In an effort to make this unlike any other rehashed review of Titleist Pro V1 vs Pro V1x, I dug deeper into the actual construction of each. The common perception of the ProV1 is it spins more than the further flying ProV1x.
I did some digging and found the construction of the two balls are nearly identical with only one noticeable difference. According to the Titleist website, The material and dimensions parallel each other in the following ways:
Core material: Polybutadiene
Diameter: 1.550” (39.37mm)
Casing Material: Ionomer
Cover: Urethane Elastomer Cover
Composition: Urethane Elastomer
Both balls are a 3-piece. Each “piece” of the ProV1 and ProV1x are identical in size and material. There is no noticeable difference in the construction of the ball based on that information.
So where does this ProV1 spins more, ProV1x goes farther come from? Apparently that all comes down to the dimples.
The shape, pattern and parting line of the two balls are identical. However, the total number of dimples and types of dimples differ.
Total dimples: 392
Total dimples: 332
This is when it starts to make a little more sense. The ProV1 has about 18% more dimples than the ProV1x. That gives it more opportunity to cup wind resistance to increase spin rate. I’m not a physicist, but I can image those extra dimples play a role in the high speeds of impact and launch.
What we can put to rest however is that the ProV1 “feels” softer than the ProV1x. If Titleist has provided all the info on each balls construction, they should technically feel exactly the same. They’re composed of the same material, so there should be no difference there.
I’ve began digging through golf equipment and their marketing “speak” to find out if what they claim can actually be backed up with some facts. A lot of companies (ehhemm, Taylormade) like to throw out a lot of hoopla about what a product can do, but they don’t provide any evidence that backs it up.
The Titleist ProV1 and ProV1x definitely passed some scrutiny to learn more. I have to give Titleist credit for disclosing the material, dimensions and construction of their golf balls. I can now peacfully get behind their marketing message. Even if they are saying the same thing with different words for each ball.
ProV1: “Long Distance and Consistent Ball Flight”
ProV1x: “Low Spin and Increased Velocity for Long, Straight Distance”
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