As golfers gear up for 2019, now is the perfect time to consider which golf ball they’ll be putting in their bag. This year’s offerings include new versions of popular golf balls like the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x, TaylorMade’s TP5 and TP5x, and the Z-Star and Z-Star XV from Srixon. Other manufacturers are bringing new models to the golf course such as the Bridgestone e12 and the Callaway ERC Soft and Supersoft Magna.
At TGW, we put together this handy guide so you can see how these golf balls stack up against each other. Whether you’re looking for a Tour-performance ball or a ball to help with game improvement, we broke down the information you need to know to choose the right ball.
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HOW WE TESTED
All of the data for this test was collected on the same day during an indoor hitting session using a Foresight GC2 launch monitor. Golf ball testing was conducted by Rick Hatfield, head golf professional at Flint Hills National Golf Club and TGW’s resident product guru. We collected average spin rates for each golf ball with a driver, 7 iron, and wedge as well as distance for each club. His average swing speed on a full swing is between 97 and 102 mph. Rick used a Cobra King F9 Speedback 9° driver, adjusted to 8° and standard length, a Callaway Apex 19 7 iron, and a Callaway Mack Daddy 4 54° wedge.
Who is this golf ball for?
The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball is technically geared toward advanced players. Traditionally, this golf ball has been built to shape shots and react with lots of spins. Although it has always spun less than its brother the Titleist Pro V1x, it still spun at a rate that was far above many competitors. With the 2018 version of the Titleist Pro V1, Titleist has made a few modifications that seem to make the golf ball playable by more golfers.
The new Pro V1 spins less, has a harder cover, and is more durable. All traits that should appeal to the amateur golfer. Perhaps Titleist is reacting to some of the competition by making a premium golf ball suitable for both good and elite players. Though we always encourage you to play a Titleist NXT Tour over a Pro V1 if you don’t shoot in the single digits, the new Titleist Pro V1 can be played by way more players.
A little firmer this year
Titleist takes immense pride in their craft. Titleist still produces and designs the molds used to create their golf balls in the USA using custom crafted laser engineering. They then send the molds overseas to their factories to be used in production. The new Titleist ProV1 has a spherical tetrahedron dimple pattern consisting of 352 dimples, which has been upgraded for 2018.
The new version of the Titleist ProV1 is a little firmer than the notoriously soft 2015 model. This means that the golf ball will have a little more pop off of the club face and will be a little more “clicky” on the putter. A recent trend among ball manufacturers tends to focus on the softness of the golf ball a bit too much. Although they made this ball-less soft, the Titleist ProV1 doesn’t feel hard, it just feels solid.
More Distance, Less Spin
Other than the solid feel, the 2018 Titleist ProV1 has been designed to spin a bit less. Lower spin rates lead to distance gains and players report picking up 5-10 yards on drives and a handful of yards with their irons when using the new ProV1. This is generally a welcomed improvement in the Pro V1 and those who are addicted to spin can easily transition to the Titleist Pro V1x.
Titleist has achieved this new design by reengineering the core design. The ProV1 is still a three-piece golf ball with a urethane cover but Titleist has introduced the Next Generation 2.0 ZG Process Core and it’s paying off. Above the core and under the urethane cover sits an ionomeric casing layer. This patented three-piece design by Titleist was created after they received feedback from Tour players who wanted to see some added distance without sacrificing too much of the patented high-spin and control around the greens.
Around and On the Greens
The three-piece design of the ProV1 allows it to have a high spin rate on wedges and chip shots. Although the ball spins less, it barely spins less. Titleist somehow added 5-10 yards to this ball without sacrificing too much spin. You won’t have as much zip on this ball as the Pro V1x, you have plenty of control around the green. The cover is also quite durable for a premium ball. This is a welcomed improvement for a ball that costs $4-$5.
Is this the best golf ball for you?
The Titleist Pro V1 is still a golf ball designed for advanced players. It spins a lot and will reward good shots while penalizing miss-hits heavily. However, Titleist’s improvements on the golf ball definitely make this golf ball more playable for more golfers. While Titleist probably didn’t need to improve the ProV1, they’ve somehow managed to do so. Added distance off the tee relative to the prior version, tight spin control around the greens, and enhanced durability makes the 2018 ProV1 one of the best golf balls available.