From tee-to-green, it offers superb, but distinct, all round performance. We were seriously impressed with the strength and consistency of the flight, particularly in the wind.
- Excellent performance
- Impressive in the long game
- Excellent control
- High levels of consistency
- Soft, responsive feel
- Premium price tag
- Low spin players will need Pro V1x
The Pro V1x is an excellent all-rounder. We were particularly impressed by the improved ball flight in the long game which didn’t come at the cost of any short game control or feel.
- Strong ball flight
- Good spin control
- Firm but responsive feel
- Price might be a stretch
Neil Tappin compares two of Titleist's leading ball models on the golf course
Titleist Pro V1 vs Pro V1x Golf Balls
The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball is one of the most revered equipment franchises in the sport with the leading majority of tour pros and amateurs choosing to tee it up over anything else year after year. The Titleist Pro V1 was originally launched in 2000 and the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball followed three years later. Since then, there have been countless new iterations gradually improving the performance, making it undoubtedly one of the best premium golf balls.
What sets the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball apart it its all round performance from tee to green, optimised for both distance off the tee and control around the greens, as well as the excellent feel and impressive durability. But with two models both being among the best golf balls money can buy at the same price, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your game so we've come up with this video and guide to steer you into the model that ticks the most boxes for you.
The Pro V1x, other than its name, is distinguished by the red play number under the Titleist logo versus the black play number on Pro V1. It’s unlikely you’ll notice the few dimples on Pro V1x, but there are 40 fewer should you wish to count them.
The Pro V1 ball does feel fractionally softer than the Pro V1x, which is especially noticeable around the green. The Pro V1x has a slightly more clicky sound, which many good players prefer, especially on and around the greens. Both balls feel powerful with the driver and offer exceptional finesse into, around and on the greens providing the perfect balance of speed and control.
Off the tee is where you’ll notice the biggest difference between the two balls. The Pro V1 has a lower peak height - we found it flew around two yards lower than the Pro V1x during testing. On iron shots, the trajectories become more similar. The Titleist Pro V1 ball also spins a little less. The difference between them in terms of spin profile has reduced in the more recent generations, but you’re looking at a difference of between 100-300 rpm with the driver and possibly more with the irons.
Which model flies longer will be player dependent. Golfers with a low launch might benefit from the extra height of the Pro V1x, but if that low launch comes from a negative attack angle then this often comes with extra spin, which is where the lower spinning Pro V1 would come in handy. There won’t be massive differences in carry between the balls but getting the right one through a ball fitting and testing could see you gain 5-10 yards so it’s worth going through the process.
Both balls spin really well around the green but our launch monitor testing has shown that we get a fraction more short game spin with the Pro V1x. This may well be player dependent and the softer feel you get from Pro V1 may lead to some golfers concluding, rightly or wrongly, that the Pro V1 offers more short game control.
Which ball should you choose?
Choose the Pro V1 if…
- You struggle with excessive driver spin
- Your peak height needs to come down
- You prefer a softer feel green side
Choose the Pro V1x if...
- You want to see a higher flight
- You want more stopping power into greens
- You prefer a firmer feel green side
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Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.
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