Every 2 years on odd numbered years, Titleist releases a new model of the popular Pro V1 and Pro V1x. The Pro V1 introduced back in 2000 and Pro V1x in 2003 was a game changer. Since then with every model, incremental improvements have been made. For the 2021 Pro V1 however, Titleist has changed every aspect of the ball from cover to core. That's a bold statement to make! Let's dive into the details.
BUT first, let's clarify that the overall difference between the Pro V1 and Pro V1x is largely the same. The Pro V1x will spin more, have a higher launch angle and firmer feel. The Pro V1 will have a softer feel, moderate spin and lower launch compared to the Pro V1x. So if you play the Pro V1x today, you'll still play the Pro V1x in the 2021 model.
For the 2019 iteration Titleist put extra emphasis on distance. For 2021 they have not called out any particular area, but, as mentioned above, they have made the most significant improvement to the ball since it's original launch, which is intended to translate into total performance improvements and consistency for every shot.
You may or may not care about the intricacies of golf ball construction, so we've tried to simplify the changes by breaking it down into what most golfers care about - feel, spin and distance.
Both Pro V1 and Pro V1x will have a softer feel than the 2019 model. This has been achieved by using a reformulated softer urethane cover. What does this mean to you? More spin for greenside control on finesse shots and short approach shots.
Secondly, the softer cover will provide a more responsive feel for your short game. Now, we understand that this can be highly subjective. As golfers, we focus on our balls, clubs, equipment and technique, but we all know that golf is much a mental game as any. The instant you play the shot, based on the sound and the feel at impact, even before seeing the ball, you know instantly if it was a great shot or if you f*cked up.
Titleist claims the new reformulated cover will give you better feedback and feel. They've also made continued improvement in manufacturing technology and quality to control, so every ball produced will be identical.
It’s not simply a matter of changing the urethane formula. It’s a complex process involving a chemical reaction that has to be performed under very strict conditions. And when you create a new formulation, the viscosity of the material, the gel time, the temperatures required – everything changes. Fortunately, we designed the process and we machine all the tooling ourselves. That level of control allows us to very finely tailor our urethane formulations and consistently achieve the exact hardness we want. That gives us the exact spin and feel that we're looking for on every new Pro V1 and Pro V1x we make.Mike Madson, Director of Aerodynamics & Research Engineering, Titleist
We touched on spin when we talked about feel, but let's dive in a bit more. More spin isn't always better. Off the tee and with your long irons you want less spin (check our blog on golf ball spin for more details), around the green you generally want more spin, but more than that you want to be in control of how much spin you impart on the ball. That's where multi-layer balls come into the picture.
The 3-piece Pro V1 and 4-piece Pro V1x uses multiple layers to reduce spin off the driver and long irons (inner core and casing layer plays a part here) and increase spin on approach shots (outer cover plays a part here).
If you want to get into the weeds the Team Titleist blog has some good info.
On shots with more lofted clubs like wedges, the cover plays a much larger role than the core and casing layer. By using a softer urethane formulation, the cover flexes on these shots and gives more at impact. More of the cover interacts with the grooves of the club, creating more friction. The more friction you have, the more spin you can generate.Brian Comeau, Director of Materials Research, Titleist
Yep, distance! We all want more distance so we can drive the green on that par 4 right? Distance was a key focus area in the 2019 model, so how did Titleist improve on this for 2021? By reformulating the casing layer and core, and changing the dimple pattern for the first time since 2011. To keep things simple I'll leave it that, but if you want all the details the Team Titleist blog has it.
The bottom line here is the 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x will be have a fast ball speed and less spin off the longer clubs resulting in more distance.
The new Pro V1 and Pro V1x both utilize a new high flex modulus ionomer material in the casing layer. We first experimented with high flex casings in AVX development. We took that a further step and saw great success when we incorporated HFM into the casing design for the Pro V1x Left Dash ball.
This material is more lively, more resilient than previous Pro V1 formulations and generates faster ball speed. To counterbalance this new, stiffer casing layer, we formulated a completely new, softer core. That allowed us to keep the compression neutral, but the softer core gave us the added benefit of lowering the spin rate off the tee and with long irons. The net result is more speed with less spin – a perfect combination for longer distance where you need it.Brian Comeau, Director of Materials Research, Titleist
Here's the rundown of the changes made to cover, inner layers and core:
While this year's change is big in terms of Titleist touching every piece of the ball including the dimple pattern, in terms of performance it's not a game changer. Yes, it will be a better ball, but don't expect it to shave 10 strokes off your game. USGA rules force manufacturers to make incremental changes to golf ball design and the fairway of innovation can be a bit narrow.
What else is the same?
The 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x first appeared on the PGA Tour at the 2020 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October at TPC Summerlin.
During the 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x seeding process early adopters included Justin Thomas (Pro V1x), Adam Scott (Pro V1x), Tony Finau (Pro V1) and Cameron Smith (Pro V1x) to name a few.
Cameron Smith became first to shoot four rounds in 60s at the Masters using the 2021 Pro V1x.
“When I first tested it, it was a bit hotter off the driver, which was great. The ball flight and windows were great. But the biggest thing that stuck out was the control coming out of the rough and around the greens. I can control my shots – especially those difficult, soft shots – so much better.”Cameron Smith
Titleist says it's right for everybody. If you aren't playing on the PGA Tour (or maybe even if you are) we think you'll do just fine with the 2017 or 2019 model years or even the older models.
Our opinion is biased, we don't think you should pay $50/dozen for golf balls, so our recommendation is to always buy used Pro V1's. You'll enjoy the game more since you don't have to worry about losing $4 in the water or in the woods as you get ready to tee off. The new 2021 models will be available in stores starting January 27, 2021, so it will be later in the year for us to get these in stock. For now, we've got plenty of 2017's and 2019's in stock.
If for some reason you dropped $50 and played a round with the new 2021 Pro V1 or Pro V1x, let us know what you think in comments.
