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2019 Official Forum Member Review-Srixon Z Star and Z Star XV Golf Balls

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Glad to hear you guys are enjoying the XV - as I have said elsewhere, I have no previous experience with Srixon balls whatsoever but the TP5x has been the ball I played the most since I returned to playing after my back surgeries (2017) so I found the two very comparable. I prefer the XV and honestly I'm still shocked that I'm playing a Srixon but I'm sure glad I am. Great ball.


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Played today and the XV was just fantastic. Two shots in particular:

 

1. Hit a terrible drive on par 4 5th - missed the fairway, had a terrible lie under a tree with 194 yards left. Hit a 4 iron poorly - left me with 41 yards in light rough - hit my 58* to 2 feet.

 

2. Par 5 13th - hit a solid drive and 3 wood and was left with 49 yards in the middle of the fairway. I hit my 58* - it landed pin high, pitched forward about 8ft and spun back to 3ft.

 

These balls are just so solid. The more I play them the better I like them. They are long and are fantastic on short shots. Great ball.

 

 

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Played today and the XV was just fantastic. Two shots in particular:
 
1. Hit a terrible drive on par 4 5th - missed the fairway, had a terrible lie under a tree with 194 yards left. Hit a 4 iron poorly - left me with 41 yards in light rough - hit my 58* to 2 feet.
 
2. Par 5 13th - hit a solid drive and 3 wood and was left with 49 yards in the middle of the fairway. I hit my 58* - it landed pin high, pitched forward about 8ft and spun back to 3ft.
 
These balls are just so solid. The more I play them the better I like them. They are long and are fantastic on short shots. Great ball.
 
 
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Awesome!! Man I wish I played half the golf you do bud. Living the dream!


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Just posted Stage 2.. Sorry it took extra time, I lost some pictures and had to Scramble.. I had a blast testing two different balls that are so good.. For me it almost a tie.. Loved both balls so much.

At the bottom of my stage 2 will tell you how much I love these balls.. GO try SRIXON.. they are great

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Awesome!! Man I wish I played half the golf you do bud. Living the dream!


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DSC_3010.thumb.JPG.f3447b81fc38e36b9262a9d390ec6cdb.JPGIntroduction:

First let me say this has been a great opportunity and a huge Thank you to both MyGolfSpy, Srixon Golf. Also thank you to the Moderators for selecting me, it has been an honor.

I have been involved in 3 previous reviews in my short time here. I was able to test the Bridgestone e6 series first. Next came the Wilson D300 irons. Then the icing on the cake, I was selected last year for a full bag review and the chance to compete in the Cobra Connect Challenge which was at the time the most popular and best review on Mygolfspy, which I am very proud of. Which I lost to@Fozcycle after leading most of the season, which still stings, but what a great person.

This review gave me the chance to test and really play with a brand of balls I had not really given much attention to other than the occasional “found” ball. I have 4 full rounds and 5 9-hole rounds with these balls. I alternated between the balls as I play for the most rounds then play either the Z-Star or the Z-Star XV for the whole round. I started with the XV, since that happened to be what I was playing when I switched to 1 ball for the entirety of the round, then to the Z-Star.

I took them to a practice green and did some putting practice, did some chipping, and also full shots on the course. Now onto the review.

**** Note the Black number in the scoring represent the Z-star and the Red the Z-Star XV..

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Looks and Durability:     (15/15, 15/15)

Looks:

I got the balls in plain white, Srixon name is in Black and the Z-star has Black numbers, the XV has Red. The alignment strip is fairly simple with the ball name in the center of arrows on either side. I do not find this an issue but the text could look a little busy to some.

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Durability:

Both of these balls incredibly durable. Normal play should not create any issues, UNLESS you bounce them off a cart path. I did not notice any real damage due to play, even a branch did not hinder the appearance other than needing a cleaning. I played 18 17.5 holes (lost on 18) and felt it was still in great shape.

