Jordan Spieth Explains Golf Ball Switch

The Texan made his first golf ball change in a long time at last week's AT&T Byron Nelson

Jordan Spieth Explains Golf Ball Switch
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The Texan made his first golf ball change in a long time at last week's AT&T Byron Nelson

Jordan Spieth Explains Golf Ball Switch

Jordan Spieth changed his golf ball for the first time in over four years at last week's AT&T Byron Nelson, just a week before he seeks to complete the Career Grand Slam at the PGA Championship.

The Texan moved into the 2021 Titleist Pro V1x, having used an older model for a number of years, after discovering more spin around the greens and added ball speed and launch in the longer clubs.

He finished T9th for another solid result.

Spieth has recorded a win and six top-10s in 10 starts on Tour so far in 2021, an incredible comeback after an indifferent few years.

The three-time Major winner will seek to add the Wanamaker Trophy to his collection that contains a Green Jacket, Claret Jug and a US Open trophy.

“I’m trying to optimise launch conditions through the bag. For me, the 2021 Pro V1x, I get more spin around the greens," Spieth said of his golf ball switch.

"It’s softer, spinnier around the greens with my short game shots.

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"And then when I went up the bag, I started to get a little bit higher launch, but it didn’t add spin in the long clubs. It just added ball speed and launch.

"So it’s a little higher window, but it just looks like it’s screaming through the air.

"And then from the 7-iron on down, I didn’t see much difference in the full shots, just like I said more action around the greens.

“I’m trying to just hit optimal windows and if I can gain – really, in my long clubs – just a little bit better peak height with a little bit faster ball speed, it actually helps fill my gaps a little bit easier.

"And then it’s just coming down – it has the potential to come down a little bit softer, which is obviously important.

"But I’m not seeing a massive difference through kind of that mid iron into short iron.

"And I still can hit each shot that I want to with the scoring clubs.

"So being able to tee off and all you do is change the ball and it’s actually in a similar window that’s going 3-4 yards further, that's nice.

"And then when I get to the scoring range clubs, I feel like if anything, I just have the ability to hit an even softer shot if I want to. But the rest of them were all still there.”

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Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5