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For those who have been following this thread and are intrigued by the review, let me point out the cheapest deal that I've seen for these balls recently. GolfDiscount.com has six-packs of these Srixons for $10 each, so $20/dozen.

might have just ordered a few dozen myself.

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For those who have been following this thread and are intrigued by the review, let me point out the cheapest deal that I've seen for these balls recently. GolfDiscount.com has six-packs of these Srixons for $10 each, so $20/dozen.

might have just ordered a few dozen myself.

 

That’s a great deal!! What a find!

 

How much for shipping?

 

 

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1 minute ago, ChasingScratch said:

 

That’s a great deal!! What a find!

 

How much for shipping?

 

 

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I think it was $8 or so, or free over $99. So order 10 (6 dozen) for $100 (plus tax).

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When I look at the cut Srixon Z Star and XV they look like two and three piece balls, respectively.  I assume one of the layers must be very thin.  Is that the case?  The halved balls look nothing like the drawings on the website with the full cores.

https://www.srixon.com/us/balls/golf-balls/z-star-xv-golf-balls/MZSTARXV18.html

More curious than anything else.

Thanks,

Jeff

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Clemsonfan said:

When I look at the cut Srixon Z Star and XV they look like two and three piece balls, respectively.  I assume one of the layers must be very thin.  Is that the case?  The halved balls look nothing like the drawings on the website with the full cores.

https://www.srixon.com/us/balls/golf-balls/z-star-xv-golf-balls/MZSTARXV18.html

More curious than anything else.

Thanks,

Jeff

 

 

 

If you're referring to the MGS ball guide, the layers in the Z and ZXV are a little tough to see. I believe the XV has another layer just between the core and the mantle (I guess that's what that is called?) before the cover.

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Just outside of the pink core, there's a thin brown layer.

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The regular Z-star just doesn't seem to have a color that is easy to distinguish from the rest of its insides, but if you look REALLY hard you can see it. Or, my eyes and brain are creating a bias since it thinks there should be a core there haha!

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When I look at the cut Srixon Z Star and XV they look like two and three piece balls, respectively.  I assume one of the layers must be very thin.  Is that the case?  The halved balls look nothing like the drawings on the website with the full cores.
https://www.srixon.com/us/balls/golf-balls/z-star-xv-golf-balls/MZSTARXV18.html
More curious than anything else.
Thanks,
Jeff
 
 
 


This is a good question - if you look at the Z Star for example you have a cover, a mantle layer and a core. The XV has a cover, a mantle and a dual core.


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Since I have been testing these balls I have quite literally played the golf of my life. I have shot two PB (one with each ball) rounds and just consistently low scores and nothing else has changed except the golf ball. These balls are both so good around the greens, while for me, the XV is longer off the tee and rolls the ball so great with the putter. I have had my best putting rounds EVER with this ball. I don't think this ball is magic or anything but I do think it fits my game quite well. I'm really grateful for the MGS Ball Test, as well as, the opportunity to test the Srixon offerings for the community and myself.

 

 

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Played a new to me course today. All 18 holes with one Z-Star. This ball is great. It really is. All of my full iron shots and pitch shots inside 70yds stopped within 1 foot of their pitch mark.

 

Here are just a few examples:

 

 

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Had some really tight chip and run shots as well.

 

This ball is very similar to the XV, but for me, the extra distance off the driver is the only real tangible advantage for the XV (and who doesn’t want a few more yards off the tee). More on that in my stats analysis in the final Stage 2 review, so be sure to tune in!

 

The XV does everything the Z-Star does, but it’s just overall a bit better fit for my game.

 

 

 

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Driver: :ping-small: G400 LST 8.5* with HZRDUS SMOKE 6.5 70g 

Woods: :taylormade-small: 2007 Burner TP 3 wood and 5 wood

Irons:  :srixon-small: Z765 4-PW (1 degree flat) with KBS $-130 shafts

Wedges:  Vokey SM7 50/12/F, 54/10/S and 58/12/D

Putter:  :ping-small: Sigma 2 Tyne 4, 32.5", 1* loft

Ball:  :srixon-small: Z-Star XV

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So this is the extent of the damage to the Z-Star I played today. You have to really look hard to try to find some minor scuffing. I’d play this ball into play again next time no questions asked. Durability is solid.

