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Is it just me that doesn't get on well with ProV 1's?


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#1 PerseveringGolf

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 11:11 AM

Dont get me wrong, it's a very good ball but after years of playing it - because the pro's do and the marketing is good - I found 2 other balls by default that feel better imo, look better imo and play better for me from Driver to putts.

I've always found Prov 1's don't stay very white after a few holes and scuff easily plus I probably dont have the swing speed to get the best out of it with all clubs.

Tried Callaway Chrome soft and Srixon Z star and for me they are ahead of ProV 1's in all the areas that I dont like in ProV's


Just curious if anyone else had similar experiences and/or plays ProV "cause the pro's do"?


*edit* thank you admin for moving this post, didnt realise there was a ball forum.

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 11:44 AM

after rounds and rounds of experimenting for me, nothing beats the Bridgestone E6 speed ball is hands down the best feel and less side spin. Those balls are truly meant for the great swings and also deep pockets. Now if i find a couple then of course ill play them if they aren't beat to hell.
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Posted 28 May 2017 - 12:51 PM

Each to his/her own.  That's why Jack's idea of making a single Tour ball won't work.  There is things I like about many types of balls and some things I don't like and I really don't care if I use a Prov, TP5X, Chrome Soft, E6 or whatever.  I do usually just play one type over the long haul so that I know what will happen when I hit it.

There is something special about finding one of the above in really good condition.  Almost like it's good karma and they play better.
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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:46 PM

Titleist to me:  You suck and we hate you.   They make beautiful clubs and quality products but they are serious clubs for serious golfers amd apparently I am neither.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 06:33 AM

Not you - millions dont play Pro V1's....Taylormade Tour Preferred is as good or better


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 06:40 AM

I just want to be the first in this thread to mention K-Sigs (Costco Kirkland Signature) :D




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Posted 31 May 2017 - 08:56 AM

I've tried over the years to get away from the V1x .... but I can't.  It just "works" for me better than anything else I have used.  BUT ... that doesn't mean it would work for YOU.

I trained under a prominent semi-retired CHampions Tour player.  We chose a ball by working from the green BACKWARDS.

We took several balls and saw which ones we liked with the putter.  Threw out the others.

Then we hit wedges from 30-40 yards.  Threw out the ones we didn't like.

Then we hit 6 & 7 irons to flat greens.  Again threw out the ones that didn't suit us.

Lastly, we hit them with the driver.  Honestly, the remaining balls had very little difference in distance and flight characteristics.

All that said, there may be times when you might want to re-introduce one of the discarded balls back into the test if the remaining ones aren't giving you the results you want as you progress back towards the tee box.

I can hit most anything off the tee and get adequate distance and keep it in the fairway.  How the ball reacts inside 150-160 yards and close to the green is what is most important to me.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 08:50 AM

Unless I find them or receive them free you will not find a Pro V1 on my tee peg.  Back in the old days of balata they were the gold standard but now the cost is too high and there are other balls that perform better for me.  The Srixon Z Star is one that immediately comes to mind.
My biggest complaint about the Pro V1 is an unexpected surplus of back spin when I least expect it.  Nothing like hitting a drop-and-stop wedge only to have it rip back 15 feet.  Not what I want or expect in my golf game.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 09:48 AM

View PostBensdad, on 02 June 2017 - 08:50 AM, said:

Unless I find them or receive them free you will not find a Pro V1 on my tee peg.  Back in the old days of balata they were the gold standard but now the cost is too high and there are other balls that perform better for me.  The Srixon Z Star is one that immediately comes to mind.
My biggest complaint about the Pro V1 is an unexpected surplus of back spin when I least expect it.  Nothing like hitting a drop-and-stop wedge only to have it rip back 15 feet.  Not what I want or expect in my golf game.

Just played a few rounds with the pro v1 after getting some for free and this has constantly happened to me. I've hit plenty shots that I thought were close only to spin back too far or check up when I least expect it. That's not to say I don't like a ball that spins, but it's been too inconsistent for me personally

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 10:16 AM

View PostTrap Draw, on 31 May 2017 - 08:56 AM, said:

I've tried over the years to get away from the V1x .... but I can't.  It just "works" for me better than anything else I have used.  BUT ... that doesn't mean it would work for YOU.

I trained under a prominent semi-retired CHampions Tour player.  We chose a ball by working from the green BACKWARDS.

We took several balls and saw which ones we liked with the putter.  Threw out the others.

Then we hit wedges from 30-40 yards.  Threw out the ones we didn't like.

Then we hit 6 & 7 irons to flat greens.  Again threw out the ones that didn't suit us.

