Srixon Q STAR TOUR Golf Ball Review

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The Srixon Q STAR Tour golf ball feels great, spins a ton, and will be very long for players who swing 85-95 MPH.

Introduction

There are a lot of good golfers out there.  There are lots of players who demand a golf ball that feels great off the putter and wedges.  There aren’t a lot of golfers who swing a driver 100, 110, or 120 MPH.

If you thought about those three facts, you’d do what Srixon has done with the new Q STAR Tour: create a golf ball that feels great, spins like a tour ball, but performs best with moderate swing speeds.

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Feel

Soft.  Soft, soft, soft.  Really, really soft.  In every area of the game, soft is the word that defines the Q STAR Tour.  With the putter, the Q STAR Tour’s urethane cover creates a buttery “tock.”  The urethane cover also gives it a soft, sticky feel on the wedges.  When you get into the long game, the low compression keeps the feel soft and explosive.

Short Game

As has become their standard, Srixon shared a mountain of testing data about the Q STAR Tour.  Here are the Cliffs Notes.  The Q STAR Tour spun significantly more (+700 RPM or more) than the Wilson Staff Duo, Aerourner Pro, NXT Tour S, or e6 Soft.  It was within 300-400 RPM of urethane-covered tour balls like the ProV1, B330 RXS, and Chrome Soft.

My own testing of the Q STAR Tour against premium tour balls mirrored what Srixon reported.  On some shots, the Q STAR Tour hit the same peak spin numbers as the tour balls, but on average it was a couple hundred RPM lower.  For context, we’re talking about the difference between approximately 8000 RPM and 7800 RPM.  That difference is unlikely to be noticeable on the course.

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Long Game

Again, I’ll start with Srixon’s data.  Srixon states that with a robot swinging at 85 MPH and 95 MPH, the Q STAR Tour is longer than the Chrome Soft, Project A, B330 RXS, AeroBurner Pro, and Duo Spin.  Additionally, the Q STAR Tour had the smallest dispersion at 85 MPH and, with a 6I, had the highest launch and longest distance.

My testing of the Q STAR Tour didn’t replicate Srixon’s because my swing speed is not in the 85-95 MPH range.  As a higher swing speed player, I found the Q STAR Tour had ball speeds that were slightly lower with the driver compared to tour balls like the Z STAR.  The differences weren’t huge, but, with distance being critical, I would opt for the Z STAR.  With my irons, the differences between the Q STAR Tour and tour-caliber balls were smaller.  Bottom line: even as someone who is not the target demographic, I would be pretty happy playing the Q STAR Tour.  When my swing speed starts to dip, I will absolutely be turning to a ball like the Q STAR Tour.

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Conclusion

If you haven’t gotten the message, I’ll spell it out for you as clearly as I can: the Srixon Q STAR Tour golf ball is really good.  If you have swing speed in excess of 100 MPH, play the Z STAR, but everyone else should be stocking up on the Q STAR Tour.  And at $30/dozen, the value is tremendous.

Buy the Srixon Q STAR Tour Golf Ball HERE

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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12 Comments

  1. Pingback: Test & Review the New Srixon Q STAR Tour - Plugged In Golf

  2. I understand that personal testing is most important, however would like your opinion given your recent review of Bridgestone e6 Soft: Would you recommend the Q STAR Tour over the e6 Soft for high handicappers looking for “straight distance” off the tee?

    Both balls seem to target the same “moderate swing speed” golfer and the Q STAR Tour appears to have better greenside performance. That said, in the e6 Soft article you said “For the average or high handicap golfer… the spin gap that we’re talking about is NOT the difference between a shot sticking to the green and a shot that runs off the putting surface.”

    Long story, short, just trying to decide on which ball to start my season off with. Thanks and love the reviews~

    • Matt Saternus

      MK,

      I haven’t tested the two head to head, so I can’t say definitively. I think both are really good. If straight is priority #1, I might try to e6 Straight first.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Going to be hard to push the new Bridgestone e6 Soft out of my bag. But, I will give them a whirl.

  4. Richardpipon

    Still wait for your answer to try the Q star tour even if I paid for it

    • Matt Saternus

      Richard,

      Are you referring to the Reader Review opportunity? If so, the emails for that went out a couple weeks ago. We’d be happy to have you post your feedback about the ball here, however.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. In your view does the e6 Soft or e6 Speed compare with the Srixon Q Star Tour? Have been playing the QST, but want to try one of the new e6 balls.

    • Matt Saternus

      Sam,

      Neither compares in feel, in my opinion. The e6 Soft would be the closer of the two.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. DAVID BAKER

    I’m A 10 HANDICAP 63 YEARS OLD. THE Q STAR TOUR BALL
    FEELS GREAT OFF MY IRONS AND AROUND THE GREENS I
    I LOVE THE SOFT FEEL. I WOULD SAY TO ANYONE TO GIVE
    THEM A TRY. NOT MY FELLOW HACKS THAT I PLAY WITH
    HOWEVER. DONT WANT TO GIVE THEM ANY PONITERS:)

  7. DAVID BAKER

    thanks

  8. Can you help me understand the difference between the old QStar and the new QStar Tour? Would an average golfer recognize the difference between the two? (Srixon customer service wasn’t really clear on this…here’s the chat transcript:
    Dakota:hello how may i assist you/
    Me:Hi, there. I am purchasing golf balls for my dad for Christmas. He says he likes “QStar,” but I see there are the regular QStars and the QStar Tours. What is the difference between the two? Also, someone at Dick’s Sporting Goods told him QStars have been discontinued…is that true? Thank you!
    Dakota:The Q-Star Tour is our newest series of the Q-Star line. Thats the main difference. The Qtars have not been discontinued, we still manufacture and offer those.
    Me:So there isn’t a difference between QStars and QStar Tours?
    Dakota:Only that the Qtar Tour is our newest version of that series!
    Me:Can you help me understand why was a “new version” created if there is no difference between the two?
    Dakota:The Qtar Tour has a Urethane cover (lasts longer) the Q-star has an Ionemer cove, Qstar Tour has more spin and is a 3 piece where as the Qstar has less spin and is a 2 piece ball.
    Dakota:those are the differences.
    Me:Okay, thank you.)

    • Matt Saternus

      Good for you for sticking with that conversation, I would have bailed earlier.

      Dakota did hit on the key difference: urethane cover vs. ionomer. That will create a feel difference with the short clubs and a difference in spin with the wedges. Whether or not that difference is noticeable will depend on the golfer. I would suggest that a golfer who is a 20 handicap or higher probably won’t notice the difference.

      Best,

      Matt

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