Yellow balls on Tour?

Would you use one if the pros did?


Posted: 16 February 2010
by Bob Warters

Srixon Z-Star yellow ball

It has been well documented that yellow golf balls tend to be preferred by higher handicap golfers to help them find their wayward tee shots. Since Greg Norman used an orange version of a ball he was promoting in the 1970s, no self-respecting pro - to my knowledge - has used a coloured ball on Tour.

However, that is all set to change if Srixon can convince the players who endorse their products including Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh to put a Srixon Z-Star or Z-Star X Tour Yellow ball into play on the PGA Tour.

Indeed these balls, with a greenish yellow colour, might even find their way into the bag of another Srixon player, Tim Clark at this week's WGC Accenture Matchplay, even though they are not yet available in retail. The South African is seriously considering using one in his match against Singh tomorrow.

Says Srixon's Keith Patterson: "The ball has a slight green hue to it and studies of colour have shown that green tends to produce a more relaxed state of mind. Even if it's subconscious or very slight, we thought, why not try something like this to see if it helps players over the ball.

"We're also trying to find ways to make it easier for golfers to follow and find their ball. In testing with hundreds of golfers we found a yellow ball makes the game more fun. And nobody wants to lose their ball, go back and take a penalty. That can ruin your whole day."

Besides the colour, Srixon says nothing is different with the Z-Star Tour Yellow or  Z-Star X TY balls. It claims they are Tour-performance balls with thin, softer urethane covers and larger cores. Srixon says both balls incorporate 'Energetic Gradient Growth' core technology, a design that helps to increase ball speed, produce higher launch and lower spin for more distance.

"We understand that players at all levels of the game want to lower their scores and the Tour Yellow balls have definitely piqued the interest of our Tour players, as well as consumers," says Chris Beck, Srixon's US brand manager.

Srixon says it has set April 1 as the shipping date into the US for its Tour Yellow balls with a recommended price of $39.99 per dozen.


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What's your experience of coloured golf balls - yellow ones in particular? Personally I've never taken to them. Always found them made of a harder, more durable material that maybe goes further but is more difficult to control. Also as a straighter hitter, I haven't found it necessary to look too far wide of my original target!. But basically i'm a ball snob and prefer the feel and looks of a white ball -unless I'm on a seaside course where seagulls and their feathers are regular visitors. ED

Posted: 16/02/2010 at 13:47

Any entries in the sweep? I'll have 14 minutes.

Posted: 16/02/2010 at 13:50

Damn, too quick for me as ever, Kenny!

Posted: 16/02/2010 at 14:04

It might say Srixon Z-Star on the ball but in your mind it's screaming "DONNAY PRO SPORT TWOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!".

Posted: 16/02/2010 at 15:30

My winter league partner often plays with a yellow ball.  To be honest I find them far more difficult to spot than a white ball.

Posted: 16/02/2010 at 16:08

I like the look of yellow balls and have played one of the predecessors of the Z Star family (Z URS).

Once released I think I will have a dozen of these. Creo always complained he couldn't get a premium yellow ball so I think they might sell at least 2 dozen.

Posted: 16/02/2010 at 19:04

I guess I am one of the odd one's out, I like yellow balls and would probably play with one all of the time if they came in a better quality ball.

Posted: 16/02/2010 at 19:56

We seem to have struck a seam. Personally I find the opposite of richard's experience - yellow balls are much easier to see in most conditions.

If all balls came in both white and yellow, I'd probably play yellow - if I hadn't got about 8 dozen white balls (approx. 3-4 years' supply) already .

Posted: 16/02/2010 at 22:13

I think Paula Creamer uses a pink golf ball in the last round of her tournaments.

Posted: 16/02/2010 at 22:50

I use the Titleist PTS Roll in yellow as my winter ball - but I do that because it is easier o see when the leaves are on the ground. I wouldn't mind playing one in summer but the premum balls are not available - or the choice is limited.

Posted: 17/02/2010 at 07:27

Paula Creamer can play with my pin.......

Posted: 17/02/2010 at 10:41

Only play with a yellow ball when frosty or in snow (yes we did play in a dusting of snow January 4th 2010). Could have done with the broom handlers from the curling teams to clear our putting line!

 I generally find the quality of the yellow ball available is average & a very limited choice.

Mind you I am not looking for ProV1 distance, feel and spin when it's zero degrees on the golf course in January..

Posted: 17/02/2010 at 11:16

I have always complained that since the end of the Balata wound balls no major manufacturer has offered their premium balls in optic colours such as yellow. Except those offered by you know who at 22 hours and 58 minutes.

Perhaps the ball refinishers could start offereing the premium balls in these colours.

Posted: 17/02/2010 at 15:45

I have used a certain ball provided by a certain person. It is very luminous and it certainly didn't feel harder then the white version he sent me at the same time. In fact, I liked it so much I just bought some from him.

 I have been using yellow balls all winter and I have to say I do enjoying knowing exactly which ball is mine instead of that horrible walk  towards the green thinking, I hope that one 3 feet from the pin is mine.

Posted: 19/02/2010 at 13:35

I quite often play a practice 9 holes using two balls - one white, one yellow. Yellow ALWAYS wins... Weird.

Posted: 19/02/2010 at 14:12

I think I've just seen Tim Clark using one in the matchplay, anyone see that or am I going nuts?

Posted: 19/02/2010 at 14:16

Nope Tim Clark was using a yellow Srixon Z-Star when he beat Martin Kaymer.

Of course Tim used the ball of his own volition due to the lack of sun, poor visibility and snow on the course in Arizona.

It had absolutely *nothing* to do with the $$$$$$$$$$'s Srixon will have given him to use one...

Mind you they'd have to pay me the same cos I f'kin hate them and *always* associate yellow balls with sh!te quality and the duffers who use them.

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Posted: 19/02/2010 at 14:34

Anybody who's played Desert Springs in Murcia will know that a yellow ball is far easier to find in the trash than a white one.

We'll see if Tim Clarke uses it elsewhere after playing in Arizona.

Mind you he does'nt go in the trash as much as me!

Posted: 19/02/2010 at 14:57

Yellae ba's are for women and kids only. Surely no self respecting male golfer would ever choose to play with one?? And as for those half yellow/half pink chatties.....

Posted: 19/02/2010 at 15:17

Like to see him tee up with these babies  balls 

Posted: 22/02/2010 at 02:24

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