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Titleist Left Dash Pro V1x is headed to retail

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Titleist Left Dash Pro V1x

Titleist announced a new version of the Pro V1x being released to consumers October 1: the “left dash” Pro V1x. If you’re wondering about the nomenclature the printing is as follows on the ball <-PRO V1x>, thus there’s a dash to the left of Pro V1x.

Line extensions have been few and far between with the ProV line, beyond the introduction of the original Pro V1x in 2003. The only other North American released multi-piece urethane covered ball is the Titleist AVX, a lower compression lower trajectory option for players looking to lower overall flight and decrease spin across their bag—until now.

New Titleist Pro V1x

Titleist Left Dash Pro V1x: Performance

The <-PRO V1X> is a higher launching, lower spinning version of the ProV1X.

Just like how the AP3 (the new equivalent is the T200) was introduced to fill the much-requested gap in the iron line between the AP2 and AP1, the Titleist Left Dash Pro V1x is a ball that has similar spin characteristics of the AVX but at a much higher compression core similar to the Pro V1x. For professionals who wanted the higher compression ball but still required a lower spinning version, it fits right into their wheelhouse.

So where did the Left Dash Pro V1x come from?

The amount of people power and research that goes into each golf ball design is difficult to comprehend, and with that time comes lots of prototypes along the way that either stay in-house for testing, or in the case of some close to final production models, go to tour to get game-time feedback.

In the case of the Left Dash Pro V1x, what started off as just a test prototype to get player feedback on a new cover and core technology pairing, ended up becoming popular enough to justify keeping it as a CPO (Custom Performance Option). CPOs are made in the same factory on the same machines as other balls in the lineup, they are just made in small quantities using different (no pixie dust or voodoo added) materials. In a funny way, think of it like a slight variation to a popular muffin recipe for some people with an allergy—it’s been made special for a few people that really need it.

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In the case of the Left Dash Pro V1x, it was eventually refined and became the full release 2017 ProV1X, but thanks to the unique characteristics, there are some players that have not changed from this ball.

Titleist’s VP of Golf Ball Marketing Michael Mahoney explained it like this

“Through our player testing, we realized that some of our players were seeing slightly better performance out of our CPO products. It doesn’t mean they were losing performance with other products, but when you are working with the best players in the world some just have specific requirements.”

The number of players using a Titleist CPO is still minimal. In fact, the Left Dash Pro V1x is not a ball that is going to fit a lot of players—period. The number on combined tours in around 15 percent, with a few other variations out on tour.

“The way we have looked at it is, if there is enough demand for a product through our channels, then we want to make it available to the public.” Michael Mahoney. “Almost 90% of the products we sell are custom fit for the consumer, if we can go one step further and offer that with a ball, even better!”

The new Left Dash Titleist Pro V1x is like the ball version of the first Titleist MOTO (Made Only To Order) products which featured the 917D4—a low-spin small market segment product.

Availability and Price

Starting on October 1, Titleist accounts will be able to order the new Pro V1x Left Dash, and depending on where you are, you will be paying the same price as what you are paying now—around $48 at most retailers.

Our friend Bryan LaRoche featured cutaway shots of the Left Dash Pro V1x on his Instagram

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???? SEPTEMBER GIVEAWAY!! ????. Since @titleist is bringing the -Pro V1X to retail this October 1st, I figured I’d give you a chance to play the ball before it becomes available to purchase! ? ? Here’s how to WIN:?? ?? • LIKE this post!?? • FOLLOW @bryangolf and @chrisbakergolf!? • TAG a friend in a comment! (1 tag per comment, unlimited comments!)?? ? The (Left Dash) -Pro V1X is lower spinning and I’ve heard some players say “ball speed monster”! ????????? ? The contest is LIVE now and ends Friday night at 8p ET! Goooood luck! ? ? (Open to international contestants but an international winner is responsible for extra shipping costs. If the winner chooses not to accept their prize, a new winner will be selected at random.)

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Jim

    Aug 31, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Slow news week? Does Titleist pay by the word?

    Most over priced over rated RIP off in last 20 yrs.

    ProV balls & $275 Snotty putters…

    Ego’s way of saying “So, you think you got too much money?”

    • Alex

      Oct 2, 2019 at 11:06 am

      So how are you going to feel if you get paired with someone hitting one of these golf balls with their new PXG clubs?