Kent Evans is a passionate golfer and Sr Golf Writer at Two Guys with Balls. Kent blogs about various golf topics that interest him.
I bet you have seen professional golfers hit their golf ball few yards past the hole and then voila! it magically goes back closer to the hole! What did you just see? Magic? How do I do that?
I'm going to try to explain what golf ball spin is, how and why a golf ball spins, how to choose the best ball to improve your game.
Spin is basically what makes your golf ball go up in the air. When the air hits the dimples on a golf ball, it create a low pressure area which makes the golf ball go up in the air - lift. The faster the spin, the higher it will go!
Golf ball spin rate is the rate of rotation of the golf ball immediately after impact from the club face. Spin rate has such a big influence on the height and distance of a shot.
Definition: Spin Rate – The rate of rotation of the golf ball around the resulting rotational axis of the golf ball immediately after the golf ball separates from the club face.
There are two types of golf ball spin: Backspin and Sidespin.
Golf ball backspin is the backwards rotation of a golf ball.
Backspin on a golf ball causes the ball to lift into the air and rotate backwards.
To get backspin, you will need to strike your wedge with a downward blow and make a clean contact.
Backspin gives the golf ball it's trajectory:
More backspin causes the ball to have a higher trajectory.
Less backspin creates a lower trajectory.
Golf Ball Sidespin is the spinning that happens sideways. Yes, it's that easy to understand.
Sidespin CAN be good for some golfers but most of the time, it doesn't end well for most of us. However, it's almost impossible to hit a perfectly straight shot as any player will have some degree of sidespin with every shot.
Too much sidespin - slice or hook
Little sidespin - fade or draw
Left Sidespin (hook) – the spin that makes your golf ball spin to the left.
Right Sidespin (slice) – the spin that makes your golf ball spin to the right.
Shorter clubs are designed to give you more loft and shorter distances. Examples of shorter clubs are the sand wedge, pitching wedge, lob, and gap wedges. These give you more control over where the ball lands with high lofts.
Loft is the angle that the club will launch the ball into the air.
Higher launch angle - higher ball flight and more back spin.
Longer clubs are designed to give you less back spin and some forward spin as the clubs get longer.
Longer club - shorter loft angle
Shorter clubs can have a 60 degree angle where as a longer club (driver) will have much less of an angle with 10 degrees.
Having less loft will make your ball go farther but you will have much less control over your distance.
A closed club face is when the face of the club is aligned to the left of the target. This will give a left sidespin making the golf ball go to the left, called a Draw or a Hook.
An open club face is when the face of the club is aligned to the right of the target. This will give a right sidespin making the golf ball go to the right, called a Fade or a Slice.
A square club face is when the face of the club is aligned perfectly straight to the target. This will have the maximum backspin giving you the perfect shot.
Just like the club face has an impact on how a golf ball spins, the club path has an impact as well.
It's the direction of the club head is moving at impact, relative to the target line. Most players know this as 'in-to-out' or 'out-to-in'.
Definition of Club Path – The horizontal direction of the club head’s geometric center movement at the time of maximum compression
In-to-out is when the club face approaches and strikes the golf ball from inside the target line. This is the preferable path.
In-square-in is when the club face approaches and strikes the golf ball square to the target.
Out-to-in is when the club face approaches and strikes the golf ball from outside the target line.
Attack Angle is the up or down movement of the club head at the time of maximum impact. Attack angle is measured relative to the horizon.
Definition of Attack Angle – The vertical direction of the club head’s geometric center movement at maximum compression of the golf ball.
Hitting UP – When your angle of attack goes up at impact, the club head shifts back and raises the loft angle of the club. This will get you less distance and less spin because the loft is now more than what the golf club is actually designed for.
Hitting DOWN – When your angle of attack goes down at impact, the club head shifts forward and lowers the loft angle of the golf club. This will get you more distance and more spin because the loft is now less than what the club is actually designed for.
This one's fairly easy to understand. Higher club head speed will increase spin and lower club head speed will decrease spin.
It is important to note that we have looked at factors that impact spin in isolation to help illustrate the impact of each factor. What matters is when you swing that club how much the ball actually spins based on the combination of the above (and other) factors and if that amount of spin is what is required for the shot that you are playing.
Now that you understand the technical parts of what makes a golf ball spin, it's time to use that knowledge to improve your own golf game.
Before we jump to picking a ball, let's talk a little bit about the clubs you'd typically use on a hole. For the purpose of explaining this concept, picture a 500 yard par 5... you tee off with your driver, right down the middle of the fairway with a good roll 275 yards. Next using a 4 or 5 iron another great shot for 175 yards. You pick up your wedge for your 50-60 yard approach shot and land the ball 5 feet from the flag. It does not spin back like when the pros do it, but the ball stops and rolls a bit to get you a little close. Finally a gentle tap for BIRDIE! Nicely done! So what role did spin play here?
With your driver in your hands, ready to tee off, what's going through your mind? You want to DeChambeau this thing as far as you can right? The way you get maximum distance is to get the ball in the air (and we learnt we need spin to do that), keep the ball in the air (again we need spin and ball speed), then you want the ball to land and keep rolling (less backspin will help here) to maximize total carry distance.
Don't mean to send you down rabbit hole, but while we're talking about spin and drivers, it might be a good idea to also review our blog on golf ball compression.
With the driver, most of us want to hit that ball as far as we can (in a straight line, not into the woods). As we get into the irons, control of distance becomes more important. You still want some carry and roll, but you want more control especially as you start getting into the higher lofted irons such as the 7, 8 and 9 irons.
The way we have control is using spin. Unlike the driver, as we get into the irons (especially the short irons), more spin is our friend. The combination of spin and land angle will give us better control.
For example, a 5 iron will have low land angle and less spin which will give the ball some roll (but not too much), whereas a 9 iron will give a higher land angle, more backspin which will help stop that ball where you want it to stop (i.e. on the green close to the pin). This is why knowing your yardage for each club is important, but let's not go down that rabbit hole now.
