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Srixon launches new Z-Star, Z-Star XV and Q-Star Tour golf balls

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In the last year, Srixon has become one of the winningest golf balls globally with its Z-Star and Z-Star XV golf balls. It doesn’t hurt that Hideki Matsuyama had the Srixon Z-Star XV in the bag for his five worldwide wins in 2016; but staffers Graeme McDowell (Z-Star XV) and Russell Knox (Z-Star) also recorded wins with Srixon golf balls in 2016.

Despite their success, and even reluctance from Tour players to change, Srixon has made tweaks to both the core and the cover of the Z-Star and Z-Star XV golf balls for 2017. Srixon expects that the majority of Tour players will make the switch due to the improvements.

The company has updated the core of the Z-Star to make it a bit softer to improve feel, launch conditions and distance. The Z-Star XV golf balls also have a redesigned dual core for better launch conditions and more distance.

“I’m a guy who really can’t give up any yardage off the driver, so I feel like with the Z-Star XV I can keep the ball speed up, but still have the touch and feel around the green,” says Srixon staffer Graeme McDowell.

Both golf balls use a redesigned 338 “Speed Dimple Pattern,” which uses five different-sized dimples as opposed to the seven of its predecessors. It’s said to be more aerodynamic, leaving the player with more control and distance on full shots — especially in windy conditions. Due to the dimple layout, the balls are said to maintain flight better and fly farther by reducing drag and increasing lift.

SrixonDimplesSkinCoat

Also, a third-generation “Spin Skin Coating” was made softer and with more elasticity for a softer feel at impact, while generating more greenside spin and more predictable spin on approach shots — especially out of the rough. The urethane coating works by helping the cover stretch more at impact, increasing the amount of impact points between the face and ball, thus causing more friction.

Srixon’s Z-Star and Z-Star XV — each available in White and Yellow — will sell for $39.99 per dozen starting on February 17.

For golfers who have “moderate speed” with their drivers, Srixon is also bringing much of the same Tour technology into a lower-compression golf ball called the Q-Star Tour. Lower-speed players will likely find a higher launch and lower spin with this golf ball for more distance, but won’t lose much by way of feel due to the three-piece construction with a urethane cover. The Q-Star Tour, which is only available in White, will sell for $29.99 per dozen starting on April 14.

Learn more about the three new golf balls below. 

Z-Star

SrixonZStar

“I attribute much of my recent success to the trust I have in my Z-Star golf ball,” says PGA Tour pro Russell Knox. “I love how this ball feels. It gives me complete confidence in my ability to control the spin on greenside pitches and chips.”

Compression was reduced in this three-piece golf ball, giving it a slightly softer feel that also encourages a higher launch and lower driver spin from the tee. Its Energetic Gradient Growth (E.G.G.) core is designed to be the softest in the middle, and gets progressively firmer toward the outer edge of the golf ball. This design is said to maximize energy transfer at impact and optimize launch conditions for the player.

Compared to the Z-Star XV, golfers can expect the Z-Star to launch higher and spin more overall — about 200 rpm at 36 mph of club head speed, and 500 rpm at 112 mph — and have a slightly softer feel. Srixon suggests this golf ball for golfers who swing more than 90 mph with their driver.

Z-Star XV

SrixonZStarXV

“I trust the total performance of the Z-Star XV,” says Hideki Matsuyama. “I have excellent distance and spin control on my iron and wedge shot, but what I like most about this new Z-Star XV is its pleasant sound and feel on all shots — especially the superb feedback on putts and chips.”

The redesigned dual E.G.G. core, which now has a softer inner core and firmer outer core, helps to decrease driver spin but also increase ball speed on this four-piece construction. Golfers can also expect their launch angle to be higher than with the Z-Star XV predecessor due to the changes.

Compared to the Z-Star, the Z-Star XV will spin less, provide a lower launch for most golfers and have a slightly firmer feel. Srixon suggests this golf ball to golfers who swing more than 100 mph with their driver.

Q-Star Tour

SrixonQStar

This three-piece golf ball has a urethane cover and was made with a softer feel and lower compression to optimize distance and greenside feel for golfers with lower swing speeds. Like the Z-Star and Z-Star XV tour balls the Q-Star is also built with a E.G.G. core, but will be easier to compress than the Z-Star or Z-Star XV. Also, the Q-Star has a 324 dimpled cover, rather than 338 in the Z-Star and Z-Star XV, making the golf ball spin more and stay in the air longer for golfers who need the extra boost.

