Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Showcase: Srixon Z-Star
The new Srixon Z-Star balls
In case you haven't noticed, Keegan Bradley is crushing the ball this year. And while the PGA Tour's driving distance stats aren't the most accurate in terms of summarizing a player's raw power, it's safe to say that Bradley and few others on the PGA Tour are hitting shots longer and straighter than ever. How, you ask? Well, the new Srixon Z-Star balls (srixon.com) most definitely have something to do with it.
When the first Z-Star XV hit the shelves in 2011, they were designed as a lower-spinning option to the Z-Star. That comparison still holds true, but the newer version has some more playability than before. The XV, which incorporates a four-piece, double-core design, spins more than the original and actually flies longer, especially if you're a player with a fast swingspeed. It's also a great ball for golfers who tend to balloon their shots with too much spin off the tee, as the XV works wonders at providing the much desired penetrating ballflight. Available in Pure White and Tour Yellow, the Z-Star XV is quite possibly our favorite ball that Srixon has ever made. It's crazy long, too.
The three-piece Z-Star remains Srixon's top ball for maximum shotmaking playability. Srixon also makes a point (as seen in the cantankerous commercials with Graeme McDowell in an MMA fighting ring) by letting everyone know that the company's Tour Performance balls are better suited for the better player. Well, we want to agree with that, but these balls are just too darn good to be overlooked by golfers afraid to use a Tour-caliber ball. The "Energy Gradient Growth Core," combined with a soft Urethane cover (there's also a midlayer in there), provides a buttery soft feel with every club, including the putter. According to Srixon, this year's version is both longer and spins more than the previous iteration, making it a popular choice for players who like added versatility around the greens. Sometimes we wished the 2011 version spun more on short shots, and the folks at Srixon obviously heard our call. We've tried these balls and contend that they have as much bite as any ball we've tried—ever. That's a good thing, especially for players who want added control from inside 100 yards.
Excited yet? You should be. Having tried these balls already, we can safely say these are the best high-performance balls we've ever tested from Srixon. If you're not convinced, just watch Keegan Bradley hit a few drives and G-Mac knock it stiff from 100 yards. You'll see what we mean.
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