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#1 Shadrach

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 11:56 AM

Short version: I discovered yesterday that I hit a 2015 V1 (that is, black number) just as far as an RX or Q-Star Tour. Has anyone else had this happen. Longer version follows for those with too much time on their hands.

I've been playing at the club down the street for the last 20+ years. By this time, I know where all my drivers and 6-irons and half-52°s are going to land. Years back, I played the V1. When the Chromes and RX and TP3s hit the market, I gave them a spin. They felt a bit softer, went plenty far, and were a bit less expensive than the V1s. And, hey, they were engineered exactly for geezers like me!

The other day, I hit the last of my RX balls OoB on #11. I fished out a 2015 V1 and played it the rest of the way. I was gob smacked. In both relation to my usual landing areas and in relation to my playing companions, the V1 had no noticeable loss of distance.

I ask again, has this happened to anyone else?


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#2 Jagpilotohio

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 12:05 PM

I'm not sure what you are asking.  Why would a 2015 pro V1 be shorter than the other balls you mention?

A 2 year old ball is not going to be discerniblly different in distance to a 2017 ball no matter what the marketing people may tell you.
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 12:11 PM

Sounds like you got suckered into buying a bunch of marketing bumpf. There is nothing about a ProV1 that makes it shorter than any other ball for "guys like you". Titleist says it works great for any swing speed and anyone telling you different is just trying to convince you to buy their ball instead.

The two longest golf balls for me (90mph driver speed) are B330 and ProV1x but there are 30 or 40 other balls of all different constructions  that are with in a couple yards of as long as those.  Spin is different, trajectory is sometimes slightly different but distance is much the same whatever ball I use.
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 12:12 PM

View PostJagpilotohio, on 06 September 2017 - 12:05 PM, said:

I'm not sure what you are asking.  Why would a 2015 pro V1 be shorter than the other balls you mention?

A 2 year old ball is not going to be discerniblly different in distance to a 2017 ball no matter what the marketing people may tell you.

Forgive me for not making this clear. I am not suggesting that the V1's age had anything to do with the distance I hit it. I am surprised that it was just as long as those balls that were "designed" for 90-ish mph SS. To use your term, I wonder whether marketing skewed my judgment concerning the type of ball I should be hitting.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 02:00 PM

My dad is a high handicapper. He's played all sorts of high end balls since he doesn't mind springing for them every now and then. What I've found with him is that the ProV1, Taylormade TP, B330S, etc all go just as far as the B330RXS that he plays with now (I found him an awesome deal on 3 dozen on Ebay).

The biggest difference I've seen is that the 3 balls I stated previous give him a significantly greater loss of distance compared to the RXS on slices/hard fades.

He honestly couldn't care less what ball he was playing in terms of brand, only that they're a premium ball (because he likes the performance around the greens). I just thought it was interesting that his slower SS didn't hurt his overall distance between a tour ball designed for higher SS and a premium ball designed for lower SS.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 02:20 PM

View Postgolf_addict73, on 06 September 2017 - 02:00 PM, said:

...The biggest difference I've seen is that the 3 balls I stated previous give him a significantly greater loss of distance compared to the RXS on slices/hard fades....

Every time I go back to the V1 — this will not be the first time — I discover that it's as long as any of the other 3-piece urethane balls I've played provided I hit them on the screws. I think I've given up on the V1 once or twice in the past because it penalizes my occasional — ha! — bad swing more than some of the other balls.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 02:25 PM

FWIW I'm a 90mph swinger and most definitely not a straight hitter. I've never noticed this supposed "punishment" being any worse with one ball than another. And I've played just about every kind of ball there is.

There's no such thing as a ball that straightens out hooks and slices (and sure as heck isn't one that straightens out pulls and pushes).

Edited by North Butte, 06 September 2017 - 02:26 PM.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 02:29 PM

I have never noticed any loss in any versions of the prov ball.  If anything they were longer for me than if I tried something comparable.  You should try chrome soft x just for kicks and giggles.  It really surprised me this season.
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:26 PM

There's no difference in distance between balls. Every ball should be within 5 yards of each other with the difference being caused by the individual user's swing. If one ball was truly longer, everyone on tour would play it.

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