2015 Srixon Z-Star XV Golf Ball Review
Similar to the Q-Star, the Srixon Z-Star and Z-Star XV got new SpinSkin for 2015, but does the newest version outperform last year’s model?
The Srixon Z-Star XV is a four-piece construction, it’s firmer than the regular Z-Star at 105 compression, and it’s designed for players with swing speeds above 105 mph. The 344 dimple, urethane SpinSkin cover is intended to increase greenside and approach spin, while the dual-core decreases spin with the driver.
It needs to be said with the Srixon Z-Star XV that you should bring ear protection to the tee box. The XV is a loud ball off the driver and it feels hard as well, but that’s to be expected from a ball that is geared towards tour-level swing speeds. More proof that this is unabashedly a tour ball is the trajectory of the Srixon Z-Star XV. Don’t expect to move from a Callaway Chrome Soft and launch the ball the same or with the same setup. The Srixon Z-Star XV can get up with the driver, however it needs some adjustment if you’re used to hitting a lower compression ball — but if you’re hitting a lower compression ball regularly, you might want to reconsider changing to the Z-Star XV.
Similar to the driver, long irons feel hard on the face and have a low, piercing ball flight.
Mid irons and short irons . . . if that is all you care about, then the Srixon Z-Star XV will compete with any brand. From 125 yards and in, the XV feels surprisingly soft and launches high. It responds significantly to cut-off swings and precision shots, and even thought it’s made to spin, it doesn’t spin solely for the sake of spinning. A couple of hops then stop, check up, or spin back, the Srixon Z-Star XV is responsive and predictable.
Putting with the XV is easy. That’s it. It has more of a pop, which is to be expected from a firm ball, but it isn’t jarring, and the Srixon Z-Star XV makes managing distance control remarkably easy.
To wrap this brief review up, it might make sense to compare the Srixon Z-Star XV to its direct and most popular counterpart the Titleist Pro V1x. The Srixon is slightly shorter off the tee, and while it may be incredibly close, it’s hard to say that it is as responsive around the green as the Titleist. When it comes to low irons and precision approach shots, it’s nearly impossible to choose between the Srixon and Titleist. That’s saying a lot considering that the Z-Star XV can be found at a significantly lower price than the Pro V1’s.
It all boils down to preference, so pick up a sleeve next time you’re at your clubhouse. At the very least, you won’t be disappointed with your purchase.