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2013 Srixon Z-Star and Z-Star XV Golf Balls
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/21/13

On August 8th, Srixon released updates to their Tour-caliber Z-Star and Z-Star XV golf balls, designed to out-perform Titleist's Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Srixon engineers have developed what is being marketed as "Spin Skin" — an improved, softer urethane cover with a molecular structure that is designed to work its way deeper into the grooves of a club-face at impact. The result is improved friction, intended to produce more spin on green-side and slower-velocity shots — without a corresponding loss of distance off the tee. Both balls also feature 344 dimples designed not only low aerodynamic drag, but also for a more penetrating trajectory and consistent speed in-flight.


This three-piece ball is intended for golfers with slower swing-speeds — ideally between 90 and 105 m.p.h. The large core is designed for high resiliency, providing higher ball-speeds and an average of two to four yards more carry and total distance than the Pro V1. It is softer toward the center and more firm toward the perimeter.

The Z-Star is targeted toward golfers currently playing the Titleist Pro V1.

Targeted competition:
Titleist Pro V1
Nike One Tour
Callaway HX Tour 56
Bridgestone Tour B330S®
TaylorMade TP Red

Z-Star XV

This four-piece ball is intended for golfers with swing-speeds higher than 100 m.p.h., including those currently playing Titleist's Pro V1x. Z-Star XV has a dual core designed to make use of those higher swing-speeds by producing more spin — some 400 r.p.m. more than the Pro V1x on ten-yard wedge shots, in fact. The overall increase in carry and total distance averages to about one or two yards.

Targeted competition:
Titleist Pro V1X
Nike One Tour D
Callaway HX Tour
Bridgestone Tour B330®
TaylorMade TP Black

What's In a Name?

Some people still wonder what sort of word "Srixon" means. The answer comes from the first three letters of Srixon's founding corporate parent, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., based in Kobe, Japan. SRI Sports also owns Cleveland Golf, the Never Compromise brand of putters, and Cleveland Classic apparel — all of which are headquartered in Huntington Beach, California.

Color My World

As you can see, the Z-Star and Z-Star XV are available in both "pure white" and "tour yellow" covers. And having spent some badly-needed time in a practice bunker and on the putting green last week in the late afternoon and evening, when the sun causes glare on the blades of grass leaning the "wrong" way, this writer is plenty confident in recommending the yellow ball. Contrast is contrast — and for those of us with less-than-perfect eye-sight, Srixon's "Tour Yellow" finish is an attractive option. Critics can take their SNL-inspired "Arnold Schwarzenegger girly-man" drivel elsewhere.

Both the Z-Star and Z-Star XV have a MSRP of US $44.99.

Read more: Srixon Z-Star, Srixon Z-Star XV

[ comments ]
birdieXris says:
Photoshop work on the ad image could use a little more work.
bducharm says:
I play with a pro locally that got some of the new balls. He likes them a lot! I may give them a try.
mmontisano says:
the ProV1x is marketed to people with higher swing speeds that want low spin, so why are they trying to market theirs as a high spin ball to replace it? seems strange.
dtak84 says:
@badcaddy I haven't looked at the details but it might be just more spin on wedge shots or something.
mmontisano says:
oooohhhhh, good thinking. that could very well be it.
Torleif Sorenson says:
That's precisely it. On longer wedge shots, iron shots, and driver shots, the RPM is lower.
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
I'm going to give them a try. Why not?
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