Buyers Guide 2017: Srixon Z-Star Balls

Sold in classic white or high-visibility yellow, the Srixon Z-Star and Z-Star R XV mark the series’ fifth generation and take ball performance to a higher level thanks to its “Energetic Gradient Growth” core, Spin Skin coating and Speed Dimple pattern technology. Z-STAR is the control ball, XV the distance design. Both should build on the company’s 2016 professional Tour 19-win resume.

“The level of innovation in the new Z-Star Series golf ball models is like nothing Srixon has ever achieved before,” said Jeff Brunski, Director of Research & Development for Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, North America. “Every element has been enhanced from the previous generation, which was already regarded as one of the best tour golf ball pairs in the world. Srixon tour staffers have been reaping the benefits from switching and we know consumers will, too.”

The Energetic Gradient Growth core in the 3-piece, urethane-cover Srixon Z-Star golf ball now features 88 compression, two points lower than the previous generation. The results are higher launch and lower driver spin off the tee, which help produce longer distance. E.G.G. core technology enables Srixon to vary core stiff-ness from soft to hard to maximize energy transfer, increase launch angle and lower driver spin for even more distance. The new core makes the Z-STAR an ideal option for skilled players seeking exceptional control, now with slightly lower compression and the more penetrating 338 Speed Dimple pattern. Russell Knox, a two-time PGA Tour winner, says he relies on the exceptional control of the Z-Star to play with precision: “I attribute much of my recent success to he trust I have in my Z-Star golf ball,” he said. “I love how this ball feels. It gives me complete confidence in my ability to control the spin on greenside pitches and chips.”

For players who prefer firmer feel in a Tour Performance golf ball, the Srixon Z-Star XV has a urethane cover with 4-piece con-struction and 105 compression. The most significant difference in the fifth generation Z-Star XV is the dual-core design. A larger,softer inner core has varyinghardness while the outer core
now features more consistent hardness to help increase ball speed with a higher launch angle and lower driver spin. Hideki Matsuyama has trusted a Srixon golf ball since turning professional and he has played some of the best golf of his life since switching to the new Z-Star XV: “This is a truly reliable ball that delivers
more distance than anything I have ever used before, and it has more responsive feel at impact,” he said. “It also has more spin and better feel around the green, and has more consistent spin – especially from the rough. I’m amazed with these significant improvements.”
$39.99/dozen | www.srixon.com

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