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

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I used to live in Branson 12 years or so ago and there are a lot of great golf courses in the area including some great tracks in nearby Springfield. Ozarks National (formerly Murder Rock) is a great course in Hollister and River Cut in Springfield is also a great track. How have you been doing your testing while playing? Are you using a different ball per nine or 18? Are you playing multiple balls to hit certain shots? A combination?

Enjoy Branson!

 

We played Branson Hills last time we were there and I really loved the course! Great scenery, elevation changes (this pic is of hole #17).

 

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I’ll check into those courses!

 

So far I’ve been playing 9 holes with each during the same round. I mostly play with other golfers so I don’t want to be anti-social or hold up the pace of play.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, ChasingScratch said:

 


We played Branson Hills last time we were there and I really loved the course! Great scenery, elevation changes (my profile pic is of hole #17).

I’ll check into those courses!

So far I’ve been playing 9 holes with each during the same round. I mostly play with other golfers so I don’t want to be anti-social or hold up the pace of play.


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Branson Hills is a great course too. There is a lot of good golf there for sure. I understand Tiger has one coming to the area as well. 

Gotcha. I typically play one ball per 9 too although I've played each of them for 18 several times. If I am faced with a difficult shot I will play multiple balls from that same position (Z Star, XV, ProV1 and X). I have played a few times by myself where I played multiple balls on every shot which has been quite nice but mostly I play with  my grown sons so if I want to play another ball (not for score) but for testing - they are quite understanding towards the old man 🙂 

Did you go through OKC on your way to Branson?

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Branson Hills is a great course too. There is a lot of good golf there for sure. I understand Tiger has one coming to the area as well. 
Gotcha. I typically play one ball per 9 too although I've played each of them for 18 several times. If I am faced with a difficult shot I will play multiple balls from that same position (Z Star, XV, ProV1 and X). I have played a few times by myself where I played multiple balls on every shot which has been quite nice but mostly I play with  my grown sons so if I want to play another ball (not for score) but for testing - they are quite understanding towards the old man  
Did you go through OKC on your way to Branson?


Gotcha. I like that strategy with the difficult shots and playing multiple balls. Great idea!

We’re just outside of Dallas so OKC is out of the way for our directions.


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I have been playing extremely well my last 6 or 7 rounds and today was a continuation of that trend. I shot a -7 63 with a clean card. I only missed 3 greens - 2 of those were green side bunkers and the third was pin high on the apron. The green side bunkers stemmed from having the confidence to go aggressively at pins. I played with the XV today and it was hot and windy and the Srixon handled it perfectly. One particular shot today that really impressed me was a shot of 107 yards. I was in the middle of the fairway on a par 4 of 385. The pin was back left and the green has a great deal of slope from back to front and right to left. The shot plays about 6 yards down hill and I hit my 53* and the shot came off perfectly with enough spin to hold and come back a touch but not too much. I took a picture of the result:

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The ability to hit that shot with confidence and know it's going to spin just enough but not off the planet is so nice. I have played both of these balls extensively and I really believe it is a ball more people ought to at least try. It does everything a ball should but is more cost conscious than many other premium balls. What's not to like? These balls are so easy to flight and spin - the control and the durability is extraordinary. I can't believe I haven't played a Srixon before this. I almost forgot - my first tee shot of the day left me 99 yards from the pin the rough - I had to flight the ball down due to some tree trouble but the shot came off almost perfect - it hit the green a foot or so in front of the flag and bounced up and hit the pin. A great way to start the round and a great ball to play. 

