2016 Costco Kirkland Signature

October 27, 2016 – GolfBallSelector.com completed testing on the new Costco Kirkland Signature golf ball and provides this review in our series of 2016 golf ball reviews.

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The Kirkland Signature golf ball is Costco Wholesale’s initial entry into the golf ball market.

The Kirkland Signature features a 4-piece golf ball construction with a 360 dimple design and urethane cover.

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™, GolfBallSelector.com


Here is a breakdown of the Kirkland Signature golf ball according to Costco Wholesale*:

The Kirkland Signature is a four-piece, tour quality ball encased in a urethane cover, providing a very soft feel, so you won’t have to trade distance for “feel” anymore. The quality construction provides a controlled iron spin, consistent ball flight, excellent green-side control and lasting durability. The Kirkland Signature’s speed boosting outer core is engineered to maximize the impact energy transfer for all high and low swing players.

*Source: costco.com

The Kirkland Signature carry a retail price of $29.99 per 2 dozen pack.

The Kirkland Signature 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 Kirkland Signature were subjected to bench testing for compression and cover hardness, and to player testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge. Additionally, we performed a weight analysis and durability inspection.

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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 on the Kirkland Signature golf ball. Overall, the 2016 Kirkland Signature exhibit mid-range launch and relative spins in excellent performance ranges off all clubs tested (driver, 6-iron, and 56 degree wedge).

Relative Distance Comparison of the 2016 Kirkland Signature to the Titleist Pro V1, Titleist Pro V1x, TaylorMade Tour Preferred X, Bridgestone Tour B330, and Callaway Chrome Soft:

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We found that the Kirkland Signature lines up very well (in terms of driver distance) with the benchmark class of “Tour” caliber balls selected at the higher and medium ball speeds (i.e. the Kirkland Signature is a Top 3 finisher) and especially comparable to the Bridgestone Tour B330, Titleist Pro V1; and also to the Callaway Chrome Soft.

We also conducted head-to-head testing with a very high speed, super consistent (pro caliber player) – where the data suggests to us that the Kirkland Signature is at par with the performance of the very best golf balls played in the market by better players; and is also clearly comparable to the 2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x for the average/medium speed driver; and in the same performance pack for tour balls as tested for average/lower speed drivers.

Relative Spin Comparison of the 2016 Kirkland Signature to the Titleist Pro V1, Titleist Pro V1x, TaylorMade Tour Preferred X, Bridgestone Tour B330, and Callaway Chrome Soft:

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We found that the Kirkland Signature exhibited some of the highest spin rates (greater than 10,000 rpm) off the wedge – which is a key performance attribute good, better and best players seek. The spin rates off the 6-iron are consistent with very good “Tour” caliber ball performance and the lower spin rates off the driver are also very good in improving flight conditions to maximize distance.

Bench Testing

Our bench testing indicates that the 2016 Kirkland Signature has an overall compression reading of 96.8 points, which is near identical to the overall compression reading of the 2015 Titleist Pro V1. Additional bench testing measuring cover hardness revealed that the Kirkland Signature exhibited similar cover hardness to the 2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x.

Bench Test Comparison of the 2016 Kirkland Signature to the Titleist Pro V1, Titleist Pro V1x, TaylorMade Tour Preferred X, Bridgestone Tour B330, and Callaway Chrome Soft:

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—> MORE 2016 COMPRESSION AND COVER HARDNESS RATINGS

Weight Analysis

We measured overall ball weight in our analysis. Using the Ohaus model SP-401 scale we measured ball weights of all golf ball models in our current data base. The Kirkland Signature was measured and found to have consistent weights with very low variation, and all within the USGA specified maximum of 1.62 ounces. The average weight of the sample set weighed was 1.6154 ounces.