With these high lofted clubs you are typically less than a 100 yards from the green so you want the ball to land and stop, so what do you need? Yep, you guessed it, more backspin.
The biggest factor is the ball, but it isn't the only factor. We want to briefly mention here to make sure your wedges are clean and the grooves are not worn out. The grass on the fairway (or rough) will also have a say here. Grass between the ball and club face at impact will reduce the amount of spin you can impart on the ball, so keep these factors in mind as well.
So what's the bottom line with clubs and spin?
With the driver you want low spin or just enough back spin on the ball to keep it in the air and then roll when it lands.
With your irons you want a moderate amount of spin so you have some distance control.
With wedges you want high backspin, if not that ball is going to bounce and roll right off the green (hello double bogey).
Next we need to pick a golf ball that suits you.
Low, Medium, High
Higher handicapped golfers are more likely to have a flaw in their swing which creates an imperfect ball strike at impact. They will most likely have an open or closed club face at impact or an incorrect club path. They might also have a angle of attack that is too high or too low. We've now learnt that all these will mean that you will end up with sidespin, which leads to a hook or a slice!
These low spin golf balls are best for high handicap golfers to get have better control of the shot. Some of the best low spin golf balls are Titleist DT TruSoft, Callaway Warbird, Bridgestone e6 Soft, and TaylorMade Aeroburner Pro used golf balls. You can try them out here for half the price of retail.
These golf balls are best for medium handicap golfers to have a better shot with medium spin.
These golf balls are best for low handicap golfers who are experienced.
|Golf Ball Model||Spin Rate||Read More|
|Bridgestone e5, e6, e7 models||Mid||Buy Now|
|Bridgestone e6 Soft, e6 Speed||Low||Buy Now|
|Bridgestone Tour BRX, BX, BXS, BRXS||High||Buy Now|
|Bridgestone B330, B330S, B330RX, B330RXS||High||Buy Now|
|Callaway Chrome Soft||High||Buy Now|
|Callaway Chrome Soft X||High||Buy Now|
|Callaway Chrome Soft Truvis models||High||Buy Now|
|Callaway HEX Tour Soft||Low||Buy Now|
|Callaway Diablo||Mid||Buy Now|
|Callaway Superhot 55||Low||Buy Now|
|Callaway Supersoft||High||Buy Now|
|Callaway Warbird||Low||Buy Now|
|Maxfli U/6||High||Buy Now|
|Snell MTB Black, X||High||Buy Now|
|Srixon Q-Star, Q-Star Tour||High||Buy Now|
|Srixon Soft Feel||Mid||Buy Now|
|Srixon Z-Star, Z-Star XV||High||Buy Now|
|TaylorMade Burner||Low||Buy Now|
|TaylorMade Project (a)||High||Buy Now|
|TaylorMade Tour Preferred, Preferred X||High||Buy Now|
|TaylorMade TP5 & TP5x||High||Buy Now|
|Titleist AVX||Mid||Buy Now|
|Titleist DT SoLo||Mid||Buy Now|
|Titleist DT TruSoft||Low||Buy Now|
|Titleist NXT Tour, NXT Tour S||High||Buy Now|
|Titleist NXT Tour S||Mid||Buy Now|
|Titleist Pro V1 & V1x||High||Buy Now|
|Titleist Tour Soft||High||Buy Now|
|Titleist TruFeel||Mid||Buy Now|
|Titleist Velocity||Mid||Buy Now|
|Vice Pro, Vice Pro Soft||High||Buy Now|
|Vice Pro Plus||Mid||Buy Now|
|Wilson Staff Duo Professional||High||Buy Now|
|Wilson Staff FG Tour||High||Buy Now|
Is your head spinning yet? See what I did there, this blog is about spin, I asked you about your head spinning, get it? Anyway, if you are confused, that's understandable, so let me try to put it together for you.
We said we want different spin rates depending on the club and shot that we are playing. Then we said that the characteristics of the ball will determine spin rates. So the obvious answer here is to pick a low spinning ball when teeing off with your driver and a high spinning ball when hitting wedges right? WRONG!! You can't tee off with a Callaway Warbird and hit your approach shot with Titleist Pro V1! It would make life easier but it's against rules.
The general rule of thumb that we advise most golfers, as we had alluded to above, is pick your ball based on your handicap. For example, if you are a high handicapper, picking a low spin ball will help (to a certain extent) to eliminate the undesirable side spin off the tee and keep the ball in play.
You will not be able to do the Phil Mickelson flop shot 30 yards from the green, but what you could try instead is the bump and run with an 8 or 9 iron. You are a high handicapper now, but as you continue to play this great game and improve, you will change the ball that you play with along with other aspects of your game such as your strategy for approach shots.
This is called backspin. You will need to strike your wedge with a downward blow and make a clean contact. More backspin causes the ball to have a higher trajectory. Less backspin creates a lower trajectory.
Golf ball spin is good AND bad. It depends on what type of spin we are talking about and what club you are hitting. For example, when hitting a driver the right amount of backspin is needed to get the ball in the air. Excessive backspin will make the ball balloon up and not get enough distance. Sidespin is almost always bad since it will result in a hook or slice. I say almost always since you need side spin to play a fade or draw, however, it requires a decent amount of skill and experience.
To get backspin on a golf ball make sure your wedges are clean and the grooves are not worn out. Conventional wisdom states to hit down (i.e. negative attack angle) on the ball, however, keep in mind that that your lie will have a big impact (fairway or fringe will get you better backspin than the rough). Position the golf ball toward your back foot, rather than the center of your stance. That will force you to hit down on the ball, which will create backspin. Swing down hard and hit the ball first, taking a divot after the ball is struck.
An average PGA Tour professional is able to get a golf ball spin rate of 2,685 rpm. An average male golfer has a spin rate of 3275 rpm.
The short answer is yes. A low spin ball such as the Titleist DT TruSoft will go straighter than a Titleist Pro V1 when you don't hit that perfect shot. Too much side spin is what causes a slice or hook and low spin ball will be more forgiving, thus can fly straighter. Should you go for a low spin ball just to have it fly straighter at the expense of greenside control? If you are a high handicapper the answer is maybe, however, as you improve your game you may want to rethink this.