      To each their own man. If you wanna steal golf balls from the local mini-putt and use them on the course go ahead. But don’t bash people or companies for putting out or buying products.

  2. James

    Aug 30, 2019 at 10:40 am

    So basically it’s a 2017 Pro V1x?

  3. Tiger Noods

    Aug 29, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Find it, cut it.

    • Ryan

      Aug 30, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Or put it in salt water to find the balance…

  4. JP

    Aug 29, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    A lot of players will buy these thinking it’s a regular ProV1X and be disappointed, not realizing what they actually got. I hope they really distinguish that these are different in stores.

    • HarryH

      Aug 29, 2019 at 7:02 pm

      You hit the nail on the head with that one.

    • J Zilla

      Aug 29, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      It’s got a dash!

    • Dino

      Aug 29, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      I’m curious as to how and why you have come to that “conclusion”?

      • Jake

        Aug 30, 2019 at 6:33 am

        The ball will not be on the shelf at any store but rather special ordered in small batches.

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TaylorMade SIM and SIM Max driver review

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New for 2020, TaylorMade has launched the new SIM driver family. First the lower spinning SIM then a more forgiving higher spinning SIM Max and a SIM Max D head to help draw the ball for those that need it.

We have seen the tour players using all three of the SIM drivers.

Technical Details

The SIM, SIM Max, and SIM Max D drivers from TaylorMade feature an asymmetric sole shape as well as a redesigned Inertia Generator. The asymmetric sole shape of the drivers is designed to reduce drag while providing faster clubhead speed, with the redesigned Inertia Generator redistributing weight at the very low-and-back portion of the club in a bid to provide improved forgiveness.

The SIM Max D clubhead contains a heel-bias internal weight with a topline masking to make the clubhead look more open at address to help golfers who struggle with a right-miss.

Other features of the SIM, SIM Max, and SIM Max D drivers includes a speed injected twist face, inverted cone technology, a thru-slot speed pocket, multi-material construction and an adjustable loft sleeve.

Exclusive to the SIM driver is sliding weight technology which allows face angle and flight bias preferences of up to +/-2° loft change and up to +/-20 yards of draw-fade bias.

(Top Left to Right) 2020 TM SIM Max & 2019 TM M6, (Bottom Left to Right) 2020 TM SIM & 2019 TM M5

Reviews

Here are the individual reviews from GolfWRXers’ trip to The Kingdom.

Tester: Rob “osubuckeyes691

I’ll start by saying this. SIM is very good. It’s not a magical 30 yards like everyone is talking about here. That comes from being properly fit. But it is good, and with a proper fitting I’d be shocked if you couldn’t find at least slightly better numbers with SIM over any gamer you have.

My current set up is a Callaway Epic Flash SZ Double Diamond with a Fuji Ventus Black 6x. LOW LOW LOW combo…and I still hit it high haha. I live in the low to mid 170s ball speed with spin sometimes getting up to 2700 2800. Drives I hit well, spin around 2100. My miss is a big push slice.

But it is good, and with a proper fitting I’d be shocked if you couldn’t find at least slightly better numbers with SIM over any gamer you have. -Rob

I ended up being fit in to a SIM 9* with the new KBS Tour Driven 70 Category 5. This shaft is super interesting. It’s really hard for me to describe but it has feel, and a lot of it. Spin dropped to about 2400 on my miss right and really, that’s what I was hoping would happen. I wanted something that when I missed, wouldn’t lose me 30 yards. We put the weight in the heel and it really did help straighten out the miss. Huge advantage for me. I knew as someone who swings 120ish I wasn’t going to pick up 20 yards. I wanted to reduce my miss and that’s exactly what SIM was able to do for me.  Here is a link to his post in the forums.

Tester: Will “fillwelix

For my driver fitting, I was with Perry, who was a blast to get to work with. I started by hitting my gamer on Trackman, talking with Perry about what my misses usually are, and what I wanted to get out of the fitting.

I usually don’t have a problem with distance so I told him the biggest thing I was looking for was a tighter dispersion. I don’t have the trackman numbers yet but with my gamer, I was averaging about 110 club head speed, 160-something ball speed, 270-275 carry, 285-290 total. Launching a bit too high but spin was okay.

