over all four of us were sold. We had a premium ball that supplied good distance, great feel, good spin, and was durable. So basically everything we have asked for. It is not the longest ball. It is not the “spinniest” ball. But the Z-Star has that “total package” thing that so many balls have been missing. Not one time during the round did any one of the four of us have an issue with a ball not stopping on the greens and none of us had any issues with losing distance either. It provided everything that a premium golf ball should without the shredding that we have come to hate in other balls. The Srixon Z Star performed better than any of us had hoped.
The next day the same four golfers went out did the exact same drill this time with the Srixon Z-Star X. The teaching professional in our group found himself liking the Z-Star X more than the regular one but the rest of us preferred the spin we got from the Z Star. When hitting approach shots the Srixon Z-Star X for me was one hopping then stopping. However with the Z-Star the ball was sucking back each time. Good or bad for my game, I enjoy the back spin. We all thought that this ball felt just a little harder around the greens. None of us had any real complaints about the Z-Star X at all.
I want to talk a little about durability. I have always had an issue with finding a premium golf ball that would not get shredded with in a couple of holes from the grooves on today’s wedges. (Or maybe it was the tree and cart path I hit.) For the last year we here at THP have been asking to find out if there is a way to get the tour caliber golf balls to be a little more durable without sacrificing feel and spin. We found out today that apparently there is. Now sure, these will not be as durable as a “rock flight” that you find on the course, but I played 9 holes with the same ball and it looked to be in great shape. If the durability holds up over time, that is a bonus that we never expected.
Overall the Srixon Z-Star is not a magic ball. But that is not a knock on this at all. All of the people that reviewed this line felt as though it was as good or better than anything that we have tried on the market today. Srixon’s marketing says “We switched from the #1 ball to play a better ball”. The golfers that tested these out over the last couple of weeks are singing the same tune. If you currently play a premium ball, you owe it to yourself to try the new Z-Star golf ball line out. Srixon is even offering a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. For more information on the entire Srixon golf ball lineup, head on over to Srixon Balls.
Till Next Time