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GolfWRX Launch Report: Srixon Z-Star, Z-Star XV, Z-Star Diamond, Z-Star Divide

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What you need to know: This is Srixon’s eighth-generation Z-Star Series golf ball. Improvements to the line center around a new FastLayer DG Core, which is soft at the center and firm at the edge, new Spin Skin+, which offers even more bite into grooves on irons and wedges for more spin, and Speed Dimple design, which reduces drag and offers more lift for greater overall distance. In simplest terms, Z-Star XV is the max distance ball, Z-Star is the max spin ball, and Z-Star XV is the blended distance/spin ball.

2023 Srixon Z-Star: What’s new, key technology

Spin Skin+ is paired with an extra thin urethane cover for more stopping power on full shots and an increase in friction on greenside efforts. Accordingly, the new Z-Star offers “unmatched performance and feel” according to the company.

The new FastLayer DG Core is firmer at the exterior and softer in the center to deliver both feel and speed.

Designed for easy launch and better performance in the wind, Speed Dimple’s 338 aerodynamic dimples create a low drag coefficient designed to help the ball stay on target and maintain distance.

Additional model details

Z-Star: Three-piece design. .6mm urethane cover. 92 compression. Mid-high launching. 90+ MPH swing speeds.

Z-Star Diamond: Three-piece design. .6mm urethane cover. 102 compression. Mid-high launching. 90+ MPH swing speeds.

Z-Star XV: Three-piece design. .5mm urethane cover. 102 compression. Mid launching. 100+ MPH swing speeds.

What Srixon says

“Finding the right golf ball for your game is just as important as finding the right irons or driver,” said Brian Schielke, General Manager of Srixon. “It’s the one piece of equipment you use on every single shot, which is why technological advances like the new Spin Skin+ and FastLayer DG Core give players confidence that their ball is going to react how it should and excel in every category that matters – more spin, bite, and speed.”

Price, specs, availability

Z-Star, Z-Star XV, Z-Star Diamond: $47.99
Z-Star Divide, Z-Star XV Divide: $47.99

Colors

Z-Star, Z-Star XV: Pure White and Tour Yellow, 50/50 Visual Performance (DIVIDE) Yellow/White
Z-Star Diamond: Pure White, 50/50 Visual Performance (DIVIDE) Yellow/White

U.S. Launch

Z-Star, Z-Star Diamond, Z-Star XV: February 15, 2023
Z-Star Divide, Z-Star XV Divide: April 14, 2023

 

 

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  1. Cody Earl

    Jan 26, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    XV is no longer 4 piece?

  2. Jess

    Jan 23, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    One thing the Srixon golf balls need to improve is the durability of the golf ball. They are very susceptible to major scratches.

  3. Paul

    Jan 23, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    I believe you have the trajectory of the Z Star and Z Star XV mixed up. Z-Star should be Mid and Z Star-XV should be Mid-high.

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VRST Golf unveils new clothing line for 2023

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This week, a new golf clothing line was announced by VRST Golf.

The brand launched in 2021 and is a men’s apparel line that brings style and versatility to both the athlete and everyday man, where pieces can be worn for training to casually getting around town.

With the Golf season right around the corner, their first-ever golf collection brings modern style that can be worn on-course and off. You can find all of the available items here: VRST

VRST Golf offers versatile and trendy golf tops, bottoms, and layering pieces. The line provides styling options for the versatile golfer with gear that goes beyond the course. The collection is now available online and at select DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy locations and will be expanding to over 180 store locations by end of February.

Check out VRST’s launch video here:

 

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Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K lineup now includes mallets

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What you need to know: In January 2022, in the name of creating a blades with the MOI of mallets and forward CG, Odyssey threw everything at the wall with the Tri-Hot 5K family of blade putters: stainless steel, tungsten, 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. A year later, the company is bringing the same technology package to mallets with the Rossie and Seven models. The Tri-Hot 5K lineup now stands at seven putters (four with multiple necks).

2023 Odyssey Tri-Hot putters: Features and technology

Engineers applied the “Tri-Hot formula” utilized in blade putters in 2022 to move CG forward and raise MOI for a more forgiving mallet design — and a 5,000 IZZ inertia level (hence “5K”). Golfers will see improved speed and spin control, as well as consistency on off-center hits, according to the company, resulting in golf balls that finish closer to the hole when sub-optimally struck.

Stainless steel front: Odyssey touts the side-spin reducing capabilities of the 303 stainless steel hosel and face area for off-center putts. Tighter dispersion and putts that a more likely to go in results. Acting in a complementary fashion, the rear of the mallets are milled for tighter shape and weight tolerances that allows the CG to remain forward.

Tungsten front weights: Up to 120 grams of tungsten is positioned behind the face in the heel and toe sections of the putter heads. The resulting forward CG improves roll and increases inertia.

Interchangeable front weights: Available in 5, 10, 15 and 20 grams to dial in head weight and performance.

White Hot insert: 2023 Tri-Hot 5K putters add the iconic two-part urethane White Hot insert, which was originally developed using the same material as Callaway’s Rule 35 golf ball. White Hot, with its “firm but soft” properties has been a long-time favorite of Callaway staffers and recreational golfers. According to Callaway, “They’ve been asking for us to bring these technologies back and we’ve listened.” Can’t argue with that.

Stroke Lab shaft: The newest generation of Callaway’s multi-material Stroke Lab shaft features a shortened steel section and reduced weight (seven grams). Additionally it is stiffer. All of this leads to more stability and consistency.

Additional model details

Full lineup details — and who they’re for — including 2022 releases, via Callaway. 

One: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation

Two: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a crank neck hosel creating moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes that have moderate arc and face rotation. Less rounded than the One.

Three: A classically shaped heel toe weighted putter with a flow neck hosel yielding more toe hang making it suitable for strokes with more aggressive swing arc and face rotation

Double Wide (CH, CB): CH: A wide blade with a crank neck hosel yielding moderate toe hang making it suitable for strokes with moderate swing arc and face rotation. CS: Face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation

Triple Wide (DB, CS): DB: A face-balanced double bend wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation. CS: A face-balanced center shafted wide blade making it suitable for strokes with minimal swing arc and face rotation.

Rossie: (DB, S): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S: A mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation.

Seven (DB, S, CH): DB: A face-balanced double bend mallet suitable for strokes with minimal arc and face rotation. S:  mallet with a short slant hosel, suitable for strokes with arc and face rotation. CH: a mallet with a crank hosel, suitable for strokes with moderate arc and face rotation.

Pricing and availability

At retail: March 2, 2022

Price: $399.99

Standard grip: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Pistol

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Best players irons of 2023 – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best ‘Players’ irons of 2023. WRXer ‘odshot68’ kicks off the thread saying, “Looking to get a new set of players irons this spring and wondering what you guys like. Distance control is very important; I’m not a fan of irons with hotspots,” and our members have been selecting their favorites from recent releases in our forum.

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.

  • noodle3872: “Titleist T100/T100S should be in the conversation.”
  • sadclevelandsports: “I love my T100s, but recently tried the new Cobra CBs, and they are just as high quality.”
  • edwelly: “I have been fortunate enough to have several nice sets of irons. A couple of Maura sets and, most recently, the Bridgestone J40s. Today I took out my new Srixon ZX5/ZX7s, and they are phenomenal irons. I cannot recommend those enough. “
  • KevCannon: “T100 should be on the shortlist to try.”

Entire Thread: “Best Players irons of 2023 – GolfWRXers discuss”

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