(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

“… ball plays well – other than the brand name, was like my Titleist Pro V1” – 4 Handicap Golfer

“Did not find anything bad about the ball while putting it – sound off the putter was fine” – Professional Golfer

“Ball checked up on wedge shots like my TaylorMade Tour Preferred X. Great soft feel and consistent roll off the putter… very Pro V1 like”. – 5 Handicap Golfer

“Distance off driver and irons comparable to current Titleist Pro V1x” – 7 Handicap Golfer

Summary

Golfers looking for a “tour ball” should strongly consider the 2016 Kirkland Signature golf ball as they perform consistently across all ball speeds in delivering distance and spin performance comparable to other leading golf balls. Distance is a function of ball speed and the other two elements in concert and both models optimize across all ball speeds well. Add to this the value element in getting 2 dozen golf balls for $29.99 and this golf ball should appeal to golfers of all types looking for a softer performance-focused golf ball.

In choosing the right golf ball, GolfBallSelector.com believes that golfers interested in the Kirkland Signature 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.

—> 2015 Titelst Pro V1 & Pro V1x Review
—> 2016 TaylorMade Tour Preferred & Tour Preferred X Review

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Bench Test – 2016 Kirkland Signature

October 8, 2016 – GolfBallSelector.com completed bench testing on the new Kirkland Signature golf ball and provides this review in our series of 2016 golf ball reviews.

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The Kirkland Signature golf ball is Costco Wholesale’s initial entry into the golf ball market and features a 4-piece golf ball construction with a 360 dimple design and urethane cover. The Kirkland Signature carry a retail price of $29.99 per 2 dozen pack.

The Kirkland Signature will be included in the next release of GolfBallSelector.com.

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™ at GolfBallSelector.com

Notable Observations

Our bench testing indicates that the 2016 Kirkland Signature has an overall compression reading of 96.8 points, which is near identical to the overall compression reading of the 2015 Titleist Pro V1. Additional bench testing measuring cover hardness revealed that the Kirkland Signature exhibited similar cover hardness to the 2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x.

Bench Test Comparison of the 2016 Kirkland Signature to the Titleist Pro V1, Titleist Pro V1x, TaylorMade Tour Preferred X, Bridgestone Tour B330, Callaway Chrome Soft, Srixon Z-Star XV, and Nike RZN Platinum:

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2016 TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X

April 9, 2016 – GolfBallSelector.com completed testing on the new TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X and provides this review in our series of 2016 golf ball reviews.

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The TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X golf ball are part of TaylorMade’s 2016 lineup and replace the 2014 models.

The Tour Preferred features a 4-piece golf ball construction while the Tour Preferred X features a 5-piece golf ball construction. Both feature a 322 dimple design and urethane cover.

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Source: Digital Ball Catalog™, GolfBallSelector.com


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

Tour Preferred

Provides players the combination distance and feel they need from tee to green. Off the tee, it gives players exceptional distance with a slightly higher ball flight than that of the Tour Preferred X. The softer feel offers tour level greenside spin along with controlled flight with wedges.

Tour Preferred X

Provides exceptional distance with the driver and long irons by utilizing low spin and a more penetrating ball flight. Controlled flight in short irons and wedges gives the better player the combination of distance they’re looking for off the tee with the control around the green they need.

*Source: taylormadegolf.com

The Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X carry a retail price of $47.99 per dozen.

The TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X 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 TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X were subjected to bench testing for compression and cover hardness, and to player and robot testing using the driver, 6-iron and sand wedge. Additionally, we performed a weight analysis and ball color inspection.

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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 on the TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X golf ball. Overall, the 2016 Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X 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 2016 TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X:

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Summary Comparison between new 2016 and previous models:

  • Off the tee with the driver, the 2016 models spin less than the 2014 models across all speeds –noticeable at the highest ball speeds.
  • On approach shots with sand wedge and 6-iron, the 2016 models spin more than the 2014 models at the lower ball speeds with slightly higher launch angles.
  • Around the green, the 2016 models have a slightly softer feel than the 2014 models.


  • Bench Testing

    Our bench testing indicates that the 2016 Tour Preferred has an overall compression reading of 90 points, which is approximately 10% less than the overall compression reading of the 2014 Tour Preferred. The 2016 Tour Preferred X has an overall compression reading on 104 points which is approximately 6% higher than the 2014 Tour Preferred X golf ball. Additional bench testing measuring cover hardness revealed that the Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X exhibited similar cover hardness to each other and were both slightly softer than the 2014 Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X.

