Kadin 25, on 28 October 2012 - 10:02 PM, said:
Player: Handicap Index: 8.3 (Over 75 Rounds) Driver Club Head Speed: 106-110 mph
Conditions: Partly Cloudy Temperature: 43* Wind: 10-15 MPH
Course Conditions: Semi-Wet
Fairways: Soft and Freshly Cut
Ball #1 Titleist Prototype TEST Red #1’s
Ball #2 Titleist Pro V1x (Current Model)
Drivers, Fairway Woods and Hybrids
Distance: Both balls were fairly close to the same distance for me. The big difference between the two was into the wind. The TEST ball was 7-10 yards longer into the wind on every shot. This is by far the best wind ball I have ever played.
Forgiveness: I am not going to comment on Side Spin without real numbers. So I am calling this segment “forgiveness”. I would give the TEST ball a slight edge over the Pro V1x. Miss hits (pulls/hooks are my swing fault) still found the fairway. Even on shots that I thought would end up in the left rough managed to stay in the short grass.
Feel: TEST ball was much softer feeling than the Pro V1x. The TEST ball felt unbelievably soft, softer than any other ball I have ever hit. It reminded me of the old Balata but not mushy at all.
Sound: The TEST ball was sub sonic! It sounded like I hit it with a pillow it was so quiet.
Long and Mid Irons
Distance: The TEST ball out performed the Pro V1x on all long iron shots when it came to distance. The ball flight was more piercing and on average was 4-7 yards longer.
Feel: The TEST ball wins hands down and feels much softer than the Pro V1x.
Sound: Quite as a mouse.
Spin: LONG IRONS The TEST ball appears to create some spin on the long irons, though not a lot but enough to hold greens better than the Pro V1x.
Spin: MID IRONS The TEST ball held greens much better than the Pro V1x. The TEST ball would one hop and stop or spin back when I put a little extra on it as apposed to the Pro V1x which would hit and release. *Keep in mind the greens were firm today.
Forgiveness: The TEST ball was more forgiving. I tried to push fade a few and the ball held the target line better than the Pro V1x.
Short Irons and Wedges
This is where the TEST ball truly shines. I found this to be the easiest ball to control spin and distance all around the green. It out performed the Pro V1x in every aspect of the short game. I was able to perform any short game shot that I needed, spinning the ball back, checking up or just one hop and stops. The Pro V1x is an excellent short game ball but no where near as good as the TEST ball was.
The TEST ball may be the smoothest rolling ball I have ever seen. The best way I can describe it is…it’s like a marble rolling on glass. You really need to see it to believe it. It rolls as soon as the putter made contact. The Pro V1x actually felt heavier off the face after putting with the TEST ball. The hardest thing to get use to is how quiet and soft the ball is off the putter. It takes a little getting use to at first. The TEST ball rolled very true to it’s line. I don’t want to say putting was effortless but it sure made it easier for me.
The TEST ball was better out of the rough and was easier to get spin with.
Bunker shots the TEST ball checked up quicker than the Pro V1x.
I could not get the TEST ball to balloon at all. I even had had some members from the course take a swing at it and we all agreed the ball just wants to bore through the wind.
This may very well be the best ball I have ever played. I never thought you could really get much better than the tour balls that are on the market today. It’s like they took the best attributes from each ball and put them into this one.
Unfortunately this ball is going to fall into the $45.00 a dozen range. With that said, it will be a great ball for competition or when money is on the line. But as far as casual rounds I don’t use top tier balls. So in this case I feel it to be wise to have a sleeve of these in your bag for when the situation of a friendly wager is on the line and stick to your level two ball for casual weekend fun rounds.
The TEST ball FAILS in one category, durability. It is no different than any other Pro V model before it. I had gill marks after one ¾ 52* wedge shot. On a plus side the scuffs and marks didn’t seem to have much of an affect on performance, but then again I don’t have laser like accuracy where I could really say it threw my game off. This may only affect the less than 1% or +4 handicaps out there. When it comes to longevity the Srixon line beats this ball hands down. I really wish Titleist would address this issue with their tour line of balls. This is one of the main reasons I don’t play their top tier ball.
I grade the TEST ball as a SOLID A the only issue holding back an A+ is the durability/longevity factor.
If any one wants to trade a BLACK #’s ball for one of my RED #‘s ball shoot me a PM. Mine do have typical wear on them and my mark, they are still good enough get a feel for how this ball performs. I am very curious to see how the black #’s perform compared to the RED #’s.
Thanks for taking the time to do such a detailed write up and comparison. As a Pro V1x player, I am looking forward to next years version. It sounds like everything I wanted out of the current version they fixed in the next. Thanks.