I played a few holes today at TPC Sawgrass with the yet to be released Titleist ProV1. Yes it helps to have connections in high places, and I joked about selling these balls for $50 each on ebay. I may need to, to recover the dough it cost me to play the TPC! To save yourself $100, just fish the two I lost out of the water at the TPC. One is on #1 and the other on #17. In fact I’m going to make a claim right now:
“I, Tony Korologos, hold the honor and distinction of being first player to ever hit a 2009 model ProV1 into the water on the 17th at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course.”
How sad is it, that the first damn shot I hit with the new ProV1 went in a lake? Geez.
The new ProV1’s can be identified by the little dots between the lines and the arrows, which you can see in the image here.
I haven’t had the opportunity to spend enough time in conditions which will give me the best idea of the performance of this ball. That being said, the ball feels nice and solid. The ball feels good off the driver and when I managed to hit crisp irons and wedges (a very small percentage of the time today), the ball performed well.
The cover of the new ProV1 feels entirely different. The old covers were not very durable. After roughly 12 holes with this one pictured, two areas had some signs of minor groove damage. One was from my Vokey 60 and the other from my 9-iron. No shreds though and the ball remained very playable. The ball seemed to putt well too.
Once again though, my game showed the rust and the stiff back I had today on this very “big boy” course. When the weather is better and my game is right, I’ll do a more detailed review of the new Titleist ProV1 and ProV1x golf balls.
2009 PGA Show - Mibrella Golf Umbrellas