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Srixon Q-Star Golf Balls
By mustang6560 on 3/21/12
Srixon sent me two dozen of its new Q-Star golf balls, a dozen Pure White and a dozen Tour Yellow, to knock around the golf course. The Q-Star is a two-piece, all-ability golf ball, which is designed for mid- to high-handicap golfers like me who want a good quality golf ball at an affordable price. The Q-Star will not spin the same as Srixon's premium golf ball (the Z-Star), but that's just it, not all golfers need the spin of a tour quality golf ball. As Srixon Staff player Peter Jacobsen explains in the Q-Star commercial, unless you're below a 10 handicap, the extra spin you get from a tour quality golf ball is not the kind of spin you need.

From Srixon:
The new Q-STAR is designed for players who are looking for an all ability ball with Z-STAR performance. The process of precisely tuning the ball's STAR performance (Spin, Trajectory, Acceleration and Responsiveness) during development enhances total playability on every shot, allowing you to shoot lower scores.
If I had to describe my shopping habits as a golfer, I would say I am a cost-sensitive shopper, especially when it comes to golf balls. I am not so frugal that I play range golf balls, but I cannot afford to pay $45 per dozen. So until $4 a golf ball is a drop in the bucket for me or my game improves to the point I need to play a tour quality golf ball, durability is the most important quality I look for in a golf ball.

In short, I thought the golf balls performed well from tee to green. I played several rounds with the Q-Star golf ball and was impressed with its durability. As with any golf ball, eventually there comes a point in time where it must be retired to the shag bag. But I was able to get two full rounds out of each ball before it started to show gentle signs of wear, and I'm not the kind of golfer who pulls a golf ball out of rotation simply because it has a few beauty marks. In fact, I've managed to lose each golf ball before I got a chance to call in relief.

Srixon likes to say it's leading the way in visual performance with its Tour Yellow golf balls, so I had Srixon send me a dozen. Yellow golf balls are supposed to be easier to see on the golf course, especially during the winter months, versus the traditional white golf balls. Maybe it's just me, but I did not find the Tour Yellow golf balls any easier to see, which surprised me a little because I've heard people swear by yellow golf balls. I wonder if I didn't notice a difference because I'm accustom to looking for white golf balls?

Titleist is the 800 pound gorilla in golf ball industry and I don't see that changing any time soon. But don't just buy Titleist because of the name. Give the other guys like Srixon a try because they make good golf balls too, like the Q-Star. You can pick up a dozen Q-Star golf balls at golfsmith.com for $25. It is available in two colors - Pure White and Tour Yellow.

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bkuehn1952 says:
I find the yellow color is best at dusk. The rest of the time, there is no advantage as far as visibility for me.
3/21/12
 
bsta93 says:
I like the yellow golf balls when the grass is dormant in the winter. They show up easier in the grass on sunny days.
3/21/12
 
srogers13 says:
I heard the yellow on the Q-Star is not as striking as the yellow on the Z-Star.
3/21/12
 
dtak84 says:
^Agreed.

The Q-Star is a little more pasty, while the Z-Stars are more of a sparkly with a hint of neon-green.
3/21/12
 
Duke of Hazards says:
i played with a guy today that played yellow z-stars. i'm terrible at locating golf balls usually when they're white. it was markedly more easy to find his ball. i'm thinking about switching to a yellow ball
3/21/12
 
theghost25 says:
I play the yellow Z stars and have noticed a great improvement of visbility over a few different conditions. On a bright and sunny day during green grass season i can see either being fine but on a low light/ overcast day or dormant grass conditions i like the yellow. Also fun to be able to identify which ball is yours on the green....from 100yds+.
3/22/12
 
bobhooe says:
yea im down with the yellow z star but the yellow on the Q looks like ball you would play putt putt with, very dull almost like a school bus yellow.
3/22/12
 
SteveMM says:
I got a dozen orange Bridgestone e6 balls last Christmas and LOVED having them while the bermuda was dormant. I've played yellow balls before, and I don't see an advantage over white.
3/22/12
 
Banker85 says:
I would prefer a orange ball vs a yellow. I can't wait to golf!!! its been 80* here in chicagoland that past week but been so busy with work. Got a vaca around the Masters so i will get out on the course soon!!!
3/22/12
 
hollywoodtimb says:
Yellow balls are easy to see and I like them. The QStar yellow is a bit ugly though, as I find the Nike Crush Yellow or the ZStar Yellow much nicer... even the new Titleist DT SOLO yellow has some shine to it.

One thing to stay away from are the Nike Crush RED. Good Lord you cannot see that ball AT ALL.
4/4/12
 
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