I’ll have to preface this post by disclaiming that the Q-Star isn’t exactly the best ball for my game, a lower single digit handicap player (2). The Srixon Q-Star is primarily meant for higher handicap players, above a 10 to be precise. That being said, I could easily put this ball in my bag permanently and score well.
The technology behind the Srixon Q-Star is geared toward helping higher handicap players increase their accuracy, and keep them out of the rough, hazards, lakes, parking lots, windows… So what does it take to improve accuracy for a higher handicap player? A proper “STAR performance” golf ball…
Srixon Q-Star Golf Balls - click to zoom
Srixon rates their golf balls with a STAR Performance measurement. That measurement factors in spin, trajectory, acceleration and responsiveness. Players of varying levels will have different STAR ratings. One of my favorite new players Keegan Bradley for instance, would be a Z-Star rating. Your 22 handicap buddy with the 87mph driver club head speed however, would NOT be a Z-Star rating. He would be a Q-Star.
2011 Golf Ball Week reaches the midway point today. Monday and Tuesday I posted reviews of FOUR golf balls, some quite amazing in their construction (The OnCore hollow metal core golf ball), technology used to locate them (Prazza radar golf ball finder), or just in the fact that they perform fantastically for less than half the cost of top name brands (Innovex).
Today will feature more golf ball reviews coming up in just a bit…
Innovex Golf V-Motion Golf Ball – click for more
Welcome to day two of 2011 HOG Golf Ball Week! Today’s review is a double whammy, two ball types from one manufacturer in one post. I’m covering the new Innovex V-Motion and E-Motion golf balls.
V-Motion Tour Golf Ball
The V-Motion golf ball is an “affordable” three piece premium/tour quality golf ball. At a retail of $29.95/dozen, this ball can’t be beat.
The inner most layer, the core, is what Innovex calls a “compensating speed core.” The varied core compresses nicely for all swing speeds. No worries that this ball is too hard or too soft for optimal distance.
Prazza Golf Ball Radar System - click to zoom
The Prazza golf ball locator could be the Hooked On Golf Blog golf gadget of the year for 2011.
About The Prazza Golf Ball Finder
The Prazza golf ball location system comes from some brainiacs in the Netherlands. The setup is comprised of two components, the ball and the ball tracker.
The locator device, or tracker, gives a visual direction to the ball in the form of arrows on the unit’s screen, and also vibrates in the searching golfer’s hand more and more as he gets closer to the soon to be formerly lost spheroid. The device uses RFID, or active radio frequency identification to find the ball. Balls within around 100 yards pop up on the tracker, and the unit can even find a ball submerged in water up to eight inches.
OnCore’s Omen Golf Ball – click to zoom
My first post for 2011 Golf Ball Week is my review of the OnCore Golf Omen, a hollow metal core golf ball.
This is the only golf ball in the world with a hollow metal core. I’d call it a four piece ball, if you count air as a piece. There are three layers, plus the hollow metallic core. The kind of metal in the core isn’t really known other than being called a “proprietary metal” in one OnCore product description, and “steel core” in another. The high strength metal layer gives the ball its structure and helps with a high moment of inertia (MOI). Since all of the ball’s mass is outside the air gap, it is essentially a perimeter weighted ball!
The 2nd layer, which sits on top of the metal layer is a black polymer which helps to transfer energy from the impacting club to the metal core. The better the energy is transferred, the more it is translated to the core. The more energy translated to the core, the farther the ball goes.