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Srixon Q Star and TaylorMade Project (a) Testing 3 years 3 months ago #111195

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Hey crew! Around Christmas time I received the Srixon Q Star, last year's TaylorMade Project (a) and this year's new model from GB HQ to test out. Snow and rain have kept the course closed but I was able to get out recently and start testing on these. Over the next two weeks I'll be playing and putting my findings into words for a review. If you have any questions, drop them here and I'll address them as I go!
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Srixon Q Star and TaylorMade Project (a) Testing 3 years 3 months ago #111196

Josh_Ross wrote:
Hey crew! Around Christmas time I received the Srixon Q Star, last year's TaylorMade Project (a) and this year's new model from GB HQ to test out. Snow and rain have kept the course closed but I was able to get out recently and start testing on these. Over the next two weeks I'll be playing and putting my findings into words for a review. If you have any questions, drop them here and I'll address them as I go!

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts !!
I might throw my two cents in on the Q-Star it's my new gamer !!!

Srixon Q Star and TaylorMade Project (a) Testing 3 years 3 months ago #111197

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Looking forward to your thoughts on the Q Star
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So far the Q Star is nice. At 75 compression it's too soft for my game but I'm happy with the green side spin and ball flight. Losing some distance but I'm sure that's due to the compression.

Apparently the Project (a) is lower compression but it seems to rocket off the face and gives tons of spin for a lower cost ball.

More to come soon!
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I like the Q Star at its price point but you can't go wrong with The New Z stars ! I've been playing them my last few rounds and they are explosive !!

Srixon Q Star and TaylorMade Project (a) Testing 3 years 2 months ago #111288

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In 2016, TaylorMade released a new version of the Project (a), their ball that is designed for the competitive amateur. I’ve been a fan of the Project (a) ever since the initial release. It had a compression of 88, had great distance and spin, and cost less than the higher end tour balls.

TaylorMade on the new Project (a),

NEW SOFTER CORE. SAME EXPLOSIVE DISTANCE.

TaylorMade has designed an incredible golf ball for competitive mid-handicappers who need more approach-shot spin. Project (a) is long off every club and feels great around the greens.

REACT™ 40 compression core - Faster Driver Speeds
SPIN MANTLE™ technology - More Iron Distance
URETHANE SOFT TECH™ COVER - Soft Feel and Tour Spin

The total compression of this ball has dropped a lot, by 18 to be exact. This is a big deal. I’m no fan of low compression golf balls as they feel very mushy and I lose all of my pop off of the face. But TaylorMade is saying that ball speeds and distance will increase. I put the three claims above to test and my results were right where I expected them to be.

I spent a lot of time on course and on a launch monitor with both the old Project (a) that I love, and the new 2016 version. I also had a friend who has a swing speed more suited for this ball join me. To be short, they achieved all of the results that TaylorMade promised. TaylorMade is marketing this ball to the competitive mid-handicapper, meaning most people in that bracket are going to have swing speeds in the 90-95 range. These claims are for those people.

Distance-wise, I lost yards on the 2016 model where my friend gained over 12 yards on his driver and about eight yards on average for his mid irons. When it came to spin rates on full shots and short shots, both of us improved on that number with the 2016 model. All of these golf balls were put through the paces and for the most part are very durable to be so soft.

Without a doubt, TaylorMade knocked it out of the park with this newer model if your swing speed is suited for a 70 compression ball. My friend has switched this to his primary ball for that reason. As a single digit handicapper and having a higher swing speed, I’m intrigued to try the new Tour Preferred lineup that TM has released. I will say that the 2016 Project (a) is probably the softest feeling ball I’ve used in a long time, and that will make a lot of people fall in love right away.

The 2016 Project (a) comes in white and yellow ($34.99), and can also be ordered with custom numbers online ($36.99) at taylormadegolf.com
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