Best Srixon Golf Balls: Each Model Compared On Course


Srixon golf balls aren’t seen as much on TV as some of the others, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t as good. They actually make some of my favorite models, and in this post, we’ll be comparing each model and talking about which is the best for you.

Which golf ball are you interested in?

Which ball you decide to play does make a big difference, it can hurt distance and increase your hook/slice. It all comes down to what your skill level is and what you need your ball to do. We’ll jump into everything you need to know, but if you just want a quick comparison, check out the table below.

Srixon Golf Ball Comparison

Golf BallHandicapLayersFeelCompressionFlightDriver SpinWedge Spin
Z-StarLow3Softer90MidLowHighest
Z-Star XVLow4Soft102Mid-HighLowHigh
Z-Star DiamondLow3Soft102Mid-HighMidHigher
Q-StarMid2Soft72Mid-HighLowHigh
Q-Star TourMid3Softer72MidLowHigher
Soft FeelHigh2Softest60Mid-HighLowMid
Soft Feel LadyHigh2Softest60HighLowMid

Do Golf Balls Really Make A Difference?

The majority of golfers out there (myself included) just tee up whatever ball they found in the woods the round before. I always just thought all balls were pretty much the same, but that isn’t even close to being true.

Each type of ball is designed differently and is made for different golfers. Different balls have different layers, have different compression ratings, spin at different speeds, and require different swing speeds.

If you’re a high handicapper, you probably have an average swing speed (or slightly less). With an average swing speed, you won’t be able to fully compress a high compression ball.

You’ll lose distance, your ball won’t go as high as you’d want, and you might get big hooks and slices. You need a ball that’s built for your swing.

If you’re a low handicapper, you probably have a faster than average swing speed. A low compression ball might compress too much, which can lead to less distance, shots that are too high, and shots that are hard to control.

Average golfers need distance and forgiveness. The most important thing is to play a ball that will help you find the fairway. You don’t need a ball that spins a lot.

Low handicappers have better control over the ball, so they don’t need as much forgiveness. They’re able to spin the ball more with their wedges, and that’s why they need a higher spinning ball.

Know Your Swing Speed

One of the easiest ways to better understand what ball you should be playing is by looking at your swing speed. Generally, faster swing speeds require a higher compression golf ball.

If you match the compression rating with your swing speed, you’ll get optimal distance and spin rates. Those are both important if you want to improve scores.

So, how do you figure out your swing speed?

The best way to figure it out is by testing it on a launch monitor. If you go to Topgolf or a local golf shop, you should be able to figure it out. Another way is by looking at your driver’s distance.

Distance (Yards)Swing Speed (Estimate)
Under 200Under 80 MPH
200-24080-90 MPH
240-27590-100 MPH
Above 275Above 100 MPH

It’s not a perfect solution, but it should give you a better idea. Once you know that, you then need to decide which Srixon ball you’d like to play. In most cases, the Z-Star series is for fast swing speeds, the Soft Feel series are for slower swing speeds, and the Q-Star series is somewhere in the middle.

What Srixon Ball Should You Use?

If you’re a fan of Srixon golf balls but don’t know which one to use, there are a few things you need to look at. The most important thing is what your current skill level is and how much you want to pay.

A golfer just getting started should definitely not use the same ball as someone shooting in the 70s. These golfers need their balls to do different things and that’s why Srixon makes different models.

As your ball starts to offer more features, the price will also increase. Beginners and high handicaps shouldn’t spend a whole lot of money on balls because they’ll lose a bunch. Once you get better, you can pay for better performance.

Other things to consider are your swing speed, shot height, spin rates, and feel. We’ll jump into everything you need to know, but generally, they make balls that fit into three different categories: low, mid, and high handicap.

Best Srixon Golf Ball For Low Handicappers

The best Srixon golf balls for low handicaps are the Z-Star, Z-Star XV, and Z-Star Diamond. These three balls are slightly different but offer the best performance for faster swing speeds and generate the most spin around the green.

The reason these balls are suited for better players (shooting in the 70s) is that the compression rating is higher and they spin more. Since this is the case, they’ll be quite a bit more expensive than the others.

A higher compression rating will give you the most distance when your swing speed gets high enough. Anything above 90 MPH with the driver is when you might want to look at these balls.

A higher spin rate will help you control the ball better around the course. More spin lets you control the shape and trajectory of your shot and will also help you stop the ball quickly on the green.

You might be able to use these balls as a mid handicapper with a fast swing speed, but I don’t think you’d see enough benefit to justify the higher price.

For me (a mid handicapper), I prefer the Q-Star balls. I’m not good enough to get the difference between these balls and the Q-Star balls. I’ll save my money for now and stick with the cheaper balls.

