Titleist have been seeding the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x on tour - and now we can talk about it. Hannah Holden takes a closer look
Has it really been two years since the last Pro V1 and Pro V1x upgrade?
Each year Titleist hold round-table discussions with their PGA Tour staffers and their research and development team to see how they can continue to make Pro V1 and Pro V1x better.
Greg Chalmers said he “would love a ball that flies like Pro V1x and feels like a Pro V1”, while Justin Thomas and Adam Scott said the spin rate “could be higher” around the green. Charley Hoffman added that “people need to understand that spin is their friend”.
So the response this time was pretty unanimous, players wanted a higher ball flight, more greenside control, and a softer feel.
So what did Titleist come back with? Let’s take a closer look at the 2021 iteration of Pro V1 and Pro V1x…
2021 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x: The line-up
First things first – do you know which model you should have in play?
The Titleist Pro V1 is the most common model among club golfers. It has a slightly lower and more penetrating ball flight combined with that soft feel everyone at our level craves.
The Titleist Pro V1x, meanwhile, flies higher and provides more spin than the Pro V1. It also feels slightly firmer. At tour level, there’s a pretty even split between the two models.
2021 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x: The technology
Let’s work from the outside in and the big news is the the dimple pattern has been changed for the first time in 10 years.
There are actually a different amount of dimples on the Pro V1 and Pro V1x to achieve the ball flight required for each. Don’t worry, I’m not going to make you count – it’s 388 on the Pro V1 and 348 on the Pro V1x.
And as requested by the stars, the new cover is the softest in Pro V1 history. This is to give you more spin around the greens.
That layer between the external cover and the internal core is a casing layer. It is made from a new ionomer which flexes more to increase ball speed and lower spin on longer shots. You know what that means – more distance.
Finally, we have a reformulated core. This is one solid piece in the Pro V1 and a dual core in the Pro V1x – as you can see in the illustration above. Both are designed to provide more distance than in previous iterations.
So what are the PGA Tour’s finest saying?
In testing, Chalmers said “If it performs in tournament conditions like today, then you guys have officially built the perfect golf ball – long, great flight, better feel on all shots but particularly around the green. It stays on the face longer and feels so good. It spins way more on chipping. Can I switch to that ball this week?”
Cameron Smith added: “When I first tested it, it was a bit hotter off the driver, which was great. The ball flight and windows were great, but the biggest thing that stuck out was the control coming out of the rough and around the greens. I can control my shots – especially those difficult, soft shots – so much better.”
2021 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x: Anything else?
I know what you’re thinking – Titleist could distribute Pro V1s in a brown paper bag and they would still sell millions.
But the packaging process is far more complex than you might think, all to make sure it’s instantly recognisable and stands out in your club’s pro shop.
Here’s what they have come up with this time around…
Pretty snazzy, I’m sure you’ll agree.
As you can see, the ball will also be available in traditional white as well as what Titleist call “optic yellow”.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x: The details
Available: February 5, 2021
RRP: £50 per dozen
More info: Titleist website