Srixon calls the golf ball the “most spin for your money,” as it sells for $10 less than its Z-Star family members, but has many of the same technologies.

Related: Our review of the Z-Star and Z-Star XV 2015 golf balls

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Bob Bissonette

    Jan 30, 2017 at 7:59 am

    This new Q-Star is the European AD333 Tour of yesteryear?

  2. Kim

    Jan 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    It seems a lot of us understand why the golf balls cost so much (R&D, cost of patents, and important getting balls in play on tour). Really less then 10% of us need a tour ball, but thank goodness the fun of golf leads to the fun of getting balls and equipment we just got to have. I say the Q-Star in Yellow has my vote.

  3. Furious Styles

    Jan 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Calm down, sparky.

    • Mikec

      Jan 24, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Why? OEM’s follow these boards, as a customer trying to get their attention.
      As noted, TM responded and released a yellow Project (a). As noted I only meant to post once.

  4. trebird

    Jan 23, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Been gaming the XV ball on and off for a couple of years. I thought the 2015 version was better than the 2016. Looking forward to trying these and the TP5’s.

  5. Golfandpuff

    Jan 23, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    drop prices on current “old” ball any time now please!

  6. Mikec

    Jan 23, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Apols for the multiple posts.
    That’s because my first 2 times did not post, now they “all” seem to have posted.
    Not intentional.
    I like Srixon balls and have loyally played them over the years (Z Star, ZS XV, and Q-Star, all in yellow). Last year I moved to the B330RX, as my SS is now just around 100, and I found that I got better feel over the ZS XV with the RX. However, the Q-Star Tour really has my attention, and I would be trying it, if it were in yellow. Not sure I agree with all the marketing research and think some of this is purely arbitrary in some respect. Take Titleist, NXT Tour S in both colors, but Tour, only white. B330RX in both colors, but B330RXS, only in white. To me, Srixon was the first company stateside to offer premium urethane balls in yellow (ZStar and XV, Volvik was just entering the US market), so to “not” offer it in one of their lines is a departure of their philosophy IMO. Also, it seems that most of the balls offered in “yellow”, cater to the mid to high cappers and/or value shoppers and those not needing “as much” spin, with the exception of Srixon and Volvik. So personally was a bit surprised and disappointed. No big deal though, will wait and see. TM in example eventually released the Project (a) in yellow. Basically that and the B330RX yellow are my current gamers.

  7. Uhit

    Jan 23, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I read Srixons press release:

    http://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-star-malaysia/20170122/282355449451754

    as if Matsuyama and others already played the 2017 version in the 2016 season…
    …and that they already had a total of 18 wins (with the new balls) as of the middle of November 2016.

    You write, as if they would have played the former version of the ball:

    “Despite their success, and even reluctance from Tour players to change, Srixon has made tweaks to both the core and the cover of the Z-Star and Z-Star XV golf balls for 2017. Srixon expects that the majority of Tour players will make the switch due to the improvements.”

    …which seems to be wrong, according the press release.

  8. blakes

    Jan 23, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    been gaming the xv for 2 years now and absolutely love the performance. can’t imagine how they could have improved the current version but will certainly give the ’17 model a whirl. Love the $39.99 price point too! If you haven’t tested Srixon Balls I highly recommend testing them against your current gamers.

    • eric

      Jan 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      have you played the chrome soft? curious to how the two may compare.

      • blakes

        Jan 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm

        I have not but would def give the chromesoft a whirl. I tested the XV against my old gamer: Prov1. XV spun less off driver, more distance with driver, and spun more around greens. Only spot the V1 outperformed the XV was on midirons. V1 got a bit higher launch, more spin, and slighter steeper landing angle.

    • Kim

      Jan 23, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Can charge less then PROV1 as they only need to supply 5% of tour players balls for playing and practice, PROV1 must provide balls for up to 90% of touring pros can you imagine how much it cost them to supply thousands of balls for driving range and tournament play each week? You can bet that $9.00 difference in price all goes to supply Tour Players….