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One other shot that I hit today that amazed me in terms of the ability to control the XV. On the third hole today I hit a pretty lousy tee shot and missed the fairway. I was only off the fairway by a few yards but I had an uphill lie to an elevated green on a bare lie in the trees. I needed to keep the ball low initially to keep it beneath the tree foliage and still get the ball up to the green. I had 127 yards - I hit a gripped down 7 iron flighted below the foliage to the back edge of the green for an easy up and down for par. Those are the kinds of shots that really determine whether I can play a ball or not and I can play this ball 😉

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7 hours ago, golfertrb said:

I have been playing extremely well my last 6 or 7 rounds and today was a continuation of that trend. I shot a -7 63 with a clean card. I only missed 3 greens - 2 of those were green side bunkers and the third was pin high on the apron. The green side bunkers stemmed from having the confidence to go aggressively at pins. I played with the XV today and it was hot and windy and the Srixon handled it perfectly. One particular shot today that really impressed me was a shot of 107 yards. I was in the middle of the fairway on a par 4 of 385. The pin was back left and the green has a great deal of slope from back to front and right to left. The shot plays about 6 yards down hill and I hit my 53* and the shot came off perfectly with enough spin to hold and come back a touch but not too much. I took a picture of the result:

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The ability to hit that shot with confidence and know it's going to spin just enough but not off the planet is so nice. I have played both of these balls extensively and I really believe it is a ball more people ought to at least try. It does everything a ball should but is more cost conscious than many other premium balls. What's not to like? These balls are so easy to flight and spin - the control and the durability is extraordinary. I can't believe I haven't played a Srixon before this. I almost forgot - my first tee shot of the day left me 99 yards from the pin the rough - I had to flight the ball down due to some tree trouble but the shot came off almost perfect - it hit the green a foot or so in front of the flag and bounced up and hit the pin. A great way to start the round and a great ball to play. 

thats about the stopping power I'm seeing, from 6 iron thru wedge (about half that distance on wedges)

I have noticed I dont get as much 'cash back' spin as the Prov1which is not a bad thing especially as I (like most ams) are usually short on approaches.

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I have been playing extremely well my last 6 or 7 rounds and today was a continuation of that trend. I shot a -7 63 with a clean card. I only missed 3 greens - 2 of those were green side bunkers and the third was pin high on the apron. The green side bunkers stemmed from having the confidence to go aggressively at pins. I played with the XV today and it was hot and windy and the Srixon handled it perfectly. One particular shot today that really impressed me was a shot of 107 yards. I was in the middle of the fairway on a par 4 of 385. The pin was back left and the green has a great deal of slope from back to front and right to left. The shot plays about 6 yards down hill and I hit my 53* and the shot came off perfectly with enough spin to hold and come back a touch but not too much. I took a picture of the result: IMG_Jul92019at104701PM.jpg.226ddf9762ffbdaa3048962c617ddd6a.jpg

The ability to hit that shot with confidence and know it's going to spin just enough but not off the planet is so nice. I have played both of these balls extensively and I really believe it is a ball more people ought to at least try. It does everything a ball should but is more cost conscious than many other premium balls. What's not to like? These balls are so easy to flight and spin - the control and the durability is extraordinary. I can't believe I haven't played a Srixon before this. I almost forgot - my first tee shot of the day left me 99 yards from the pin the rough - I had to flight the ball down due to some tree trouble but the shot came off almost perfect - it hit the green a foot or so in front of the flag and bounced up and hit the pin. A great way to start the round and a great ball to play. 

 

 

Man that’s great! Keep up the hot streak!

 

I agree that I do not want a ball that has too much backspin. I prefer a ball that stops very close to where it lands rather than one that spins back 10ft randomly. These balls give me the confidence to be aggressive on pitch and chip shots.

 

 

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Today I played with my wife and I was able to play both balls on most shots. Two shots in particular that struck me today. It was really windy and on two different par 3's I was playing directly into a 15 mph breeze - nothing crazy but certainly noticeable. The first was hole 9 - my Bushnell had it at 185 and it was dead into the wind. I wear glasses but not when I play so typically can't see the ball land. I hit the Z Star first and then the XV. Both felt good - high draw with both though the Z Star looked a tick higher. When I get to the green, I see one ball about 4 ft from the pin and the other one short:
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The Z Star was short; the XV was stuffed.

