Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf Balls Review
It's been over 20 years since the Titlest Pro V1 ball was first introduced to the golf world. The Pro V1 has since become one of the most popular golf balls in the world among professional golfers and amateurs of all abilities.
History of the Pro V1
With the Pro V1 golf ball, Titleist unveiled a new cast urethane elastomer cover system that allowed for low spin with the driver and higher spin in the short game to the green. Previously, golfers were forced to choose between wound balls which allowed for good spin and control and solid core balls that went far but were hard to control.
The ball was an instant hit on the PGA Tour. According to Titleist, 47 golfers at the 2000 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) switched to the Pro V1 the first week it was available, including champion Billy Andrade. The ball has largely been considered one of the top in the world ever since.
Fast Forward to Today's Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf Balls
Titleist releases new Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototypes every two years. Select pros were able to play the newest model this fall, ironically where it all began for the Pro V1 – TPC Summerlin, the host site of the Shriner's Hospitals for Children Open. The new balls have received excellent reviews with golfers indicating they had a slightly higher launch, more spin around the greens and softer feel.
What Has Changed with the Newer Pro V1 and Pro V1x Models?
The 2019 Pro V1 and Pro V1X golf balls still have the patented cast thermoset urethane elastomer cover system, but the cover is now 17 percent thinner. The thinner cover gives golfers the best of both worlds – more speed off the tee and increased spin and control around the green.
The new balls also have a larger casing layer, the part of the ball that covers the core. This larger casing layer adds to the speed, especially off the tee. Both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x have a 2.0 ZG process core (the V1x has a dual core).
How the Pro V1x is Different from the Pro V1?
While the Pro V1x and Pro V1 are both premium golf balls with the same basic properties, there are a few differences.
- The Pro V1 has three layers and produces a lower, more penetrating flight on long shots, resulting in more roll after landing.
- The Pro V1 has a softer feel than the Pro V1x.
- The Pro V1x has a higher trajectory than the Pro V1.
- The Pro V1x has a bit firmer feel than the Pro V1 and spins more on iron shots.
- The Pro V1x has four layers, including a dual core.
Comparison Chart: Pro V1 vs. Pro V1x
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Is the Pro V1 a Good Ball for Beginners?
Since the Pro V1 models offer excellent distance off the tee and good control around the green, they are a great choice for beginning golfers. The basic Pro V1 model, with its lower trajectory and less spin, is a bit easier to control making it better suited for new golfers.
Pros Who Use Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Golf Balls
Titleist is the most popular brand of golf balls among professional golfers. Some of the top-ranked players using the Pro V1 and Pro V1x include:
- Webb Simpson (PGA Tour)
- Viktor Hovland (PGA Tour)
- Tony Finau (PGA Tour)
- Louis Oosthuizen (PGA Tour)
- Paul Casey (PGA Tour)
- Gary Woodland (PGA Tour)
- So Yeon Ryu (LPGA Tour)
- Cristie Kerr (LPGA Tour)
- Justin Thomas (PGA Tour)
- Patrick Cantlay (PGA Tour)
- Tyrrell Hatton (PGA Tour)
- Tommy Fleetwood (PGA Tour)
- Adam Scott (PGA Tour)
- Sung-Jae Im (PGA Tour)
- Jeongeun Lee (LPGA Tour)
- In-Kyung Kim (LPGA Tour)
- Brittany Lang (LPGA Tour)