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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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Top 10 clubs of 2003—inspired by Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons

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As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

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.

  • Z1ggy16: “Super important if you’re a serious golfer. Even better if you can get fit outdoors on real grass and even go into a bunker.”
  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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Today from the Forums: “Pull cart recommendations?”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at pull carts currently on the market. Bogeygolfer55 is looking for a quality pull cart for less than $300, and our members have been giving their recommendations in our forums – with Clicgear proving to be a popular option.

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.

  • Yuck: “I have had a clicgear 3.5 for nearly four years now. Holding up well with well over 200 rounds on it so far.”
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Entire Thread: “Pull cart recommendations?”

 

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