Ball such as Titelist Pro V1, Bridgestone B XS, Callaway Chrome Soft, Taylormade TP5 will have a higher spin rate. It's hard to pin point any single ball as having the most spin, however, most tour level balls will generally have more spin. Click here to see all our high spin balls.
This question generally applies when using a driver. If too much spin is a problem for you, you may want to consider a low spin golf ball. Other tips are to make sure you are not teeing the ball too low, not hitting down on the ball and making sure the ball position is left of center. Check this blog by Golf Tips Mag for more details.
The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball has the most backspin.
Got any questions or comments? Let us know below...
Kent Evans is a passionate golfer and Sr Golf Writer at Two Guys with Balls. Kent blogs about various golf topics that interest him.
Golf ball compression has always been a fascinating topic within golf ball discussions. Frankly, it’s confusing and unless you spend hours and hours understanding, testing, and applying it is virtually impossible for you to keep up on it nor truly understand it.
The great news is that I will explain EVERYTHING that you need to know regarding golf ball compression but more importantly, give you the answers in whether or not you need to worry about it or not when it comes to choosing your golf ball.
First let’s start with the straight up definition.
Compression is “the action of compressing or being compressed.”
Alright good, that’s pretty straightforward. Think of it as compression is the act of squeezing something. Squeezing an orange, a baby squeezing a toy, a dog chewing on a tennis ball, squeezing a stress ball, compressing data on your computer to free up space and make your computer run faster (wait...does this really work?? I’m not so sure, I think it maybe a way for technical support to get us off the phone when something isn’t working...just saying).
More importantly and the reason why you are reading this is...YES, a golf ball compresses and when and how much DOES matter to you!
If you grab any golf ball and try to squeeze it I’d be willing to bet that you will not be able to, not even a little bit. Even if you stepped on it you will not be able to. Even if you put your golfing buddy on your shoulders and stepped on it you wouldn’t be able to. (If you can, send us videos and I will retract this statement...I’m still waiting...)
So when does it compress? Quite simply a golf ball compresses, at impact, between your golf club face and your golf ball.
(Wow that’s pretty cool – there is no way that I would have ever thought this happened at impact, did you?)
We now know that a golf ball compresses at impact with your club and it means “something” important for you but what exactly does that mean? Every golf ball has a different compression level which is many times measured down to the hundredths BUT I am telling you it is not necessary to drill down to that level of detail, PLUS it would literally make you fall asleep. (I fell asleep twice researching this topic.)
What I do want you to understand is that every golf ball has number associated with its compression level and it usually ranges from 30 – 100. Years ago, manufacturers actually printed the golf ball compression rating on the covers and/or denoted different compression ratings with the red/black numbers. Today, golf ball manufacturers stopped advertising compression levels of their balls because there was a negative stigma associated with a lower compression golf ball. To me that is a bunch of garbage, if a lower compression golf ball helps your ball go farther then how awesome is that!
Your swing speed and golf ball core (not cover)
Swing Speed – higher the swing speed, more force at impact, more a golf ball will compress.
Golf ball core – harder golf ball core will compress less vs softer golf ball core will compress more. On this one I will dig a bit farther – If, at impact, a golf ball compresses more there will be a GREATER amount of energy transfer from the club head to the golf ball causing the golf ball to SPRING off the club face resulting in maximum distance. If a golf ball compresses less at impact then you will have much less energy transfer from the club head will be lost in that additional compression.
A big misconception exists around golf ball compression and golf ball cover hardness. Often times they are referred to interchangeably BUT the truth is they are very different. Compression refers to the inner core whereas cover hardness refers to how hard the golf ball cover actually is.
Hard Cover – creates less spin, less feel, and stop ability around the green
Soft Cover – creates more spin, more feel, and more storability around the green
There is a point at which almost everything will either explode, break, or crumble based on the amount of force exerted on that object. On the other hand, just before the point of explosion, that object would be at maximum energy generation. This is the key to achieving maximum distance from a golf ball. If you pick a golf ball that matches perfectly to your swing speed then you will get maximum distance. The problem is we amateurs don’t have the time or money to spend on figuring this out.
Let’s try keep it simple and break it into 3 different groups - Low Compression, Medium Compression, High Compression golf balls.
When you golf in extreme heat (90+ degrees) the higher compression balls will have a lower compression rating vs the lower compression balls will have a higher compression rating
When you golf in extreme cold (under 50 degrees) the higher compression balls will have a lower compression rating and the lower compression balls will have a higher compression rating.
Compression is just one of many factors that you need to consider when picking a golf ball. That said, use the quick guide below to narrow down your golf ball choices.
Low swing speed (<85 mph) - Pick a low compression ball
Medium swing speed (85 - 104 mph) - Most golfers will fall into this categoy. Pick mid compression ball, however, if you are toward the higher end of the spectrum you may want look at a higher compression ball and vice versa.
High swing speed (>105 mph) - Pick a high compression ball
In order help you make your choices, we'd done our best to tag our our balls based on factors such as compression, spin, construction etc.
Almost all manufactures, most notably Bridgestone has put more emphasis on compression and fitting golf balls based on swing speed. The idea, as we had explained above is that a golfer with a slower swing speed will find it easier compressing a lower compression (soft) ball, thus getting better distance than with a high compression tour ball.
Who doesn't subscribe to this philosophy? Only the world's no. 1 golf ball manufacturer (it's Titleist in case you are wondering). Titleist insists that there is no significant difference in how much a tour pro and your average weekend hack compress the ball regardless of the ball's compression rating. Instead when fitting the ball they say to put the most emphasis on what balls works best for shots around and into the green.
So who's right and who's wrong? I have no idea! My guess is everybody is a little bit right and a little bit wrong. We think you should consider compression based on your swing speed, BUT, don't over analyze this one factor. If you have not done so already, also check out our blog on golf ball spin.
