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Srixon Z-Star, Z-Star XV balls
In the new solid core, multilayer, urethane-covered Srixon balls, it’s
the little changes that do the most to optimise distance and improve
greenside spin. Srixon’s Z-Star and Z-Star X V balls are aimed at
two different swing types, but both feature redesigned cores, a new
dimple pattern and an upgraded cover coating designed to improve
friction on short shots.
Srixon’s tour-level combo of Z-Star and Z-Star XV offer the kind
of specialised improvements that will let better players optimise
performance. The chief improvements over the 2015 versions
of these balls include a softer three-piece core in the Z-Star to improve feel, lower spin and
increase launch, while the the dual core on the Z-Star XV features a larger and softer inner core
while maintaining the firmness of the outer core for faster ballspeeds. Both balls also use a
new 338-dimple pattern that reduces drag for better downrange carry and benefit from a third-
generation cover coating called “spinskin”. The softer coating allows the cover to stretch more at
impact to create greater friction and more spin on short greenside shots.
“For our tour staff, they’re making the decision between Z-Star and XV based on approach shots
and greenside,” says Srixon’s Jeff Brunski, director of research and development, who also
makes the point that while the high swing speed player may see more ballspeed with the XV, some
of those players may get better launch conditions and end up hitting it farther with the Z-Star.
RRP: $69.99. See Srixon.com.au for more.
Titleist Scotty Cameron Select, Futura mallets
The latest Titleist Scotty Cameron Select and Futura mallets might get you
thinking differently about the game’s most famous putter designer.
While Cameron’s reputation has grown most richly for his blade designs that
earned places in winner’s bags and have been coveted by collectors and average
golfers of all types for the better part of the last two decades, it may be his mallets
that stand as his most distinctive work.
A mini-mallet or “ teardrop-shaped” mallet, as Cameron calls it, is the latest addition
to the Select Newport line. The Select Newport 3 is at once a departure from the rest of
the typical heel-toe weighted Newport line and a fitting compliment. Unlike the others,
the heel-shafted Newpor t 3 features a milled 6061 aluminium face piece inset around
a milled 303 stainless body. The combination of the heavier steel surrounding the soft
feeling and lighter aluminium helps create more stability on off-centre strikes.
“ We’ve ex tended the methodology of our proven multi-material technology to include the aircraft grade aluminium inlay, which allows me
to design more of the weight into the sculpted back flange, as well as get the sweet feel the inlay produces,” Cameron says. “The result is
an extension to the Select family that pulls together the entire line.”
Meanwhile, Cameron has dramatically expanded his line of Futura mallets to a range that includes both traditional looks as well as
extreme shapes that pursue high moment of inertia for extra stability on off-centre hits.
“ This new Futura line blends my ideas about high-per formance putter designs with my long-standing ideals that high-tech should
always be high-quality,” Cameron says. “ What we’ve pioneered with our multi-material technology allows me to design properly weighted
larger putter heads for more stable setups to give mallet players more confidence over putts.”
The Futura 5MB and 5CB are traditional round, mid-mallet shapes with 6061 aluminium face insets. The 5MB, as in muscleback,
features a solid steel back flange, while the 5CB, as in cavity back, features an aluminium cavity in the back flange.
The Futura 5S and 5W feature the wingback shaping from the previous X5 and X7M models, with the 5S utilising a back bar joining the
the two wings that extend back from the heel and toe.
Slightly larger, the Futura 6M echoes the high-MOI look with ex tended
heel and toe weights that Cameron developed for Adam Scott both in his
broomstick putter days and his post anchoring choices. It’s also offered in a
counterbalanced, or “Dual Balance”, option with 50 grams extra headweight
offset by a 50-gram weight plug in the butt end of the grip.
Finally, the wingback Futura 7M, the largest of the new Futura mallets, refines
the shaping of its predecessor, the X7M.
The 2017 Futura and Select Newport 3 putters are now available in Australian
and New Zealand golf shops with a suggested retail price of $569.
See Titleist.com.au/golf-clubs/putters for more.
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