FIRST LOOK: Srixon Z-Star, XV and Diamond balls, plus new Divide
Tour-level golf balls need to check many boxes: greenside spin, distance off the tee, soft feel on touch shots and stability in uncertain weather conditions. Luckily for golfers, Srixon’s Z-Star line has three distinct models — Z-Star, Z-Star XV and Z-Star Diamond — to help golfers find the perfect fit for their games. The Z-Star has the softest feel, the Z-Star XV is the firmest of the three options and the Z-Star Diamond lies somewhere in between.
Here’s a look at each, beginning with the technology within:
Fast Layer DG Core
By refining the process used to make the ball’s core, Srixon is able to gradient the firmness from the center out at a higher rate. This keeps the middle of the core softer, while the outside part of the core becomes firmer.
Who doesn’t love a good muffin? Soft in the middle and progressively firmer with a nice crust on top. Well, the Fast layer DG core of the Z-Star series kinda works like a perfectly baked muffin to deliver a soft feel and high ball speeds at the same time.
The final micro urethane coating applied to the Srixon cover creates an extra level of friction to amplify greenside spin on shots hit at lower speeds to boost stopping power.
“Finding the right golf ball for your game is just as important as finding the right irons or driver,” says Brian Schielke, Srixon’s general manager. “It’s the one piece of equipment you use on every single shot, which is why technological advances like the new Spin Skin+ and FastLayer DG Core give players confidence that their ball is going to react how it should and excel in every category that matters.”
The Z-Star balls feature Srixon’s 338 Speed Dimple Pattern to produce less drag throughout the entire flight of the ball for better accuracy and launch control in all conditions, including the wind. The dimple design’s low drag coefficient helps the ball stay on target through its entire flight, including in headwinds as it decreases speed on its descent.
The three Srixon Z-Star models are engineered with a thin mid-layer and softest compression of the offerings to put a premium on soft feel and approach-shot spin.
Whereas Z-Star offers the softest feel, on the firmer end of the spectrum is the Z-Star XV, which has a core that transitions to a firmer outside layer faster to boost ball speeds and increases spin with longer approach iron.
The Z-Star Diamond is the perfect option for players looking for a feel between the standard model and the VX. Its compression sits in the middle to balance distance and greenside spin.
To round out Srixon’s premium ball lineup, the Z-Star and the Z-Star VX will be offered with the unique 50/50 yellow and white divide cover to provide visual feedback. This cover design can help with putting and shots hit around the green to help players see their spin.
“The visual feedback on its own is one of the most beneficial features of the Divide ball,” Schielke says. “The ability to track your spin in the air and around the greens will help with overall consistency, and with the one of a kind 360° line you’ll be able to see your line more clearly and perfect your roll on the greens.”
How to buy and pricing
All of the balls in the Z-Star line, including the multicolor Divide options, will retail for $47.99 a dozen. The Z-Star, XV and Diamond models will hit stores on Feb. 15, 2023, with the Divide series becoming available on April 14 across North America.