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#1 doubleeagle

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 05:33 PM

Well I was lucky enough to get a sleeve of the new Srixon Z-Star XV golf balls at the first of the year but today was the first time I had a chance to actually play them.  I have been playing the Z-Star X for a year so I was excited about seeing how these stack up to it.

After playing a few holes with the old Z-Star X I switched to the new Z-Start XV to see if I could actually tell any difference.  I noticed right off that the driver with the Z-Star XV feels softer on contact but goes just as far as the old ball.  The same can be said about the irons, nice smooth feeling at contact.  The old ball would hop, release and stop quick but the new Z-Star XV would hop and stop.  The wind actually picked up throughout the day so it was a good chance to see the differences there.  The new ball seems to hold its line well and cut right through the wind.  The biggest thing I noticed between the two was around the green.  Playing the old Z-Star X I would allow for some release on chip shots where as the new Z-Star XV seems to bite and stop quicker.  I found myself being able to carry it farther and get it to check.  It really surprised me how quick it stopped coming out of some tuff lies in the rough.  I played for some roll and the thing just stopped.

I have loved playing the Z-Star X but I really like what they have done with the new Z-Star XV.  I hope that this helps anyone who is interested in what Srixon is doing.  I like their product and will continue to use it.


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Posted 28 January 2011 - 05:38 PM

Thanks for the review.  I've been waiting for this ball to come out.  Did you notice any appreciable differences with distance off the driver or irons on full shots?  Did it feel softer off the putterface as well?  I love the feel of the z star off the putter but the x was  a bit clicky.  Thanks.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 05:38 PM

Thanks for the review. I too have been playing the ZStar-X exclusively. I just bought a few boxes on sale. I am curious about the cover. I played the Callaway TourIX in 2009, but when their 2010 golf balls came out the cover cold be shredded easily. That's when I switched to Srixon. Because you mentioned it feeling softer and checking on the greens more, in you opinion is the cover soft enough to scuff more easily?

Thanks in advance. Have a great weekend.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 07:58 PM

 zerofade, on 28 January 2011 - 05:38 PM, said:

Thanks for the review.  I've been waiting for this ball to come out.  Did you notice any appreciable differences with distance off the driver or irons on full shots?  Did it feel softer off the putterface as well?  I love the feel of the z star off the putter but the x was  a bit clicky.  Thanks.

I didn't notice any difference with distance on any shots off of the driver or irons and it did feel softer off of the putter which I did like.  Hope this helps!

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 08:05 PM

 putt4_66, on 28 January 2011 - 05:38 PM, said:

Thanks for the review. I too have been playing the ZStar-X exclusively. I just bought a few boxes on sale. I am curious about the cover. I played the Callaway TourIX in 2009, but when their 2010 golf balls came out the cover cold be shredded easily. That's when I switched to Srixon. Because you mentioned it feeling softer and checking on the greens more, in you opinion is the cover soft enough to scuff more easily?

Thanks in advance. Have a great weekend.

Like you I just picked up a few dozen of the Z-Star X since they are 2 for $60.  I did not notice anything out of the ordinary compaired with the old ball as far as durability.  I clipped a branch on one shot and it did scuff as most anything would but nothing off wedge shots with clean grooves seemed to chew on it.  The sleeve I was able to get was the yellow ball and for some reason those always seemed softer to me versus the white ones but that could just be me.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 05:03 PM

I played the ZStarXV Tour Yellow today for a few holes.  (I work for a Japanese company and a coworker picked me up a sleeve.)  This ball is not for me.

Edited by Bullroarer Took, 01 February 2011 - 06:11 PM.


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Posted 29 January 2011 - 05:17 PM

Thanks for the review.....I'm a huge ZS and ZSX fan.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 05:23 PM

Been playing the XV for about a month now... loving it.. grabbed some more from the guy at the PGA Show.. WHEEEEE!!! Big things for Srixon over the next 5 years..