Lastly, we hit them with the driver.  Honestly, the remaining balls had very little difference in distance and flight characteristics.

All that said, there may be times when you might want to re-introduce one of the discarded balls back into the test if the remaining ones aren't giving you the results you want as you progress back towards the tee box.

I can hit most anything off the tee and get adequate distance and keep it in the fairway.  How the ball reacts inside 150-160 yards and close to the green is what is most important to me.

Very well said and I agree the best way to find the best ball for your game.  I recently went through the same process (sort of).  I recently came back to the game and started back playing a two piece soft ball to reduce side spin as I found my swing.  I also moved to a desert climate where the greens are harder than I am used to...so long story short is now that I am swinging decent again I am finding I need more spin going into these harder greens...and I am a high ball, high spin player.  So I am starting the search for a different ball and my company's​marketing department is selling off stuff from last year and are selling a dozen Pro V1 logo balls for $25.  So I ordered two dozen figuring I would start my process between these and some W/S Duo Urethane balls I have???

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 08:27 AM

I use them if I find them or win them - I wouldn't pay for them.  There are balls out there just as good if not better.  I prefer a Z-Star or Wilson Staff FG Tour - both feel better off the club than a ProV and are more durable.  I can get 36 holes out of the Z-Star or FG Tour but after 18 holes the ProV looks like crap.  Not paying 30% - 40% more for a ball that lasts half as long.
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Posted 06 June 2017 - 10:23 AM

I think it's a very good ball but is a bit pricey and a little spinny for me. What I do notice, on a related note, is how many ProVs I find in the rough/weeds. The pro shops are loaded with stacks of boxes of this ball and it sure seems that a huge portion of the weekend warriors are playing them. But, I can't help but wonder if the ball is a mismatch for many who are playing it. They are easy to find off the fairways an our local munis...

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 10:31 AM

I end up with a ton of them for promotional reasons, but admit they aren't the best ball for me.  A little too much spin with driver for my inability to control ball flight with that club.  I recently found a Q Star Tour in the bushes and played the rest of the round with it.  Great ball.  Better than the K-Sig IMO which I have two dozen of sitting around in boxes.

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 03:31 PM

I really like the Pro V1 for my game.  I don't buy the $48/dz though, I will get the logo balls for $36/dz.  They have always been pretty consistent for me with all clubs but I will agree, their durability isn't so great.  Often times, I notice they are kind of beat after 9 holes which kind of sucks.  I just bought three dozen Bridgestone balls to try out, RX/RXS, and if I like them as much I will probably just stick with them and save a few bucks from now on.
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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:26 PM

View PostPerseveringGolf, on 28 May 2017 - 11:11 AM, said:

Dont get me wrong, it's a very good ball but after years of playing it - because the pro's do and the marketing is good - I found 2 other balls by default that feel better imo, look better imo and play better for me from Driver to putts.

I've always found Prov 1's don't stay very white after a few holes and scuff easily plus I probably dont have the swing speed to get the best out of it with all clubs.

Tried Callaway Chrome soft and Srixon Z star and for me they are ahead of ProV 1's in all the areas that I dont like in ProV's


Just curious if anyone else had similar experiences and/or plays ProV "cause the pro's do"?

Most of my gripe with pro-v1 is their uncanny knack for finding water or impenetrable woods within the first 3 swings of use.  Put a V1 in my hand it's gone in one hole.  Give me a pinnacle gold and I'll get between 9 & 18 holes or more out of it.

That said, I like the chrome soft better.  


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 07:29 PM

View PostPerseveringGolf, on 28 May 2017 - 11:11 AM, said:

Dont get me wrong, it's a very good ball but after years of playing it - because the pro's do and the marketing is good - I found 2 other balls by default that feel better imo, look better imo and play better for me from Driver to putts.

I've always found Prov 1's don't stay very white after a few holes and scuff easily plus I probably dont have the swing speed to get the best out of it with all clubs.

Tried Callaway Chrome soft and Srixon Z star and for me they are ahead of ProV 1's in all the areas that I dont like in ProV's


Just curious if anyone else had similar experiences and/or plays ProV "cause the pro's do"?


*edit* thank you admin for moving this post, didnt realise there was a ball forum.

I don't make enough clubhead speed to take advantage of the Pro V1.  I just won a dozen TM Project (a) and REALLY like them.
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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:59 PM

I agree. I think the price per dozen is the biggest rip off in golf. Especially when most players should not be playing it. I find them all the time (I loop)  I just give them away because I dont like them for my game either. Plus it just bugs the crap out of me that so many people play them just because they are too weird or scared to try a Bridgestone or a Srixon ball. Amazing how many players THINK they need to buy a Titleist. I turned one player on to Snell. After I play a few rounds with the Qstar tour I am going to start recommending this ball provided it performs like I think it will. The Price on that ball cant be beat.
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Posted 13 June 2017 - 12:03 AM

Can't stand them. I really like the TaylorMade TPX, and right now I am debating on switching to Snell or Vice. but you won't ever catch me with a ProV again.

