The new Pro V1 and Pro V1x offer the greatest combination of speed, spin and feel in the game. But it's important to know that Pro V1 and Pro V1x are significantly different. They're purposely designed that way to allow different types of golfers to all play their best. So, how do you choose? How do you know if you're a V player or an X player?
To find out, we reached out to the Titleist Golf Ball Fitting team and asked about their recommendations to golfers. What types of players are going to excel with Pro V1? And who will play better when they choose Pro V1x?
Here are some observations that our fitting experts shared from the field...
Pro V1 Players
Players who fit into Pro V1 benefit from its mid-flight, penetrating trajectory, Drop-and-Stop performance into the green, soft feel and the combination of carry and roll that it provides off the tee. Pro V1 suits a wide array of playing styles and course conditions, but it may be the right choice for you if...
- You tend to hit the ball higher than you would like.
- You spin the ball more than you would like and hit shots that float instead of pierce through the air.
- You have difficulty playing in windy conditions.
- You don't get as much roll-out as you would like with your tee shots.
- You prefer a golf ball that feels soft.
Pro V1x Players
Players who fit into Pro V1x prefer its firm feel (relative to Pro V1) and benefit from its higher flight, higher spin rate, steeper descent angle into the green and the combination of longer carry distance and shorter roll that it typically provides off the tee. Pro V1x will also fit a wide array of playing styles and course conditions, but it may be the right choice for you if...
- You tend to hit the ball lower than you would like.
- Your iron approach shots tend to release out more than you desire.
- You typically play on courses with many forced carries.
- You typically play on courses with soft conditions, where the ball doesn't roll out much.
- You prefer a firmer feeling golf ball.
A closer look at the feedback from our fitting experts shows that golfers are unique. We have very different needs and preferences. And we need different golf balls. The golf ball is not a one-size-fits-all proposition and that's why we developed two models – Pro V1 and Pro V1x.
Mike Rich is Titleist's Director of Golf Ball Fitting & Education, and as he explained, "Pro V1 and Pro V1x differ with regards to three key criteria – flight, spin, and feel. These are the key performance aspects that you should consider when determining the best ball for your game. When you select the model with the right flight, spin, and feel, you'll see gains in control, distance, and accuracy. You'll hit more consistent shots that finish closer to your targets. You will increase your chances to play your best and shoot your lowest scores.”
Before you stock up on V or X this season, check out the following comparison guide and learn a little more from Mike about the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.
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"Pro V1 is our flagship product and sits as the centerpiece of our premium performance line," Mike Rich said. "The new 2023 Pro V1 provides optimal flight for the majority of golfers we fit. Pro V1x will fly higher and achieve peak height farther downrange. This results in greater carry distance, a steeper angle of descent and less roll than Pro V1."
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"Both the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x feature new high gradient core technology," Mike said. "This advancement lowers the spin rate of both models, particularly with the driver and on your long game shots. For both models, this results in greater distance.
That change, however, has not affected the relative spin relationship between V and X. Both models continue to offer high spin for outstanding control in the short game, with Pro V1x spinning just slightly more, on average. As you progress to full iron shots and the long game, the gap widens a bit and the higher spin rate of Pro V1x is more noticeable."
"Pro V1 features soft, responsive feel that is now legendary in the game," Mike told us. "Both Pro V1 and Pro V1x utilize our proprietary cast urethane cover material, but we designed Pro V1x to provide a slightly firmer feel than Pro V1, which many players prefer. While feel doesn't affect performance, many players prioritize feel and it can often serve as a tie-breaker in choosing which ball to play."
To find the right ball for your game, your best bet is to attend a Titleist golf ball fitting event and get fit by one our golf ball fitting experts. If you can't attend a fitting event, your next-best option is to visit our Golf Ball Fitting & Education Resources, where you can schedule a live, one-on-one virtual golf ball consultation with a member of the Titleist Golf Ball Fitting team and access the Titleist Golf Ball Selector Tool.
Click here to order New 2023 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.