Srixon Z-Star XV Golf Ball 2021 Review

We deliver our verdict on the Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball

Srixon Z-Star XV
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The Z-Star XV is a superb premium golf ball. It will appeal to higher swing speed players who want distance off the tee without compromising on feel around the green. Durable and well priced also.

Reasons to buy
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    Impressive distance

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    Powerful ball flight

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    Excellent feel and short game control

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    Great value

Reasons to avoid
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    Only faster swing players will reap maximum benefits

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Srixon Z-Star XV Golf Ball Review

With Major winner Hideki Matsuyama using the Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball to win The Masters in 2021, along with other high-profile players like Cameron Champ and 2019 Open Championship winner Shane Lowry putting the model into play, the Z-Star XV has been thrust into the limelight more of late. 

The brand has continued the XV evolution with the 7th generation golf ball, chief among which is the new construction. The four-piece design now features a reformulated FastLayer inner core to aid ball speed and distance, and it also has a slightly thicker 0.6mm cover for enhanced spin and control around the greens. But how tangible are these improvements? We put the ball to the test to find out. 

The Srixon Z-Star XV's four-piece construction

With the driver, despite playing in windy conditions, the XV seemed to penetrate the wind nicely with minimal disruption and distance was no issue. The ball felt compact and powerful at impact, and in terms of flight it didn’t balloon as a result of excessive spin.

This could be attributed to the 338 Speed Dimple Pattern, which improves aerodynamics and flight performance. In the new XV, the dimples have been made a touch deeper than previous models. Srixon claims this helps in the wind because it creates a slightly lower ball-flight. Our testing seemed to verify this.

Around the greens it was clear the ball produced a lot of spin as most premium golf balls do. Properly struck pitch shots, chips, and bunker shots produced significant purchase, which helps with confidence and properly committing to the shot. Clearly the Spin Skin Technology, which helps the ball dig into grooves, is doing its job here. Additionally, despite this technology, over several rounds the balls seemed durable and cut resistant, too. We didn't notice much scuffing at all, which is always pleasing.

For us, the only significant drawback would be that slower swing speed players might not reap the maximum benefits of the Z-Star XV, and these players may be best suited to a different model, such as the Srixon UltiSoft or Srixon Q-Star.

However, if you are looking for one of the best golf balls on the market that suits your swing speed and skill level, the XV could well be the model to go for. 

In comparison to other premium golf balls such as the Titleist Pro V1, the XV produces similar performance but a dozen balls comes at a slightly lower price point. This makes the XV a very appealing option indeed.

Sam Tremlett
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A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer