Srixon Z-Star XV Golf Ball 2021 Review

Our verdict on the Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball

Srixon 2021 Z-Star XV Golf Ball Review
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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.

Reasons to buy
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    Impressive distance

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    Strong ball flight

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    Excellent feel and short game control

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    Great value at its price point

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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) putting the model into play, the ball 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 noticeable are these alterations? 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 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 too much spin.

No doubt this is down 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 seems to agree with 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 grab, 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.

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 (opens in new tab) or Srixon Q-Star.

But 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 be the model to go for. In comparison to other premium golf balls, the XV produces similar performance but a dozen balls comes at a slightly lower price point. This makes the XV very appealing indeed.

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

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 five years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

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He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since December 2017. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

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