Since introducing the Pro V1 two decades ago, Titleist technicians have tweaked the company’s signature golf ball on numerous occasions. After being seeded on the PGA Tour last fall, the latest iterations of that urethane-covered classic are being made available for sale to the general golfing public. They have been designed to provide “even longer distance, even more greenside spin control and softer feel,” as well as “unmatched ball-to-ball consistency,” from being made in Titleist Ball Plants 3 and 4 in Massachusetts.
The new, solid-core Pro V1 is made to fly lower than the dual core Pro V1x, with a more penetrating ball flight and a softer feel. Company officials say it offers the best fit for the majority of golfers. As for Pro V1x, it is targeted for players who want a higher trajectory, more spin and a bit firmer feel. Both feature proprietary aerodynamic technologies, to optimize distance and trajectory.
Other advances include reformulated 2.0 ZG Process cores for increased distance and a faster high-flex casing layer (which adds speed and lowers long-game spin), as well as a softer cast-urethane elastomer cover for even better short-game control.
Titleist engineers seem particularly pleased at what they have accomplished in terms of aerodynamics through the years, saying that since the debut of Pro V1 in autumn 2000 they have designed, manufactured and tested more than 1,900 aerodynamic patterns. That includes more than 60 iterations of the latest generation Pro V1 (with a 388-dimple pattern) and more than 30 versions of the one used for Pro V1x (which boasts a pattern that employs 348 dimples).
PGA Tour professionals started to put the new Pro V1s in play last October, and they included Adam Scott, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau and Cameron Smith, who two months ago became the first person in the history of the Masters Tournament to finish all four rounds in the 60s. His ball of choice: the new Pro V1x.