Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review of Srixon Q-Star Balls


By now, you probably have seen one of the Peter Jacobsen Srixon commercials where he says something to the effect of, if you are more than a 10 handicap, most of the spin you put on the ball is sidespin, and that will more likely than not leave you playing you second shot from behind a dumpster or a Toyota Corolla.  Believe me, I have been there, and he has a point.

Enter Srixon's new ball offering for 2012, the Q-Star.  The company pitches the ball as a way to cut down on the sidespin that a slightly wayward driver club path will produce, leaving you a more playable "miss" that still lets you go for the green.  But this feature, according to Srixon, does not sacrifice too much feel and spin around the greens.  This is a 2-piece ball (traditionally meaning engineered more for distance and spin control as opposed to higher spinning, softer 3-piece models), but according to Srixon, it is their "most advanced 2-piece ball to date."

I was intrigued enough to try out a dozen, and have played quite a few holes with the ball thus far to test it out.  I think it is a decent, playable golf ball.  I did not notice a dramatically different ball flight on mishit tee shots, but there was some positive benefits - a mishit did not go quite as far offline as some of the "spinnier" balls on the market.  I was also pleasantly surprised with the feel and control of the ball on approach shots.  It landed softer and held the greens better than I would have expected, and I think it had a good feel around the greens for chips and putts.

What I think really sets this ball apart for the average golfer is the excellent price point for the product - a dozen balls will only cost you $24.95.  When you compare that to the dozen premium balls that go for twice the price, for golfers with a double digit handicap, this ball is a fantastic option.  You really can't beat the combination of price and performance for golfers in that mid to high handicap range.

1 comment:

  1. I bought a sleeve of 3 at the local courses pro shop and will be using these soon. As a mid-to-high handicapper I can only hope that I play well with these.

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