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Titleist have a great range of balls and their best of these is the prov1x and prov1 family. There is a miss conception about the difference between these balls and there has been a lot of confusion over which type of golfers and swing speeds should use which balls. This is a very nice 4 piece ball, this golf ball is designed for golfers seeking high launch and low spin for long straight distance. The new core for the 2014 ball has utilized the high velocity ZG process dual core technology, which in itself I have found offers a much lower ball flight. This firstly is the main difference between the prov1 and the prov1x, the general rule of thumb is that the x is for people which a higher swing speed, and although many people with a higher swing speed will create more spin and therefore need a lower ball flight, some swings promote that higher flight so try the x and see if it suits you better than the prov1. Cover is the same as the older range of x Urethane Elastomer cover system, titleist say this is improved from the 2013 models but I have to say you cannot feel the difference in the cover, it's still one of the best balls in terms of cover and you notice this in around the green feel and touch. Titleist have stuck with the traditional dimple design Spherically-tiled 328 tetrahedral, they have stuck with this for several ranges now and it is a tried and tested. There are very few things that any ball offers in terms of advantages off tee, from all the ranges titleist offers there are only 4-6 yards difference between the balls however the real difference is in the green and around the green. If you have a swing that creates a lot of spin then the x will give you a lot more touch and consistency. You might find you are spinning it too much on your approaches this ball will allow you to attack the green without worrying about over spinning it off the green. Like titleist says, when people say they aren't good enough for a top class ball, why, your ball is the only thing you use on every shot, why give your self the disadvantage of a lower standard ball. Prov1 and the prov1x are great balls built with a lot of research and development. I would say try both, it's not all about swing speed, you might find your swing fits the x better than the 1. Would recommend to Amy golfer the feel of this ball is second to none.
If 10 years ago somebody had told me that I would be paying around £1.50 for a golf ball, I would have thought you were bonkers. But fast forward and this very erratic 18 handicapper would not play with anything else. Titleist have long prided themselves on producing some of the best equipment in the industry but nothing that they have produced before has revolutionised the golf industry like these balls. First released in 2003 the V1X has become the most used ball on the European and PGA tour boasting to be longer, straighter and more controllable on greens, but what does that mean to us hackers who spend most of time arguing with trees and playing hide and seek in knee high grass looking for that stupid ball. Initially out of the box you wonder what all the fuss was about, they look and feel the same as other balls but once you had teed one up and had your first hit you realise that they are something special. They ping off the clubface making a crisp noise and they propel themselves (hopefully) down the fairway. If caught right these balls will add another 10-15 yards to your distance, but be aware you need to have a fairly high clubhead speed to achieve these gains. But it is around the greens that they come into their own, in the past I have always struggled to stop balls on the green. With these badboys though you will be seeing you ball bouncing twice, checking and then slowly releasing another yard or two. On irons off the tee you might even be treated to your ball spinning back towards you like it's on a string. They are also quite durable, if you manage to keep one for a few rounds (something I very very rarely do) the ball will still look fresh and new with no scuff marks on it. These only downside is obviously the price, they can be found online for £35 for 24 balls, but this can be easily negated by buying X-outs, Used or lake balls. The best thing about these balls though is when you are searching in the rough and you happen across one, its like finding your very own gold nugget. So give them a go, Golf is hard enough at the best of times so any help if greatly appreciated and by Goodness these balls can certainly help.