The choice of what model you should add to your bag will depend on the feel of the ball and how much it spins. I think the majority of recreational players would prefer the standard Z-Star. Let’s quickly touch on the key differences.

Srixon Z-Star: This ball is the softest option with the highest spin rates. It’s built for golfers with swing speeds of at least 90 MPH and is going to fit the majority of recreational golfers.

Srixon Z-Star XV: This ball is firmer and will spin less than the standard Z-Star. It’s built for golfers with swing speeds of at least 100 MPH and will have a lower ball flight.

Srixon Z-Star Diamond: This ball is firmer than the standard Z-Star and will spin more than the XV. It’s somewhere between the other two balls. The compression rating is the same as the XV and the spin rates are similar to the Z-Star. The idea is more distance with more spin.

Read Full Review: Srixon Z-Star vs XV vs Diamond.

Best Srixon Golf Ball For Mid Handicappers

The best Srixon ball for mid handicappers is the Srixon Q-Star and Q-Star Tour. These two balls offer better performance compared to the Srixon Soft Feel, but they won’t cost as much as a tour-level ball.

The Q-Star series is Srixon’s mid-tier ball that offers better performance at a cheaper price. It essentially sits between the Soft Feel and Z-Star.

The reason these balls are suited for mid handicaps is that the spin rates are higher than the Soft Feel. The Soft Feel is a perfect ball for some, but as you start getting better (shooting in the 80s), you probably want a bit more spin.

More spin will help you control the ball better. You probably want to start working on your short game spin; having the ball land on the green, bounce once or twice, and then stop.

High handicaps won’t be able to do this and that’s why there’s no point in spending the extra money. Plus, they’ll lose quite a few balls per round.

On the other hand, low handicaps will probably want more spin. The reason I wouldn’t recommend the Z-Star for a mid handicap is that they won’t benefit from the increased spin. You won’t be able to stop the ball any quicker and it can actually make your hook or slice worse.

The Q-Star is a good mix of performance and value. Both balls are pretty similar, but they do have a couple of differences.

Srixon Q-Star: This ball has a firmer feel and produces less spin. It’s a bit cheaper than the Tour and is a good choice for people who need more spin than the Soft Feel but still don’t want to spend much on balls.

Srixon Q-Star Tour: This ball has a softer feel to it and will also have more bite around the greens. Off the tee, both balls are pretty much identical. For the majority of mid handicappers, this ball will feel and perform better around the greens.

Read Full Review: Srixon Q-Star vs Q-Star Tour.

Best Srixon Golf Ball For High Handicappers, Seniors & Beginners

The best Srixon ball for beginners, seniors, and high handicappers is the Srixon Soft Feel. These balls are built to provide the most forgiveness and increased distance for golfers with slower swing speeds.

These balls are Srixon’s entry-level model, but just because that’s the case doesn’t mean they aren’t as good as the others. All it means is that they’re for a different type of golfer. In my opinion, anyone who shoots above 90.

When you’re first getting started, you’re going to lose a lot of balls. That’s why one of the most important factors to look for is the price. These balls are much cheaper than any of the other models.

For high handicaps, one of the best ways to lower scores is to hit more fairways and greens in regulation. The Soft Feel ball has the lowest amount of spin, which will help hit straighter shots.

The downside is that it also means you won’t get much spin around the greens. That being said, beginners and high handicaps won’t be able to spin any type of ball anyway.

For senior golfers, one of the things you might struggle with is a decreasing swing speed. You might not swing the club as fast as you used to, which means you probably don’t hit the ball as high or as far as before.

The Soft Feel ball is designed to fly high and fly far for golfers with slower swing speeds. This also makes them a good choice for lady golfers.

Even as a mid handicap with a moderate swing speed, I still really like these balls. Golf is so much easier when you’re hitting your second shot from the fairway. The only downside is the short game spin.

What’s the difference between the Soft Feel and Soft Feel Lady? The only difference is that the Lady will fly a little bit higher. Both balls have the same amount of layers, the same compression rating, and the same amount of wedge spin.

Read Full Review: Srixon Soft Feel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Srixon ball is most like Pro V1? The ball that is closest to the Pro V1 is the Srixon Z-Star. Both balls have 3 layers, have the same compression rating, and produce high greenside spin.

Which Srixon golf ball is the softest? The softest ball by Srixon is their Soft Feel model. This ball is designed for distance and forgiveness, which makes it ideal for high handicap golfers.


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Jon Webber

Just an average golfer trying to take my game to the next level. Was shooting around 100 not that long ago but have now been in the 80s consistently. Best round to date was 12 over. Best 9 holes were 4 over.

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