Trending: Srixon Z Star Golf Balls

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“Best ball I’ve used. Long, yet great feel around the green. I’ve made the switch and I’m not going back!”

“Great ball both off the tee and around the green. It jumps off the clubface and I can stop it on a dime.”

“Great ball, one of the best on the market.”

These golf balls deserve all the attention they’re getting. The Srixon Z Star golf balls have been flying under the radar, but not anymore! After those reviews it sounds like these are some golf balls everyone should be checking out. For those that don’t keep up with the nitty gritty stats of the PGA Tour, Srixon has become the #2 golf ball played on the PGA Tour. That alone speaks volumes, but I’ll break down what the Srixon Z Star golf balls are all about.

SpinSkin

This is the second generation of SpinSkin technology and Srixon has made some minor enhancements that go a long way. The new coating increases the friction by 18% and enhances the overall cover softness by 21% compared to the previous generation. This minor change will help you with two things: spin and touch.

324 Speed Dimple Pattern

This dimple pattern is also a new generation which features the combination of the uniform dimple design with a higher surface coverage. That’s fancy talk for More Distance and More Control, especially in those tough windy conditions.

Gradient Growth Core

The new advanced construction for these golf balls epitomizes everything you’re looking for in a golf ball and what Srixon is calling S.T.A.R. Performance (Spin, Trajectory, Acceleration, and Responsiveness). The Srixon Z Star golf ball will feature this technology, while the Srixon Z Star XV golf ball will feature a Dual Gradient Growth Core. Simply put, enhancing the performance for those that have higher swing speeds.

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Srixon Z Star Golf Ball

Swing Speed: 90-105 mph
Launch: Mid-High
Greenside Spin: High

Played on Tour by: Keegan Bradley, J.B. Holmes, Chris Stroud, Will McGirt, Russell Knox, George McNeill, and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

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Srixon Z Star XV Golf Ball

Swing Speed: 100+ mph
Launch: Mid-High
Greenside Spin: High

Played on Tour by: Graeme McDowell, Hideki Matsuyama, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Kevin Stadler, K.J. Choi, Michael Putnam, Charlie Beljan, Jerry Kelly, Will Wilcox, Ted Potter Jr., Anirban Lahiri, and Shane Lowry.

What are you waiting for? Jumpstart your #JourneyToBetter with the Srixon Z Star golf balls! For awesome behind-the-scenes footage from the PGA Tour, be sure to follow @SrixonGolf and @ClevelandGolf on twitter.

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Callaway XR and XR Pro Irons: The New Face of Distance and Forgiveness, Literally


In this day and age of the golf industry, if you’re not putting out more distance you’re losing ground and sinking yourself into mediocrity. Well, mediocre and Callaway don’t mix; never have, never will. The new Callaway XR iron is far from mediocre, far from average, even far from just “good”. Whatever adjective you had in mind has been blown out of the water. These boys are insanely, exponentially, off the charts, out of this world fantastic in every aspect of performance.

Let’s Examine Why

The new XR irons are Callaway’s first ever cavity back iron to hit the market that has incorporated a face cup into the head. This wasn’t just any ordinary undertaking.  It was a huge engineering effort and took all of their manufacturing talents to be able to produce a cavity back iron with a face cup. A special heat treating process during was necessary in order to make the face work expertly in conjunction with the rest of the iron’s thinner body style. For Callaway, this represents the biggest change in iron technology for the game improvement classification of clubs they’ve ever put together.

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The main engine behind the XR iron is the Cup 360 face. This face is supported by a very thin piece of steel, which makes it extremely flexible, and makes up the club’s 2-piece construction. The area behind the face essentially doesn’t touch the rest of the clubhead. The special heat treating process used during manufacturing makes that space between the body and face possible. In addition, Callaway has designed a sole that is thinner (less chunky) than previous models which adds to the flexibility dynamic of the overall club and improves turf interaction. What does this means to you? At impact the face produces a trampoline type effect to increase ball speeds on center hits, off-center hits, and all across the face leading to more distance throughout the entire set.

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The other piece to the puzzle with the XR iron is Callaway’s internal standing wave, a technology that has been highlighted in their fairway woods in recent years. This element lowers the overall weight and center of gravity of the club and has been positioned to not touch the flexible elements of the club head, giving the 360 face cup room to provide the improved ball speed characteristics of the XR. The wave stretches across the entire face from heel to toe and takes the club’s MOI (measure of forgiveness) to another level, which creates more consistent speed, especially on mishits, and increased distance.