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 05:26 PM

 doubleeagle, on 28 January 2011 - 08:05 PM, said:

 putt4_66, on 28 January 2011 - 05:38 PM, said:

Thanks for the review. I too have been playing the ZStar-X exclusively. I just bought a few boxes on sale. I am curious about the cover. I played the Callaway TourIX in 2009, but when their 2010 golf balls came out the cover cold be shredded easily. That's when I switched to Srixon. Because you mentioned it feeling softer and checking on the greens more, in you opinion is the cover soft enough to scuff more easily?

Thanks in advance. Have a great weekend.

Like you I just picked up a few dozen of the Z-Star X since they are 2 for $60.  I did not notice anything out of the ordinary compaired with the old ball as far as durability.  I clipped a branch on one shot and it did scuff as most anything would but nothing off wedge shots with clean grooves seemed to chew on it.  The sleeve I was able to get was the yellow ball and for some reason those always seemed softer to me versus the white ones but that could just be me.

Take Care.
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I dont think you quite understood... he is comparing the Z  Star X (current model) with thier (yet to be releases model) the Z Star XV..


Unless you are in Asia this ball is not available at retail.

Oh.. where were you getting ZStar X for 2 for $60?

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 06:55 PM

I bought some at Golfsmith right before Christmas at 2 for $60.


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Posted 29 January 2011 - 07:04 PM

Beat head against wall!! And repeat! Again! People need to read the topic before posting.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 07:09 PM

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 07:11 PM

Awesome review! I too am looking forward to making the switch from the Z-Stars this season. Well done!

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 02:13 PM

Thanks for the review. so far this ball and the newest Pro v1 x are on the radar this year. looking to replace my TP reds. no hurry as I have a ton of r them but I really need to find a replacement as eventually the stock will run dry LOL !

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 05:32 PM

 ironmikes, on 30 January 2011 - 02:13 PM, said:

Thanks for the review. so far this ball and the newest Pro v1 x are on the radar this year. looking to replace my TP reds. no hurry as I have a ton of r them but I really need to find a replacement as eventually the stock will run dry LOL !


How did the cover hold up compared to the X and how was the feel with putter.  I love the X.


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Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:16 PM

I would like to know a little more about the XV as well if possible.

The XV has less approach iron spin supposedly, but you found it stopped quicker then the X ?

Softer cover maybe ? Or did you find it launched higher ? The XV is a higher launch / longer ball then the X apparently, did you find that ?

My bad on all the questions   :tongue: Cant wait to try it !

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 09:08 PM

Has the XV hit the shelves yet. I will try them but I really like the Z Star for their short game spin.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:29 PM

will they sell these in yellow at retail?
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 09:23 AM

I just got A dozen of the new XV and dying to try them out. hoping they will perform as well as they sound like they should. going to compare them to the 2011 Pro v1 and Prov1 X and see how they do.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 02:38 PM

Awesome.  I just got a dozen of the new V1x and normally play the Z-Star X.  Would love to know how the XV and new V1x stack up.


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Posted 08 February 2011 - 11:13 PM

Is this ball going to be in between the z and the zstar x?

I would like a longer ball then the x but off the putter and wedges nothing feels better then the regular Z star. I have a 114mph driver swing speed and still play the z star because the feel off the putter and wedges.

Is there any chance of me switching to this ball.. Is it still clicky? Or is it a soft version of the X?

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:52 AM

Hows the durability?

I'm real interested in trying these!

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 02:32 AM

 allsportscoach, on 03 February 2011 - 05:32 PM, said:

 ironmikes, on 30 January 2011 - 02:13 PM, said:

Thanks for the review. so far this ball and the newest Pro v1 x are on the radar this year. looking to replace my TP reds. no hurry as I have a ton of r them but I really need to find a replacement as eventually the stock will run dry LOL !


How did the cover hold up compared to the X and how was the feel with putter.  I love the X.

Cover held up well and the feel I thought was better than the X.

