Real Golfers, Real Feedback
In February, we chose a group of readers to receive the new Srixon Z STAR and Z STAR XV golf balls. They pitted the Z STAR against their current ball of choice on the course and the launch monitor. Here are their reports:
Reader Review #1
Name: Dave Anderson
Driver Swing Speed: 95
Current Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the long game? Z-STAR produced a very straight ball flight for me, straighter than I’m used to in Chrome Soft. I get more roll out with Chrome Soft, so Z-STAR was a little shorter than I’m used to. XV, on the other hand was longer than Chrome Soft. I’m sure this is just mental, but I felt like I had to swing harder using XV. That being said, I found myself yanking a good deal of my tee shots left with XV.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the short game? Z-STAR was awesome on approach shots. It was consistently stopping right where it landed, with a few examples of it backing up. I’m not used to that with Chrome Soft. XV performed similar to Chrome Soft on approaches. Both Z-STAR and XV performed very similar to Chrome Soft. I did not see a noticeable difference.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV feel? I really like the feel of Z-STAR. XV was much firmer than I’m used to. I’m not saying that I don’t like the firm feel; I’m just not used to it.
Will you be making the Z-STAR or Z-STAR XV your gamer? I played 27 holes with Z-STAR and 9nwith XV. I am anxious to get out there again with these golf balls. Both have the potential to find a permanent place in my bag. Thanks so much for this opportunity!
Reader Review #2
Name: Jim Dolliver
Driver Swing Speed: 92 MPH
Current Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the long game? Both performed well in the long game. Good distance and, it appeared, minimal side spin. Couldn’t tell any big difference between the two balls.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the short game? I found the Z-STAR did not have the spin that the Z-STAR XV had. The Z-STAR tended to run out much more than the XV. Preferred the XV in the short game. Was able to get good check on short chips with the XV.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV feel? The Z-STAR felt softer and had a much duller sound at impact. The XV had a much crisper feel and more distinct “click” when struck.
Additional Notes: I’m a very auditory player and prefer the sound of the XV coming off the club. Very solid click when struck. The color of the Srixon balls is brighter white than the Titleist Pro V1.
Will you be making the Z-STAR or Z-STAR XV your gamer? Not sure. If I changed it would be to the XV. Need to use it some more. It wouldn’t be the Z-STAR.
Reader Review #3
Name: Arthur Cohen
Driver Swing Speed: 89 MPH
Current Golf Ball: Bridgestone RX or Titleist AVX
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the long game? On driver shots and fairway wood shots, the Z star felt great and seemed to travel at least as long as my current ball Bridgestone RX. It seemed to get excellent roll out especially on down wind shots. The XV seemed a little hard for my liking and probably suits the 100+ swing speed type better. While it did travel a long distance, I liked the feel of the Z Star which seemed to provide more instant feedback than the XV on longer shots including the Driver, three wood and hybrids.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the short game? I really liked both the sound and the feel of the Z Star compared to the XV for me on the mid irons through the wedge. My first iron is a six as I carry three hybrids. The spin rate seemed fantastic especially on the Z Star especially on real crisp strikes. I was even able to back up a couple of P Wedge shots which has not happened in a while. The XV seemed a bit more tough to compress and that was evident throughout the rounds. Very good distance but felt like I was hitting something a bit heavier.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV feel? The Z Star felt great to me with the right amount of compression on all shots. I particularly liked the instant feedback and “click” sound with the irons. The XV provided the same sound but felt harder for me to compress and hence a bit harder to determine the quality of shot until I saw it in the air. This XV seemed to be a similar feel as the X versions of other balls which is why I prefer the lower compression balls with my swing speed.
Other notes: We play in a lot of wind in Florida and I was totally impressed how the Z Star held its line and performed in the wind. It did not seem to “balloon” at all and seemed to bore through the wind very well on the well struck shots. I also wanted to comment on how I thought the sound and roll on putts over a few rounds seemed like this is a top notch expensive ball. The Z Star felt great on the green while the XV was not quite as soft from a feel standpoint on both long and short putts.
Will you be making the Z-STAR or Z-STAR XV your gamer? Absolutely. I really liked most everything about the Z Star and this will be the ball for me starting immediately, especially since the price point seems to be substantially lower than some of the other premium balls on the market. With the amount of water on the courses that we play, price, while not the only factor has some influence on the brand that I purchase.