 

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I hit a lot of wedge shots from 100yds - 48yds.

 

 

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Driver: :ping-small: G400 LST 8.5* with HZRDUS SMOKE 6.5 70g 

Woods: :taylormade-small: 2007 Burner TP 3 wood and 5 wood

Irons:  :srixon-small: Z765 4-PW (1 degree flat) with KBS $-130 shafts

Wedges:  Vokey SM7 50/12/F, 54/10/S and 58/12/D

Putter:  :ping-small: Sigma 2 Tyne 4, 32.5", 1* loft

Ball:  :srixon-small: Z-Star XV

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I played bothe the Z star and Z- Star xv. They play good and feel nice out of the box and first couple holes. I found myself replacing them more frequently though and didn't like the feel of them once they had been used a bit. Unlike the prov1 and prov1x.  I gamed them for years and would play them until they were pretty much unplayable. Now I am enjoying the tp5,  which I started playing only because I found one and loved the way it felt it hand. Played it and loved it even more. Dont have a tp5 in hand (left them im n my locker) but these two saw about the same playing time.

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b. Driver specs (Titleost 913 D2 Oban Kiyoshi Black 05 Flex 45" )

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d. Where You Live (El Paso, Tx)

e. Your handicap or average 18 hole score (1.8 GHIN) 

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I played bothe the Z star and Z- Star xv. They play good and feel nice out of the box and first couple holes. I found myself replacing them more frequently though and didn't like the feel of them once they had been used a bit. Unlike the prov1 and prov1x.  I gamed them for years and would play them until they were pretty much unplayable. Now I am enjoying the tp5,  which I started playing only because I found one and loved the way it felt it hand. Played it and loved it even more. Dont have a tp5 in hand (left them im n my locker) but these two saw about the same playing time.
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Hit any cart path or trees with the Srixon in that picture? What type of wedges do you play? I play Vokey SM7’s and they hold up fine for me.

As I commented earlier on someone else’s post, some people’s playability condition/level of scuffing is stricter than others. Like for me and my budget, I keep balls in play that others might not.


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Pre training max driver speed: 124mph

Current: 130mph

WITB:

Driver: :ping-small: G400 LST 8.5* with HZRDUS SMOKE 6.5 70g 

Woods: :taylormade-small: 2007 Burner TP 3 wood and 5 wood

Irons:  :srixon-small: Z765 4-PW (1 degree flat) with KBS $-130 shafts

Wedges:  Vokey SM7 50/12/F, 54/10/S and 58/12/D

Putter:  :ping-small: Sigma 2 Tyne 4, 32.5", 1* loft

Ball:  :srixon-small: Z-Star XV

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I played bothe the Z star and Z- Star xv. They play good and feel nice out of the box and first couple holes. I found myself replacing them more frequently though and didn't like the feel of them once they had been used a bit. Unlike the prov1 and prov1x.  I gamed them for years and would play them until they were pretty much unplayable. Now I am enjoying the tp5,  which I started playing only because I found one and loved the way it felt it hand. Played it and loved it even more. Dont have a tp5 in hand (left them im n my locker) but these two saw about the same playing time.15641792287991223008731969417722.thumb.jpg.c78d9a606c7eb82831c4e89162d8b886.jpg

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The TP5 and 5x are really great balls - I have played them for the last several years with good success. This is my first exposure to the Srixon offerings and I have been really pleased with them in every area including durability but the truth is that all tour caliber balls use the same basic cover composition and when played throughout the course of a round will experience damage due to repeated hits. I think most of the time it is a ball that has poor durability that sticks out more to me than really great due to the cover. I remember balata balls and when they were hit poorly or hit a tree, cart path, etc - they were ready for the trash and when the ProV1 came out it was a game changer. Titleist are the undisputed "King of the Hill" in the golf ball industry and clearly make phenomenal balls. For Srixon or Taylormade or anyone else to steal any kind of market share they have to be doing something really special and I believe Srixon is. That said, you can NEVER go wrong with Titleist - they make an absolutely exceptional ball in terms of performance and durability and if I had to choose which ball specifically to play from the pictures you have shown, I would play the Titleist. Do I think Titleist is more durable in general over Srixon? No not based on my testing but your experience may be different and that's why we have so many great balls to test! Thanks for the pics and for making this thread even better and welcome to MGS!

