Fleetwood Sees Impressive Rise After Pro V1x Switch

The Englishman has risen 84 spaces in the OWGR since switching to the Titleist Pro V1x ball

Fleetwood Sees Impressive Rise After Pro V1 Switch
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The Englishman has won twice and risen 84 spaces in the OWGR since switching to the Titleist Pro V1x ball

Fleetwood Sees Impressive Rise After Pro V1x Switch

After Nike announced that they would no longer make golf equipment last August, Tommy Fleetwood chose to play the Titleist Pro V1x ball and has seen an incredibly impressive rise up the Official World Golf Ranking since.

The Englishman has risen to 15th in the world, having won both the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the Open de France.

Related: Tommy Fleetwood: What's in the bag?

At the end of 2016, Fleetwood returned to the #1 ball in golf and immediately found victory in both January and July of this season.

Not only has Fleetwood picked up two trophies this season, he has had a flurry of top five finishes:

1st – Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

1st – HNA Open de France

2nd – WGC Mexico Championship

2nd – Shenzhen International

T3rd – UBS Hong Kong Open

4th – U.S. Open

Tommy Fleetwood's stats - 2016 vs 2017

European Tour

Driving Accuracy %

Fleetwood in 2017: 74.3% Ranked 10th on Tour

Fleetwood in 2016: 60.8% Ranked 77th on Tour

Greens In Regulation %

Fleetwood in 2017: 83.1% Ranked 3rd on Tour

Fleetwood in 2016: 74.1% Ranked 17th on Tour

End of 2016 world ranking: 99 W/C 3rd July world ranking: 15 (84 places) Won: Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, January 2017 and HNA Open de France, July 2017

Other Pro v1 success stories

Around 90-95% of players who were out of contract at the start of the season - or who had the choice following Nike's departure from the hardware market - that chose to put a Titleist ball into play found some interesting upturns in form.

Player: Kyle Stanley End of 2016: 258 W/C 3rd July: 58 (200 places) Won: Quicken Loans National, June 2017

Player: Dylan Frittelli End of 2016: 152 W/C 3rd July: 75 (77 places) Won: Lyoness Open, June 2017

Player: Pat Perez End of 2016: 118 W/C 3rd July: 43 (75 places) Won: OHL Classic at Mayakoba, November 2016

Player: Russell Henley End of 2016: 128 W/C 3rd July: 57 (71 places) Won: Shell Houston Open

  • Fleetwood x2, Perez, Henley, Stanley and Frittelli have all won since recently switching
  • Others who’ve won since recently switching include;

Graeme Storm – BMW SA Open, January 2017

Julian Suri – D+D REAL Czech Challenge, May 2017

U.S. Open Winner, June 2017 

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x