Titleist Pro V1: Still Golf’s Top Ball
It’s a little hard to believe, but it’s already been nearly nine years since the Titleist Pro V1® golf ball made its official PGA Tour debut at the 2000 Invensys Classic in Las Vegas.
The exact date was October 11, 2000, and it was the first week the new Titleist golf ball was available to Tour pros. As if on cue, longtime Titleist Tour pro Billy Andrade went on to win the tournament playing the Pro V1.
Titleist’s top-of-the-line golf ball franchise-both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x(TM)-has been going strong ever since.
For example, more than 43 percent of the money in 2006 on-course golf ball sales was spent on these Titleist models. Titleist has held its position as the best-selling ball since March 2001.
What’s New in 2009?
As a longtime best-seller, Titleist has not rested on its laurels. Each year the company has sought to make improvements to its Titleist golf ball franchise, and 2009 is no different. Following is a look at the newest versions of the highly popular Titleist models.
Titleist Pro V1
The Titleist Pro V1x(TM) has a three-piece multi-layer construction that’s designed to increase distance and improve cover durability and performance. According to Titleist, players will hit the new model farther-especially with the driver-and the ball will also take more of a beating.
It’s also billed as a ball that will help players score better, which makes perfect sense if it improves one’s game from tee to green. But, of course, golfers also must putt well to shoot lower scores.
Titleist Pro V1x
The Titleist Pro V1x(TM) has a four-piece dual core construction that’s designed to decrease spin and increase distance. This ball is also longer than its predecessor, according to Titleist, and more durable, too. The scoring performance is marked “similar” as compared to the previous version.
Everyone wants distance, and both Titleist models are the best ball choice for most amateur golfers, says Titleist, since they offer the combination of distance and short-game scoring performance.
Based on strong sales figures year after year, Titleist has a solid case. And, in general, the reviews are also pretty favorable.
Dave Koster, a reviewer at TheSandTrap.com, said he’s been playing Titleist golf balls since the latter days of the Balata and first generation of Professionals.
Koster called himself “a loyal customer” who has been tempted once or twice to switch to other manufacturers but not made the jump. He said the newest update to the 2009 Titleist Pro V1 will keep his business for the foreseeable future.
“The only switch I can really conceive of making at this point would be from the Pro V1x to the Pro V1,” Koster wrote.
Of course, despite their overwhelming popularity, not everyone is a diehard fan of these Titleist golf ball models. A sampling of other comments around the Web indicated some were not as impressed by Titleist’s performance claims and others balked at the price.
ProV1 & ProV1x- Preferred by Tour Players
These Titleist models are the most used golf balls on all the world’s major golf tours, including the PGA Tour, European Tour, Japanese Tour, LPGA Tour, Asian Tour and Nationwide Tour.
Following are just some of the world’s premier golfers who tee up with these Titleist golf balls:
Davis Love III
So far in 2009, Titleist has racked up 76 worldwide golf ball wins.
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