No other golf ball manufacturer can claim such dominance on the premium performance sector as Titleist can, and the leaders within this category are the Pro V1 and Pro V1x models. The last year’s upgrade cemented their undisputable legacy of the most played golf ball on any Tour competition.
The 2019 version’s upgrade focuses on promoting more speed and distance, unlike the 2017 version that was more about maintaining consistency and aerodynamics. All these four features are the key factors that determine the golf ball playability and performance.
Since the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x have already set new standards in the golf ball manufacturing, we’ve decided to take a closer look at their design and performance features. Plus, we will compare and contrast the two models so that you can pick the one that better suits your individual golfing style.
Common Features of Pro V1 and Pro V1x
With the latest upgrade of the Pro V1 line, Titleist guarantees more precision, consistency, and speed. And if you are mid to low handicapper, it doesn’t take much to get that.
It is not just the long game where you’ll see improvements, but it is the control and accuracy in the short game too.
The ball architecture of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x is almost identical. It is a 4-layer design that has undergone remodeling, particularly in the density of the core, the percentage of the urethane used for the cover, and the dimple design.
Another good news is that both models are available in yellow color, which is not only painted on the cover but added to the urethane to make it more durable and visible.
The dual-core design now features a 2.0 ZG Process Core, which, in other words, means more speed for more distance. The way Titleist managed to achieve this was to retain the central core’s softness, while the outer core section is now stiffer than it used to be.
The layer under the cover is now larger than the previous model, and it is responsible for adding more power and speed. It also helps to optimize the spin, i.e., it lowers the spin in the long game and adds more control in the short game. The slight difference between the two balls is in the thickness of this layer, which is 11% thicker on the Pro V1x and 14% thicker on Pro V1.
The cover in both models is made from cast urethane, but compared to the previous releases, it is about 17% thinner. Titleist figured that they could take advantage of the cover if they reduce the thickness of the ball cover. This reduction has led to generating more speed but not on account of the high spin and control on approaching shots.
The Pro V1 features 352-dimple design organized into a spherically-tiled dimple-pattern, while the Pro V1x has 328 dimples. The ball architecture guarantees a maximum grip and energy release with every club, and it also delivers the aerodynamic properties of the balls and the consistency. However, the difference in their dimple design is also responsible for the models’ different feel and performance.
The feel that the two golf ball models deliver is where they distinguish the most. The minor design differences, particularly in the casing, the core, and the dimple-design, have been the cause for the performance varieties.
The Pro V1 is slightly softer and delivers a lower-pitched sound at impact. The Pro V1x is the firmer than the two, and you can feel it when putting the ball.
Long Game Performance
As we have previously mentioned, the 2019 Pro V1 and Pro V1x are redesigned to deliver added speed, which will lead to more distance. This is mainly due to the new core that reduces spin in combination with the casing layer.
If you compare both models’ performance with their older brothers, there’s consistency in the speed gain and the peak of their trajectories.
However, Titleist has made it clear that the Pro V1 is designed to deliver a lower ball flight and lower spin in the long game.
But, don’t expect vast differences in their performance, and even these differences that have been clearly described, tend to get obscured as you put theory into action. A decent golf monitor can track the overall performance with every swing, and what you are likely to notice is the less spin in the Pro V1.
Short Game Performance
It is a common opinion that if the golf ball delivers more speed and distance, it will perform poorly in the short game. And, that might be true for some low-class golf balls, but certainly not for Titleist.
If the Pro V1 model is designed to maximize the performance and lower the spin in the long game, the Pro V1x is firmer and, therefore, is designed to add extra spin when you approach the green, and on the green. You’ll notice a very high spin when using the wedges, but a high spin is not lacking the Pro V1 model either.
Once again, it is worth noting that these differences are minimal and hard to notice if you are a low spinning player. Those golfers who are high spinners are more likely to distinguish the two models.
Yet, both models provide the patented drop-and-stop greenside control, high-quality and durability.
The Key Differences Between the Pro V1 and Pro V1x
- Feel: The Pro V1 has a softer feel compared to the Pro V1x
- Ball Flight: The Pro V1 features mid ball flight while the Pro V1x has high
- Long Game Spin: Both models feature low spin and more distance
- Short Game Spin: The Pro V1x delivers higher spin
- Iron Spin: The Pro V1 delivers less spin with irons
The company that influenced the way modern golf balls are made is the one that dictates the prevailing trends of premium golf balls. The Pro V1 line has been the most played tour ball, and with the recent upgrade, it becomes the fastest and the most consistent golf ball.
Since the Pro V1 line is the leader within its field, the price is on the very high end too. Is it worth it? Yes, if you know how to play. No, if you tend to lose your balls.
Both models, the Pro V1 and the Pro V1x are very similarly designed. The Pro V1x delivers a firmer feel and higher trajectory with more spin. Compared to their predecessors, the 2019 version offers an absolute sophistication if you are a low to mid handicapper who can make a difference.