A couple of posts ago I did my 2009 Titelist Pro V1x review. I mentioned that I got a surprising amount of spin for the ball more touted for distance.
Yesterday I played my first full round with the new Pro V1 (not the x). I call this one Pro V1 regular flavor.
I was quite blown away by the distance I had with this rendition of the V1. I found myself on the par-4 1st hole closer to the green than I’d ever been off the tee. I was 66 yards to a back pin and the hole is 393. If a back pin is +10 yards that makes it about a 340 yard drive.
So my first impression of the new Pro V1 regular flavor, is that it is plenty long. Possibly even longer for me than the X. Is that right? I get more spin from the X and more distance from the regular flavor? WTF? Did Titleist accidentally label the two models backwards? Perhaps the regular flavor is a bit softer than the X, and allows me to compress it more.
My pro told me that they swapped labeling this year (just to make the whole situation even more confusing than it already is).
On their website they emphasize “distance and durability” for the V1x, and “scoring performance and durability” for the V1.
I thought when I played the two new versions that it was just me, but apparently not. Perhaps it is out slower swing speeds relative to the pros getting into the ball and compressing it more, or maybe Titleist has really radically redesigned the two?
Bottom line is this: for the first time in almost a decade, I bought a dozen of the new balls — usually I either buy X-outs or the refurbished ones, because as much golf as I play (5-6 rounds per week, more in the summer) I go through balls pretty quickly. It was worth it for a dozen of those little eggs.