  9. Uhit

    Jan 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I read Srixons press release:

    http://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-star-malaysia/20170122/282355449451754

    as if Matsuyama and others already played the 2017 version in the 2016 season…
    …and that they already had a total of 18 wins (with the new balls) as of the middle of November 2016.

    You write, as if the played the former Version of the ball:

    “Despite their success, and even reluctance from Tour players to change, Srixon has made tweaks to both the core and the cover of the Z-Star and Z-Star XV golf balls for 2017. Srixon expects that the majority of Tour players will make the switch due to the improvements.”

    …which seems to be wrong, according the press release.

  10. S Hitter

    Jan 23, 2017 at 11:52 am

    This new Q Star Tour is the shiznit. Why would anybody ever pay almost double for the Pro-V1? And both balls are 3-piece. Don’t believe the hype on the Pro-V, y’all. That’s just advertising. There have always been balls that are better than the Titleist ones. And this new Q Star Tour should take a nice bite out of Titleist

  11. Robert

    Jan 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    So is it correct to say that the new XV is going to feel softer than the prior gen XV?

  12. bonifacj

    Jan 23, 2017 at 11:31 am

    These guys just make such fantastic stuff, all around.

  13. Mikec

    Jan 23, 2017 at 10:29 am

    No yellow Q-Star Tour??
    Big miss IMO, as your target user is mid-low cap seniors like myself who like yellow for vision.
    Listen to your customers Srixon!!
    I will not be trying this ball, as I do not play white.
    I will be playing TM Project (a) Yellow this year, thanks for listening TM.

    • Feel the Bern

      Jan 23, 2017 at 11:37 am

      You’ve said so three times now.

    • Double Mocha Man

      Jan 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Mike… they look at overall sales and, apparently, you are not their customer… at least not one they can make revenue from. Stock up on last year’s model on ebay. They are not going to make a golf ball essentially just for you. That is free enterprise/marketing life. Notice, no CAPS were used in the making of this post.

  14. Mikec

    Jan 23, 2017 at 10:26 am

    C’mon SRIXON, listen to your customer!!
    Yellow is a popular color w seniors like myself for vision, as will be the Q-Star Tour.
    HOW COULD YOU NOT RELEASE THIS IN YELLOW????
    BIG BIG MISS IMO!!
    Will be playing 2016 Project (a) Yellow.
    Good job TM, YOU LISTENED!!

  15. Mikec

    Jan 23, 2017 at 9:36 am

    No Q-Star Tour in yellow? BIG MISS SRIXON, BIG MISS!!
    Yellow is very popular w senior golfers (vision) like myself as will this ball.
    WHO MAKES THESE DECISIONS?
    OBVIOUSLY NOT LISTENING TO YOUR CUSTOMERS.

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Titleist expands M Grind loft offerings through Vokey WedgeWorks

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When it comes to offering versatility for players who like to manipulate their wedges around the green and on full shots, the Vokey M Grind is one of the best options around. Now, based on the success of the M Grind SM8 wedges—which had come in lofts of 56 and 60 degrees—Titleist—through Vokey WedgeWorks—is expanding the loft options to include 50, 52, and 54 degrees.

What is the Vokey M Grind?

The man himself, Master Craftsman Bob Vokey, calls the M Grind his “most favorite” grind, thanks to its versatility. The versatility is made possible by its medium bounce profile, and its aggressive heel, toe, and trailing edge relief. It is the ideal fit for golfers with a sweeping and more shallow approach into the ball and aren’t considered large divot takers.

“The grind in the back allows you to open up the wedge and get under the ball a little easier, while the front of the wedge allows you to get out and produce that lower, stronger ball flight,”
-Aaron Dill, Vokey Tour Representative

Since the tour is such a proving ground for Titleist and the products they release, it should be no surprise that these new loft options have been made available for golfers with players like Cameron Smith, Patrick Cantlay, and Charles Howell III all utilizing the M grind on tour.

SM8 Wedge Technology refresher

Each and every single Vokey wedge goes through a full grooves inspection to ensure they are cut with a level of precision that leads the industry to produce maximum spin and shot control. After that micro-grooves are cut in between the spin milled grooves to maximize spin on partial shots.

