2013 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x

April 12, 2013 – GolfBallSelector.com completed testing on the new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x and provides this review in our series of 2013 golf ball reviews.

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The Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball are part of Titleist’s 2013 lineup and replace the 2011 models. Titleist updates the Pro V1 franchise every two years.

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.

  

Source: Digital Ball Catalog™, GolfBallSelector.com


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

Pro V1

• Designed for golfers seeking exceptional distance, consistent flight, very soft feel, Drop-and-Stop™ greenside control and longer lasting durability.
• New softer compression core with ZG process core technology.
• Responsive ionomeric casing layer.
• Improved Urethane Elastomer™ cover system
• Spherically-tiled 352 tetrahedral dimple design

Pro V1x

• Designed for golfers seeking high launch and low spin for long straight distance, consistent flight, Drop-and-Stop™ greenside control and longer lasting durability.
• New high velocity ZG process dual core technology.
• Responsive ionomeric casing layer.
• Improved Urethane Elastomer™ cover system.
• Low long game spin.
• Spherically-tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design.

*Source: titleist.com

The Pro V1 and Pro V1x carry a retail price of $47.99 per dozen.

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

  

  

Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at GolfBallSelector.com

Testing Approach

In testing and evaluation conducted by GolfBallTest.org, the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x was subjected to bench testing for compression, cover hardness, weight and to player and robot testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge. Additionally, we performed a weight analysis and ball color inspection.

  

Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at GolfBallSelector.com

Notable Observations

Player testing was conducted across a range of ball speeds on the on the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball. Overall, the 2013 Pro V1 and Pro V1x continue to exhibit mid-range launch and relative spins in excellent performance ranges off all clubs tested (driver, 6-iron, and 56 degree wedge).

Relative Comparison of the 2013 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x:

Comparison of the 2013 Titleist Pro V1 to other leading models:

Comparison of the 2013 Titleist Pro V1x to other leading models:

Summary Comparison between new 2013 and previous 2011 models:

• Off the tee with the driver, the 2013 models spin less than the 2011 models across all speeds –noticeable at the highest ball speeds.
• On approach shots with sand wedge and 6-iron, the 2013 models spin more than the 2011 models at the lower ball speeds with slightly higher launch angles
• Around the green, the 2013 models are similar to the 2011 models in terms of cover hardness.

Bench Testing:

Our bench testing indicates that the 2013 Pro V1 has an overall compression reading of 95 points, which is slightly lower than the overall compression reading of the 2011 Pro V1. This reading is approximately 11% lower than the 2013 Pro V1x golf ball which is similar to the 2011 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 2011 Pro V1 and Pro V1x.

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Weight Analysis

We have measured overall ball weight in our analysis. Using the Ohaus model SP-401 scale we have measured ball weights of all 40 ball models in our current data base. The 2013 Pro V1 and Pro V1x scored in the 90th (highest) percentile of our ball universe. The Pro V1 measuring at 1.6105 ounces and 1.6120 in the case of the Pro V1x. The 2011 models measured at 1.6150 for the Pro V1 and 1.6120 for the Pro V1x.
(Note: 1.62 oz is the maximum allowable weight permitted by the USGA/R&A. Proximity to 1.62 without exceeding is considered a positive attribute)

Color Inspection

According to Titleist, the 2013 Pro V1 and Pro V1x both feature “an improved Urethane Elastomer cover and paint system that results in longer lasting durability while retaining a whiter, brighter finish”. Upon our visual inspection of the new 2013 models, they do appear to have a whiter luster to them than the 2011 models.

Player Comments

“The Pro V1x feels slightly softer than the TaylorMade Lethal and comparable to the Bridgestone Tour B330 and Tour B330-S especially off the putter and sand wedge”. “When comparing the Pro V1 to the Nike 20XI, I seem to get feel more control around the greens with my wedge shots. I found the both the 2013 Pro V1 and Nike 20XI rolled off my putter (a TaylorMade Spider S) about the same – and did not see a noticeable difference.”

“Comparing the Callaway Hex Black Tour with the Pro V1x I found the Pro V1x to launch slightly lower and carry better into the wind.” The Lethal spins very much like a Pro V1 in the driver and wedge compared to the Pro V1x. On mid-iron shots, I did not notice any performance difference between the Lethal and the Pro V1.” “I noticed very little difference in this year’s Pro V1x model versus the 2011 model in all facets of my game.”

Summary

Golfers looking for a “tour ball” should consider this year’s 2013 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x as they perform consistently across all ball speeds in delivering mid-launch and mid to low spin measures. Distance is a function of ball speed and the other two elements in concert and both models optimize across all ball speeds well. Golfers of all ball speeds looking for a mid-launch angle ball flight off the driver, mid iron and wedge should benefit from the ball and those seeking a slightly softer feeling ball without losing spin on full shots will see those performance features consistently in this ball. The differences between the 2011 and 2013 versions of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x are slight. The Pro V1 appears to perform better for the low to mid ball speed player while the Pro V1x better for the higher ball speed player.

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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