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Will the #1 Player in the World play the #1 Ball in Golf?

September 24, 2015 – As the world’s greatest golfers of 2015 take the stage at the Fedex Cup finale this weekend, their caps and bags will broadcast out the increasing adoption of alternative golf balls played on the PGA Tour. The team at GBT Technologies and GolfBallTest.org have confirmed that of the Top 15 players in the world (as ranked by the World Golf Ranking), six play the Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball; four play the TaylorMade Tour Preferred X golf ball; one plays a Srixon golf ball, one a Callaway golf ball, one a Nike golf ball and one a Bridgestone golf ball. Titleist, the self-acclaimed #1 ball in golf has the clear lead in this elite group of golfers, but there are also 8 of 15 (53%) who are winning with something other than a Pro V1 or Pro V1x.

Here is the list of the World Golf Top 15 ranked players, along with their FedEx Cup point standing, and the ball they are currently playing:

World GolfFedEx CupGolferGolf Ball
11Jason DayTaylorMade Tour Preferred X
211Rory McIlroyNike RZN Black
32Jordan SpiethTitleist Pro V1x
45Bubba WatsonTitleist Pro V1x
53Rickie FowlerTitleist Pro V1x
64Henrik StensonTitleist Pro V1x
716Jim FurykCallway SR-3
812Justin RoseTaylorMade Tour Preferred X
97Dustin JohnsonTaylorMade Tour Preferred X
1053Sergio GarciaTaylorMade Tour Preferred X
116Zach JohnsonTitleist Pro v1x
12106Adam ScottTitleist Pro V1
1329Louis OosthuizenTitleist Pro V1x
1415Hideki MatsuyamaSrixon Z-Star XV
1521Matt KucharBridgestone Tour B330-S

And what are some other notable and fan-favorite golfers playing? Well, Tiger Woods most recently has been playing a 2014 Nike RNZ Black golf ball, Phil Michelson a Callaway Chrome Soft Prototype golf ball, Brandt Snedeker a Bridgestone Tour B-330 golf ball, Martin Kaymer a TaylorMade Tour Preferred X golf ball, and Charley Hoffman a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

September 22nd, 2015

2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x

April 12, 2015 – GolfBallSelector.com completed testing on the new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x and provides this review in our series of 2015 golf ball reviews.

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The Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf ball are part of Titleist’s 2015 lineup and replace the 2013 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.

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™, GolfBallSelector.com


Here is a breakdown of differences in choosing between the two according to Titleist*:

Pro V1

Softer feel, slightly more long game spin and a more penetrating trajectory for a shallower angle of descent for more roll than Pro V1x.

Pro V1x

Slightly firmer feel and lower long game spin and launches higher with a steeper angle of descent than Pro V1.

*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.

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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 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.

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 2015 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 2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x:

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Comparison of the 2015 Titleist Pro V1 to other leading models:

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Comparison of the 2015 Titleist Pro V1x to other leading models:

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Summary Comparison between new 2015 and previous 2013 models:

• Off the tee with the driver, the 2015 models spin less than the 2013 models across all speeds –noticeable at the highest ball speeds.
• On approach shots with sand wedge and 6-iron, the 2015 models spin more than the 2013 models at the lower ball speeds with slightly higher launch angles
• Around the green, the 2015 models are similar to the 2013 models in terms of cover hardness.

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 2015 Pro V1 and Pro V1x scored in the 90th (highest) percentile of our ball universe. The Pro V1 measuring at 1.6125 ounces and 1.6120 in the case of the Pro V1x. The 2013 models measured at 1.6105 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)

Player Comments

“The Pro V1x feels slightly firmer than the Callaway Chrome Soft and comparable to the TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X especially off the putter and sand wedge”. “When comparing the Pro V1 to the Nike RZN Black, I seem to get feel more control around the greens with my wedge shots. I found the both the 2015 Pro V1 and Pro V1x rolled off my putter (a Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5) about the same – and did not see a noticeable difference.”

A high ball speed player indicated: “Comparing the Callaway Chrome Soft with the Pro V1x I found the Pro V1x to launch slightly lower and carry better into the wind.” The Srixon Z-Star spins less than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x in every way”. “I noticed very little difference in this year’s Pro V1x model versus the 2013 model in all facets of my game.”

Summary

Golfers looking for a “tour ball” should consider this year’s 2015 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 2013 and 2015 versions of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x are slight. The Pro V1 again appears to perform better for the low to mid ball speed player while the Pro V1x better for the higher ball speed player. Based upon our testing of the 2013 version of the Pro V1x, we found it to be a better ball for the high ball speed player verse the 2015 Pro V1x model and would represent value given its current pricing.

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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Heralded by Golf Magazine as one of the best innovations in golf, GolfBallSelector.com is the independent resource for information and assistance in selecting the right golf ball for individual players. Through this online golf ball fitting system, golfers set their own game objectives and goals as well as their individual preferences for distance, control and feel attributes in a golf ball to derive individualized rankings of recommended balls, from a database of 40 leading golf balls. Annual Memberships are available for $39.95 and 30-Day Memberships are available for $24.95. Also available is the innovative Sample Test Pack offering 2 golf balls each of your Top-5 golf ball recommendations.

