Srixon has really stepped up its game in recent years with its Star line of golf balls, with the Z-Star being highly popular among golfers of practically all handicaps. 2013 presents a brand new version for the Star line, this time with the Q-Star.
The Q-Star golf ball is designed specifically for average golfers (handicaps between 6 and 18) in mind, with more accuracy and distance to help them improve their scores tremendously. It basically features two technologies that helps set it apart from the competition. The first is a STAR Performance inner core that adds not only distance but playability as well both off the tee and around the green. The second is spin skin technology that improves greenside spin without sacrificing distance by improving friction between the golf ball and the golf club surface. What follows is an overall review of the Srixon Q-Star golf ball.
There are many different positives when it comes to the Srixon Q-Star, as it really lives up to its hype. The distance on both tee shots and approach shots is above average and can compare to practically any golf ball out on the market today, including well-known brands such as the Titleist Pro V1. When it comes to tee shots in particular with either a driver or fairway woods, the Srixon Q-Star golf ball is very straight with a penetrating ball flight and very low side spin as well, which can really benefit golfers struggling with hooks or slices. The golf ball very good overall feel to it no matter which club in the bag is used, and feels very soft especially around the greens; combined with this softness is a great amount of durability as well, as golfers will find that it is difficult to scuff the ball up after playing it for quite a few holes. Lastly, another positive associated with the Srixon Q-Star golf ball is that iron shots generally have a good amount of spin on them and checkup when they are supposed to.
There are really only two negatives when it comes to the Srixon Q-Star golf ball. The first is that while the ball flight can be a bit high at times, especially when it comes to the short irons, and this may be a disadvantage for those who naturally hit the ball high and are looking for a ball with a normal or low trajectory to it. Another negative is that the ball doesn’t seem to really spin that great when coming out of the bunker or rough around the greens.
Overall the Srixon Q-Star golf ball is another winner put out by the golf company and should greatly benefit average golfers. It doesn’t really excel in any particular area but is above average in all of them, with good distance, accuracy, and feel. The ball flight may be a bit high and times and may not generate a great amount of spin around the greens in particular, but if one is willing to overlook these they will find a great golf ball that should shave a few strokes off their next golf round.
With technology becoming more and more advanced these days within the golfing industry, it is not surprising to find an extra five or ten yards of distance when switching from clubs that are a few years old to new ones on the market today. However, even though one may find extra distance more often than not it is very inconsistent, mostly due to the fact that one is not hitting the ball on the sweet spot of the clubface every time, and this leads not only to less yardage on iron shots but less accuracy as well.
When it comes to iron sets that truly help one to gain both distance and accuracy on a consistent basis, look no further than the Adams Super S iron set. On Golf Digest’s Hot List for “game improvement,” the Adams Super S irons is a trademark hybrid iron set with a revolutionary half-hollow construction that allows for greater weight distribution, a thinner face, and an improved launch angle as well. What follows is an overall review of the Adams Super S iron set.
The long irons feature both a 3 and 4 hybrid along with a regular 5 and 6 iron, and after having played with them they are by far the easiest irons to hit on the market today. The golf ball just shoots off the clubface whenever hitting them, and the 3 and 4 hybrids are really game-changing clubs for those who may be struggling in the long iron category. What really makes them stand out is that they have both a high launch and an amazing amount of forgiveness that allows one to still get great distance and accuracy on shots that are not hit on the sweet spot every time. Speaking of distance, the yardage on the Adams Super S high irons was great and should provide golfers of practically any handicap extra yards both off the tee and in the fairway.
Two things that really stand out when it comes to the Adam Super S short irons are feel and control. It is not enough these days to have short irons that get good distance or stopping ability on the greens if they feel terrible, and Adams really hit the nail on the head with their short irons in providing a great amount of feel. One can also get great control out of the short irons as well, whether it is trying to shape the ball a certain way or getting the ball to land in a particular spot on the green. Both low and high handicappers can find benefits in using these short irons, and the distance and forgiveness is practically the same as the high irons as well.
Adams Golf may be known for having the best hybrids on Tour these days, but they may soon expand into iron sets with their new Super S line. These irons are well worth it, and certainly deserve to be on Golf Digest’s Hot List in the game improvement section. The Adams Super S iron set is not only extremely easy to hit, but also very forgiving and packed with distance as well. It is truly hard to find anything wrong with these irons, and golfers should certainly take them into consideration when looking for a new iron set to purchase.
Titleist may have the number one ball in golf as it stands right now, but the competition is getting more and stiff as the years progress, and Taylormade is certainly giving them a run for their money with their newest line of golf balls known as Lethal. Lethal is basically a redesigned PENTA with great new features. It is a premium five piece multilayered golf ball comprised of a 322 low drag performance dimple pattern that is supposed to provide added performance in windy conditions, along with progressive velocity, in which the faster layers are located on the outer part of the golf ball to create additional ball speed for more distance and accuracy. With that said, how does it stack up to the Pro V1? What follows is an overall review of the Taylormade Lethal golf ball.
When it comes to distance off the tee, the Taylormade Lethal golf ball is certainly comparable to the Titleist ProV1. What was great about the golf ball was the penetrating ball flight that just cut right through the wind; the low drag performance dimple pattern really sets the golf ball apart from the competition and should really benefit golfers who struggle getting good distance in windy conditions. The playability of the golf ball is above average as well; one can hit fades or draws with the golf ball fairly easily.
When it came to irons and woods, the Taylormade Lethal golf ball actually out-performed the Titleist ProV1 when it came to getting the ball to stop on the green along with distance as well. We all hate it when our long iron shots hit close to the pin and then keep rolling another 30 feet or so, but with the Taylormade Lethal golf ball the ball had really good spin on it even for high iron and wood shots, along with the distance being about 3-5 yards further as well.
Chipping and putting are really the two most important aspects of the game when it comes to shooting lower scores, as chipping allows one minimize mistakes while putting helps to maximize great shots, and the Taylormade Lethal golf ball performs well above average in both of these categories. Whether it is a bump and run, pitch, flop, or just a normal chip, the ball has exceptional spin and just stops on a dime. It doesn’t matter whether it is off of the fringe or out of the bunker, the golf ball does exactly what you would expect it to every single time, and it is hard finding very many golf balls that can do that these days. As far as putting, the ball feels great coming off of the putter head and it takes little to no time at all to get the distance control down.
Overall Taylormade has created a fantastic golf ball that can help practically any golfer shave a few strokes off their game, especially when it comes to distance and approach shots. Low handicap golfers can certainly benefit from the tremendous amount of spin that the ball offers along with its penetrating ball flight in windy conditions, and high handicap golfers should be able to find a few extra yards off the tee and into the green at the very least.
- April 30, 2013, 1:01 pm
- In TaylorMade Golf Clubs
While Taylormade may best be known for producing great driver lines over the past few years along with Tour performance golf balls that stack up well against the Pro V and Callaway Hex Tours, what really doesn’t get enough attention these days is their line of hybrids currently out on the market, especially the new Taylormade Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue Club.
The Taylormade Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue Club features the trademark white matte crown finish with a black clubface that is similar to all of their new driver lines, and the rescue club also features four distinct technologies. The first is a thinner, faster flexing clubface (known as Taylormade RocketSteel supplied by Carpenter) to create more ball speed and distance. The second is an improved speed pocket located in the sole of the club for even more increased ball speed. The third technology is a shallower face and lower head profile than their stage 1 model to create added playability. Lastly, the rescue club also features a lower and more forward center of gravity for higher launch and lower spin.
With that said, is all of the technology that was put into the club well worth it? For starters, the Taylormade Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue Club really provides amazing distance whether off the tee, in the fairway, or even a bad lie as well. The golf ball just seems to shoot off of the club face on every shot, and the combination of the speed pocket and thinner face really helps to promote the greater distance. It is arguably the longest hybrid out on the market today, and those who are looking for added distance when it comes to this area of their games should certainly demo this club a few times. Another great feature that the rescue club offered when playing a few rounds with it is the high launch that it offers. Many golfers switch to hybrids because of the difficulty of getting high irons to land softly on the greens and get a higher trajectory on approach shots, and the Taylormade Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue Club provides a great answer to this problem. Lastly, the playability of the club is above average, and really allows golfers to shape the ball any way they please, which makes it a true “rescue” club more than anything else.
The only real negative when it comes to the Taylormade Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue Club is the forgiveness that it offers. That is not to say that it offers below average forgiveness, but that there are other models out there such as the Adams Super S and Callaway X Hot that provide much greater forgiveness than this model. One can still get decent distance out of shots that are not hit on the sweet spot of the club along with good accuracy though.
Overall the Taylormade Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue Club is one of the better hybrids out on the market today, providing players with great distance along with above average launch and playability whether off the tee or on approach. It may not have as great of forgiveness as other models on the market today, but if one is willing to overlook this they will find the Taylormade Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue Club to be much to their liking.
Ping continues to step it up a notch with every new iron model they come out with, and the G25 model is no different. In fact, it is probably their best iron set to date with all of the great features that it contains, including progressive sole widths, a re-engineered custom tuning port, and thinner faces. All of these improvements lead to an iron that the company says provides added forgiveness, playability, and control, but can that really be true? What follows is my overall review of the irons.
The Ping G25 Irons certainly live up to the hype, starting with the appearance. One of the more frustrating things when it comes to new irons these days is the amount of glare they have at address, and the G25 Irons have solved this with a non-glare matte finishes that help the clubs to look both modern and sleek.
When it comes to performance, I would say that the Ping G25 irons provide the best forgiveness out of any iron set out on the market today, hands down. A lot of it has to do with the thinner faces and lower custom tuning port, which provide a redistribution of weight throughout the clubface. This allows for shots that are not hit on the sweet spot every time to still get amazing distance and accuracy. It didn’t matter whether it was the 3I or PW, one can still get a really good amount of forgiveness out of these irons, and that should appeal to many golfers who may struggle with inconsistency out on the golf course.
As far as playability and control are concerned, I found both to be very similar to other iron sets out on the market today such as Callaway X-Hot or Titleist API 712. It is fairly easy to shape the ball either way when necessary, and the spin control on both the short and long irons was very good if using a decent ball with them.
The only real negative that I found when it comes to the Ping G25 Irons is the high launch that they offer. For someone who has a high ball launch as it is, it may be best to look elsewhere, because golf balls with these clubs just shoot up in the air. On the flip side, it could be beneficial for those who have a lower trajectory and are looking for added height, so it really depends on one’s game more than anything else.
Overall Ping hit the nail on the head when it comes to their G25 irons. They can appeal to practically any golfer looking for added forgiveness and playability, and have a great design and appearance as well. They may not be the best irons for those who naturally have a high ball flight, but other than that it is hard to find fault with them. If you haven’t given Ping irons a try for whatever reason, make sure to at least give these a demo run before purchasing a new set. You may be glad that you did.
The Ping Karsten 1959 Putter has a great look and feel from the moment it is placed behind the ball. With a thin, satin-finish top line that offers a clean look along with easy alignment, this putter inspires a true hit every time.
This putter has an elastomer insert behind the face softens the feel and delivers a solid response and feedback that golfers can rely on every time. This grip is solid and sticky and as a result we felt better using the putter without a glove.
While much has been talked about on the market these days about high-end tour performance golf balls, what about no-frills cheap ones that amateurs like to use? No one ever really hears about them on television commercials these days; it is as if they assume everyone playing golf wants to use $50/dozen golf balls every time they go out on the golf course.
Even for a low handicap golfer like me that is just not going to happen, as the rest of golf is expensive enough as it is with course fees, clubs, shoes, you name it. Finding a solid golf ball at a good price is a necessity for me (and I am sure many others who play golf these days), so I decided to give the Bridgestone TreoSoft golf ball a try and see how it performed. It is two piece ball with a 330 dimple design at about $20/dozen at golf retail outlets. I was especially intrigued about it being a Bridgestone golf ball, as they have really stepped it up in recent years with their B330 and e series golf balls to make a name for themselves. What follows is my overall review of the golf ball.
For a $20/dozen golf ball, expectations were not very high to begin with. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the distance that I got out of the Bridgestone TreoSoft golf ball. Compared with say a Top Flite Gamer or Maxfli Noodle I would say that the TreoSoft gets the most distance out of the three on average. It wasn’t as if it was only with the driver either, as I got pretty good distance out of the irons as well, and they had a good feel to them also. The same could be said on the greens, as it felt great off the putter face whether it was a long putt or a short one. In fact, if you didn’t tell me which golf ball it was when I was putting I would have said it was a $30/dozen golf ball, as it really has a great feel to it.
As with most golf balls in this price range, there was very little spin on my approach shots into many greens when playing. It didn’t matter if it was a three iron or a wedge, the Bridgestone TreoSoft golf ball didn’t really check up the way that I wanted it too. Again, that is something that one should generally expect out of a golf ball that is this inexpensive. What concerned me more than that, though, was the durability issues related to the golf ball. I like to hit down and through on both my iron and wedge shots, and after about nine holes or so the ball was so scuffed up that I had to use a new one. I just did not find very much durability out of this golf ball, but I don’t know if it had to do with my type of swing or what.
Overall I would say that the Bridgestone TreoSoft golf ball is a solid ball for its price, especially if you can get it on sale. I would recommend it to those golfers who shoot in the high 80s or low 90s and are looking for an alternative golf ball that is cheap and provides decent performance. I would stay away from it if you have a high swing speed, as there are better balls out there on the market in a similar price range.