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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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What GolfWRXers are saying about this ‘filthy good combo’

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In our forums, our members have been responding to a driver combo which one of our members swears by. The WRXer in question is ‘QuigleyDU’ who has paired up Taylormade’s Original One (13.5 degrees) with a Fujikura Ventus Red 9x (Tipped 1″). On the combo, ‘QuigleyDU’ says he uses it as a second option off the tee and praises its launch qualities.

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.

  • b.helts: “It sure looks good. I love the smaller size and the profile of the Original One. Been looking for an 11.5 to make up a short bag. But the 11.5 are rarer than hen’s teeth.”
  • BlueDragonKorea: “The creativity to build this club.. wow!”
  • Puttersaurus Rex: “Glad I clicked. Nice looking build! I also play driver, then OO mini. My mini is the 11.5 turned up. With Motore speeder 6.1 – not as beastly, but such a fun club. Mine is 43.5″, and is used as a safe option off the tee.”
  • bladehunter: “Ventus red – the underrated red-headed stepchild of the Ventus line. I love mine in a driver. If you’re a guy who doesn’t have a positive AOA with driver, try the red. Gets it up and doesn’t spin.”

Entire Thread: “This combo is filthy good”

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Collin Morikawa WITB (2020 ZOZO Championship)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees @ 13.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09SB), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56-14F @55), TaylorMade MG2 Hi-Toe (60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider FCG

  • Hosel: Short Slant
  • Alignment: No line
  • Length: 34.25”
  • Lie: 69.5°
  • Loft: 2.5°
  • SW: D4

Grip: TaylorMade Red Cap
Shaft: KBS CT Tour

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip Cord

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Cobra introduces new 2021 King Tour irons with MIM technology

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It’s been quite a while (three-plus years) since we have seen any new players irons from Cobra Golf. The Rev33 “Rickie iron” was teased out over the last year, but the focus has mainly stayed on its Forged Tec line, which has done well in the very competitive players distance category.

So why the long wait?

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According to Cobra’s VP of R&D Tom “TO” Olsavsky it was for a very specific reason…

“A long time ago we had actually planned it to launch at the end of 2019 as we usually try to launch players irons in the fall. Between COVID-19 delays and the new breakthrough innovation MIM process, it took us a little longer but it’s been worth the extra time, player feedback has been amazing so we are confident it will succeed.”

Introducing new 2021 Cobra King Tour irons

Tech Story

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Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – face view

Metal Injection Molding AKA MIM is a term we have heard a few times over the past year. Cobra just recently implemented this process into its MIM wedge line. Essentially, it’s a process that allows OEMs to fine-tune a club heads shape and spec to the nth degree all while dialing in the softest feel possible. Seems awesome for a wedge and even better for an iron. To make it really easy to understand, it’s not cast, it’s not forged, its MIM.

The multi-material 1025 iron head has a tungsten weight inserted into the toe section that dials in the CG directly to the sweet spot. This practice is very popular—and almost essential at this point—Cobra has done this in the past with its previous players irons and it was first introduced as a head weight adjustment for Rickie Fowler years ago.

The final step is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) insert to ensure impact gives off that “Muscle Back” softness at impact, a good way for traditional players to try new tech and not sacrifice the familiar softness of a forged blade.

Who is it for?

According to Olsavsky

“The King Tour iron is designed for the range of Tour players to single-digit handicaps. It slots in nicely between the pure MB type irons and Players Distance. It’s also a slight merger between Forged Tour and Forged CB shapes, so hoping to cover both players that would have chosen one of these 2 irons.”

2021 Cobra King Tour irons: Optics

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron - cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – topline view

Cobra King Tour MIM 7-iron – toe view

The new 2021 Cobra King Tour has a slightly shorter blade from the previous King Forged Tour iron based on comments from staff, the top line has been thinned out (a hair) and offset was increased to satisfy staff feedback.

According to Cobra Director of Tour Operations Ben Schomin

“The initial shape was developed years ago in the AMP Cell Forged iron and then transitioned with a few tweaks into the King Forged Tour. The shape in general was always well liked, but there was a common theme among R&D/marketing employees and players that the long iron blade lengths were a little long from heel to toe. We made some design changes to the MIM Tour iron that addressed blade length along with a few other feel enhancing tweaks. Overall it is a very eye pleasing shape.”

To make it really uncomplicated: the new 2021 Cobra King Tour is a simple, compact player cavity back designed to do its job. Cobra irons have always gone through the turf well, and now has a softer feel thanks to the MIM process. Players will get the MB feel in a CB iron.

Cobra King Tour MIM 4-iron - cavity view

Cobra King Tour MIM 4-iron – cavity view

The Tour

Cobra doesn’t have the biggest Tour presence in the world, but it does have some VERY unique minds to pick from for R&D.

“Like all of our new gear, we love to get input from our staff. In this case, having players like Jason Dufner, Rickie Fowler and others giving specific feedback is always an integral part of the process. For example, Duf is as knowledgeable about what makes a good club as anyone out there. If he responds well to shape or feel we know we are in a good place.” -Ben Schomin

And we had to ask about BAD…Is this something Bryson would put in play? 

“At this time there is no plan to make one length out of this head. But who knows, if he gets fired up to play them we will make it happen. He seems to be doing fine with what he has in the bag now, lol.” -Ben Schomin

Cobra King Tour MIM pitching wedge – cavity view

2021 Cobra King Tour irons: Overall

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, these days any product that hits the market will be (for the most part) superb. Like its competitors, Cobra is offering a simple yet elegant players CB that will hold water with anything else.

The real question goes back to the players themselves: What are you looking for in your irons? Is it more distance (hopefully not), precision, turf interaction, curb appeal? We all respond to different parts and now more than ever there are options to satisfy your heart and your hands. This new Cobra iron has everything a player would want. So, get fit, and put ’em to the test.

Specs

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Per Cobra

The King Tour Irons with MIM Technology are available in a 4-PW set make-up in right hand only. 

A 3-iron and gap wedge are available via custom order. Each King Tour iron is equipped with a steel KBS $-Taper 120 shaft in the golfer’s choice of stiff or regular flex. In addition, each iron comes with a Cobra Lamkin Crossline Connect grip in black. 

Cobra King Tour MIM

A wide selection of shaft and grip upgrades are also made available through custom order.  The stock steel set retails for $1,299 and will be available beginning October 30, 2020, on cobragolf.com and through Cobra’s entire network of off-course retailers/custom club fitters.    

 

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