The Vokey Spin Milled groove design has not changed since Vokey began offering variable depth and width designs depending on loft. Tolerances continue to get pushed, but since the design was already at the limit, it’s now more about being able to replicate rather than search for an elusive few hundred RPM.

When talking about those extra RPMs gained by potential tool and radius changes, Titleist likes to use the analogy of a pencil. You can sharpen a pencil to an absolute point, but the first thing you are going to notice when you start to use that pencil is how quickly that extremely sharp point dulls back to a “standard” sharpness. This relates directly to groove radius and Titleist’s philosophy to offer maximum spin for the life of the wedge, not just those first five rounds of golf, because unlike PGA Tour players, regular golfers can’t just wander into a tour van and ask for a new lob wedge every week.

Advanced WedgeWorks custom options

Inspired by the customization Aaron Dill (@VokeyWedgeRep), does to wedges on a weekly basis on the PGA tour the WedgeWorks custom options have been expanded to include:

  • Six unique toe engravings
  • Expanded stamping options: 10-character Straight/Freestyle; 15 characters around toe; 5-character staircase style
  • Custom paint-filled Loft and Grind markings and BV Wings logo
  • Hand Grinds: Raw finishes can be hand ground to exact specs, including both performance grinds and profile adjustments

Price, specs, and, availability

The new Vokey M Grind wedges will be available starting today for custom orders in golf shops and on Vokey.com in the lofts of 50, 52, and 54 degrees in a raw finish and in right hand only.

The wedges are priced at $199 each and that includes custom stamping, custom ferrule, and custom shaft bands.

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Tommy Fleetwood joins TaylorMade in multi-year deal; Fleetwood 2021 WITB

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TaylorMade has officially announced that Tommy Fleetwood has joined its tour staff in a multi-year deal.

The Englishman is no stranger to TaylorMade equipment and has been playing a set of prototype irons built by the company since 2019. For 2021, Fleetwood will play a bag with TaylorMade woods and irons, as well as the brand’s TP5X (2021) #19 golf ball, as he continues to test wedges and putters.

Per the company, Fleetwood upholds strong ties to Adrian Rietveld – who was TaylorMade’s lead technician on the European Tour before making the move stateside in 2019 – and he also played a variety of TaylorMade metalwoods after becoming an equipment-free agent in 2016.

“This could be the start of something special. I have a feeling there are some exciting times ahead, I couldn’t be happier to join Team TaylorMade.” – Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood is a five-time winner on the European Tour and has also had three top-5 finishes in the majors, two top-5 finishes in WGCs and a top-5 finish at the Players in 2019. In the Ryder Cup 2018, the 30-year-old went 4-1-0 winning 4/4 fourball and foursome matches with Molinari.

Speaking on the new signing for Team TaylorMade, David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf said

“Tommy Fleetwood is a premier golfer, but he’s an even better person. Statements like that get thrown around a lot, but if you ever have the chance to spend time with him, you’ll immediately know it’s true. There’s a warmth, sincerity and wit about Tommy that stands out. He’s the ideal fit for Team TaylorMade as we embark on a journey to become the most people-centric golf brand in the world. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the team.”

Tommy Fleetwood 2021 WITB

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees) or SIM2 Max (10.5 @ 8.5 degrees)
Shaft:Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (13.5 degrees Rocket)
Shaft:Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (18.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana DF 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TF Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Jaws (52S, 56S, 60T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot

Ball: TaylorMade TP5X (2021) #19

Per TaylorMade, Fleetwood is continuing to test TM wedges and putters.

Fleetwood is currently ranked No. 17 in the Official World Golf Rankings and is set to debut his new TaylorMade equipment this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Best forged driving irons – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing forged driving irons. WRXer ‘Merv’ is on the hunt for a new driving iron and reaches out to fellow members for suggestions – with DI’s from Srixon proving to be popular amongst WRXers.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • FatThinShank: “Srixon U65/85”
  • Cptwiggly: “I love my u85 2 iron. I bent it 2 degrees weak for gapping, and it’s a great addition to my bag.”
  • Bama_Rich: “The new Callaway X Forged UT is the best feeling one I’ve hit. It has more of a “crack” at impact compared to the “clicks” feel of others. I have a review coming soon.”
  • golfer881: “+1 for Srixon ZX.”

Entire Thread: “Best forged driving irons”

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