Which Titleist Golf Ball Is Right For Your Game?

We went to the Titleist Performance Centre to find out which Titleist golf ball is right for your game

Which Titleist golf ball is right for your game?
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With such popularity among golfers of all abilities, you'd be hard pressed to locate a fourball at your local club bereft of a Titleist ball. But do you know which Titleist golf ball is right for your game?

That's the question we put to Titleist Golf Ball Specialist Tom Hiscock at the new Titleist Performance Centre at Woburn.

With eight models in the range, there are some important choices to make. Watch the video below to find out which one will suit your game.

Which Titleist Golf Ball Is Right For Your Game?

Pro V1

The flagship model, this has been one of the best premium golf balls since its release all the way back in the year 2000. 

It is the model that Titleist says will suit the biggest number of golfers.

In technical terms, Tom says: "It's mid-optimal in terms of its flight. High in spin, soft in feel." 

Pro V1x

Before discussing the different options in the range, I went through the whole golf ball fitting process with Tom and it was the Pro V1x that was best suited to the way I delivered the club to the ball. You can watch that golf ball fitting video here.

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Tom says: "If you're a golfer that needs a bit more height, Pro V1x will give you that. It's a higher-flying golf ball through dimple pattern. It spins more than Pro V1 when you're playing irons and wedges - your scoring clubs - and it feels firmer than Pro V1."

AVX

We've had one that flies slightly lower and one slightly higher, so where does the AVX fit in?

Tom says: "AVX is lower in ball flight than Pro V1, it's softer than Pro V1 in feel, and it spins less than Pro V1 when you're hitting those scoring shots with your irons and your wedges.

"There are golfers out there who do spin it too much with their scoring clubs and who do hit it too high, so it's a great option. We speak to hundreds of golfers daily and softness is a massive preference." 

Pro V1x Left Dash

A ball that a lot of people won't be familiar with, the Pro V1x left dash is a prototype Pro V1x that has been available to tour players for a few years, and now everyday golfers can get their hands on them.

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Tom says: "Pro V1x left dash will fly similarly to Pro V1x, so it's high in flight... higher than Pro V1. It's firmer than Pro V1x, so it's quite clicky with the shorter shots and with the longer shots, but it's lower in spin when you're playing shorter shots with the scoring clubs.

"From a spin point of view, it sits between Pro V1 and AVX."

Tour Speed

Moving out of the premium range, we start with the Titleist Tour Speed. 

Tom says: "It's a three-piece golf ball with a urethane cover, so you're going to get some fantastic performance out of it, but it's a different grade of urethane to what we use in our premium-performance golf balls.

"[It offers] all-round performance: distance, control, feel, feedback; it's a fantastic ball at a fantastic price point."

Tour Soft

The clue is in the title with this one. Relative to Tour Speed, this is a softer-feeling ball, which will be a big preference for a lot of golfers out there. And it also comes with a handy alignment aid that's already proven to be a big hit.

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Tom says: "Tour Soft will fly a fraction lower than Tour Speed and it won't give you quite as much control, which is down to the difference in the cover systems."

Velocity

While most would class this as a "distance golf ball", it's important to remember that Titleist says that all eight of the models in its' range are distance balls. 

For more on that, and how it compares to the Tour Soft, make sure to watch the accompanying video at the top of this article.

Tom says: "Velocity is a preference ball in terms of feel. There are loads of different colour options when it comes to Velocity, but for me, the USP with Velocity is a higher ball flight.

"For golfers who need more height - through distance - and less spin, it's the perfect ball."

TruFeel

Last but not least, this is the softest ball in the range in terms of compression. Many golfers will be familiar with TruFeel but who exactly is it aimed at?

Tom says: "Relative to Velocity, it's going to be lower in ball flight and it's softer. It's the perfect way into the Titleist family.

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"For us, the most important thing, regardless of who we're talking to, is to encourage golfers to use the same ball every time. There are a lot of golfers who might save their premium golf ball for a competition and use a variety of options in social play," explained Tom. 

"We'd rather someone came out of a premium golf ball in a competition and played less-expensive preference ball all the time."

Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."


Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X