There you have it - everything you need to know about golf ball compression. Hopefully, this will help you in that never-ending quest to pick the correct golf ball for YOUR game. Remember that each and every one of you has a unique swing, style, and approach to this amazing game. Continue to try to do whatever you can to maximize, but do not go overboard to the point where you forget to buy your golf balls or forget to book your tee times! If you need any help with picking the right ball drop us a message and we'll do our best to help.
Kent Evans is a passionate golfer and Sr Golf Writer at Two Guys with Balls. Kent blogs about various golf topics that interest him.
Many years ago when we started our quest to help lower the price of golf balls. We too, like I’m sure many of you, were confused on what those words mean. These terms continue to muddy an already cloudy golf ball buying experience. Well lucky for you I am an expert, so I will filter the mud and make it crystal clear. We will explore the definitions, applications, and most importantly performance of the above mentioned golf balls.
First let’s go with straight up definitions:
A golf ball that has already been used. It’s that easy. Once you take the golf ball out of the package putt, chip, or drive with it ONCE it is now a “Used Golf Ball.” Just like buying a new or used car – pretty self-explanatory right?!
Hint: A recycled, refinished, or refurbished golf ball is a USED golf ball no matter what anyone says!!
See above “Used golf balls.” Nothing special is done to “recycled” golf balls. Some people use recycled as a marketing ploy but they are used golf balls cleaned and sorted.
During this process, only golf balls that aren’t scuffed or had their cover compromised are used. The golf ball cover is usually wet blasted that removes the logo, number, and any other marking on the golf ball. Assuming all marking are able to be removed the golf ball gets a new clear coat, it’s re-painted, then a final clear coat. There are many companies who do this and the majority stamp “refinished” on the ball.
Refurbished golf balls are very similar to refinished golf ball with a little twist. These golf balls are restored in a quicker less invasive way. Instead of blasting the cover clean and then re-coat and re-paint, these balls are improved cosmetically based on need. Basically, if there is an arrow that needs painting or a logo that’s fading the refurbished process will make them look as good as new.
Now let’s talk about performance. There are many golfers out there who will not even consider using one of the above mentioned types of golf balls because they are not “NEW” golf balls. I totally understand that standpoint, in fact I also had that same sentiment before I actually did research on the topic.
So the key question is, will there any loss in performance if you play used golf balls instead of new? To answer this question we sent some of our used balls of different grades to our friends at Practical Golf for independent and unbiased testing. Check out their used golf ball test where they tested our used balls and compared performance with new golf balls.
Spoiler alert: to the average golfer it makes absolutely no difference whether you play a new or used ball!
At Two Guys with Balls, we have a very simple grading scale.
Eagle is our highest quality level, Birdie is the mid-range quality level and finally, Par is the lowest quality level (see our grading scale for the details). If you have shopped around you will see that everybody seems to have a different scale and definitions. With that said (for the most part) you can follow the guideline below.
Eagle = Mint = 5A = AAAAA = A Quality = Best
Birdie = Near Mint = 4A = AAAA = B Quality = 2nd Best
Par = Good = 3A = AAA = C Quality = 3rd Best
Here's what USGA Rule 5-1/4 states:
5-1/4 Status of 'X-out,' 'Refurbished' and 'Practice' Balls
Q. What is the status of 'X-out,' 'refurbished' and 'practice' balls?
A.'X-out' is the common name used for a golf ball that a manufacturer considers to be imperfect (usually for aesthetic reasons only, e.g., paint or printing errors) and, therefore, has crossed out the brand name.
A 'refurbished' golf ball is a second-hand ball that has been cleaned and stamped as 'refurbished.' In the absence of strong evidence to suggest that an 'X-out' or 'refurbished' ball does not conform to the Rules, it is permissible for such a ball to be used.
However, in a competition where the Committee has adopted the condition that the ball the player plays must be named on the List of Conforming Golf Balls (see Note to Rule 5-1), such a ball may not be used, even if the ball in question (without the X's or without the 'refurbished' stamp) does appear on the List.
In most cases, 'practice' balls are simply listed, conforming golf balls that have been stamped "Practice," in the same way that golf balls often feature a club or company logo. Such balls may be used even where the Committee has adopted the condition that the ball the player plays must be named on the List of Conforming Golf Balls.
As we all have, I’m sure you've experienced a time in your golfing career where you pulled that brand new $4.00 plus ball out of the sleeve, teed it up, and shanked your drive into the woods. You are probably upset, will bogey the hole, and won’t be able to buy your favorite beverage when the cart girl comes by. As you can see these types of golf balls WILL perform nearly as good as that brand new $4.00 ball and after a few rounds you will have saved enough cash to pay for your next green fee!
Regardless of which ball you decide to play, you now are fully informed about what these terms mean. You have the ability to play whatever quality of ball you prefer without paying an exorbitant price. Yeah you may lose a few yards but they will NOT affect your scores! The emotion of losing that $4.00 ball will cost you more strokes than that!
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Note: We've updated our original post on the differences between the 2017 and 2015 Pro V1 to also cover the current generation 2019 model year.
Two words - DISTANCE and DISTANCE!. If there's one thing you remember about the difference in the 2019 line of balls is that Titleist for their latest iteration focused on distance. That's fantastic, so Titleist added distance to the Pro V1 and Pro V1x in 2019... what took them so long? Well, we all know that when it comes to golf balls it's always a trade off between distance and short game accuracy, and the Pro V1 arguably is the #1 ball in golf for it's exceptional short game control. So were they able add more distance without compromising on control? Titleist thinks so.
So here's how they say they did it (and by extension where they tweaked things from the 2017 model).
A thinner cover in and of itself does not contribute to speed, but it helps make room for the larger casing layer.
Compared to the 2017 model, the larger casing layer is what Titleist is counting on to add speed.
Titleist added the 2.0 ZG process core to get more speed than the previous design. That just marketing speak for what Titleist claims is their most advanced formulation yet.
