July 24 2013
Several players have been using Srixon's new Z-Star line. (Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Srixon's new Z-Star line was front and center at The Open Championship, as Miguel Angel Jimenez — who held the 36-hole lead — and Keegan Bradley used the latest version of the ball to battle Muirfield's extremely firm greens and post top-15 finishes.
Jimenez, Bradley, Graeme McDowell, Ryo Ishikawa and current No. 1-ranked women's player in the world, Inbee Park, are just a few the notable names playing the new re-designed Z-Star, which was officially released last week in the U.S.
The ball line includes two versions — Z-Star and Z-Star XV. Z-Star — the ball Jimenez and Bradley are using at the moment — is a three-piece design that has a large Gradient Growth core and thin cover.
Graeme McDowell currently plays the second ball offering, Z-Star XV, a four-piece design that utilizes a dual-core construction to optimize trajectory and spin off the tee with higher swing speeds.
The new ball line will also feature the company's Spin Skin Technology, a unique molecular coating structure on the urethane cover that, according to Srixon engineers, improves greenside spin by increasing friction between the ball and club surface by 20 percent.
Both balls feature a larger 344 "speed dimple" design that reduces air resistance to maintain consistent ball speeds. The pattern produces a more penetrating trajectory and greater stability in the wind.
Srixon's new Z-Star line will be available in two colors — "pure white" and "tour yellow" — on August 8 at a price of $45 per dozen.