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Golf Monthly Technical Editor Paul O'Hagan gives his 2015 Titleist Pro V1 ball review following the launch of the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x models
Above, Golf Monthly Technical Editor Paul O'Hagan gives his 2015 Titleist Pro V1 review following the launch of the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.
At a glance:
- A reformulated cover offers a softer feel for better spin control - Available from January 30, the 2015 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x will retail at £51 per dozen
For nearly 15 years the Pro V1 and Pro V1x have dominated the ball market, from tour professionals to amateurs of all skill levels and swing speeds.
With such big boots to fill, it’s no surprise the 2015 models have been born from unparalleled research and development, technological advancements, and comprehensive testing.
Indeed, the Titleist golf-ball workforce has more than 20,000 years of combined experience.
The main development for the 2015 Pro V1 models is a brand-new cover that delivers more short-game spin control and softer feel, while still maintaining the distance, consistent flight and lasting durability Pro V1 users have become accustomed to.
The new softer cover formulation features on both the 2015 Pro V1 and Pro V1x, and is created by a chemical reaction that takes place during the casting process.
It differs from rival premium balls as unlike the thermoplastic urethane they use, the Pro V1 utilises a thermoset urethane that doesn’t re-melt once set.
On-course test: Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x
This affords Titleist engineers more control when looking to hone the desired spin, softness and durability.
Comparatively, the new Pro V1 has a softer feel, slightly more long-game spin and a penetrating trajectory for a shallower angle of descent for more roll.
The Pro V1x offers a slightly firmer feel, lower long-game spin and launches higher with a steeper angle of descent.
“We have more people with more experience designing and making balls, the largest intellectual property portfolio and the most sophisticated manufacturing processes," says Titleist's vice president of golf ball R&A, Bill Morgan.
The 2015 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls are on sale from January 31, 2015.
RRP: £51 per dozen
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Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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