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Srixon Z Star XV 7 golf ball


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I'm tempted to pull the trigger on the current buy two dozen, get another dozen free promotion from Srixon, specifically on the XV 7 ball.    I did the same thing this time last year on the Z Star 7 (not the XV, but the black box ball) after some reading and research.    The end result?   I hated the ball.   Very firm to me (if not downright hard) and a very low flight.   Live and learn, right?  Using several ball fitting sites and more reading, the XV 7 appears to be more along the lines of the ProV1x and TP5X which is more what I'm looking for in terms of trajectory and short game spin.    I've read the review of the 2021 version of the XV7 here at MSG which was rather underwhelming, but I'm willing to try it if the feedback is right.    I'm a single digit handicapper, need a higher trajectory, and expect some spin with my short irons and wedges.    Thanks! 

 

 

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If you didn't like the firmness of the regular Z, the XV is going to be firmer. I tried both when looking for a more affordable ball then the ProV, and chose the regular Z partly because of the firmness. I am interested in the new Diamond ball though.

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Maybe it's just me, but I have never hit a Srixon ball that did not feel like a rock.

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It’s definitely a firmer ball. 
 

If firm is rule-out criteria then I suppose you have your answer. 

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Good info above.  Thanks!  Given the compression of this ball is similar to the ProV1X and TP5X, I can't help but wonder what it is that makes the Srixon tour caliber balls feel so hard.       

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1 hour ago, MarkCPA said:

Good info above.  Thanks!  Given the compression of this ball is similar to the ProV1X and TP5X, I can't help but wonder what it is that makes the Srixon tour caliber balls feel so hard.       

In terms of compression, the regular Z-Star is softer than a ProV1. However, the cover is thinner and a lot of "feel" is actually sound, especially on less-than-full swings. The new Z-Star Diamond is going to be the same compression as the XV, both should be a touch firmer than the PV1x. 

If soft and spinny is what you want, check out the Bridgestone Tour BXS or the Taylormade TP5. Both are going to be lower-launching, so that might something worth keeping in mind. If you need high-launch, high-spin, and low-compression, you're quickly moving towards Kirkland territory, or maybe even Mizuno?

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Check out the OnCore either the Vero1 or the 2022 Elixer. The Elixer is around the 90 compression. The new Elixer gives me a more consistent despersion, distance and spin onto green. 

You can get buy 2 get one right now. If you are a veteran you can get 20%discount. I do get few more yard with Vero1 but for the price and tour quality of the Elixer I use it.

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Just played with an XV. On a par three hitting pitching wedge, this was the check I got. 

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Last week was the first round I put the XV back in play after playing through my leftover TP5s...

In contrast, the check around the greens was obscene.  I was getting the ball to check up from the first cut with a 60* and my stock low cut 50* pitch was a stop and E Brake moment on several holes.

Considering how long this ball is, I am still in awe of how well it performs around the green.

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It's so weird, that I've only got the XV to back up on soft, dewey greens early in the morning, otherwise they hop forward about 10-15 feet from landing. When I play the regular Z (which is the gamer) on a good shot it always stops within a foot of the pitch.

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On 6/8/2022 at 8:31 PM, GaDawg said:

Maybe it's just me, but I have never hit a Srixon ball that did not feel like a rock.

Really? The Soft Feel & Q Star Tour are absolute marshmallows for me. And I play the regular Z.

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On 6/9/2022 at 9:34 AM, MarkCPA said:

Good info above.  Thanks!  Given the compression of this ball is similar to the ProV1X and TP5X, I can't help but wonder what it is that makes the Srixon tour caliber balls feel so hard.       

Srixon’s urethane covers are thermoplastic urethane (TPU) which tends to be harder than cast thermoset urethane which is what Titleist and Taylormade use. This is probably what you are feeling.

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I really like the XV.  Seems to keep my drives in the fairway from its lower ball spin. Putts feel good on par with a Pro V.

it’s cheaper than Pro V and I am not seeing a huge difference, so it continues to stay in my bag.

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