MyGolfSpy Ball Lab is where we quantify the quality and consistency of the golf balls on the market to help you find the best ball for your money. Today, we’re taking a look at the 2022 Srixon Q-Star Tour. To learn more about our test process, how we define “bad” balls, check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.
About the Srixon Q-Star Tour
The Srixon Q-Star Tour is the company’s entry into what we call the “non-Tour” urethane category. It’s a class of balls typically marketed to slow to moderate swing speed golfers. Balls in the category are invariably softer than those played on the PGA TOUR. Relative to something like a Pro V1, they’re typically higher-flying and lower-spinning as well. The commonality is the urethane cover though, generally speaking, non-Tour urethane balls will spin less than true Tour offerings.
The prior generation of the Srixon Q-Star Tour has the dubious distinction of being one of the worst balls tested to date. Transient issue at the factory or an indicator of a systemic problem?
With the 2022 version of the Q-Star Tour, we hope to find some clarity.
Srixon Q-Star Tour Construction
The Srixon Q-Star Tour is a three-piece ball with a 338-dimple cover.
Our samples of the Q-Star Tour were manufactured at the company’s factory in Indonesia.
On our gauge, the Srixon Q-Star Tour has an average compression of 67. That’s just two points softer than the previous version, which is a relatively insignificant difference.
Across the market as a whole, it qualifies as a “medium firmness” golf ball. It’s worth noting that the Q-Star Tour is softer than the Chrome Soft and Tour Response. Among the leading balls in its class, only the Bridgestone TOUR B RXS is softer (just barely).
Diameter and Weight
The Q-Star Tour qualifies as an average-sized ball relative to the market as a whole. Given that, it’s not surprising that all of the sample conformed to the USGA’s minimum size requirement.
A single ball in the sample failed to meet our standard for roundness. Accordingly, it was flagged as bad.
The average weight of the Q-Star Tour runs a bit heavy relative to our database average. With that, a single ball in the sample was also flagged as bad for exceeding the USGA’s weight limit of 1.62 ounces.
Centeredness and Concentricity
Concentricity issues are what doomed the previous generation of Srixon Q-Star Tour. This time around, things were significantly better with none of the balls showing any significant layer issues.
Core consistency and color were largely consistent throughout our Q-Star Tour sample.
No notable cover issues were found.
Srixon Q-Star Tour – Consistency
In this section, we detail the consistency of the 2022 Srixon Q-Star Tour. Our consistency metrics provide a measure of how similar the balls in our sample were to one another relative to all of the models we’ve tested to date.
- Weight consistency for the Srixon Q-Star Tour falls within the high end of the Average range.
- Our third box was noticeably heavier on average though not by an absurd amount.
- Diameter consistency for the 2022 Srixon Q-Star Tour falls within the Average range.
- The size of the balls falls within the Average range relative to the market as a whole.
- Compression consistency falls within the Average range.
- Box 1 was perhaps slightly softer though compression was relatively consistent from box to box.
- The compression delta across the entire sample was 7.8 which is above average.
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The True Price will always be equal to or greater than the retail price. The greater the difference between the retail price and the True Price, the more you should be concerned about the quality of the ball.
Srixon Q-Star Tour – Summary
To learn more about our test process, how we define “bad” balls and our True Price metric, check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.
The 2022 Srixon Q-Star Tour appears to be a significant improvement over the original model. On the heels of strong showing for the Z-Star Diamond, there’s reason to believe Srixon’s urethane lineup is on solid footing with respect to quality and consistency.
- Significantly improved from the prior generation.
- Solidly average for all of the metrics we track.
- Two bad balls in the sample.
At the time of review, the 2022 Srixon Q-Star Tour receives a Ball Lab score of 75. That’s two ticks better than the database average (73) at the time of testing.
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