    The increased compression of the 2016 Tour Preferred X will make it feel firmer than the 2016 Tour Preferred in spite of having similar cover hardness. Both 2016 models feel softer that the 2014 models.

    Weight Analysis

    We measured overall ball weight in our analysis. Using the Ohaus model SP-401 scale we measured ball weights of all golf ball models in our current data base. The Tour Preferred measuring at 1.6125 ounces and 1.6095 ounces in the case of the Tour Preferred X. The 2014 models measured at 1.6130 ounces for the Tour Preferred and the Tour Preferred X at 1.6115 ounces, making the Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X among the lightest golf balls we have tested.

    (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 Tour Preferred feels slightly softer than the Nike RZN Tour Platinium and comparable to the Bridgestone Tour B330 and Tour B330-S especially off the putter and sand wedge”.

    “When comparing the Tour Preferred to the Titleist Pro V1, I seem to get less feel and slightly less control around the greens with my wedge shots.”

    “I found the both the 2016 Taylormade Tour Preferred and Bridgestone Tour B330 rolled off my putter (an Odyssey 2-Ball) about the same – and did not see a noticeable difference, but it did feel harder when compared to the Pro V1.”

    “Comparing the Tour Preferred X with the Titleist Pro V1x I found the Pro V1x to launch slightly lower and carry better into the wind.” The Tour Preferred X spins less than the Pro V1x off the driver and off the 6 iron.”

    “On wedge shots, I did not notice any performance difference between the Tour Preferred X and the Pro V1x.”

    “I noticed very little difference in this year’s Tour Preferred X model versus last year’s model in all facets of my game, however when compared to the Pro V1X on the greens I felt slightly more comfortable with the Pro V1x.”

    Summary

    Golfers looking for a “tour ball” should consider this year’s 2016 TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X 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.

    In our opinion, differences between the 2014 and 2016 versions of the Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X are not significantly different and might be hard to detect for most golfers. The Tour Preferred appears to perform better for the low to mid ball speed player while the Tour Preferred X better for the higher ball speed player.

    In choosing the right golf ball, GolfBallSelector.com believes that golfers interested in the TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X 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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    GBT Technologies, LLC (GBT) owns and operates GolfBallTest.org and GolfBallSelector.com. GBT provides unrivaled product performance ratings – and search and decision support tools – that inform, enable, and empower the consumer. We are the Trusted Source for unbiased and fact-based information and performance ratings of golf balls. Learn more at GBT-Tech.com.

    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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    GBT Technologies, LLC (GBT) owns and operates GolfBallTest.org and GolfBallSelector.com. GBT provides unrivaled product performance ratings – and search and decision support tools – that inform, enable, and empower the consumer. We are the Trusted Source for unbiased and fact-based information and performance ratings of golf balls. Learn more at GBT-Tech.com.

    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.

    Titleist Logo

    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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    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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    2013 TaylorMade Lethal

    The TaylorMade Lethal golf ball is part of TaylorMade’s Golf’s 2013 lineup and is intended to replace the TaylorMade Penta TP golf ball in their lineup. The Lethal features a 5-piece construction with 322 dimple pattern and urethane cover.

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    2012 Innovex V-Motion and E-Motion

      The Innovex V-Motion and E-Motion golf balls are part of the Innovex Golf’s 2012 lineup. Innovex Golf, founded in 2004, made industry news in the fall of 2011 with the acquisition of Rife Putters.Both golf balls feature a 3-piece construction. The V-Motion has a 318 dimple design with urethane cover while the E-Motion rolls out a 392 dimple design with suryln cover.

      

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    2011 Srixon Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV

      The Srixon Z-STAR features a 3-piece golf ball construction, 324 dimple large core design while the Z-STAR XV features a 4-piece golf ball construction, 324 dimple 2-layer core design. Both feature a urethane cover and a core designed to become softer toward the center.

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    2011 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x

      The Titleist 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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    Callaway HX Diablo and HX Diablo Tour

      The Callaway HX Diablo features a 2-piece golf ball construction, lower compression design while the HX Diablo Tour features a 3-piece golf ball construction, double-cover design. Both feature an iomomer cover and Callaway’s familiar 332 hex-shaped dimple pattern.

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