The thing was seriously nuclear. My club head speed bumped up only about 1 or 2 MPH, but the launch and spin were incredible, as well as ball speed. I topped out at 170 ball speed, which I had never gotten before. -Will

We tried the 10.5 SIM in a Ventus Black 6x, and he gave me a couple tips in my setup, because my AOA was something like 4 or 5 degrees up. The thing was seriously nuclear. My club head speed bumped up only about 1 or 2 MPH, but the launch and spin were incredible, as well as ball speed. I topped out at 170 ball speed, which I had never gotten before. Carrying 295-300, total of 315-320. One shot carried the fence of the driving range at The Kingdom.

Spent some time going through different shafts to see if there was an improvement, played with weights, etc. but the best numbers were with the 10.5 SIM with Ventus Black 6x and the weight all the way in the toe, because my miss is usually left. Here is a link to his post in the forums.

Tester: Nick “n_rones

I started off with my fittings working with Joe. After some warmup we started with the drivers. Coming in I was playing a Srixon Z785 with a Hzrdus black 6.5 70 gram shaft at 45 inches.

I’m a really tough fit because I have an unusual swing and hit down on the ball heavily with every club. My AOA with the driver was between 5 and 7 down which is pretty nuts I always knew I hit down on it but not that much. I’m still waiting on the trackman date to be emailed to me but with my own driver I was somewhere in the neighborhood of 109 swing speed with a launch angle of 4 degrees and 4000 spin (Ridiculous I know right).

I was able to take it on the course with me that afternoon and hit 12-14 fairways a new record for me and ever ball was easily 15-20 yards longer than I was used to. -Nick

His main goal for me was to get launch up and spin down. The first club he handed me was the Sim 10.5 turned up to 11.25 with a Graphite design IZ 7x. Instantly my launch angle increased and spin dropped. We then went through a few other shafts like graphite design ad di 7x. We came back to the IZ and with a quick change in tee height we ended up where we wanted. We knew with my angle of attack we were never going to get me to super low spin and high launch we just wanted to get it to a manageable number.

By the end of the fit I was hitting the sim with the iz under 3k spin with a couple down at 2500 and 9 degree launch increasing my carry from the 244 range up to the 260-265 range on good swings and we neutralized my cut massively. I was fortunate enough to finish my fit while other guys were still busy so we went right into the build shop and he built me my driver on the spot and gave me a super cool kingdom exclusive headcover. I was able to take it on the course with me that afternoon and hit 12-14 fairways a new record for me and ever ball was easily 15-20 yards longer than I was used to. Most of that is me never being through a proper fitting before but a big factor was I was able to get into the sim head with high loft but it was a great spin killing head for me. Here is a link to his post in the forums.

Tester: “jimbonecrusher”

I am one that gained a good bit of ball speed from getting fit for the SIM driver. My gamer is a Titleist 915D3 9.5* with a Rogue Silver 70X. I wasn’t fit for the driver as I just bought the parts off of the BST. I always felt that I lost yardage due to high spin. The Trackman didn’t lie as I was getting 166mph ball speed and 3000 rpm of spin on well-struck shots. Where this posed a problem was when I was off-center, the ball would be a high right spinner that would lose a lot of distance. 

Where I saw great gains was in dispersion. TwistFace just flat out works. Toe shots came back to closer to center, and heal shots faded right back towards center. I also didn’t lose as much yardage. I did pick up about five mph in ball speed. There are a plethora of reasons for this gain and the resulting 20 yard gain in ball flight.

Some could attribute the gain to almost 30 feet of height in ball flight. It could also be because there was 300 less RPM, or over a degree increase in launch angle. Either way, it has proven to me that getting fit by a knowledgeable fitter is crucial. This is the first time that I have been fit for a driver. All the expectations of mine going into this fitting have been met.

The SIM is forgiving. The SIM is aerodynamically superior to what I have been playing. The SIM just flat out performs for me because it doesn’t balloon, it is forgiving on mishits with good direction and ball speed, and it reduced my spin rate. – 

The sounds of the SIM line is amazing. The solid “thwack” sound it makes at contact is extremely welcoming. Gone are the days of high pitched aluminum baseball bat sounds. Now, some sounds just sound perfect to me. Johnny Wunder posted a video on Instagram of me hitting a driver, and you can hear the sound. Here is a link to his post in the forums.

