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.