 

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Sound and Feel:     (13/15, 13/15)

Sound:

This is where I notice the biggest difference. The Z-star has a nice solid sound, do not think I’m saying hard as I am not. Just a solid dull thud. The XV on the other hand has tick or clickish sound. Which is more pronounced off the putter face. Not something I have noticed in great detail with other premium balls. They both had their own distinct sound off the driver also, XV was a little crisper sounding while the Z-Star a little mute. Based on the XV being a firmer ball that should be expected.

Feel:

This is where these two differ greatly. The Z-star is a very soft feeling ball, to me it borders on almost too soft, it’s not quite there but darn close. And a little spongy off the putter. The XV feels a touch firm off the putter but everywhere else not so much. Both of these balls feel great, just opposites. A friend of mine tried an XV, mind you he use to play Pinnacles 15 for $12, thought the XV felt firm to him not hard but firm. Keep that in mind.

On-course:     (38/40, 38/40)

Driver:

Let’s start with the Big dog. Off the Driver these balls were long and consistent. When struck well (I’m a 16ish hdcp give me a break) the XV was marginally longer. Reduced spin, slightly firmer, red numbers, it all adds up to a ball that launches lower and rolls longer. The Z-star is not terrible off the driver, I just noticed 3-4 yds less distance on equally well struck drives on the same hole. For me both balls did great in breezy conditions. I would put either of these balls up against anything if you need to find a fairway, I tried to turn them on a dogleg to the right, and ended up with a nice easy fade, even though I can and was trying to slice it like bread.

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Irons:

Let’s make this simple Long and straight. They feel killer coming off the face, I gained 3-4 yds across the all irons, consistently. I hit an 8 iron from 153 or so out of light rough, to a back pin. Hit the back of the green bounced over a small sand trap and was sitting 4 yds off the green. 8 iron is my 150 club, I was playing it to be a little short and roll to the cup. And that was with a Z-star. I do not notice any difference in feel between them on iron shots.

Wedges:

I have struggled around the green, to be blunt I suck around the green. But these balls, both of them did what we all want, stopped.  Or should I stopped quickly. As someone who does not get a ton of backspin and only on the rare occasion to I get one to back up. I was quite surprised when I had this happen 3 times in one round, and on several occasions. That tells me either I am striking them great (Doubt it), I’m hitting into a wall, Nope, or these balls spin and stick. And I’d say that is what is happening. Because I know not all of my wedges were great strikes, and this happened on day when I was playing well and poorly both.

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Right off the toe of the putter is the ball mark, and just out of view is the flag. it came to rest about 10' short of the hole.

Putting:

This is where I got surprised. I was playing around on the putting green on evening, and was hitting both balls and noticed 1 seemed to be shorter than the other. SO I did a blind test put 6 balls on the green in random order So I could not see which one was which and putted them. I tried to make the exact same stroke for all 6 balls and one was shorter, the Z-star was about 6-8” shorter on a 10 foot putt. I thought it was just luck that those balls were hit poorly. Nope I did it twice more with the same results. Also this is where I noticed that the XV felt the most different. And the sound the most noticeable. The more I played with both balls it got to the point that after the first couple of putts they were so consistent and reliable that putting was a dream..

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Misc:     (8/10, 8/10)

What can I say, these ball do everything. Have amazing length, fight the wind, spin is insane, and feel is off the carts. The only major complaints that I have are both little things. With the Z-Star I noticed a little Ballooning of the driver and 3w... With the XV I had a few that fell out of the sky like a knuckleball. Not like it had topspin like it had NO spin, off the driver also. For those reasons I had to mark them down in this category. I feel I’m grasping at straws here but isn’t that what we are supposed to do? Tell it like it is..

 

Gamebag/Shagbag:     (20/20, 20/20)

What can I say these balls will be in my bag. And if you try them the odds are they might end up in yours also. These are as good as anything on the market, you will be doing yourself a great disservice not trying them.