The next hole I'd like to draw your attention to is 15. A short hole to a green protected by water in front. It was playing 136 into the same wind. This time I could see it - the Z Star climbed the wind and came up short; the XV almost went in the hole.
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Both balls are fantastic but for me the XV is better in the wind. I know some of you have found the exact opposite to be true - isn't testing great :)


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Today I played with my wife and I was able to play both balls on most shots. Two shots in particular that struck me today. It was really windy and on two different par 3's I was playing directly into a 15 mph breeze - nothing crazy but certainly noticeable. The first was hole 9 - my Bushnell had it at 185 and it was dead into the wind. I wear glasses but not when I play so typically can't see the ball land. I hit the Z Star first and then the XV. Both felt good - high draw with both though the Z Star looked a tick higher. When I get to the green, I see one ball about 4 ft from the pin and the other one short:
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The Z Star was short; the XV was stuffed.

The next hole I'd like to draw your attention to is 15. A short hole to a green protected by water in front. It was playing 136 into the same wind. This time I could see it - the Z Star climbed the wind and came up short; the XV almost went in the hole.
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Both balls are fantastic but for me the XV is better in the wind. I know some of you have found the exact opposite to be true - isn't testing great :)


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Here’s the real kicker. Even though the XV spins more on wedges and irons (according to my GC2 tests and the MGS ball test), I still feel that the XV fights the wind better than the Z-Star! Go figure.


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played the XV and Snell yesterday on a tough and long course.

After my drive on the second hole my buddy says - "You don't use your long irons much, do you?"  🙂

Both balls are fantastic and they are priced quite affordable.

Still trying out the BS Tour BX but I couldn't be more pleased with both of these balls.

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16 hours ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

played the XV and Snell yesterday on a tough and long course.

After my drive on the second hole my buddy says - "You don't use your long irons much, do you?"  🙂

Both balls are fantastic and they are priced quite affordable.

Still trying out the BS Tour BX but I couldn't be more pleased with both of these balls.

That's awesome haha. I have been doing some comparisons between the XV and the new Snell MTB X in my testing and they are both very good balls. They are very similar though I prefer the XV around and on the greens but that is primarily just a personal preference thing. There have been a few people while playing who have never tried either the Srixon or Snell who will now be giving them a go so that's fun. I have been interested in trying the Bridgestone as well but honestly I feel like I could quit my search for a ball right now. When you look at performance, durability and price, it is hard to look beyond the Srixon.

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The Srixon’s are hard to beat. I’m about to pull a deal on 36 mint condition non-water used XV’s for $50.

 

I played Mountain Top in Branson Missouri yesterday (13 hole par 3 that is amazing!!!).

 

Here are some shots. The course was bent grass and the greens were very receptive. Much more receptive than what I’m used to in Texas.

 

The XV spun very well for me, even on shots that I hit very low and thought would not hold.

 

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The above ️ was with a 50* SM7 wedge.

 

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This ️ one was with a 7 iron.

 

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This ️ was on the final hole, 90 yards with a 58* SM7 wedge. Almost had my 1st hole in one!

 

Played all 13 holes with the same ball, lots of wedges, and it looked just like it did from before. It was the ball I used on my GC2 testing and it held up perfectly.

 

 

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The Srixon’s are hard to beat. I’m about to pull a deal on 36 mint condition non-water used XV’s for $50.
 
I played Mountain Top in Branson Missouri yesterday (13 hole par 3 that is amazing!!!).
 
Here are some shots. The course was bent grass and the greens were very receptive. Much more receptive than what I’m used to in Texas.
 
The XV spun very well for me, even on shots that I hit very low and thought would not hold.
 
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The above ️ was with a 50* SM7 wedge.
 
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This ️ one was with a 7 iron.
 
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This ️ was on the final hole, 90 yards with a 58* SM7 wedge. Almost had my 1st hole in one!
 
Played all 13 holes with the same ball, lots of wedges, and it looked just like it did from before. It was the ball I used on my GC2 testing and it held up perfectly.
 
 
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That is a great golf course! Sr Tour plays there and it will challenge you for sure. Looks like you were swinging well!


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That is a great golf course! Sr Tour plays there and it will challenge you for sure. Looks like you were swinging well!

 

 

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I hit it pretty poorly overall (no warmup and haven’t really hit since the simulator).