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 02:35 AM

 tampay, on 04 February 2011 - 07:16 PM, said:

I would like to know a little more about the XV as well if possible.

The XV has less approach iron spin supposedly, but you found it stopped quicker then the X ?

Softer cover maybe ? Or did you find it launched higher ? The XV is a higher launch / longer ball then the X apparently, did you find that ?

My bad on all the questions   :tongue: Cant wait to try it !

I felt that the XV stopped better from the rough versus the X and the launch off of the driver seemed the same just felt smoother off of the face.

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 02:38 AM

 Minarets, on 05 February 2011 - 11:29 PM, said:

will they sell these in yellow at retail?

My sleeve was yellow I got from "my guy" and he was given these by his Srixon rep so I believe the yellow is available to everyone.


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Posted 10 February 2011 - 02:42 AM

 Johnsti2k6, on 08 February 2011 - 11:13 PM, said:

Is this ball going to be in between the z and the zstar x?

I would like a longer ball then the x but off the putter and wedges nothing feels better then the regular Z star. I have a 114mph driver swing speed and still play the z star because the feel off the putter and wedges.

Is there any chance of me switching to this ball.. Is it still clicky? Or is it a soft version of the X?

I felt that the XV was soft off of all my clubs which I liked versus the X but it is not as soft as the Z Star.  You should at least give the XV a try it's not as clicky.

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 02:43 AM

 FATC1TY, on 09 February 2011 - 08:52 AM, said:

Hows the durability?

I'm real interested in trying these!

I did not notice any difference with durability compared to the old X ball.

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 04:20 AM

Really looking forward to these being released. The Z-Star is my favourite ball and I'll be very interested to see how the new model compare. If they have made them softer yet with the same durability, that will be impressive.

How are they in terms of spin off the driver and mid - long irons?

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 04:46 PM

I got a couple sleeves of the Yellow XV's for a golf trip down to San Diego and my conclusion is that they are the best ball I have EVER played.  They are advertised as being lower spin off the driver than the X and from what I experienced, I would agree.  Distance was excellent but more than anything was the feel! They XV feels smooth off of all clubs but certainly gave me a bit more feel off the putter which I thought was missing in the X.  The yellow cover, imo, is the most durable of any tour level ball I've played and this still continues in the XV line.  Lastly, spin level was exactly what I was looking for both in the approach and short game.
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 02:26 AM

 mjwidell, on 10 February 2011 - 04:46 PM, said:

I got a couple sleeves of the Yellow XV's for a golf trip down to San Diego and my conclusion is that they are the best ball I have EVER played.  They are advertised as being lower spin off the driver than the X and from what I experienced, I would agree.  Distance was excellent but more than anything was the feel! They XV feels smooth off of all clubs but certainly gave me a bit more feel off the putter which I thought was missing in the X.  The yellow cover, imo, is the most durable of any tour level ball I've played and this still continues in the XV line.  Lastly, spin level was exactly what I was looking for both in the approach and short game.

Thanks for more info on the XV.

I can see a bunch of 95MPH+ swing speed ZStar and ZStar X players switching to the XV. (due to its performance, not Gmac & Boo recently switching to it)

IF, you ignore the feel, the 09 ZStar, ZStar X played similar. Actually the X spun MORE then the ZStar, just launched a hair lower.

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The XV will be a mix of the two 09 ZStars to the extent that, it will have a softer cover than the X (closer to the ZStar), a low compression middle core so it will get lower spin rates off the driver like the ZStar.

Too clarify the above, the X actually spun more then the ZStar off the driver, (especially for a lower ss player who couldn't compress it) there was a thread a while back about it and dansrixon had some good information.

The X was just one big high compression core(high ball speed, high spin) & the XV has a dual core which is high compression on the outside(high ball speed like the X) and low compression on the inside (low spin like the ZStar) off the driver to get the best of both worlds.

IMO the XV is going to be what the X should have been - a LOWER spin off the long clubs, higher compression ball of the ZStar

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