 

Conclusion:    

In Conclusion these balls just might be the best premium ball on the market, in my opinion. They just won “The Open Championship”. I would play these in a New York minute. I am so torn between the two, I have just found my new gamer ball for sure. As someone who prefers a softer feeling ball I have to give the Slightest of edges to the Z-star. This is after thinking that the XV would be my new gamer up until a couple of rounds ago when I started playing full rounds with only 1 of the balls. I love the XV and would have no problem playing that ball AT ALL… I typically do not like the feel of the firmer “X” balls, but the XV is great.  The Z-star just feels slightly better, to me. And yes I have read the Ball guide and the line that says

A soft ball is a slow ball; it’s that simple. If you are playing a “soft” golf ball, it’s probably costing you distance off the tee (unless you swing under 85 MPH) and spin around the green.”

Well guess what, I do not feel 3-4 yrds is enough of a difference to my game to give up the added spin around the green. As well as the chance to hold a firm green from longer distances with longer irons. If you feel that you need a new ball try either the Srixion Z-Star or the Srixon Z-Star XV. You will love them. I do. Have I found my new gamer yes, will I buy more Heck yeah. These are great ball go try them..

 And my new Gamer ball is....

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 The Srixon Z-star. I will be gaming this ball for a long time.. Again Thank you to Mygolfspy, Srixon golf, and all the moderators for allowing me this great opportunity..

Final Score:     (94/100, 94/100)

 

****I was selected in the Logo ball voting and won 6 dozen Golf balls of My choice with 1 of 3 My Golf Spy logos. Guess what, I could choose ANY ball and I chose the Srixon Z-Star. Why because they are that good. I selected them with the Official Logo..

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Pictures to come as soon as the balls arrive..


Great job! I had exactly the same experience as you did on thr putting green. I found the XV rolled out more for me too - that's crazy because I thought it was just me but that's part of why I chose that ball in particular - it just putts SO well! Like you - I could have played either ball but the XV is thr ball for me


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Great job! I had exactly the same experience as you did on thr putting green. I found the XV rolled out more for me too - that's crazy because I thought it was just me but that's part of why I chose that ball in particular - it just putts SO well! Like you - I could have played either ball but the XV is thr ball for me


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Funny because for me the XV ‘felt’ softer off the putter face. I have a Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4 (double insert), so maybe that’s why.


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I do not have a insert in my putter.. I thought at first I was just making bad contact until I put them down so I couldn't tell which was which..

 

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Funny because for me the XV ‘felt’ softer off the putter face. I have a Ping Sigma 2 Tyne 4 (double insert), so maybe that’s why.

 

 

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It wasn't a hard feel issue for me - I feel like the XV just feels...perfect (not hard - not overly soft. It feels substantial, if that makes any sense ) but for whatever reason it seemed to roll out better. It matches my stroke - I don't "hit" my putts so rolling out a bit is ideal. How often do you play golf Scratch? You said about how much I play and I do - I play at least 18 every Monday and typically another 18 on Wednesday or Thursday. When my kids were small there wasn't the time but I'm in a different stage of life now. Bitter sweet :)

 

 

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Just picked up 3 players packs from Golf Discount at $9.99 apiece. After tax and shipping, it's like buy a dozen, get six free! The XV just performs for me, I've hit my longest drive with it and love it around the greens.

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Just picked up 3 players packs from Golf Discount at $9.99 apiece. After tax and shipping, it's like buy a dozen, get six free! The XV just performs for me, I've hit my longest drive with it and love it around the greens.

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That's a great deal for a great ball. I share the same sentiments - "The XV just performs for me" too.


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used a 'found' Z star today, so no idea what year it was made, it looked pretty white and clean.

Had my longest driving round, sound of the clubs is great, ball span really well even out of wet semi rough. I'm liking this ball.

one slight niggle it felt a tad soft off the putter face but I have an insert, it might feel better of a milled face.

at 18 the ball still looked good and only had minor scuffs, remember I found this ball so it could have had many holes previously

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