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Building the perfect half set

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Beyond physically putting clubs together, one of my favorite games to play is trying to build the ideal half set, and taking it out for some testing on the course. The goal is to see how few clubs I can play with before it becomes a detriment to my game and my scoring—while still having fun trying to hit all kinds of creative shots along the way

Many golfers have, at some point, played the “three-club challenge” (three including a putter), but that often becomes an exercise in caution and course management instead of what many would consider a usual round of golf. Although from the conversations I’ve had with golfers about trying out an extremely reduced set, the consensus generally ends up at, “I shot one of my best scores in a long time.”

I’m not sure how that sentiment potentially relates to handicap or not, but one way or the other, it’s a great way to lighten the load and have some fun thinking differently about your shots.

My ideal half set consists of 7-8 clubs including a putter, but in some cases, I will take it all the way down to 5-6. I love having the option to play with a full set and most times do, but I have gone weeks playing only with my half set and don’t see a noticeable variation in my scoring.

It actually makes me question why I carry a full set and in the grand scheme of golf. I think it would be one of the most entertaining experiments to have a PGA Tour event where players are limited to seven clubs. It would have the potential to make gearheads and the general fan engage in an interesting conversation.

Whatever way you choose to build your set, this is a quick start guide to play your best half set golf.

Thinking Your way Through Building a Half Set

  • The Putter: This is the one club that probably isn’t going anywhere (unless you are a virtuoso putting with a bellied wedge). You are going to be using this club on every hole, and depending on your comfort level hitting certain shots, you might end up using it further off the green than normal—cheers to the imagination! Build out from here, because shots inside 100 yards are still going to take up the majority of strokes on your card, and your putter is going to save you shots.
  • The “Wedge”: Remember that it wasn’t until the last generation of golfers that players started using a lob wedge. Tom Watson famously never put one in the bag and only carried up to a 56-degree. The ideal loft to start your set with is 52-54 degrees, because you can still hit shots out of the sand if needed, and it’s a great club to still hit full shots with—something that many golfers struggle to do with a lob wedge.
  • Your “Go-To” Shot: I think most golfers agree that trying to get more out of a club distance-wise often ends with less than great results. This is why as you go through your set and start to pick clubs, it’s important to think about your favorite go-to shots. You want to do everything you can to avoid standing over a ball trying to manipulate a club because you don’t have “that distance” in the bag. This is hugely important when you realize that close to 90 percent of hazards are placed in front of the green or target areas and being able to get over comfortably should be priority number one.
  • Know Your Iron Lofts:  Most modern sets have 4-5 degrees between each club, but as you get to the longer irons, even towards the middle of the set (7-iron to 5-iron) loft gaps can get smaller quickly, and for some this can equal a diminishing point of return on distance gapping. Don’t just grab every other iron, take a few minutes to think about the carry distance of each club, because that’s going to be important.
  • A Driver is Still Important: We all cant be Henrik Stenson with a 12-degree 3-wood we hit 300 yards. Unless you have plans to go truly minimalist, keeping a driver in the bag is a good idea. It is the largest and most forgiving club off the tee and will help put you into places that will make second shots a lot easier.
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What GolfWRXers are saying are the top-3 underrated blade head designs circa 2005

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GolfWRXers have been discussing the top-3 underrated blade head designs circa 2005 after forum member ‘8620’ created a thread with a desire to “build a set that starts with a ‘retro’ blade head, that incorporates a modern shaft (Nippon Modus Pro 130)”. Our members have weighed in on the subject, with some inspired by ‘8620’ to follow suit in his project.

Here are what our members are saying on the subject, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below,

  • Gopher68: “Bridgestone J33 blades.”
  • BCULAW: “Mizuno MP67. Awesome blade that never really caught on due to the popularity of its predecessor (MP33) and its sister offering (MP32). Also, the small ‘cut muscle’ gives it a bit of an old school vibe like the old Wilson bullet backs.”
  • Golfingfanatic: “OG Nike Forged Blades.”
  • cardoustie: “Bridgestone MB’s, love my J15’s.”
  • OldTomMorris: “I’ve got a set of mp-37 irons that I am putting TT DG AMT white S300 shafts in right now. Curious to see if I can keep the short irons lower than my current set of irons.”
  • Rapidcat: “This interests me as I played Mizuno SPL blades for a decade and still have the heads in very good condition, thinking about a reshaft for them to have some fun.”

Entire Thread: “Top-3 underrated blade head designs circa 2005”

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