Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot is available today in limited quantities. Left Dot is a lower-flying, lower-spinning version of the Pro V1. $49.99 while quantities last-place
Here we go again … kinda. As it did two years ago with Pro V1x Left Dash, Titleist is taking the Pro V1 Left Dot–previously trade secrets menu, Tour-only, CPO( custom-made concert option) golf ball–and provide it to the public.
My use of “kinda” speaks to the fact that, unlike Left Dash which now is part of the retail lineup, Left Dot is a limited-run experiment. It’s here today but in “the worlds largest” literal of feels, you are eligible to bank on it being gone tomorrow.
To that objective, you won’t find Pro V1 Left Dot on retail shelves. It’s being sold almost exclusively through Titleist.com. Titleist sales reps have small-time allocations as well, so if you know a guy, I’d put in a bawl now.
Seriously, if you’re even a little curious about Left Dot, get yours now. This tale “ve been waiting”. Come back and speak the rest of this after you’ve fastened your stash.
About the Pro V1 “Left Dot”
The Pro V1 Left Dot is the most popular Titleist CPO on the PGA TOUR where it gets more play than Left Dash. If you’re looking for validation, it has been the projectile of alternative in wins at The Masters and the Open Championship. Left Dot has been played by Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose and, of recent tone, Tony Finau during his win at the Northern Trust.
That last bit stimulates for fortuitous timing. Despite appearings, the Left Dot release has occurred in the works for months. The new-to-you balls ought to have the key ingredient in a blind test for MyGolfspy forum members for the better part of a month. With Finau winning last week, Titleist probably wishes it made a few( thousand dozen) more.
Left Dot Versus Pro V1
As far as the technical details travel, like the stock ball, the Pro V1 Left Dot offers three-piece construction. On our ascertains, the compression comes in right at 90, which is more or less the same as a inventory Pro V1. The 352 -dimple cover is different than what you’ll find on any current Titleist golf ball.
The performance story is simple. Left Dot is designed to be a lower-flying, lower-spinning version of the Pro V1. With the qualifier that so much of golf projectile concert is golfer dependent, golfers are no longer able notice much off the motorist but, in the middle of the hole, 200 to 300 rpm less spin isn’t out of the question.
… Versus AVX
Pro V1 is the logical comparing for Left Dot but it’s worth mentioning that Titleist is going to be looking very closely at how Left Dot “ve received” AVX musicians( a portion of our blind experiment pond was sent AVX alongside Left Dot ). For those golfers, Left Dot should produce a similar trajectory and spin through the majority of members of the handbag. With its higher compressing, it’s going to be a bit faster off the motorist. It’s also going to feel firmer and less jumpy off the cast-irons where AVX perfectly flies. For some golfers, that will be seen as positive. For others, it will be exactly the above reasons they stick with AVX.
Finally, Left Dot should spin appreciably more in various regions of the light-green which may entice some AVX users to trade away softer feel for more greenside control.
Titleist’s Pro V1 Left Dot Objective
So why release Left Dot? A limited release generates an opportunity for Titleist to learn what it needs to learn.
Yeah, that’s vague. Let me see if I can add some clarity.
Titleist already known to be Left Dot performs relative to other projectiles in the lineup. The differences are apparent with robots and with very good players in the world. What Titleist doesn’t know is whether the Pro V1 Left Dot is different enough for average golfers to appreciate and benefit from.
The story isn’t exclusively dissimilar from Left Dash. It’s fair to say that ball has located an audience though, internally, Titleist believes that while Left Dot is more popular on Tour, Left Dash was likely to be a better fit for the rest of us. It’s why Left Dash is on shelves now.
With Left Dot, the answers seem a little bit less certain though, in limited fittings, Titleist is fitting five to ten percent of golfers into Left Dot. Those may not seem like big-hearted numbers but, extrapolated to the market as a whole, we’re talking about a huge number of golfers.
That said, we know that not every golfer can distinguish subtle differences between golf balls. Titleist concedes that from one shot to the next, you’re going to find plenty of overlap between projectiles. What it’s hoping to learn is whether there’s enough difference in Left Dot for average golfers to change what Titleist’s VP of Golf Ball Marketing Jeremy Stone calls the “total aggregate outcome.”
“We want to shift the buzzer curve in a positive direction, ” says Stone. “If we can save you one apoplexy, that’s meaningful.”
The different in Pro V1 and Pro V1 Left Dot will be subtle. That’s a rendered. Are they not so subtle that median golfers can find the difference?
Said another way, can … or I suppose should … Left Dot co-exist with other Pro V1 provides( and AVX … and Tour Speed) or does it simply muddied seas and only add to the confusion already to be aware of golfers trying to find the mythological right ball?
That’s the fundamental issue Titleist seeks to answer with this little Left Dot experiment.
How Many is Too Many?
You should take the limited release of the Pro V1 Left Dot as a sign that Titleist is definitely flirting with the relevant recommendations of bringing another payment urethane offering to market. Regardless of whether the end result is limited distribution( similar to Left Dash) or in every golf shop alongside Pro V1, Pro V1x and AVX, it’s fair to ask how many golf ball simulates is too many?
Six? Assuming for a moment that Pro V1 Left Dot eventually comes to market and nothing else changes, that’s where Titleist would be. Most of its challengers have three urethane gives; Bridgestone has four.
Too many , not sufficient or just right, six is still a lot and it does risk putting a strain on retailers and further confounding buyers, the majority of members of whom won’t be in the Left Dot wheelhouse.
The risk of too many isn’t lost on Titleist but, according to Stone, it recognizes that “a perfectly tuned one of one is becoming the expectation.” From that perspective , nothing is too much. Any ball that helps golfers play better is present in the “right” number.
The Future of the Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot
Whatever the the information received from the Pro V1 Left Dot experiment, golfers shouldn’t expect a quick decision. That’s specially bad news for golfers who end up loving it, but it is what it is.
Left Dot won’t be like AVX–a late-summer experimentation and PGA Show launch. There’s a zero percent fortune that happens. Whatever Titleist does with Left Dot, it’s going to take some time. COVID has generated capacity the questions and Titleist’s short-term focus will be on keeping up with is asking for inventory Pro V1 and Pro V1x.
With that in brain and some allowances for distribution strategies, there are three potential outcomes for Left Dot
When it’s gone, it’s gone- If the feedback suggests that average golfers aren’t finding appreciable benefit … if that bell curve isn’t shifting, then that’s probably that. Left Dot stay on Tour and simply on Tour.
Left Dot comes to retail- If the response is positive, if golfers determine differences and benefit from them, then retail is a possibility. A time from now is likely the best-case scenario but it could happen.
Left Dot informs other products- Even if Titleist learns that there isn’t enough in Left Dot to stand on its own, that doesn’t mean nothing else will come of it. For example, lessons learned from the high-flex casing layer in Left Dash trickled into the current generation of Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Something similar could happen with Left Dot.
The manifestation of your feedback could include everything from subtle to significant changes in the next generation of Titleist balls. It could also mean an entirely new ball that’s kinda like Left Dot but not exactly Left Dot.
To some degree, the outcome is up to you … you intending the golfers who take Titleist up on the opportunity to experiment Left Dot. If you’re one of the relatively limited, it’s important that you set the ball through its speeds and take the results of the investigation. It’s that feedback that will ultimately decide the future of Left Dot.
If you are able to get your hands on Left Dot, please come back and let us know how it works it performed for you.
The Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot golf ball is available through Titleist.com for $49.99 a dozen while supplyings last-place( which won’t be very long ).
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