One of the most gratifying feelings in the many years of being a golf product tester is being able to showcase the startup/lesser known golf companies willing to take the chance on a passionate idea. Not many people know this but that's how I got involved in the industry. Starting with a simple idea, going through the patent process, testing, manufacturing and finally bringing the finished product to market is an exhilarating feeling. Sometimes it catches on and sometimes you need to move on. When I was approached by the crew at Clutch Putters, I saw a product that not only caught my attention but I can tell it was created by people who had the same passion as myself.
I have played with the Srixon Z Star since 2010 and the Srixon XV since the end of 2012/beginning of 2013. This year has been the most noticeable adjustment since they introduced the XV series. First of the newest innovations to the ball is the Energetic Gradient Growth or EGG Core Technology. For the Z star it provides a lower compression, from 90 to 88 compression rate, giving players of a swing speed from 90-104 the feeling of a softer ball without compromising distance.
In the past decade, there has been an explosion of craft beers in the marketplace. It seems there’s a new microbrew popping up every couple of months these days. Golf is following suit with a revolution of smaller companies delivering performance, tour-worthy golf balls. In recent years, the explosion of Snell Golf on to the market, then the highly publicized Kirkland Tour Balls and the names go on and on.