Srixon Z-Star Tour Yellow Golf Balls

| February 8, 2010 | 8 Comments

Srixon Z-Star X Tour YellowI played with a yellow golf ball yesterday. I didn’t find it in the woods or swipe it from a range basket, and I didn’t get it in a 24 pack from the local Walmart either. No, I played Srixon’s new Z-Star Tour Yellow golf ball. New for 2010, Srixon is making their already very hot Z-Star golf balls in Yellow. Why would a company re-introduce a yellow golf ball to the market? After all, yellow golf balls come with a stigma that they are cheap and only for hackers. In fact, when I started rolling the Tour Yellow on the practice green yesterday, a few of my playing partners made some jokes and asked me if I needed more strokes. According to Srixon, the reason yellow golf balls will make a comeback is purely mental.

Srixon Z-Star Tour YellowAccording to a Srixon press release “Science has proven that yellow is the most visible color in the visual spectrum and psychology has correlated green with calming and stress relief; therefore Srixon has combined the two colors based on these findings to tap into the player’s mind and expand the benefits of playing a better ball.”

The idea is that a player will feel more at ease standing over a 3 footer to win a few bucks off your buddies if the ball is a yellow with a bit of green, rather than white. I may be more receptive than most to the idea that the ball’s color can help you play better, since I was a psych major in college and I take great interest in the mental side of the game. While I can’t confirm or deny the claims that the Z-Star Tour Yellow has a calming effect on the player, I can say that this ball is easier to see in the grass (and, ahem – the woods) and being yellow, there is certainly no confusion as to which ball was mine. Was it just a coincidence that I played my best round in months and made boatloads of putts with it? Perhaps, because I also had two 3-putts. Either way, I’ve been playing the Z-Star X since it came out and always liked being different, so I’ll continue to play the Tour Yellow and see what happens. Plus, it helps that the ball is the same color as my favorite website’s logo!

“The new Z-STAR and Z-STAR X Tour Yellow golf balls are currently being tested by numerous PGA and Nationwide TOUR players, who are presently playing the Srixon Z-STAR series of balls,” said Chris Beck, Brand Manager for Srixon. “The response from our tour staffers has been overwhelmingly positive. We understand that players at all levels of the game want to lower their scores and the Tour Yellow balls have definitely peaked the interest of our tour players, as well as consumers.” Indeed, early word from a high-ranking source inside Cleveland Golf/Srixon is that several Srixon staffers will put the Tour Yellow into play on the PGA Tour this year.

Srixon Z-Star X Tour Yellow

Recently at the 2010 Masters Par 3 Contest, Jim Furyk made a hole in one with the new yellow ball, and Tim Clark had some success at the ’10 Accenture World Match Play Championships using the ball.

It’s important to note that the Z-Star Tour Yellow is the exact same ball as the Z-Star. They all use an ultra-thin urethane cover technology, a larger core and a softer cover to improve distance, spin and feel. The only difference is the color. For more on the Srixon Z-Star line, check out our review here.

The Z-STAR Tour Yellow golf ball is designed for the low-to-mid handicap players seeking a combination of distance, spin control and soft feel. The Z-STAR X Tour Yellow golf ball is a distance oriented tour-performance ball for players looking for a bit more distance and high-spin performance around the greens. The Srixon Z-STAR Tour Yellow ball lines both feature new Energetic Gradient Growth core technology, which promotes increased ball speed, as well as high launch and low spin. The 324 large seamless dimples also help reduce wind resistance for increased distance, while the new coating on their super-soft urethane cover significantly improves spin performance from the rough according to Srixon.

The Z-STAR and Z-STAR X Tour Yellow golf balls will begin shipping to retailers on April 1, 2010 and will carry a price of $39.99.


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  1. Blaine B. says:

    John, great article. It’s so good that I’m going to post and just link to it off my site. I don’t normally do a lot of that, but I can’t improve much upon this. Nice job bud. 😉

  2. Alan Stewart says:

    Having always liked playing a yellow ball but not being happy with the quality of available yellow balls, I immediately bought a dozen of the yellow Srixon Z-Stars. I am an 8 handicapper who does not generate a great deal of club head speed and this ball has exactly the right balance of response off the club face and spin for me.

    I know you’ll think this is over the top, but I’m not kidding, I had two hole in ones the first three days I used this ball. I play skins games on an executive course so there are a number of par-3 holes. In 72 holes over three days I had two aces, including my first that actually jumped backwards into the hole. ( I now have a total of 6). Needless to say I am happy with the characteristics of this ball.

  3. Daniel Hicks says:

    My local pro recently gave me a sleeve of the Srixon Z-Stars to try out. I was instantly impressed, the balls are long and (which I have always found to be less about the ball and more about the swing)spin hard, but most impressively are very durable. Unlike the Titleist Pro Vs, which I have been hitting since Titleist quit making the Professionals, the Z star’s cover seems to stretch and heal rather than shred off. This is a great quality if you don’t loose many balls or enjoy paying $14 a sleeve.

    I started playing the Tour Yellows as soon as they became available at our course and have been hitting them quite well. I’m sure its all mental but I do find the yellow/green cover comforting to look at.

    I noticed that the number on the Tour Yellow ball at the top of the screen is black, instead of red which is the color of the ones I have been hitting. Are they a diffrent ball? I would prefer black.

  4. John Duval says:

    Daniel,
    The black numbers are on the Z-Star ball, and the red is on the Z-Star X ball. The Z-Star X has a firmer feel, spins a bit less and goes a bit further.

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