 

 

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Ping Blueprint 9-P Modus 105 Stiff

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1 hour ago, ChasingScratch said:

 


Hit any cart path or trees with the Srixon in that picture? What type of wedges do you play? I play Vokey SM7’s and they hold up fine for me.

As I commented earlier on someone else’s post, some people’s playability condition/level of scuffing is stricter than others. Like for me and my budget, I keep balls in play that others might not.


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I haven't smashed any cart paths or trees lately. At the most clipped some leaves on a fade off the tee box starting left. I use some older tvd vokeys sm4 I believe  and a sm6. They are good balls and I brought a bunch for my dad, as he's less picky and he really enjoys them. 

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b. Driver specs (Titleost 913 D2 Oban Kiyoshi Black 05 Flex 45" )

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d. Where You Live (El Paso, Tx)

e. Your handicap or average 18 hole score (1.8 GHIN) 

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33 minutes ago, golfertrb said:

 

The TP5 and 5x are really great balls - I have played them for the last several years with good success. This is my first exposure to the Srixon offerings and I have been really pleased with them in every area including durability but thr truth is that all tour caliber balls use the same basic cover composition and when played throughout the course of a round will experience damage due to repeated hits. I think most of the time it is a ball that has poor durability that sticks out more to me than really great due to the cover. I remember balata balls and when they were hit poorly or hit a tree, cart path, etc - they were ready for the trash and when the ProV1 came out it was a game changer. Titleist are the undisputed "King of the Hill" in the golf ball industry and clearly make phenomenal balls. For Srixon or Taylormade or anyone else to steal any kind of market share they have to be doing something really special and I believe Srixon is. That said, you can NEVER go wrong with Titleist - they make an absolutely exceptional ball in terms of performance and durability and if I had to choose which ball specifically to play from the pictures you have shown, I would play the Titleist. Do I think Titleist is more durable in general over Srixon? No not based on my testing but your experience may be different and that's why we have so many great balls to test! Thanks for the pics and for making this thread even better and welcome to MGS!

 

 

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Golfertrb, thank you for the welcome. I agree and think for the balls at this price point you really can't go wrong with any of them. Just like drivers, putters, and recent fairway woods. Most of the major players are offering quality options at a high level and it falls down to personal preference. For me right now it's the tp series or proV. 

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b. Driver specs (Titleost 913 D2 Oban Kiyoshi Black 05 Flex 45" )

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d. Where You Live (El Paso, Tx)

e. Your handicap or average 18 hole score (1.8 GHIN) 

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20 hours ago, golfertrb said:

 


This is a good question - if you look at the Z Star for example you have a cover, a mantle layer and a core. The XV has a cover, a mantle and a dual core.


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I think I see a thin layer between the core and the second layer on the XV, but don't see it on the Z Star.  That said, I will take your word for it!  Maybe I will find one and cut it open, or test a sleeve.

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Clemsonfan: Where u located? Writing this from S of Easley, 15 mi from Death Valley.


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7 hours ago, MGoBlue100 said:

Clemsonfan: Where u located? Writing this from S of Easley, 15 mi from Death Valley.


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I am in Spartanburg- just an hour away. Graduated from Clemson years ago!

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I am in Spartanburg- just an hour away. Graduated from Clemson years ago!

My oldest son is a 2013 Alumni! I’m heading out of town for some golf vacay & then work, but we’ll have to figure out a spot and have a game in a few weeks! (I’m gone until 8/17!)


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6 hours ago, MGoBlue100 said:


My oldest son is a 2013 Alumni! I’m heading out of town for some golf vacay & then work, but we’ll have to figure out a spot and have a game in a few weeks! (I’m gone until 8/17!)


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I graduated in 2011. Let me know if/when y'all get together, I'm just south of Greenville in Simpsonville.

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We will be posting our Stage 2's this week and I'm really looking forward to hearing what the other testers have to say. I played a quick 12 or so holes tonight and it just totally confirmed again my thoughts about these balls. I have thoroughly enjoyed this test and the dialogue this thread has produced.

Be watching for Stage 2's in the next few days!


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