2011 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x

July 7, 2011 – GolfBallSelector.com completed testing on the new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x and provides this review in our series of 2011 golf ball reviews.

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The Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls are updates to the 2009 Pro V1 and Pro V1x in Titleist’s 2011 lineup.

The Pro V1 features a 3-piece golf ball construction, 352 dimple large core design while the Pro V1x features a 4-piece golf ball construction, 328 dimple dual-core design. Both feature a urethane cover and Titleist’s Alignment Integrated Marking (A.I.M.) sidestamp. Titleist states in their press release:

“Golf is a game of continuous improvement and serious golfers want to get better,” said Mary Lou Bohn, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing and Communications. “At Titleist, we care about golfers’ games and will only introduce a new golf ball if it truly performs better and helps them shoot lower scores. We have tested and validated the performance of the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x with players throughout the pyramid of influence with resoundingly positive performance feedback and success. New Pro V1 and Pro V1x are the best performing golf balls we’ve ever made, and the best performing golf balls in the game.”

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™, GolfBallSelector.com


Here is a breakdown of the manufacturer’s stated player benefits according to Titleist*,:

Pro V1

• Exceptional distance
• Consistent flight
• Drop-And-Stop™ greenside control
• Very soft feel on all shots
• Excellent durability
• Tour-proven

Pro V1x

• Exceptional distance
• Consistent flight
• Low long game spin
• Drop-And-Stop™ greenside control
• Soft feel on all shots
• Excellent durability
• Tour-proven

*Source: titleist.com

The Pro V1 and Pro V1x carry a retail price of $45.99 per dozen.

The Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x will be included in the next release of the GolfBallSelector.com site.

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at GolfBallSelector.com

Testing Approach

In testing and evaluation conducted by GolfBallTest.org, the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x were subjected to bench testing for compression and cover hardness, and to player and robot testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge.

Pro V1 Inside  ProV1x Inside
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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at GolfBallSelector.com

Notable Observations

Player testing was conducted across a range of ball speeds on the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. Overall, the Pro V1 exhibits slightly more spin off all clubs (driver, 6-iron, and 56 degree wedge) than the Pro V1x at all ball speed levels we tested. Both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x have mid range launch angle characteristics.

Driver Testing:

The spin rate of the Pro V1 was approximately 200-300 RPM’s higher than the Nike 20XI-S and effectively the same when compared to the Callaway Tour i(s) across low, mid and higher ball speeds but with slightly more overall distance while the Pro V1x spun significantly more that the Nike 20XI-X with a slightly lower launch angle resulting in more overall distance for all ball speeds tested.

6-Iron Testing:

6-iron testing across all ball speeds for both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x exhibited slightly more spin and effectively the same overall carry distance when compared with the Callaway Tour i(s) and Tour i(z) and notably more spin than the Nike 20XI-S and 20XI-X and slightly less carry distance.

Sand Wedge Testing:

Both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x had notably less spin for a sand wedge than the Callaway Tour i(s) and Callaway Tour i(z) at all ball speeds tested but slightly more spin when compared to the Nike 20XI-S and 20XI-X again over all ball speeds tested. Launch angles were slightly higher across all ball speeds when compared to the Callaway Tour i(s) and Tour i(z) as well as the Nike 20XI-S and 20XI-X.

Bench Testing:

Our bench testing indicates that the Pro V1 has an overall overall compression reading of 98 points, which is comparable to the overall overall compression reading of the 2009 Pro V1. This reading is approximately 8% lower than the 2011 Pro V1x golf ball which is a few points higher than the 2009 Pro V1x. Additional bench testing measuring cover hardness revealed that the Pro V1 and Pro V1x exhibited similar cover hardness to each other and to the 2009 Pro V1 and Pro V1x.

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On-Course Player Comments:

“The Pro V1 and Pro V1x feel much softer than the new Nike 20XI-S and 20XI-X balls especially off the putter and sand wedge” – “When comparing the new Pro V1 to the prior version of the Pro V1 which I currently play I seem to get more spin and feel around the greens. The ball did seem to scuff a little more easily when compared to the earlier version.”

“The Pro V1x spins a little less than the Pro V1. On approach shots, I liked the way the Pro V1x hit and released a little allowing aggressive shots without worrying about too much spin.”

Summary:

Golfers looking for a “tour ball” priced golf ball should consider the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls. Golfers looking for softer feel around the greens should benefit from the higher spin characteristics of both of these balls with the added benefits of above average distance and “tour ball” feel. The Pro V1 should appeal to golfers of all abilities with its slightly lower overall compression and its consistency in all categories and balls, not just in the higher ball speed levels. The Pro V1x should appeal to golfers with higher swing speeds or those golfers interested in slightly less spin across all clubs.

In choosing the right golf ball, GolfBallSelector.com believes that golfers interested in the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x should consider its “best fit” potential for their game in the context of their own preferences and the trade-offs they are prepared to take for distance, control and feel and according to their own unique ballistics measures of ball speed, launch angle and general spin rate. As with any ball, player preferences and individual launch/spin conditions are paramount. Learn more at GolfBallSelector.com, the #1 Ball Selector in Golf.

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1 Comment

  • 1. john shouneyia  |  July 8th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    my best scores are with the 1x





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