Shaft Details

The Callaway XR iron set is available in a standard 8-piece set in steel or graphite, or a combo set with two hybrids and 6 traditional irons. The irons will feature a True Temper Speed Step shaft that checks in at just a shade under 90 grams in regular and stiff. The graphite option will feature the True Temper Project X SD shaft in light, regular, and stiff, weighing between 55 and 58 grams and is designed to produce higher launch for those players that need the extra lift. The ladies Callaway XR iron set will also incorporate True Temper’s Project X SD graphite shaft and will weigh in at 47 grams.

XR Pro Series

On the other side of the spectrum sits the Callaway XR Pro iron set. This is one sharp looking players iron. But guess what? It still has the 360 face cup technology that stars in the traditional Callaway XR iron. This club certainly presents itself as the traditional players iron with its small head with shorter blade length and thinner top line compared to the XR iron. Because of these factors, it made the manufacturing process even more challenging for Callaway’s experts since there isn’t as much room to incorporate that same technology and keep the pro shape that better players are seeking. The shape and scope of the head are inspired by the Callaway X-14 Pro series while the new 360 face cup and internal standing wave have massively restructured the club with modern day innovations. What this has done is create the most forgiving players iron Callaway has ever engineered without sacrificing the preferred soft feel of a forged type club.

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The XR Pro iron set is available in a traditional 8-piece steel set in right or left hand. It will feature a KBS Tour V-90 steel shaft in regular (89 gram), stiff (90 gram), and X-stiff (96 gram) for a mid-launch profile and low spin. However, there are LOTS of custom shaft options available, check out the options below:

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Now you’re equipped with the information about the Callaway XR iron set! If you have any questions don’t forget you can speak with one of the many PGA Professionals at GlobalGolf.
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How to Conquer the Long Greenside Bunker Shot

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This week the PGA Tour heads over to the Valero Texas Open held at TPC San Antonio. Last year’s tournament made a first time PGA Tour winner out of Steven Bowditch, and it punched his ticket to The Masters. TPC San Antonio is known for their natural and rugged bunkers.  This minimalist design around the edge of the bunkers emulate the canopy of the native oak trees that can be seen throughout the entirety of the course.

“The topographic subtleties of the rolling Texas Hill Country terrain, framed by magnificent stands of mature live oaks, create a pristine natural setting that is as playable as it is beautiful.”  -Greg Norman

 Set Up

To pull off this shot you’ll need to adjust your stance, ball position, and the clubface. You’ll want to widen your stance a little more than a traditional bunker shot and your weight distribution should be even between your two feet. You should then position the golf ball a little more forward and towards your front foot as opposed to being in the middle of your stance. During your normal set up the leading edge of the golf club is closer to the ground which will make the club dig into the sand. To combat this, you’ll then want to open the clubface.

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Shallow Your Swing

To help alleviate the club from wanting to dig into the sand, take a shallower swing. This can be done by taking the club back more around your body as opposed to taking the club back more upright (which you would do on a more traditional golf shot). You’ll still want to take a divot, so be sure to hit about an inch and a half behind the golf ball. Keep in mind the golf ball will generally come out with a little less spin than normal, so be sure to allow for more roll out.

Practice

Pulling off a long bunker shot takes a lot of practice. Practicing this shot will teach you how far the golf ball will travel depending on the length of your swing and the golf club you’re using. To gain some feedback you’ll want to hit your SW, PW, 9-iron, 8-iron, etc. to see how far the golf ball will travel.

Quick Recap

1. Set Up – Check your ball position, weight, and alignment. Place the ball a little forward in your stance with your weight distributed evenly. Take an open stance and an open the clubface.

2. Shallow Your Swing – Taking a shallower back swing and follow through produces a lower ball flight with less spin.

3. Practice –  This cannot be emphasized enough! Try different clubs to determine the best results.

Taking all of these steps will ensure balance and stability for pulling off the long bunker shot!

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Looking for more instruction from our PGA Professionals? Take a look at some prior weeks that you may have missed including: Swing Like a King, 4 Ways to Improve Your Lag Putting, How To Hit The Stinger Off the Tee, and How to Master Playing in the Wind.

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