Not so long ago it wasn’t not much of an ordeal to design a new golf ball. Tour players and top amateurs, who already had enough distance, wanted a golf ball that produced optimum control. That meant a three-piece wound ball with a pliable balata cover. Players of lesser ability craved distance and that meant a two-piece ball with a hard cover to ward off the scars delivered by mis-hit irons. Then came the 2010s and advanced equipment technology and better golf course conditions have even the bogey player – the backbone of the golf world – demanding that the golf ball not only flies far but back up and dance upon arrival at the green.
That is the landscape Srixon found itself in when the Japanese company decided to brand its own golf balls roughly one decade ago. Previously, Srixon had produced golf balls for other brands, accumulating experience with both the distance ball (Slazenger) and the performance ball (Maxfli Tour). To date, the company’s flagship ball has been the high-end Srixon Z-Star aimed at the best players, but now it tackles the conundrum of creating the elusive ball to satisfy everyone else with its new Q-Star Tour.
To put it succinctly, the Srixon Q-Star Tour golf ball is for players with moderate swing speeds on a quest for Tour-level performance. The sweet spot for golfer swing speed for a Q-Star Tour is between 70 and 90 miles per hour.
The Q-Star Tour chases distance with a Dual Energetic Gradient Growth Core that is engineered to be compatible with moderate swing speeds by its low compression core. The three-piece construction delivers low spin to enhance distance and deliver a higher launch angle while maintaining ball speed. Better players whose swings have aged a bit will likely find some of that old distance again with the Q-Star Tour.
Distance does not end at the tee box. Independent Srixon tests have shown that the same increase in distance with slower driver speeds also carries over to irons which are swung at reduced speeds. Furthermore, the left-right dispersion of the Q-Star Tour’s 324 Speed Dimple Pattern on the testing range shows an increase in accuracy in flight as well.
How Is the Q-Star Tour a Performance Ball?
The Srixon Q-Star Tour combines the potent combination of lower compression and a club face-grabbing urethane cover. This is Srixon’s third time creating the popular urethane outer layer, and this generation of “SpinSkin” cover is producing a 13% increase in softness at impact.
As the swing speed slows down with the short approach shots, the lack of spin from the core that is no longer being compacted is replaced with the high spin of the friction generated by contact with the “SpinSkin” cover. Golfers of moderate swing speeds will realize tour caliber spin and control on approach shots. The best news for golfers is that the 2017 Q-Star Tour is one of the few urethane-covered Tour-level performance balls in the low-to-mid-range price point on the market.
The all new Srixon Q-Star Tour is now available: