Srixon Q-Star Golf Balls Review

Srixon Q-Star golf balls, 2015 model
A box of one-dozen yellow Srixon Q-Star golf balls (2015 model). SRI Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.

The Srixon Q-Star golf balls on the market in 2015 come in Pure White and Tour Yellow. They are "all ability" balls with an improved version of Srixon's 324 "speed dimple" pattern, and Srixon promises distance with stopping power. Let's find out if the Q-Star balls deliver.


  • Showed good distance and held its line well in wind.


  • Feel off the wedges was a little harder than I like.

What Srixon Says About the Q-Star

Here are the specs and claims about the 2015-model Q-Star from Srixon:

  • Srixon says the Q-Star is appropriate for all golfers with swing speeds over 75 mph.
  • Its design focus is on distance and control, buts the SpinSkin cover is intended to add more greenside spin.
  • It is designed to have mid- to high spin on greenside approaches. (Srixon says spin is increased by 18-percent over previous models of the Q-Star golf ball.)
  • The Q-Star ball has a mid- to low driver launch angle.
  • The compression rating is 77.
  • The ball was released in 2015 with an MSRP of $24.99 per dozen.
  • It comes in white and yellow colors.

Reviewing the Srixon Q-Star Golf Ball

When Srixon initially released its Q-Star ball in 2013, the catchphrase was distance without compromise. And that ball delivered distance. But what about stopping power? The ball was designed for extra distance and straight direction, but some thought it didn’t hold greens well for the struggling golfer.

Fast-forward to 2015 and Srixon has introduced a new iteration of the Q-Star with its SpinSkin cover, which improves stopping power on greens. The game’s basics are still fairways and greens. If you can hit the green, will the new-gen Srixon Q-Star help you hold it?

The old measure of a golf ball’s compression has been creeping back into ​the discussion of golf ball marketing of late. Officially, the compression on this ball is listed as 77, but the cover feels a little harder (to help the directionally challenged) and it's a little difficult to tell the Q-Star is optimized for distance off the driver.

That said, driver distance is still excellent, ranking well compared to its peer golf balls. I tried the Q-Star in benign and windy conditions and the ball held its line admirably. The downside is that the increased spin (18-percent more than the previous-generation, according to Srixon) was not enough to provide holding power that I could easily recognize as a significant improvement - at least for the majority of my iron shots.

I felt that I had to fight the ball to get it to turn over, which is not a bad thing for those fighting a slice or other wayward shots, and is in keeping with the ball's focus on control. The Srixon claim of responsiveness plus touch around greens for the 2015 Q-Star I found to be only half-true. The ball had very good pop off the woods, but less than delicate touch off wedges. Realistically, most of us can’t get the ball to spin and stop on a dime. However, this ball does show some improvement over the original 2013 model.

If you are looking for a ball that helps in the long-and-straight department - a department near and dear to many a recreational golfer - try the improved Q-Star. Perhaps the next iteration of the Q-Star will add stronger greenside brakes.