Intro ------ I cannot believe that i have reviewed a number of golf balls without taking on a review for the Titleist Pro V1. It is quite simply, well renowned to be the best ball on the market and is used by a whole host of the pros. Many reading this will probably not differentiate between a normal ball and a Pro V, declaring that at the end of the day, they must all be the same, but this is far from the truth. The ball you play with, while it won't make a fantastic player bad or vice versa, certainly adds an edge to the game, and if you are unconcerned with price, in my opinion these are the ones that you want to be using. There are a great number of close alternatives, but that Titleist feel and length really gives this ball the edge. The flight ------------ Firstly, i have always opened these reviews by saying how disappointing the ball is that it does not add length to any of your drives. Well, i have found the answer. Hit properly and true, this will probably add about 10 yards onto your drive, compared to a normal quality ball. That can make the difference between getting over a hazard, or making a short iron club approach, so this certainly is something which should not be overlooked. The feel and spin ---------------------- Again, fantastic. You really feel the ball when you strike it, making a beautiful noise, always a sign of a good ball. The increased feel gives you greater confidence particularly when you are around the green and accuracy is of the highest importance. The spin produced by the Pro V is also unrivalled. No other ball will allow you such a degree of change in pitch on the green, in my opinion, so this really is the ball to improve both your short game and your long. Durability ----------- Quite obviously, these are well made. You get the impression that Titleist have spent hours handcrafting each ball; perfecting it in every single way. I can guarantee you that your Pro V1 will last you longer than you can last it. In other words, you will put it in the drink or in some horrific long rough long before it runs out on you! Price ------ The one downside of this ball. It's ridiculously expensive. Every time you lose one you have effectively chucked £3 into the lake. Do this 3 times over a 36 hole competition and you have just added a tenner on to the price of your round. Slightly ridiculous, but a risk worth taking if you are a good player. Summary ------------ Absolutely fantastic golf ball and will improve your game. Make sure you have the bank balance to see it off though!
If you know anything about the game of golf, you will know that the kind of golf ball you play with can make a big difference to your game. It's a strange thing really that such a small piece of equipment can perform so differently from one ball to the next. But the fact is that if you play with a good quality ball you will see your scores start to tumble. Over the years I have played with so many golf balls, some good, some bad. Sometimes I buy balls sometimes I just happen to find them, sometimes I get given them. On this occasion a customer of mine was talking to me about golf, I mentioned I played a bit and he said he had just bought some new balls. He actually let me have one and told me to let him know what I thought of it. That ball was a Titleist Pro V1X ball. The Titleist Pro V1X ball has for quite a few years now been seen as one of the best golf balls available. You see many of the big name pros using these balls and they really are of an exceptional standard. With a soft core which is designed to make them more responsive these ball do exactly what you tell them to do, as long as you know how that is. So how did I fare using the Titleist golf ball? Well I used this ball for two rounds of golf before I hooked it into a pond. I was really impressed with the ball. Although I am not the best golfer in the world, I really do feel this ball helped my game. When you play a poor shot the consequences don't seem to be quite as bad, when you hit the ball just right it does what you want it to. One thing that I will say about this ball is that it is the only ball I have ever managed to spin backwards when landing it on the green. If I'm honest I'm still not 100% sure how I managed to it. But the control this ball gives you around the greens really is second to none. One area of my game that is lacking is length of the tee. This ball also helps with that, it flies long and straight and moves very well through the air. It makes a wonderful crisp ping sound when you hit it with a driver and has a really nice feel to it. One thing that is important when using a ball is how durable it is, although I only played two rounds with this ball, it still looked as good as the day I was given it. This is obviously a good thing as it means you won't have to change your golf balls quite as often. One thing I will say about these ball is that they don't come cheap. When I lost the ball I had a look how much they cost as I was considering buying some, however I quickly changed my mind. You are looking at paying around £3 per ball if you want some of these. That makes these one of the most expensive balls on the market. Admittedly they are also one of the best balls, but if you are just a regular player who loses a few ball on every round, then these are really going to sting your pockets. However, if you are a top class player and take the game very seriously then there is no reason for you not to buy these balls, they really are top class!
