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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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Brendan Steele shows off prototype Wilson Staff driving iron on Instagram

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Wilson Staff has been making waves recently with a lot of high profile activity including the signing of Gary Woodland and the new Staff blade iron prototypes he has in the bag. It appears that the R&D team at Wilson has just gotten started for 2019, considering another new prototype driving iron has popped up thanks to Brendan Steele posting some very nice pictures on his Twitter and Instagram.

We don’t have a ton of information except for the caption from Brendan’s own post

“Check out this sweet new toy! @wilsongolf was awesome enough to let me create a new prototype driving iron and it couldn’t have turned out better!” 

It has some similarities to the previous V4 Driving Iron from Wilson by the looks of both the screw and the knurling around the hosel

 

but the cosmetics and certainly more inline with the new Staff Blades pictured below along with also appearing to have a shorter heel to toe length and a higher overall toe profile:

Whether or not this new driving iron will show up at retail like the Staff blades, it is definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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WRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

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Product: Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

Pitch: From Nikon: “This state-of-the art golfing laser rangefinder packs the stability of the Coolshot 80’s vibration reduction into an even more streamlined body. The red Oled internal display’s automatic brightness adjustment makes viewing easy in any light, while Hyper Read measurement response time is a speedy 0.3 seconds (approximately) over a range of 7.5-1,090 m. Locked On technology quickly defines overlapping subjects so you’ll be sure of an accurate reading to the flagstick, plus ID Technology gives a guide distance for uphill and downhill courses.”

Our take on the Nikon Coolshot Pro Stabilized laser rangefinder

Nikon has packed the Coolshot Pro Stabilized full of innovative features with a hugely beneficial streamlined profile. But we’ll get around to that a little later, as at the core of this laser rangefinder is its Stabilized Technology.

Whether it’s the conditions, or an inability to keep your hand perfectly steady when shooting your target, the issue of vibration is usually the main problem when it comes to rangefinders. However, with Nikon’s Stabilized Technology, that vibration is reduced by approximately 80 percent. The steadiness of the rangefinder may need to be seen to be believed, but with the Coolshot Pro Stabilized, any issues golfers have with taking a steady shot of their target can expect them to vanish with this rangefinder. More accurate results and likely speedier rounds (yay), what’s not to love?

This lessening of the vibration works in conjunction with Locked On technology, and it’s a powerful combination that creates a premium rangefinder. The Locked On technology in the Coolshot Pro Stabilized allows golfers to home in on their target, without the fear of the rangefinder locking onto the wrong target in the background. A small green circle frames your desired target, making sure that it is giving you the correct distance for your shot, and it’s not only extremely accurate but quick too. The Hyper Read Tech allows users to find the distance they want according to the company in “0.3 seconds – regardless of distance.” A claim that is difficult to dispute.

Another great feature of the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is its ID Technology. This technology takes care of all the incline, slope etc. The rangefinder from Nikon accurately reads the yardage taking into account the downhill or uphill nature of the pin, while the product also lets other competitors know when the ID Technology is off. If you’re competing in an event, a green flashing light indicates that the ID Technology is turned off, making it clear that actual distance is what you’re measuring, and that you’re abiding by all the rules.

Now let’s get down to the size, which makes all of the features we’ve talked about even more impressive. As you can see from our in-hand photos, the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is tiny and weighs just 180g. The advantages of having a small rangefinder are obvious as it can be carried or kept in even the smallest pocket of your bag easily, and the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is also both waterproof and nitrogen-purged to make it fog-proof. The range finder also features six different brightness levels and comes with a sweet 5-year warranty.

At around $450 the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is high-end and not cheap. But with the impressive features and high performance, it’s a product which combined with Nikon’s 5-year warranty justifies that price-tag. If you’re looking for a top-shelf rangefinder, then the Coolshot Pro Stabilized is very unlikely to disappoint.

 

 

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TXG: Ping G410 Plus driver review

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Our initial review of the Ping G410 Plus driver! In this video we use a stock shaft and a 10.5-degree head to see what improvements have been made over last year’s G400. Stay tuned for future videos where we will properly fit and dial in this driver for the correct loft, settings and shaft to unlock its full potential!

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