Srixon Soft Feel Golf Ball Review (After 17 Rounds)

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t say I like spending over $50 for a box of balls. I also don’t let my ego get the best of me and end up playing a premium ball that doesn’t suit my game.

That means I (usually) won’t pull a Pro V1 or TP5 out of my bag.

I’ve tested pretty much every ball on the market and there are a lot of solid choices, for a reasonable price. A lot of them perform better than some of the high-end models (for an average player).

One of those choices is the Soft Feel from Srixon. It’s a 2 piece ball that’s designed for an average swing speed. It’s also easy on the wallet, which makes it an option for the general weekend golfer.

I’ve used the Soft Feel for around 17 rounds over the past few months, so I’ll be sharing what I liked, what I didn’t like, and if it’s something you should check out.


In This Review

Product Details | Intro | Feel | Short Game | Long Game | Bottom Line | Alternatives


Srixon Soft Feel Product Details

The Intro

The Soft Feel is the entry-level ball from Srixon and is primarily designed for the high handicapper with a slow to average swing speed. Somewhere between 80 and 95 MPH is what I’d say.

It’s got a 2 piece design, and because of that, it comes with a budget-friendly price tag. Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s not a good option. You can see the main differences between 2 and 3 piece balls HERE.

The compression rating is somewhere around 60, which is low-mid on the compression scale. You can learn more about golf ball compression and how it can impact your game HERE.

Since the compression rating is on the lower end, it’s going to have a softer feel. Faster swing players will lose some distance, but that said, it’ll feel better for people with a slower swing.

The Feel

My swing speed is somewhere around 100 MPH, which is a bit higher than recommended for this ball. The way it feels for me could be different than how it feels for you, so keep that in mind.

Even though my swing was a little fast, it didn’t feel overly soft.

Compared to the softer Callaway Supersoft or Wilson Duo Soft, it felt like much less of a marshmallow. Compared to the firmer Callaway Warbird, it also didn’t feel like a rock.

On and around the green, you lose a little bit of the softer feel because of the ionomer cover. Premium balls have a higher-end cover that feels a bit softer. Ionomer is a bit firmer, which makes the ball more durable.

You can see the different types of ball covers HERE.

The Short Game

Since this is a 2 piece ball, it’s not going to spin much around the greens. That’s pretty much the case for all 2 layer balls.

The reason I don’t think this is an issue is that most beginners and high handicaps can’t spin the ball anyway, no matter what ball they’re using.

Playing a ball that’s cheap and flies long and straight is probably the way to go. That said, some 2 piece balls spin more than others.

I tried comparing the Soft Feel to the Q-Star series from Srixon. Both Q-Star models seemed to stop quicker on the greens, but it wasn’t by a huge amount.

I also compared it to some of the other popular models on the market. In my experience, the Soft Feel had higher spin rates compared to the ultra-soft and distance golf balls.

Long story short, the Soft Feel was one of the higher spinning 2 piece balls around the green, but not the best.

The Long Game

The main thing average players should look for is a ball that flies long and straight off the tee. You’d be amazed by how much better you’d score if you hit a few more fairways.

Just for reference, I compared the Soft Feel to the ball I normally play (Wilson Triad). The Triad is more suited to my swing speed, and because of that, I get 4-5 extra yards out of it.

That said, the Soft Feel flew straighter, which is the more important thing.

Compared to other 2 piece balls, the Soft Feel didn’t fly as far as the distance balls (Velocity, Distance+, e9). It was pretty much in line with the standard models though.

The Bottom Line

To sum things up, if you’re a beginner or shoot above 90, the Soft Feel is worth considering. Even as a mid handicapper, I wouldn’t feel bad playing it.

In the 2 piece ball market, it’s probably one of the best-balanced options.

It’s not the longest option and it doesn’t spin the most, but it flies straight off the tee, has respectable distance, and a little bit of short-game spin.

If you’re someone who swings the club faster than 95 MPH or you prefer a firm ball, this might not be the best option for you.

Where To Buy

Check the current price on Amazon

The Alternatives

Even though the Soft Feel is a solid choice, it’s not the best option for everyone. If you want to see some of the other options, you have two choices.

The first is to check out one of our guides that lists our favorites:

The second is to let us help. If you head down to the comments section below and answer a few quick questions, we can give you a couple of options that could work well.


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About Jon Webber

Jon Webber is Out Of Bounds Golf's main product tester and editor. He's been in the golf world for 10+ years and has personally tested over 100 products, from balls to clubs to bags. He started this site for the average player, to make the game a little easier to understand.

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