Reader Review #4
Name: Corey Traverse
Driver Swing Speed: 95-100 MPH
Current Golf Ball: TaylorMade Burner Soft or Titleist Pro V1
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the long game? I actually got more distance out of the Star than I do from Pro V1s in general but not more than my normal TaylorMade balls. It did take me a while to get used to the feel off the tee but after some adjustments I was pleasantly surprised. The XV didn’t give me any great drives or low iron shots but maybe it was just bad timing when I tested this ball.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the short game? The short game was a huge difference with both as I could more consistently spin the ball with my 56 ( this is still a struggle for me regularly). I also enjoyed the Z Star for very short chips on the fringe of the greens as I put in a lot of time testing here.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV feel? Both balls had a good “feel” and I have to admit I have never really used Srixon balls in the past.
Will you be making the Z-STAR or Z-STAR XV your gamer? I would consider adding both to the mix that I consider but it may take some time to adjust away from looking at “Titelist” or ”TaylorMade “ off the tee.
Reader Review #5
Name: Dave Sampson
Driver Swing Speed: 75 MPH
Current Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the long game? As a slow swinging senior golfer, I rely on accuracy/control and both Srixon balls didn’t disappoint. I experienced lower flight with both balls than with my Pro V1, with the Pro V1 feeling more lively at impact and eking out slightly more yardage.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the short game? Had better touch/control with Z-STAR than Z-STAR XV. Experienced excellent spin on greenside bunker shots with both balls.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV feel? My putting green test on feel with the balls was just right (Pro V1), dull (Z-STAR) and duller (Z-STAR XV). The Z-STAR XV surprised me with a harder sound.
Additional Notes: Agree with extra durability claim for Z-STAR balls compared to Pro V1. Srixon advertising focuses on benefits for high speed golfers. I believe being a low speed golfer made it harder for me to achieve some of the feel and distance benefits advertised.
Will you be making the Z-STAR or Z-STAR XV your gamer? No. As a long-time Pro V1 user, I like the feel and control I experience with the ball. The Srixon balls, while satisfactory, don’t demonstrate a reason for me to change.
Reader Review #6
Name: Christopher Shively
Driver Swing Speed: 92 MPH
Current Golf Ball: TaylorMade Burner
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the long game? For my long game, I could not tell any appreciable difference between the 2 balls in terms of feel. They both provided penetrating ball flight off my driver with virtually no side spin. I was hitting both balls dead straight all day. I was never more than a yard or two into the rough if I did miss the fairway with my driver. I was seeing very predictable ball flight and distance with both Srixon balls. My best drive came with the Z Star XV, flying about 260 yards. Like I said, with the fairways as wet as they were, there was no roll out. I found that ball flight and distance were very predicable with both my 3 wood and 3 hybrid as well. Overall, both balls had great feel off my driver and long irons.
I passed a couple of the balls to my buddy for him to use during the round as well. He is a bit of a better player than I am and for his game, he was seeing higher trajectory with the Z Star XV as compared to the Z Star from his longer clubs. I did not experience any real differences in trajectory between the 2 balls.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the short game? With my wedges, I could feel that the Z Star XV was a bit firmer on short chips, with a higher pitched “click” as compared to the Z Star. Overall, I thought both Srixon balls performed about the same with my wedges. I will admit that wedge play is the worst part of my game and probably not the most effective manner for me to test golf balls. During my round, I did not experience any wedge shots that checked up or spun back on shots hit onto the green, but I believe that has a lot more to do with my game than the Srixon balls.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV feel? On the green is where the differences in the balls really stood out for me. The Z Star XV is firmer off the putter with a higher pitched sound. I felt that the Z Star XV had a crisp lively feel coming off my putter face. The Z Star sound is more muted and feel is softer. Between the two, the feel advantage goes to the Z Star XV on the green.
Will you be making the Z-STAR or Z-STAR XV your gamer? $40 is a bit more than I am willing to pay for a dozen balls. That price is still better than a lot of premium offerings out there. I will certainly put the Srixon Z Star and Z Star XV at the top of my wish list for gifts and will look for good deals when they exist on these balls.