My go to ball when I feel like playing a premium ball and playing good. I can essentially zip this sucker back on all kinds of shots be it with a wedge or an iron. This ball feels beautiful off the the driver and woods no clicky feeling that I hate. On the irons it feels great as well. Now on the putter is where this ball really excels in terms of feel. It just feels as soft as anything and makes you feel like you are not even hitting the ball. The only drawback to this ball may be the insane price that you must pay to play this great ball. Another harsh thing about this ball is it is really not all that durable. The enhancements that Titleist continually bring out with every production of their ball is fantastic. So if you can afford this one of a kind ball I would really suggest you go out and gain the instant gratification you can find in it. If not there are always other great balls to play.
well where can i start with this! this is one of titleist's best products they are very good golf balls they have the soft feel but the long distance which is a match made in heaven to any serious golfer. i currently play off an 11 handicap and these balls really do make a difference! when i hit wedges into a green it feels like one of the softest balls around, the same with putting. then when i have the driver or the wood at hand it feels like a firm distance ball although it is a little pricey it is definitly worth it it has made a difference to my game and it could do to yours. i also like the lines coming off the pro-v1x logo i find it is very useful to line putts up now and now many companys are following titleists example of this. i really like these balls because they last longer than the softer pro-v1 making it better value for money. strongly recommended to anyone interested.
The ProV1 ball has been the most popular ball in sales and tour usage almost since its launch. The ball is undoubtedly a premium ball, and performs how you would expect. Titleist is the first name anyone thinks of when considering golf balls, despite the options available, from brands such as Srixon, Bridgestone, Nike and Callaway amongst others. With Pro V1 balls selling for around £35/dozen, they are priced near the top of the market, with possibly just Callaway balls selling for more. Recently Titleist have encountered some legal trouble regarding the Pro V1 with patent violations and lawsuits from Callaway and Bridgestone. As far as I know the Callaway one is ongoing, and the Bridgestone was settled out of court. I personally use the Pro V1X, as I get a very good deal on them, however if I was paying retail prices, I would probably use either the Bridgestone B330 Tour, or the Srixon Z-URC. Overall the Titleist is a consistent ball, and is a solid performer and is re;atively durable, compared to Nike, for example, which shreds too easily. The Pro V1 is the standard ball, with the Pro V1X designed for higher spin players, however I would suggest trying both and choosing your favourite, as touch and feel is such an important factor in ball choice.
Everyone knows that this is the ball that is used by a majority of players on Tour both Europe and The US. Infact this is the ball used by most players accross the world. The ball is designed for players of all levels and all standard. The ball is covered in a soft Urethane Elastomers which gives greater feel for the player and has greater shock absorbing capacity. It is extreamly long off the tee which is fast becoming one of the most improtant things in golf in the new age. It is done by having a new 332 dimple design of differnt sizes to minimize drag through the air and create the optimon spin levels. With softer core materials used whilst still keeping its 'weight' it reduces the spin levels off the face of a driver. As for the Price it is one of the most expensive balls on the market retailing aroung £40 per coz, although you can find them for less. This is downfall of the Pro V1 but the performance levels are significanly better than onther ball, appart from the Bridgestome B330's (as they are exactly the same ball just with a differnt name) My advice would be, If you have the money to spare go for these balls as the all over perfomance is outstanding.
For years now, the Titleist 'Pro V1' has been the worlds most sought after golf ball. Used by the majority of pro's due to it's great spin rate and soft feel, the product is expensive to buy. A lot of amateurs avoid using the Pro V1, as a pack of twelve can cost over £30. It's depressing seeing one of these little beauties sailing into a lake, when it's your finances as well as your pride which is at stake! These days, the Pro V1 has a little brother - the 'Pro V1X', a similar ball which has been customised to suit different swing types. The characteristics of the Pro V1X means that the ball will travel further, and spin less on the greens. Golfers with high swing speeds will be especially suited to this ball. Apparently the secret of this products success is in the "high-compression dual core in a speed-enhancing and spin-controlling ionomer casing and a soft, thin Urethane Elastomer cover. It has 332 dimples (60 fewer than the Pro V1), designed to aid a more penetrating ball flight". I played a couple of rounds with a Pro V1X, and until I lost it I was fairly impressed. I did notice a distance increase from the standard Pro V1, but it wasn't a huge difference. The ball still grips the greens nicely, and the spin rate hasn't dramatically been decreased. All in all, it's a very nice golfball. However, I won't be using these in future as I can't really afford them. A dozen will cost £32.99 - which is a bit much when I will probably lose the majority of them in 5 or 6 rounds time. Apart from the price, highly recommended.
