Titleist 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf Balls Review

By Kellie Noszka

Titleist 2021 Pro V1 golf ball

The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball is held in high regard among professional golfers year after year. So how do you enhance a ball that is already checking all the boxes? The 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls have been improved at every layer, resulting in more distance and better feel.

New Dimple Design

One of the first differences you may notice in the new Pro V1 balls is the updated dimple pattern, the first entirely new dimple patterns since 2011. Titleist’s Research and Development team works for years on finding the ideal dimple pattern for the best flight of the golf ball. In fact, 90 iterations (60 on the Pro V1 and 30 on the Pro V1x) were tested on the new balls before the winning spherically-tiled tetrahedral patterns were chosen.

Dimple pattern of the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls

The Pro V1 now has a 388-dimple layout (up from 352 on the previous Pro V1) and the Pro V1x has a 348-dimple pattern (up from 328). The dimple layouts allow the Pro V1 to maintain a penetrating trajectory and the Pro V1x to fly higher than the previous version of the ball.

Is the New Pro V1 Easy to Control?

Both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls have a softer cast urethane elastomer cover that produces more greenside spin. The result is better control in your short game.

Changes to the Core

As was the case with the prior generation, the Pro V1 has three layers while the Pro V1x is composed of four layers, thanks to a dual core. The reformulated 2.0 ZG process cores provide more distance but still allow for a soft feel that most golfers prefer.

New High-Flex Casing Layer

One complaint from even low handicap and professional golfers is too much spin on longer shots, a distance killer. The improved highly-resilient, high-speed ionomer casing layer cuts down on long-shot spin giving you more yards off the tee and with your long irons.

How are the New Pro V1 and Pro V1x Balls Different?

The Pro V1 golf ball is designed for most golfers and is our pick as the best golf ball for low handicap golfers. It has a pleasing, soft feel and a penetrating trajectory. The long-game spin is very low for increased distance.

The Pro V1x golf ball has a high trajectory and more spin than the Pro V1.

Comparison Chart: Pro V1 vs. Pro V1x

Ball Pro V1 Pro V1x
Feel Soft Firm
Layers 3 4
Dimples 388 348
Flight Penetrating/Mid High
Long Game Spin Mid Low
Short Game Spin High High

What Golfers Use the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Balls?

Professional golfers, in general, prefer the Pro V1x ball over the Pro V1, likely because of its faster, higher flight.

Justin Thomas was using the new Pro V1x when he won the 2021 Player’s Championship at TPC Sawgrass in mid-March. Other Tour golfers who use the latest version of the golf ball include:

  • Patrick Cantlay (Pro V1x)
  • Tyrrell Hatton (Pro V1x)Scottie Scheffler (Pro V1)
  • Cameron Smith (Pro V1x)
  • Tony Finau (Pro V1)
  • Sung-Jae-Im (Pro V1x)
  • Jessica Korda (Pro V1)
  • Adam Scott (Pro V1x)
  • Danielle Kang (Pro V1x)
Titleist Pro V1x golf ball

Who Should Play the New Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf Balls?

The Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls have a great feel so they can be played by golfers at any level. High handicappers might want to choose a more affordable ball. At $50 per dozen – over $4 per ball – it stings a little more when you skull a ball into the water or shank a tee shot into the woods.

Watch the Process of Pro V1 Production

Want to see how the Pro V1 is made? Titleist is offering a virtual tour of the manufacturing process of the Pro V1 for golfers who are curious about the science behind the elite ball.

About the Author

Kellie Noszka is a freelance writer and former sports reporter for the Cincinnati Post. She was a golf caddie for 10 years and earned an Evans Scholarship to The Ohio State University. Kellie developed a deep appreciation for the game of golf at an early age.