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New 2019 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls feature cover, core improvements for better long game performance

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More speed, less spin, same short game performance. That’s the new Titleist Pro V1 (and Pro V1x) in a nutshell, according to the Fairhaven, Massachusetts-based company.

Titleist emphasizes the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x’s reformulated New 2.0 ZG Process Core, which contributes to added spin. A faster ionomeric casing layer contributes to added speed and less spin on long shots. A 17% thinner cast Urethane Elastomer cover removes “slow” material from the ball. The company maintains that while long game performance is improved, there are no adverse changes to short game performance.

 

“Through the prototyping process, our chemists and engineers discovered a way to cast an even thinner urethane cover, and therefore increase the percentage of speed- enhancing materials in the overall construction. Pro V1 and Pro V1x are now even faster, as a result, all while maintaining the scoring performance and feel characteristics that golfers demand…” said Michael Mahoney, Vice President, Golf Ball Marketing.

In addition to the traditional white Pro V1 and Pro V1x, in response to consumer demand, Titleist adds yellow—more specifically, a high optic yellow—versions of both balls

“As the demand for yellow Pro V1 and Pro V1x started to grow, our material scientists got to work on what we knew would be a significant R&D undertaking,” Mahoney said. “The performance and durability characteristics of our cast urethane are the best in the industry. It’s because we formulate and manufacture the cover ourselves that we are able to control the material with such precision and consistency. While it may seem pretty straightforward, recreating those properties in yellow required a new and complex chemistry with considerable iteration until we got it just right.”

Ball technology recap

Titleist Pro V1

  • three-piece construction
  • multi-component technology with a thinner cast Urethane Elastomer cover system
  • faster ionomeric casing layer
  • new 2.0 ZG Process Core
  • spherically-tiled 352 tetrahedral dimple

Titleist Pro V1x

  • four-piece construction
  • multi-component technology with a thinner cast Urethane Elastomer cover system
  • faster ionomeric casing layer
  • new 2.0 ZG process dual core
  • pherically-tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design

2019 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls will be available in golf shops beginning Jan. 23, 2018, with the high optic yellow models available March 15. $47.99 MAP.

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  1. Cameron

    Jan 23, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Release date must be wrong…references Jan. 23, 2018. Should be 2019 at a minimum and my local PGATourSuperstore does not have them available today.

  2. Kork

    Jan 23, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Why they don’t give more details on the ball? In such cases I start to believe that faster means by 1% if not less.

  3. Gordon

    Jan 23, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    So how will I know if the balls being sold to me by the guy over the fence, who got them from a lake, are 2019, 2016 or earlier Pro Vs?

    • Doug Hansen

      Jan 24, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      Each year features a different alignment aid around the ProV text on the side of the ball. This years is two shaded deltas. Last year’s was a solid black arrow, I think.

  4. Ryan

    Jan 23, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I’m sure they’re good, but not $10/dozen better than TM or Bridgestone. I’ll play the ones I find in the rough, but I won’t be buying them. Pretty interesting that Fowler decided to go to the TPX5.

  5. ih

    Jan 23, 2019 at 10:36 am

    So they wanted to copy Taylormade. Of course
    Just like when they copied Precept MC Lady for the idea of the ProV

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All-new Srixon Q-Star: Spin where you want it!

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If there is anything I have learned in the past year about golf balls, it’s that they are packed with more technology and chemical compounds than most people can comprehend. A lot of premium boundary-pushing technology is found in, as the name states, the premium ball category, BUT Srixon is bringing the same tech found is the Z-Star line to the masses with the fifth-generation Q-Star, priced at $26.99 a dozen.

So, what am I talking about when I say chemistry? How about Spin Skin with Slide-Ring Material (SeRM for Short). SeRM is a urethane coating with flexible molecular bonds (how many times do you think about molecular bonds when talking golf ball?). This flexible coating digs deep into grooves for more control and more stopping power.

When we say “control” we mean friction. Friction is extremely important in golf is because the more you can create with your scoring clubs, the more control you are going to have around the greens. Where does all this chemistry come from, you might ask? In case you didn’t already, know Srixon is owned by Sumitomo Rubber Industries — a world leader in rubber technology including tires. Hmm…I think if a company can find ways to increase friction on a tire on a car going 100+ MPH, there must be some type of parallel there…

When you consider that most average golfers miss a LOT of greens, and often times in the wrong places, having a ball that offers a bit more control than the standard two-piece ball means you can (hopefully) stop it closer to the hole. And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times: The closer you golf ball end up to the intended target, the lower your scores are going to be.

Another way of getting the ball closer to the hole is distance, and the Q-Star isn’t lacking in that department either. By utilizing Fast Layer Core Technology, meaning the core is softer in the middle than around the outer layer [think of it like a symmetrical round muffin top (drool…mmm…muffins)], they can create a ball that is lower compression, feels great, and spins less off the driver without sacrificing the oh-so-important distance. Don’t forget that less spin off the driver ALSO means less axis tilt (often wrongly communicated as “side spin”) creating shots missed left and right.

All off this technology wrapped up in 338 dimples, available in both white and yellow.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day discusses new equipment that has made it into the bags of our members so far in 2019. From new club additions to shaft changes, our members share the tweaks they have made so far this year and divulge what has been successful as well as what has failed to work for them.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Jackal66: “Went from 816 DBD Alpha driver to M3. Changed Odyssey Fang putter to Scotty Cameron Newport putter. Bought a 56° wedge and it is competing with my 53° Diadic.”
  • ObiwanForAll: “Gone all in with TaylorMade clubs and UST shafts.”
  • macedan: “Successes- Ping G400 9*, thought the smaller head size may hamper my confidence, but It has performed beautifully. Mizuno ST180 16*, No words, performs as needed and looks absolutely sharp. Middle of the road- Ping G Crossover 21*, unfortunately, I fell into a swing slump across the bag not long after buying it. When my swing is on, it is one of my absolute favorites in the bag. My biggest complaint is just the appearance of the massive amount of offset.”
  • pollock21: “Been quite a year…TS3 knocked out my trusty G400 LST which was quite a feat. Now shafted with 130 Rogue Silver. I500 w/LZ 7.0 125’s experiment is on the way out. They’ve been excellent irons for me, but I just hit them obnoxiously long. Currently looking for my next set. Also dabbling with a hi-toe 60 to replace my trusty 60* Glide 2.0 stealth. So far, I’m loving it. Last change was putting in the copper spider x which knocked out my ketcsh and scotty newport 2.0.  Failed experiment so far with the flash sz fairway. Putting the trusty 16M2 back in the bag. Definitely moving on from the flash, I’m just not as consistent with it.”
  • shanx: “Took a lesson late spring and my ballstriking has improved. I ditched the Callaway X20 Pros, Cally X Forged ’07s, added Mizzy MP15s with C Taper Lites. Not sure if those shafts will work for me in the long run, but I am going to play them for a bit as I am still working on swing changes from the lesson. Rotating three drivers (2 Titleists and a Callaway Epic), thinking about going to get fit for my driver soon.”

Entire Thread: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?” 

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Chez Reavie’s winning WITB: 2019 Travelers Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White 130 

5-wood: TaylorMade M5 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White 130 

Irons: TaylorMade P-790 (4-iron), TaylorMade P-750 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper Tour 120

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50-08F, 54-08 M, 58-08 M)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper (50), KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 (54, 58)

Putter: Odyssey Works No. 7

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip cord

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