Srixon Z-Star Golf Balls Review

By Kellie Noszka

Srixon Z-Star golf balls may not be as well-known as similar balls produced by Titleist and Callaway, but their reputation as a premium ball at an affordable price is growing in the golf world.

Why is Srixon Good at Making Golf Balls?

Srixon is owned by Sumitomo Rubber Industries in Japan, a company that has been manufacturing tires and sporting equipment for over a century. Technology that helps perfect rubber tires is carried over to the mechanics of the golf ball. The right feel, speed and spin is tested and refined by experts who know a thing or two about rubber.

Z-Star Series Golf Balls are Srixon's Premium Line

Srixon offers other models of golf balls like the Q-Star and Soft Feel but the Z-Star is its premium ball. The sixth generation of the Z-Star was released in 2019 with Srixon touting the ball as having more speed, greater distance and a better feel. The core is now bigger, and the mantle layer is harder for better ball speed.

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The Z-Star FastLayer Core

As mentioned, the core is now larger, but its composition has also changed. The new FastLayer core is made up of thousands of layers that get harder as you move towards the outside of the ball. Soft golf balls have a better feel while hard golf balls tend to go farther. This FastLayer core technology combines the best of both worlds for golfers, resulting in a ball with great control and distance.

SeRM Technology Creates More Spin

The Z-Star balls have come with Spin Skin technology on the urethane outer covering for years, but the latest iteration of the ball also has SeRM technology built in. SeRM is slide ring material bonding. This new urethane coating links flexible molecular bonds. The covering is thinner for better feel and stretches – but doesn't break – under force. The result? Molecular bonds dig deep into the grooves of your irons, maximizing spin for more control and impressive stopping power.

Optimizing the Dimple Pattern

The new dimple design of the Z-Star provides less drag and more lift for straighter, longer shots, even in windy conditions.

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What are the Differences Between the Z-Star and Z-Star XV Golf Balls?

The two models of the Z-Star golf ball are very similar, but a few modifications on the XV make it better suited for longer hitters who prefer a harder ball.

The Z-Star golf ball has three layers – a large core, thin compression layer and the urethane cover. In the latest release of the Z-Star, the compression is increased from 88 to 90. The ball has a softer feel and good spin.

The Z-Star XV has four layers – a smaller inner core, a large outer core, thin compression layer and urethane cover. The compression in the latest model was reduced from 105 to 102 for less spin off the tee. Most Tour golfers using the Z-Star prefer the XV model because of long distance and harder feel.

Both the Z-Star and Z-Star XV come in your choice of white or yellow.

Comparison Chart: Z-Star vs. Z-Star XV

Ball Z-Star Z-Star XV
Feel Softer Soft
Layers 3 4
Dimples 308 338
Distance Long Longer
Flight Mid Mid-High
Driver Spin Low Low
Short Game Spin Best Best


What Golfers Use the Srixon Z-Star Ball?

Golfers who use the Z-Star ball include:

  • Cameron Champ
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • J.B. Holmes
  • Keegan Bradley

About the Author

Kellie Noszka is a freelance writer and former sports reporter for the Cincinnati Post. She was a golf caddie for 10 years and earned an Evans Scholarship to The Ohio State University. Kellie developed a deep appreciation for the game of golf at an early age.