 

Mountain Top is amazing! Huge greens with lots of slope and elevation change. Definitely one everybody should play if they are ever up there.

 

Playing Branson Hills today!! Should be fun!

 

 

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Played this evening with my middle son - played the XV primarily but played the Z Star on a few holes. Both balls are so so good. I honestly would be happy to play either one. My testing shows the XV is longer off thr tee and that is primarily due to decrease in spin. It's not a massive amount - a few hundred revs but enough to make a difference in terms of distance. I hit some chips and pitches with the XV that were just so good. That ball has plenty of spin and is so solid off the putter. I did hit one shot with the Z Star that was pretty special - I had 115 uphill for my 3rd shot on a par 5 - the wind was blowing 15 mph or so into and I hit a beautiful little trap draw PW with the Z Star that ended 18 inches from the hole - what a thing of beauty. These balls are really good and as good as anything I have played. I highly recommend giving these balls a go.


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Played this evening with my middle son - played the XV primarily but played the Z Star on a few holes. Both balls are so so good. I honestly would be happy to play either one. My testing shows the XV is longer off thr tee and that is primarily due to decrease in spin. It's not a massive amount - a few hundred revs but enough to make a difference in terms of distance. I hit some chips and pitches with the XV that were just so good. That ball has plenty of spin and is so solid off the putter. I did hit one shot with the Z Star that was pretty special - I had 115 uphill for my 3rd shot on a par 5 - the wind was blowing 15 mph or so into and I hit a beautiful little trap draw PW with the Z Star that ended 18 inches from the hole - what a thing of beauty. These balls are really good and as good as anything I have played. I highly recommend giving these balls a go.


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Awesome! I will say I love hitting pitch and chip shots with these balls. I have chipped in for either a par save or a birdie once per round since playing these balls.


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On 7/11/2019 at 4:39 PM, GolfSpy Stroker said:

Both balls are fantastic and they are priced quite affordable.

Do you play the Black or the Mtb-X.

I´m playing the Mtb-X at the moment. Great ball so far. Performance, durability, price... 

 

What are the differences in your opinion?

 

Perhaps i give the Srixon in the after season a try...

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3 minutes ago, Monaco said:

Do you play the Black or the Mtb-X.

I´m playing the Mtb-X at the moment. Great ball so far. Performance, durability, price... 

 

What are the differences in your opinion?

 

Perhaps i give the Srixon in the after season a try...

I've never tried the black - just the MTB-x....and for a DTC ball it's great.

I'm not really a ball aficionado but between the MTB-x and ZStar XV I didn't see a great deal of difference.  Maybe a few yards here and there but I'm not good enough to where that will matter.  Both feel and fly well off the driver and hit-and-sit on the green.

I haven't done an in-depth test like the rest of the testers so I can't really provide much detailed information, just some anecdotal experience....  

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Picked up some Kelly Green Z Stars today...

Forgot how much I love that ball around the greens.

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Played today alternating holes with the Z Star and XV. Both balls are just really good and I could play either one. The XV is a better driving and putting ball; the Z Star feels so good when flushed with an iron and is really good around the greens though honestly they both are. If there was only one ball - I would be thrilled with that one because they are both such good balls. I think there is one that fits my games better after having played many rounds with both but honestly they are both such good balls. I was striking it so good the first part of the day but the heat got to me as the round progressed and I still put a solid round together with some long putts and some good breaks. One shot in particular comes to mind today: the 17th hole and I am COMPLETELY gassed at this point. I hit 2 Crossover off thr tee - not too bad a swing but I blocked it right. Just miss the fairway by a yard or so but I'm in the rough 159 out. There is water in front of thr green and there is a thick tree branch 30 yards in front of me that I have to go under. I hit a knockdown punchy 6 iron to keep it below the tree branch - it cleared the water and settled about 18 feet below the hole. The XV handled the shot beautifully and I was not at my sharpest. Isn't that what we want? Clubs/ball/whatever that can perform when we are sharp as well as when we aren't? I sure do. These balls are legit and while I don't know all the science behind "Spin Skin" - I do know it works :)

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