Martin Hopley

The Soft Feel 2018 ball is the 6th version of Srixon's franchise that aims to offer soft feel combined with control and distance off the tee.

Srixon Soft Feel 2018 Golf Ball

The changes this time around a quite subtle with an ungraded dimple pattern that comprises of 338 dimples, up 14 on the previous Soft Feel 2016 model.

The aim is to combine with the Energetic Gradient Growth core to provide a better launch with less drag in order to improve the aerodynamics for more distance.

Srixon Soft Feel 2018 Golf Ball

The ionomer cover is now also a little thinner too at 1.6mm to improve the feel and comes with green numbers and a slightly different side stamp on it.

Srixon Soft Feel 2018 Golf Ball

The thinner cover is supposed to generate more spin on pitches and chips, but like most soft golf balls the low spin nature means that this may be improved, but it is still will not grab on the grass as much as a premium golf ball.

The compression is still 60, which is about medium to low these days so the sound off the wedge and putter does give you that soft feedback, as sound is primarily how you judge feel.

For those who want some colour in their life there is a choice of white or yellow versions.

Srixon Soft Feel 2018 Ball

And for the ladies, or men who are in touch with their female side, their version also comes in Pink.

Srixon Soft Feel 2018 Ball

To see how it compared I took the Soft Feel 2018 on GC2 against the other 2-piece balls in the Srixon range.

As you can see, with a 7-iron the soft feel was generating more spin than the softer Srixon UltiSoft 2016 golf ball, but less than the firmer and slightly more expensive Srixon AD333 2017 golf ball.

Srixon Soft Feel 2018 Golf Ball

With the driver it was the same story, but at my 100 mph driver swing speed, you can see how I was losing distance as the ball gets softer.

Srixon Soft Feel 2018 Golf Ball

Now this is perfectly normal as faster speed players need a firmer ball that does not compress as much, so really the Srixon Soft Feel is aimed at those with medium to slow swing speeds who want something that feels soft.

That maybe a personal preference, but I would not describe the AD333 as firm relative to some premium balls and it is the top selling two-piece ball in the UK (and known as Q-Star in USA). So for the little extra investment I would suggest trying this out against the Soft Feel and see which one works for you the best.

Golfalot Rating: 4 stars
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Srixon Soft Feel 2018 Golf Ball - Product Details

UK Launch01 August 2018
UK Launch RRP£24
USA Launch01 August 2018
USA Launch RRP$19.99
Handicap Range
GolferMens, Women
Ball Construction2-Piece
Ball FeelSoft
Colour OptionsWhite, Yellow, Pink
Quantities3, 12
Manufacturer's WebsiteSrixon Website

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