Often times, it takes a world-class performance to de-throne the reigning No. 1. When it comes to golf balls, that’s exactly what’s going to need to happen if any company wants to top Titleist and their Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.
Obviously, when I got the chance to review the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, I had high expectations — after all, you can’t just say you’re the “No. 1 ball in golf” without backing it up.
I recently had the opportunity to review both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x — and I’ve got to say, I was thoroughly impressed.
If you’ve ever player a pure distance ball, then you know why they’re often referred to as “rocks” — because that’s exactly the sensation you get when you hit it. Heck, it even sounds like a rock. Loud, obnoxious, tin-sounding — none of those are sounds associated with the Pro V1 or Pro V1x .
Instead, you get the unmistakeable sound of a flushly-struck golf shot. The sensation is unlike any other. When you hit a distance ball, you know you’re hitting a distance ball. Conversely, with the Pro V1 and Pro V1x, you know you’re hitting a tour-caliber golf ball.
The Pro V1x is supposed to be a bit longer and launch a little higher than the Pro V1, so if you’re a player who wants the soft feel and performance of a tour ball but still need a little help with distance off the tee, you’ll want lean towards the Pro V1x.
On the putting green, there’s nothing like these golf ball. No golf ball feels the way a Pro V1 or Pro V1x does. In my test, I found the Pro V1 to be a little softer, but if you prefer the Pro V1x for that little added distance, you’re not really going to be sacrificing anything on the green. Both balls roll smooth and true on every well-struck putt.
From a looks standpoint, Titlist is by far the most appealing. I don’t know if it’s the iconic script scrawled across the ball or slightly more dull or off white coloring of the ball compared to the blaring white color of other golf balls, the Pro V1 and Pro V1x are the epitome of class and the quintessential vision of what a golf ball looks like.
No golf ball on the market feels as good as a Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x. You can feel the softness in your hand, and when you hit the ball, there’s nothing more satisfying than a well-struck shot with a Pro V1 or Pro V1x. When you catch the ball in the sweet-spot — doesn’t matter if you’re hitting a putt or smashing a drive — there’s this unmistakable give at impact. There’s no wasted energy in the transfer: You know you’re hitting a Pro V1 or Pro V1x.
If there’s one glaring fault to the Pro V1 and the Pro V1x, it’s the less-than-cheap sticker price for a dozen. At $47.99, you don’t want to be losing or discarding too many of these golf balls.
While the price is, honestly, entirely worth every penny if you really care about getting better at golf, there were issues with the durability of the ball. Users noted that both balls, as a side-effect of their incredibly soft feel, scratched easy and picked up more unwanted wear than other balls.
Last year, however, Titleist improved upon on the Urethane Elastomer cover on both the Pro V1 and the Pro V1x, but also to the exterior paint. The result was a ball that lasted longer for both pros and amateurs.
While the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x aren’t for all golfers, they are for anyone with any modicum of golfing talent. If you’re game is improving and you’re not hitting slices or hooks off the tee, than consider graduating to Pro V1 or Pro V1x — they will do everything they promise to and more.
Once again, the folks at Titleist have provided golfers a reliable, consistent golf ball that will perform exactly the way it’s supposed to every time it’s struck. In the last two years, they’ve done the almost-unimaginable, improving upon the their legendary line of balls.
The company’s slogan says they are, “the No. 1 ball in golf,” and that’s certainly the truth from a performance standpoint. Having been one of those unfortunate souls who spent months, dabbling with other tour balls, the best — by far — is Titleist.
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