From a worldwide standpoint, Srixon has enjoyed significant success when it comes to its golf balls, and one reason for that is because the company manufactures balls to meet the needs of any golfer regardless of ability level.
In fact, every golf ball in the current Srixon lineup earned a gold medal as part of Golf Digest’s 2017 Hot List.
When it comes to the premium golf ball market, the Srixon Z-Star and Z-Star XV have long been standouts both on professional tours around the globe and with top amateurs.
Earlier this year, Srixon released what is now the fifth generation of each ball, and there have been significant changes made to improve performance, with the most extensive modifications having been made to the Z Star.
“The major change to the Z-Star is we’ve dropped the compression down slightly from 90 to 88,” said Michael Ross, Srixon Golf Senior Product Manager for Golf Balls. “What that means is the core has become a bit softer. How does that affect the player? There’s lower driver spin first of all, so you’ll have longer distance. It has a higher launch angle and that actually promotes longer distance as well. In addition, having a softer core promotes a softer feeling golf ball on all full shots.”
That wasn’t the only change to the Z-Star, however, as the three-piece ball also has a new dimple design.
“We’ve actually changed the dimple pattern from a 324 dimple pattern to a 338 dimple pattern,” Ross said. “What it boils down to is it’s more aerodynamic than its predecessor. This dimple pattern is incredibly efficient in the wind.”
As for the four-piece Z-Star XV, when compared to its predecessor, the most significant change has been made to the core, as its Dual Energetic Gradient Growth Core features a larger, softer inner core and more hardness consistency when it comes to the outer core.
The result of those design changes are faster ball speeds and higher launch angles on full shots, as well as less spin off the tee.
“The Z-Star XV is a ball speed monster,” Ross added. “It will fly farther than anything we’ve tested it against, and all of our testing has been independent testing. It’s a ball speed monster with tremendous distance and the same control around the greens that you’re used to with the Z-Star XV.”
Additionally, both golf balls feature new third generation Spin Coating to improve greenside performance.
“The third generation Spin Skin is a softer Spin Skin than the second generation, between 11 and 13 percent softer,” Ross said.“You’re going to have better greenside spin control with both the Z-Star and the XV. In addition, what it also gives you is higher spin stability on approach shots into the green from any lie.”
While both the Z-Star and Z-Star XV will offer tour-caliber performance from tee to green, Ross added that the XV will typically suit high swing speed players a little bit better and offer a slightly firmer feel, while the Z-Star will offer a softer feel and slightly more greenside spin and control.
He added that at present roughly 70 percent of Tour players using Srixon balls are using the Z-Star XV, with 30 percent gaming the Z-Star.