Anything Else Changed in 2019?
Not to the core technology of the ball itself, BUT, the following are worth noting:
Before we dive in let's discuss some quick Titleist philosophy.
First, I’d like to make sure that all of our loyal readers understand the Titleist pattern, release, and design of new Pro V1s. Since the Pro V1’s conception in 2000, Titleist has brought enhancements to the market every two years, which personally I like and respect. So many golf companies out there use their “Marketing” division to make us golfers “feel” like every year, technology has advanced SO much that we have to spend thousands of dollars on new equipment just to keep up. Well......not Titleist Pro V1 golf balls which new versions are released every two years.
So how can you tell the difference? For many of you, I’d be willing to bet that you may have never even thought about it or don’t really care (that’s why I’m here for you) which is great. Note: These balls are great every year and you should never worry about a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball that you are playing unless you have a big cart path mark or a slice in the ball (if so we have some great specials going on right now). But for those of you, like me, who love all the nerdy details regarding your golf balls, here is the quick and easy way to identify what version you are playing…. The Pro V1 logo on each ball. Really? Is it that easy? Yes, it is that easy. Titleist is very clever on subtle changes the logo that without reading this blog, you may have never known! But since you are, I have shown you the last three versions (2015, 2017 and 2019).Comparison of Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Logo 2015 vs 2017 vs 2019
Titleist Pro V1 is their most advanced, best performing golf ball ever. As we all know there are two types of golf balls (for most golfers) Pro V1 / X and ALL OTHER GOLF BALLS… Even if you don’t adhere to that rule you have to admit that Pro V1 is one of the best golf balls on the market.
So what’s different? A LOT according to Titleist. So let’s dive into it.
“The longest golf ball ever” – The 2017 Pro V1 features a re-engineered with a Next Generation 2.0 ZG process core which delivers longer distance on all shots through lower long game spin and faster ball speed while giving the soft feel Pro V1 lovers have come to love and demand. A new spherically tiled 352 tetrahedral dimple design produces penetrating trajectory with even more consistent flight.Image credit -Titleist.comImage credit -Titleist.com
“Most Consistent Flight Ever” – The 2017/18 Pro V1x featuring a ZG Process Dual Core creates extraordinary distance which is a bit different than Pro V1’s core. The Pro V1x ZG Process Dual Core adds a new spherically tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design that produces a higher trajectory which hold it’s line during heavy winds better than it’s predecessor.Source
Both 2017 Pro V1 and Pro V1x Titleist golf balls absolutely continue to deliver great short game scorning performance in most part because of the soft Urethane Elastomer cover system identical on both models is precisely formulated to deliver Drop-and-Stop greenside control with soft feel providing golfers with the performance and confidence to dot hit it closer to the hole. The most fascinating part of this cover is that a chemical reaction that takes place during the casting process which also provides great durability. Many have said that these golf balls will hold up for ALL 18 holes that is….if you don’t hit them in the woods.
These models DO NOT EXIST. As I alluded to earlier, Titleist releases a new model approximately every two years. We've seen some retailers listing 2016 and 2018 balls which is misleading and causes confusion. Titleist blogged about this in a post titled Exploring the Titleist Pro V1 archive, which details the complete history of the Pro V1 since its launch in 2000.
In a previous blog we highlighted the technical differences between the two but here we will mentioned it straight forward in performance.
Pro V1 – flies lower with penetrating trajectory and feels softer
Pro V1x – flies higher, has slightly firmer feel, and spins more on iron shots.
Either Pro V golf ball will give you the best opportunity to shoot the lowest score possible (my opinion) I use the Pro V1x and will continue as I love the greenside control and high trajectory.
Bottom line is that you need to find a ball that you LOVE and have 100% confidence on for every shot. Hopefully now you have a better understanding of the enhancements of the new 2017 Pro V1 golf balls and will lower your scores this season!
Well, it's that time of year again where we take ALL the guess work out of shopping for your golfer. We have traveled across the globe to find the best golf gifts of 2018 just for you (or your spouse.) Shopping for the people we care is sometimes crazy hard. The good news is TwoGuysWithBalls.com have taken the pain out of shopping for your Golfer; man or woman, young or old, 1 handicap or a 20 handicap. Our golf experts have exhaustively researched, tested, and evaluated the most “popular” golf gifts of 2018 and have come up with our annual list!
By the way – TwoGuysWithBalls.com was not paid for these endorsements nor will receive any royalties from this review...just pure old fashioned gift review for our loyal readers!
You have all heard about Yeti coolers right? Well Yet has quickly become one of the most talked about brands as of late and they have created some great golf gifts. This Yeti golf bag gives you all the portability you need with a slick modern design.
Yeti.com - $299
Anyone like to enjoy a bit of Whisky after your last round? We do (Bourbon is preferred) but we now are adding these handcrafted golf ball chillers to our routine. We love the fact that we get the perfect chill without the chance or watering it down. Made in Minneapolis, Minnesota and cooled in your freezer. You even get a little pouch for your chilled Whisky balls!
We all need to spend more time polishing our putting stroke but many times we default to the driving range rather than the short game practice area. BirdieBall is a high quality putting mat which reflects the speed of typical golf course greens, you are also able to putt against the grain with this putting mat to get a feel of the differences. We think that's a great enhancement over other similar products. Now let's shoot for replicating morning putting to afternoon putting next!
We've all seen the traditional low quality money clips or the guy who uses a rubber band for his cash. We have finally found a high quality secure money clip which just so happens to have a golf ball inlet. The patented silver-level mechanism allows you to securely carry your cash and your credit cards without the bulk you find in the majority of clips. Crafted from stainless steal this clip will give you the durability which lacks in others similar. This item made the top ten because it's reasonable, practical, and just plain cool!