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April 12th, 2015

Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill

March 23, 2015 – The GolfBallSelector.com Leaderboard tracks the winning golf ball on the PGA Tour each week by brand and model.

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This week’s Tour Winner is the Callaway SR-3 golf ball played by Matt Every, who won the 2015 Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida.

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March 25th, 2015

2014 Compression and Cover Hardness Ratings

July 9, 2014 – GolfBallTest.org has updated its popular Golf Ball Compression and Cover Hardness Ratings chart adding seventeen (17) new 2014 golf balls to the listing.

Bridgestone Tour B330
Bridgestone Tour B330-S
Bridgestone Tour B330-RX
Bridgestone Tour B330-RXS
Callaway HEX Chrome+
Callaway Speed Regime 1
Callaway Speed Regime 2
Callaway Speed Regime 3
Nike RZN Black
Nike RZN Platinum
Nike RZN Red
Nike RZN White
Srixon Q-Star Pure White
TaylorMade Project (a)
TaylorMade Tour Preferred
TaylorMade Tour Preferred X
Volvik White Color S-3

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GolfBallSelector.com 2014 GBS v11.14 Update

July 7, 2014 – GolfBallSelector.com, the #1 Ball Selector in Golf, has recently added seventeen (17) new golf balls to its ball fitting application. The 2014 Update (GBS v11.14) features the following golf balls – each subjected to our rigorous and systematic test and rating process:


Bridgestone Tour B330
Bridgestone Tour B330-S
Bridgestone Tour B330-RX
Bridgestone Tour B330-RXS
Callaway HEX Chrome+
Callaway Speed Regime 1
Callaway Speed Regime 2
Callaway Speed Regime 3
Nike RZN Black
Nike RZN Platinum
Nike RZN Red
Nike RZN White
Srixon Q-Star Pure White
TaylorMade Project (a)
TaylorMade Tour Preferred
TaylorMade Tour Preferred X
Volvik White Color S-3

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GolfBallSelector.com is a member-supported / advertisement-free service. We conduct independent and rigorous testing of golf balls and are brand-agnostic when it comes to recommendations for each specific member.

In choosing the right golf ball, we believe that golfers should look for a ball that is right for their unique game – and consider trading off objectives such as driver distance, sand wedge spin and feel on and around the green. Golf balls will perform differently for different types of golfers given the golfer’s swing type and their own unique mix of ball speed launch angle and ability to spin and control the golf ball. Learn more at GolfBallSelector.com, the #1 Ball Selector in Golf.

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U.S. Open Championship

Jun 18, 2014 – The GolfBallSelector.com Leaderboard tracks the winning golf ball on the PGA Tour each week by brand and model.

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This week’s Tour Winner is the TaylorMade Lethal golf ball played by Martin Kaymer, who won the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Kaymer won his second major by 8 shots shooting 65-65-72-69.

Next Event: Travelers Championship, June 19-22, 2014

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Add comment June 18th, 2014

FedEx St. Jude Classic

Jun 2, 2014 – The GolfBallSelector.com Leaderboard tracks the winning golf ball on the PGA Tour each week by brand and model.

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This week’s Tour Winner is the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball played by Ben Crane, who won the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. Crane shot 10 under par for the tournament to secure his fifth career PGA Tour title.

Next Event: U.S. Open Championship, June 12-15, 2014

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Memorial Tournament

Jun 2, 2014 – The GolfBallSelector.com Leaderboard tracks the winning golf ball on the PGA Tour each week by brand and model.

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This week’s Tour Winner is the Srixon Z-Star XV golf ball played by Hideki Matsuyama, who won the 2014 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Matsuyama’s par on the first playoff hole clinched his first career PGA Tour title.

Next Event: FedEx St. Jude Classic, Jun 5-8, 2014

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Wells Fargo Championship

May 4, 2014 – The GolfBallSelector.com Leaderboard tracks the winning golf ball on the PGA Tour each week by brand and model.

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This week’s Tour Winner is the Srixon Z-Star golf ball played by J.B. Holmes, who won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Holmes shot a final round 71 to hold on and win his third career PGA Tour title.

Next Event: The PLAYERS Championship, May 8-11, 2014

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GBT Technologies Annouces Crowdfunding Campaign

May 2, 2014 – GBT Technologies, LLC, developer of GolfBallSelector.com and GolfBallTest.org, recently announced their new crowdfunding campaign on the popular Indiegogo platform. The purpose of the campaign is to raise funding for a new consumer-centric platform for choosing the right golf ball: GolfBallAdvisor.com. We will apply and combine funds to acquire and set up a new robotic testing facility, build out the premier golf ball performance rating system – and to independently certify golf balls based on different types of performance, such as distance, control/spin, feel and value-for-money.

You can help make this happen by contributing to the campaign below. A variety of funding options and perks are available to choose from to support the campaign. We appreciate your interest and continued support.

April 24th, 2014

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