Deuce Pot, on 13 April 2017 - 03:25 AM, said:
LIttle late in the game here, but great thread, I read the entire thing, appreciate all the work OP put into the review. Curious to see what OP thinks about my potential ball change here:
A little about my game: Got down to scratch last summer, been gaming the V1x since it first came out. I used to be a high launch, high spin player and used to swing really hard, 116-118 driver SS. Now that I've gotten a bit older my SS has dropped quite a bit and I'm more about hitting fairways than trying to hit it 300 yards every hole, my driver SS is probably around 108-110 range, which is still plenty fast for me. I also started hitting the ball a LOT lower. My spectrum of drivers went from playing a 44" 8.5 deg X-stiff heavy shaft driver to a 45" 11.5 deg stiff flex lighter shaft driver over the course of 6 years or so.
Now about the ball choice, I don't know if it's my ego talking "I don't wanna play the reg Pro V1, I play the X because it goes farther and I swing fast enough blah blah." But I was seriously considering switching over to the V1 reg as I was always under the impression the V1x launched lower with less spin (on all shots). Now that it seems the 2017 V1x is actually higher launching and higher spinning it might actually be the "ball change" I need. I've always liked the soft feel of the reg V1 with shots around the green, but was under the impression it was way too spinny on full wedge shots and ballooned off the tee. I would like a higher launch with my driver (obviously since I'm gaming a 10.5 G30 turned up a degree haha), I think "changing" to the new 2017 V1x might be the ball to go to?
Approximate distances for reference:
I completely understand the whole "Pro V1x = tough guy thing," I had to check my ego at the first tee, too. LOL
Being that you read the thread, I won't bore you with any repetitive details of why I chose 17 V or how well it fits my game. A lot of people were shocked about Titleist's announcement with the "big switch" with V and X this year, but I wasn't overly surprised, as I have spent a lot of time over the years testing balls and new full well X has spun more off irons and full wedges for some versions now.
This is my summary:
1. If you have a positive AoA with driver, most likely you will not lose distance off the tee with V. If you have negative AoA (like many PGA Pro's) X may be a better fit; perhaps slightly less spin with higher launch.
2. If you prefer to flight your short irons, V offers more options and control.
3. If you over spin your short irons on full shots, V is much more predictable and often a better fit.
4. If you require more green side spin, V is the answer.
5. Finally, if you prefer softer feel, V is the one.
Now, if you need higher ball flight, help stopping approach shots on the green, maximum distance (2-3 yards per club) or prefer a firmer feel, 17 X is likely your go to.
Titleist claims ball speed doesn't matter with 17 V and X... and from what fitters are telling me, they agree.
Please let me know if I can be of anymore assistance.