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 06:47 AM

I played them for years. Then moved on to Vice. Now ive moved to the the K-Sig's and when those run out the Bridgestone B330-S. To each their own.
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Posted 13 June 2017 - 06:54 AM

I just don't have the swing speed to compress a Pro V1. The Duo Soft and this year's new Q Star Tour are right up my alley. I give away any Pro V1s I find on the course.


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Posted 13 June 2017 - 08:18 AM

I dont get along with them either and then they went and switched up the balls this year.

Try the Srixon Q-Star Tour. Its a great ball for less money. After that I love the TM TP5/TP5x balls.

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 02:27 PM

If I take a Pro V1 out of the bag I usually lose it on the following shot.
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Posted 17 June 2017 - 08:44 AM

I'm A 10 index that would play a mid priced ball. NXT TOUR, Bridgestone RXS, etc.  Our course has hard,fast greens so I decided to try
a Prov-1 to see if it would really make any difference. My index, after 30 days will be almost 2 strokes lower. I haven't lost any distance,
and full shots are more predictable distance wise. The price sucks,but, I'll easily make that up in winnings. I'm sold for now

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 03:27 PM

Unless you have a 100+ mph swing speed and can really spin the hell out of your wedges, the Pro V1 isn't for you.

It isn't for 95% of golfers. It's for professionals, the few really good amateurs, and the suckers who buy in to the "because the pros play it" mentality.

On this board, there are many really good amateurs who fall into that 5%, but unless you're a 4 handicap or less, save your money and get a ball more suited to your game.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 08:58 PM

i prefer the tpx and now the tp5x. me and prov1's do not see eye to eye. snell mtb is my backup ball.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:40 PM

View Postkmac02576, on 17 June 2017 - 03:27 PM, said:

Unless you have a 100+ mph swing speed and can really spin the hell out of your wedges, the Pro V1 isn't for you.

It isn't for 95% of golfers. It's for professionals, the few really good amateurs, and the suckers who buy in to the "because the pros play it" mentality.

On this board, there are many really good amateurs who fall into that 5%, but unless you're a 4 handicap or less, save your money and get a ball more suited to your game.
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Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:56 PM

View PostTrap Draw, on 31 May 2017 - 08:56 AM, said:

I've tried over the years to get away from the V1x .... but I can't.  It just "works" for me better than anything else I have used.  BUT ... that doesn't mean it would work for YOU.

I trained under a prominent semi-retired CHampions Tour player.  We chose a ball by working from the green BACKWARDS.

We took several balls and saw which ones we liked with the putter.  Threw out the others.

Then we hit wedges from 30-40 yards.  Threw out the ones we didn't like.

Then we hit 6 & 7 irons to flat greens.  Again threw out the ones that didn't suit us.

Lastly, we hit them with the driver.  Honestly, the remaining balls had very little difference in distance and flight characteristics.

All that said, there may be times when you might want to re-introduce one of the discarded balls back into the test if the remaining ones aren't giving you the results you want as you progress back towards the tee box.

I can hit most anything off the tee and get adequate distance and keep it in the fairway.  How the ball reacts inside 150-160 yards and close to the green is what is most important to me.

I hear a lot of people say this, but how do you know you didn't discard a ball that would have given you another 10-15 yards off the tee? More distance off of the tee is certainly more important to me than how a ball feels with an iron and I could get use to the feel of a ball from a putter but I can't just adapt to the loss of 15 yards off the driver. That's a club or two down on my approach shot

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 08:31 AM

I am not good enough or crafty player to play Pro V1's as I can not control the spin.
driver - Titleist 915 D3 10.5
fairway - Ping I25 18 degree 5 wood
hybrid - Ben Hogan VKTR 19 & 23
Irons -   Mizuno MP68 3-PW
wedges Mizuno MP-T5 50-58
putter - Ping Sigma G Doon

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 02:25 PM

View Postjacot23, on 31 May 2017 - 06:40 AM, said:

I just want to be the first in this thread to mention K-Sigs (Costco Kirkland Signature) :D




I really like the new Srixon Q-Star tour, especially at $20-$25 per dozen.

I can't find the Kirklands for love or money.

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#30 PerseveringGolf

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 03:31 PM

Callaway Chrome soft - best ball I've played in years


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