Last year we highlighted a great Bushnell range finder which is still a great product but technology has advanced and we now are falling in love with the Garmin range finder. Who remembers Garmin? If I remember correctly it was one of the first GPS units on the market. Either way this little baby is significantly smaller, lighter, and still has up to 15 hours of battery life. Over 41,000 course maps as well as hazard, lay-ups, and automatic green views. Distance to the front or back of the green, par information for each hole, and even a pin pointer for lining up blind shots. Although the price tag is a bit steep, the new advances will surely reduce strokes in your game.
Two drivers in your bag?? That will be the question the first time you use this amazing gadget. At first we thought this may be a bit corny but we stand corrected! This hidden gem has a 48oz insulated tank which will keep any drink hot or cold. It will fit in any golf bag, looks like a driver, and has a easy pump dispenser. Comes with a long handled brush and has a wide mouth for easy cleaning or throwing in a few ice cubes. You will be the most popular member of your group, no matter what your score is!
This is one of my favs this year because it just makes way too much sense. How many of your garages have "golf stuff" scattered everywhere, I mean everywhere. I've personally opened my garage and had golf balls roll out and now I'm seen chasing them down the driveway. How many times have you tried to park in the garage and golf bags are in the way. We've all tried new and creative ways to store our golf equipment but create no more. This chrome-plated steel frame with stainless panels can hold up to 175lbs and cleans up very easy. Designed to hold golf shoes, extra clubs, towels, plus boxes of balls. Optional casters will make your life so much easier the next time you organize your garage. What a great idea!
As an avid reader of Golf Digest, I can tell you that this magazine has helped lower my golf scores. In the current age where magazines are all but dead Golf Digest is getting better and better. Their in depth coverage of the world of golf, from every angle, gives ALL golfers the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and understanding of this great game. I still can't believe this is only $10/year! You also get their exclusive golf bag and an instant download of the 100 best courses guide.
Zepp Golf is the NEW advanced version in the swing analyzer technology. Prior to Zepp the majority of all these devices were a bulky, awkward, and expensive. Zepp Golf has changed all of that. This tiny non-evasive sensor attaches to your golf glove, yep that's it. No need to attach multiple devices to all of your clubs or add some kind of sensor tape which never really works. Connect via Bluetooth to the Zepp app through your favorite smart phone. This little genius measures your club speed, club plane, hand plane, backswing position, and much much more. Zepp even has a smart coach feature which personalizes your training! We are very impressed with Zepp and what it has done to change this technology.
Do you know why golf pro shops sell golf balls above retail prices? Because they can, so many golfers forget to make sure they have ample golf balls for their next round, then get to the course, look in their bag, and realize they are completely out or have a few old ones that have cart path marks everywhere. Once again we have a solution. Our “Balls of the month” subscription ensures the above scenario does NOT happen plus will offer you significant saving over pro shop balls as well as retail! It’s very simple and is very customizable to your golfers specific preferences. Remember an average golfer loses about 5 balls per round so playing just two rounds a month means they need another dozen! We will send you a dozen balls (of your choice) by the 1st of every month. You can choose the same exact balls each month, or a category of Balls and quality. We have 3 subscription options to fit your need and budget.
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The above mentioned terms are commonly used when manufacturers try to “sell” you their golf ball. Many of these terms are consistent will all balls and then modified to create a competitive advantage but more importantly SELL YOU MORE BALLS. I am in full agreement that each year technologies advance, innovations are realized and our golf equipment advances. As we approach the 2018 US Open and the midpoint of the season I think it’s appropriate to review the Best Golf Balls of 2018
I bet many of you are surprised to see this ball on the list, but I call this the “sleeper” of the bunch. This ball is absolutely perfect for that mid-handicapper who wants performance, but occasionally experiences a chili pepper (email me if you need clarification what that means). The 3rd generation Project (a) golf ball is the best one they have produced yet (I would certainly hope so…) TaylorMade tweaked the core just a bit to make the center softer and the outer layer firmer which improves speed and creates additional energy which is retained by it’s outer core. It is still a 3-piece ball and a 322 dimple, urethane cover which gives tour technology and a soft feel.
A newcomer to the list at #9 is the 2018 Vice Pro Plus boasts 4 layers which provides lower driver launch and spin for longer drives (Remember: Low spin on drives and High spin on low irons and wedges.) These balls are perfect for golfers with a medium to high swing speed. The Vice Pro Plus has the exact same urethane cover which is a must with any premium “x” ball. The Vice Pro Plus will be slightly longer that the “x” balls out there but you will lose the control around the green. These balls are hot, VERY hot.
Srixon is getting close, very close, to the top of this list as every year they learn and get better. They are creating a great all-round golf ball that has been made with 13% softer core than other generations of Srixon balls which gives great spin and control on the green. They have gone back and forth on number of dimples but have decided on 338 for this version. This reduces drag and creates a bit more glide in the second part of the flight to keep the ball in the air a bit longer. Srixon has also added a DOUBLE urethane cover which gives additional friction and spin. Double urethane cover?? The second cover is a urethane “coating” that creates even more control, balance, and reliability. Really like this ball, just don’t LOVE it yet! Also, do you know Srixon owns Cleveland??
Huh? Is that a typo? No it’s not. Bridgestone has dropped it’s “330” and just went with the “BX.” I figure you are going to ask me why, so I’ll just tell you. Marketing. Yes, Marketing, although Bridgestone claims that have softened the urethane cover of the tour balls which provides lower driver spin and increased feel and accuracy. Which adds velocity for more distance. This ball is basically the same ball it’s ever been which is good news to myself and Tiger who really like this ball. I was a bit worried that Bridgestone was going to alter an already great ball but I am happy to report that it is the same that it has always been and I am fine with that.
Over the years I have been impressed and disappointed with Callaway, but I am happy to say that I am impressed with their advancements with their Chrome Soft line of golf balls. Callaway has made a larger inner core which gives more speed and control. Using a new material called “Graphene” the outer layer of this great ball gives more strength than the previous versions. The performance of this ball is very similar than previous generations which shows that Callaway is keeping up, not disappointing, but keeps me waiting to be impressed.