~ ~ It’s appropriate that I should be writing about the new golf ball from Titleist, the Pro V1x, as I sit watching the last nine holes of the 2003 U.S. Master’s Championship at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. As I type, past Master’s champion Vijay Singh has just launched yet another absolutely enormous drive of well over 330 yards down the 10th fairway, leaving him a relatively simple pitch shot to a par 4 that measures all of 490 yards, and which ordinary mortals could only dream of reaching in two shots. (Singh has just birdied the 10th hole, by the way) I mention Singh, as he is one of more than 50% of touring professionals who are now using the Pro V1x in preference to any other type of golf ball. ~ ~ The Titleist Pro V1x is the successor to the Titleist Pro V1, which Titleist launched back in 1996. Before the mid-1990’s, the golf ball of choice of the vast majority of professional and top amateur golfers was a ball manufactured from soft balata rubber. This was because the softer balata ball with its wound rubber core allowed the top players to impart more spin, and thus to land it more softly on the putting surface. But this extra feel and control came at a price. The softer ball, because of its design, didn’t travel so far as a solid two-piece ball. All this changed in 1996, when Spalding manufactured the “Strata” golf ball. The Strata was the first two-piece solid construction golf ball (no wound rubber band interior) that gave players extra distance with their long shots, (particularly the driver) while at the same time imparting almost as much spin as a balata ball for the more delicate shorter shots around the green. Other manufacturers soon followed suit, with companies such as Nike, (Tiger Wood’s ball) Maxfli, Precept, Callaway, Maxfli, and, of course, Titleist, all coming out with two-piece construction balls similar to the original Strata. But despite the extra distance gained by using the new two-piece balls, many of the top players still continued to use the softer balata balls, as the extra distance they gained was insufficient to entice them over to the two-piece balls. ~ ~ But this has now changed since Titleist launched the new Pro V1x. So why exactly is it that so many of the top players are now changing to this new ball from Titleist? The answer to that question is very simple and straightforward. The Pro V1x simply goes miles further than any other ball currently being produced. In recent tournaments Ernie Els, the South African professional and current holder of the British Open title has routinely been hitting drives well in excess of 330 yards in length. He even had a drive measured at 405 yards at a tournament on the U.S. Tour! So why does the Pro V1x travel so much further than any other golf ball? The ProV1x is a four-piece ball, with a high compression dual core, that is manufactured in order to give top players extra yardage on every shot they hit. But the true answer to the extra distance it achieves would appear to be in a new dimple pattern. The dimples are the small indentations on the exterior surface of the ball, that dictate the amount of spin that will be imparted when it is struck by the golf club, and also the flight pattern of the ball through the air. The Pro V1x has 332 dimples (fewer than most other balls) in seven different patterns. Put simply, what this means is that the Pro V1x leaves the club head at a greater velocity and with far less spin than other balls. Therefore it travels further in the air when hit with the same club head velocity. ~ ~ But before all you golfers out there go rushing off to your nearest golf shop, it has to be said that the Pro V1x is not a golf ball that can be used successfully by the vast majority of ordinary golfers. It was designed very much with the top players in mind, and in order to get the massi ve extra distance it delivers, you have to be able to hit the golf ball FAR harder than is within the prowess of the mid to high handicap golfer. I tried it out recently during a round at my home club, and changed back to my usual Maxfli Revolution ball after only six holes. The truth, much as I hate to admit it, is that my ageing 51-year-old body is simply incapable of generating sufficient club head speed to achieve good results using the Pro V1x ball. In fact, if anything, I was actually hitting the Pro V1x a shorter distance than my normal Maxfli Revolution ball. So beware, and don’t go spending your hard-earned spondoolicks (money) on this new ball unless you are a low handicap golfer who swings the golf club like an express train. ~ ~ To be honest, and although this is a contentious viewpoint, my own belief is that the current high-tech revolution in the manufacture of both golf clubs and golf balls is now totally out of control. Let me illustrate what I mean. One of the most enduring images in golf is the photograph of the late, great Ben Hogan hitting his marvellous one