Reader Review #7
Name: Alex Bonham
Driver Swing Speed: 96 MPH
Current Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the long game? Suprisingly enough, both the Z-Star and Z-Star XV felt very softer when working with the top of my bag. I noticed the Z-Star flew significantly higher than the XV, which isn’t necessarily what I am seeking, but I’m sure it’ll help someone else out there!
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the short game? The Z-Star was my go to, to start these trials… One thing I noticed is my wedge game (which can be aggressive as all get out) SHREDDED the cover of the Z-Star. However, it did not for the Z-Star XV, which also surprised me. Respectfully, both balls performed well around the greens, however I am leaning more toward gaming the XV.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV feel? Both balls felt soft and easy to control. They gave fantastic feedback and overall performance mirrored that of the ProV1 that I game.
Will you be making the Z-STAR or Z-STAR XV your gamer? So hells to the yeah! Why not make this my gamer this year.
Reader Review #8
Name: Todd Page
Driver Swing Speed: 108 MPH
Current Golf Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the long game? Both balls performed very well. I found the xv to be longer of the two with a higher peak height. I am low spin player so i found that extra spin to be helpful. I found the xv to be a little longer than my gamer but also weather conditions could have played a role as we finally have started to dry out in the southeast.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the short game? Both balls compared very well with my current gamer. Both had very good spin with partial shots and felt good with my wedges. I found the XV to be a little louder off the putter blade out of the two but was not a bad sound. had a nice muted click. The Z Star probably compares more with my current gamer out of the two.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV feel? Both balls had a nice soft feel to them both I could not tell a difference through my bag with the exception of sound off the putter face.
Additional Notes: I really liked both balls as they compare favorably with my current gamer. To be honest there are some pro’s and con’s cosmetically. I really like the optic white and it does make difference for the better. However the script on the ball looks a little on the cheap side. I know it does not affect performance but I really like what Bridgestone has done going with the B and a number next to it.
Will you be making the Z-STAR or Z-STAR XV your gamer? Yes moving forward the XV will be going in my bag.
Reader Review #9
Name: Jim Rosteck
Driver Swing Speed: 82 MPH
Current Golf Ball: Q-Star Tour, Snell MTB Red
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the long game? Both performed very well in the long game. Medium trajectory but I am not a “high” ball hitter. Weather during testing was cool, 40’s and 50’s.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the short game? They also performed very well in the short game. Good spin on part shots.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV feel? They both felt firmer than the Q Star Tour. XV felt firmer than the Z Star in the long game. Putting feel firmest to least was XV then Z Star then Q Star Tour being noticeably softer.
Additional Notes: Based upon my swing speed, the Z Star seemed to be a better fit than the Z Star XV. I did have my low recent “career” round with the trial balls.
Will you be making the Z-STAR or Z-STAR XV your gamer? Maybe the Z-Star but I will probably stick with the Q Star Tour for economic reasons. It is a good value and performs well for me.
Reader Review #10
Name: Stan Lacey
Driver Swing Speed: 98 MPH
Current Golf Ball: Wilson Duo, Callaway Chrome Soft, Srixon Soft Feel
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the long game? Excellent distance, medium launch with controlled work ability with no excessive side spin. Launch spin typically 2200 to 2300 at approximately 10 degrees. Very nice.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV perform in the short game? Right there with the rest of top tier performance golf balls. Both of these Srixon golf balls have great green side spin for those “put on the brakes” chip shots, and are very controllable with approach approach irons.
How did the Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV feel? The 3-piece Z-STAR felt better for my game testing due mostly to ambient conditions, and probably suites slower swing speeds. I’m confident the 4-piece XV will feel better at summertime temps, and probably favors the quicker swing speeds.
Additional Notes: Test Conditions were high humidity, and 45 degrees F. No wind. I played the 2018 Srixon Z-Star in plus 80 degrees some last year. I was impressed with all aspects of the balls. Great distance, minimal driver side spin, and very predictable green spin characteristics. I am anxious to use these 2019 Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV balls at higher ambient conditions to realize their full potential. Excellent golf balls!
Will you be making the Z-STAR or Z-STAR XV your gamer? I will definitely use them when it warms up here in Northern California.