I still like the Chrome Soft over the Chrome Soft X, not because I’m an “x” guy but because Callaway really hasn’t proved that their ball deserves the “x” designation. The Chrome Soft was about to take off as the SINGLE ball solution not needing an “x” or a “1” or whatever BUT they gave in to pressure and have joined the ranks as an “x.” Well….now they need to back it up and I think they will but not this year. The current and (original) Chrome Soft is a great ball!
TaylorMade has done a great job with the TP5/TPX golf balls. TaylorMade has made a big deal of having 5 layers in this golf ball which is fine but do you realize that it’s predecessor the Tour Preferred also has 5 layers? The five layers enable the ball to preform differently with short irons and driver as it has a higher ball flight and lower spin. The durability of the cover is about average for the premium ball sector and I like the fact that every ball looked exactly the same 360 degrees around the cover. The TP5X shows to go farther and keeps a more consistent launch angle.
Are you shocked? I’m not. Do you ever wonder why the ProV1/X balls feel and look different from other balls? They use laser etching which creates a precisely unique ball different from every other ball. That’s great and all but where is the actual difference? Enough of this technical talk and give me the answer! Well, it’s pretty simple….start at the green and work yourself back to the tee box. Where you will notice the biggest difference is on the green as the ProV1x is softer and gives additional spin compared to the ProV1 is a bit harder and gives less spin around the green. The ProV1 will give you a few more yards off the tee as the harder cover will allow for greater distance.
Golf in 2018 is exciting. I love watching progression in the players, equipment, and the courses. Above I have outlined everything you need to know for golf balls in 2018 and I look forward to receiving your feedback and comments.
Last updated Feb 8, 2020
Over the last year or so there have been rumors about Titleist discontinuing production of their NXT Tour balls. In the blog below, we will address this as well as the differences in both NXT versions.
As we are doing these reviews of golf balls we will always remind our wonderful readers the make-up of a golf ball as mentioned below.
Generally made of synthetic rubber which range from 1 layer – 4 layers. A standard driving range ball has only 1 solid layer whereas Titleist uses an anomeric casing layer to cover their inner core.
The outer cover of the golf ball (what you can visually see) usually made from Surlyn or Urethane materials.
Surlyn is hard and extremely durable which produces less spin and feel but does not scuff very easily (unless of course you hit a tree, cart path, your fellow golfer, etc.)
Urethane is much softer and less durable which will produce more spin and is less durable – after a round of 18 holes you will see minor blemishes or scuffs. (That is if you use the same ball the entire round)
Dimples are actually a very sophisticated part of the ball. They are critical in reducing wind resistance or aerodynamic drag. Less drag means more distance and more birdies. Dimples almost double the distance compared to a smooth golf ball
The NXT Tour golf balls have three pieces and NXT Tour S golf balls have two pieces. The NXT Tour ball deliver longer drives, longer distance, and great stopping short game control. The soft core and cover ensure optimal feel and unmatched performance on the tee and the green. The NXT Tour ball has a lower compression which is great for lower swing speeds because the ball compresses quicker than a high compression ball.
Core: The center of the new dual core is 66% larger, decreasing spin on long game shots and providing longer distance on tee shots and with irons.
Cover System: The Fusablend cover used on NXT Tour provides soft feel and excellent shot stopping control.
Dimple Design: The dimple placement and design depth maximize distance for golfers on every shot. The dimple pattern provides consistent ball flight for golfers in all conditions.
The NXT Tour golf balls have three pieces and NXT Tour S golf balls have two pieces. The NXT Tour S is a high-performance ball which delivers low driver and iron spin which creates outstanding distance but gives excellent shot stopping ability. The NXT Tour S ball has a lower compression which is great for lower swing speeds because the ball compresses quicker than a high compression ball.
Core: The new core is the softest ever created for NXT Tour S, providing noticeably softer feel and very low spin on your long game shots for great distance.
Cover System: The new Fusablend cover is softer to enhance feel around the green and provide excellent shot stopping control.
Dimple Design: The aerodynamics package on NXT Tour S now has deeper dimple depths to slightly lower the trajectory for maximized distance.
The chart below is a side-by-side summary of the above, for those who like seeing pictures to help make those decisions.
So there you have it. NXT Tour/Tour S are great golf balls and will perform perfectly under pressure (as long as you do) no matter which ball you pick.
Good or bad - Titleist did indeed DISCONTINUE their production of the NXT brand (don't worry we have plenty of inventory for you).
So why would they discontinue these balls and what did they replace them with? We would never leave you hanging, see below for a review of the new ball.
Let's dig in to the details about this new ball. Titleist has always tried to create golf balls that cater to all different types of golfers, handicaps, swing speed, etc. This new ball is no different. They have replaced two top performing balls (NXT/NXT Tour S) with this one ball. Titleist Tour Soft balls are looking to satisfy the golfers' need through just two layers. With the newly designed ionomer soft cover, which more golfers are asking for, the Titleist Tour Soft ball aims at producing more distance off the tee while still giving soft feel around the green. The previous urethane-cover limits distance off the tee for golfers with lower swing speeds.
Core: Titleist has produced their largest core ever in this ball which gives a responsive feel and high ball speed. Because the ball compresses at lower swing speeds this ball will produce maximum distance for the majority of golfers.
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Cover System: The new cover formulation is made of ultra-thin 4CE grafted cover made with propriety Titleist technology. The cover creates advanced short game control and leading soft feel.
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Dimple Design: The spherically-tiled 342 cuboctahedron dimple design delivers penetrating trajectory and consistent ball flight.
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Well, there you have it, a full review of Titleist NXT Tour golf balls and the NEW Titleist Tour Soft golf ball. Remember the golf ball is the only piece of equipment that you use on EVERY hole and it is critical that you play with a golf ball that suits your game. But do me a favor, don't pay FULL price for new golf balls – give our amazing recovered golf balls a chance and we GUARANTEE you will love them or your money back!
If you have any questions or have tried out the new Titleist Tour Soft, sound off in the comments below. We'd love to hear from you!