iron shot to the 18th green at the Merion Golf Club in the USA, during his famous victory there in the 1950 U.S. Open. Most of today’s Tour players today would most likely be hitting no more than a wedge shot to the same hole for their approach shot! Over the last few years, even the famous and VERY conservative Augusta National Golf Club (where the U.S. Masters is played each spring) have felt the need to purchase extra land in order to lengthen the golf course. There was the distinct possibility that one of the top players was going to make the course look very foolish by scoring a sub-60 round. Consequently, Augusta now measures a massive 7,400 yards of the Championship tees. And Augusta is by no means alone in altering their golf course in order to make it a tougher test for today’s modern touring pros. ~ ~ What this means is t hat some of golf’s most famous courses are now being altered almost beyond recognition, purely and simply to stop the top professionals from shooting ridiculously low scores. Any new course being built today that has aspirations to becoming Championship standard simply must be well in excess of 7,000 yards in length, which makes it extremely difficult to play for ordinary handicap golfers. Even the K-Club here in Ireland, which was only built as recently as the early 1990’s, and which is due to play host to the Ryder Cup in 2007, have had to embark on a project to lengthen and toughen up their golf course. (It’s already plenty tough enough, in my honest opinion!) Peter Allis, the BBC golf commentator, put it all into perspective when replying to an e-mail query from a viewer during this years Masters at Augusta. The viewer asked what an average 10 to 20 handicap golfer could realistically hope to score if they played Augusta from the Championship tees. Allis’s reply was that if 100 golfers of this standard were to play a round there, he would bet his house that not a single player would even break 100. And remember this is on a golf course that ostensibly has a par of 72 shots! So a 10-handicap golfer SHOULD be able to shoot a round in the low to mid-80’s, and even break 80 on a good day. ~ ~ The Royal and Ancient and the USPGA have always had standards that have to be adhered to by club and ball manufacturers, and all new equipment must first be passed by them as legal before it can be marketed. There was a well-publicised disagreement in recent times between the two bodies when a new driver from Callaway was deemed to be illegal and to give a player an unfair advantage by the R. and A., but which was passed as legal by the authorities in the U.S.A. This meant that it could be used over in America, but not here in Europe. With today’s advanced technology, manufacturers spend most of their time (and masses of money) trying to discover new ways to circumnavigate the standards set by the sport’s governing bodies. As new standards are set, some manufacturer or another soon finds a way to beat the system. Now, I’m not adverse to new technology, and anything that makes golf easier and more enjoyable for the average player has my firm endorsement. But I do think that the sport’s authorities should now introduce a standard ball for use by EVERY top professional, with a strict limit on the maximum distance it can be hit. (They have the necessary testing equipment to achieve this goal, by the way) This would level out the playing field for everyone, and stop the headlong rush by golf clubs to lengthen their courses, thus making them practically unplayable by the average golfer. This step to restrict technological advancements in equipment ruining the sport has already been taken by the ruling authorities in squash, who have introduced a standard tournament play ball. And the same thing was done in athletics, as modern javelin throwers were in danger of skewering someone in the crowd with the new technologically advanced javelins that were being manufactured! ~ ~ As I said earlier, I’m no Luddite, and don’t oppose change simply for the sake of it. The restrictions that I would like to see put in place would only apply to the top professionals in the sport, and different standards could easily be adopted for the average amateur golfer. Anything that makes a difficult and frustrating sport easier and more enjoyable to play for the average golfer is very welcome in my book. And golf IS a very difficult and frustrating sport to play well! But this headlong rush to be constantly finding ways to hit the golf ball greater distances has to stop somewhere, or the sport as it has existed for centuries will cease to be recognisable as the same game! ~ ~ Anyways, that’s my tuppence worth on the subje ct, for what it’s worth. After all of that tirade, if you still want to purchase a box of Titleist ProV1x golf balls, they’ll set you back in or around the £35 (Sterling) mark for a dozen. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Copyright KenJ April, 2003. ~~~~~~~~~~~~