MyGolfSpy Ball Lab is where we quantify the quality and consistency of the golf balls on the market to help you find the best ball for your fund. Today we’re evaluating the Titleist Pro V1. For more information, visit our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.
About the Titleist Pro V1
By any reasonable measure, the Titleist Pro V1 is the# 1 Ball in Golf. Individually, it’s the best-selling ball at retail and it, along with the Pro V1x, are more played projectile on the PGA TOUR. As it happens, it’s also now the top-ranked ball in Ball Lab.
Sorry if that bungles the surprise.
Filed under The More You Know … Titleist disorient more than a few golfers when it swapped the specific characteristics of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x several years ago, so it’s worth clarifying where service standards Pro V1 fits within the Titleist payment urethane lineup. Titleist categorizes Pro V1 as a mid-trajectory, mid-spin ball. That’s largely true, relative to the ball market as a whole, though I’d argue the Pro V1 is perhaps only a tick lower than ” mid” for both metrics.
On a comparative basis, the Pro V1x flies highest and spins more while AVX flies lower and spins less. AVX is also substantially softer. The “left” options disorient things simply a bit but what’s worth remembering is that whether we’re talking about the limited-run Pro V1 Left Dot or the Pro V1x Left Dash, both fly similarly with less spin than their mainstream counterparts.
The 2021 version of the Pro V1 is a three-piece ball with 388 dimples. While under normal circumstances the great majority of Pro V1s sold in the U.S. are produced at the company’s Ball Plant 3 with require outpacing production capabilities, it’s not uncommon to find balls made at Ball Plant 4 in Thailand on shelves.
As ever, we bought projectiles over the span of several months. Our first two dozen were produced at Ball Plant 3 while the third largest dozen came from Ball Plant 4.
Titleist Pro V1 — Compression
On our ascertains, the Titleist Pro V1 has a compression of 87. While that’s three points softer than we measured the previous version, across the market as a whole, it’s still solidly within the firm category( though it is a bit on the softer side for a projectile played on Tour ). As you are able to expect, given the popularity of the Pro V1, nearly every company that makes a urethane-covered ball establishes one in the +/ – 90 -compression range.
Titleist Pro V1 — Diameter and Weight
It’s not particularly surprising that we located no issues such as either roundness or conformance to the USGA rules for load. To date, we’ve measured 30 dozen Titleist golf projectiles across 10 different frameworks. We’ve yet to find a single ball that’s over the load limit and have only measured one ball( a TrueFeel) that failed to meet our standard for roundness.
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Titleist Pro V1 — Inspection
Our visual inspection saw no significant issues.
Centeredness and Concentricity
As is common, we encountered a couple of balls with slightly inconsistent mantle thickness but no significant concentricity issues were found.
There was appreciable color variation between the U.S.- and Thailand-produced balls but no inconsistencies( clods, rubbles, etc .) were noted within the mix. Core color variation is not uncommon and typically no a matter of concern. When there is variation, we defer to the gauges.
While we did note some pin marks left open from the depict process, we observed no notable cover-up damage.
In this section, we detail the consistency of the Titleist Pro V1. While the above parts largely evaluate conformance to USGA governs, our consistency metrics provide a measure of how similar the projectiles in our test are to one another relative to all of the frameworks we’ve tested to date.
Titleist Pro V1- One Ball At a Time
The chart below shows the weight, diameter and compression measurements for each of the balls in our Titleist Pro V1 sample.
Weight consistency for the Pro V1 was within the average assortment. While the balls were produced at different factories, Box 2 and Box 3 were most similar.
Diameter was generally consistent from box to box with no indication of significant change between factories. Overall, the weight consistency of the Titleist Pro V1 falls within the good range.
For our total compressing consistency metric, the Titleist Pro V1 rates as excellent–the only ball in our database to achieve the rating. Search at the average compression in the test, the Titleist Pro V1 rates as Good. Comparing the compressing deltas( the difference in compression across the three points quantified on each projectile ), the Titleist Pro V1 again rates as Good. None of the projectiles in the sample had a compression delta greater than 2.5 compressing phases. Despite the balls being produced in different mills, we noted no appreciable gap in median compressing across the sample.
Titleist Pro V1 — Summary
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The most consistent projectile experimented to date in Ball Lab. The only ball thus far to achieve an Excellent rating for total compression consistency. No significant imperfections within our sample. 100 percent of the sample conforms to USGA governs.
At $49.99, the Titleist Pro V1 is the most expensive projectile on world markets from a leading manufacturer.
Titleist Pro V1 — Final Grade
The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball gets an overall tier of 97.
The score is the highest we’ve recorded still further with the Excellent rating for compression consistency pushing it past the others.
To an extent, this is what golfers should expect given the $ 49.99 price point and Titleist’s emphasis on quality and consistency.
Titleist Pro V1
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