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What golfers are saying about Titleist’s 2017 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls

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We spotted prototypes of the 2017 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where Titleist’s PGA Tour Staff is testing them.

While Titleist isn’t commenting on the prototype golf balls, the company has sent out test samples to its Team Titleist members as part of its R&D process. Many of those Team Titleist members are also GolfWRX members, and they are discussing the prototype balls at length in the forums. You can join the conversation here.

Below are photos of the golf balls. We’ve also compiled feedback from GolfWRX Members who say they have tested the prototype golf balls.

Titleist Pro V1 2017 prototype

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Titleist Pro V1x 2017 prototype

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Bdmac79: “ProV1x proto is pretty good in the wind. Nothing ballooned and it held quite well in crosswind.

“I didn’t notice much difference in feel – perhaps even a touch firmer with more of a ‘click’ off of the putter.”

Great insight, Bdmac79. And we appreciate your heightened sense of feel.

mackepa: “So are they doing away with the long arrows for alignment?

“They can claim they’ll be better in the wind all they want but I just can’t see it being any better or worse than their current offerings.”

Noted.

GC70: “The X is great in the wind (25 mph today), but the durability and spin around the green not so much.”

Seems that durability is still a concern to this user, which has been a common complaint about Pro V1’s in the past, whether warranted or not.

mgholda: “Dimple pattern looked similar (maybe a slight variation) to the current Pro V1x in my test sleeve, but the flight was more stable into the wind and it was “clickier” (if that is even a word) off the putter as Bdmac79 mentioned above.”

That’s two votes for clicky off the putter. Interesting. User GC70 chimed back in later in the thread, however, saying “there not that clicky. The only big differences I found compared to the 2015 model is less spin on shorter chips and not as durable.”

Merle33: “I’ve played a few of the ProV1 test balls recently.  I’ve played the Nike RZN balls the past few years and most recently the RZN Tour Platinum and loved it. Haven’t played the last 2 ProV versions so can’t give a comparison to prior generation balls. With Nike exiting with equipment, I’m searching for a new ball to play.

“Anyways, I was able to get my hands on a few of the elusive Left Dot ProV1’s right before I received the test balls. Left Dot was an interesting ball for me and definitely noticed a lower trajectory off the tee, distance was good, and had a firmer feel off iron shots and putter than I had expected for a ProV1. The test ball however, seemed to check all the boxes. Lower spin and more distance off the tee and still a more penetrating flight than the X. Also felt very good on iron shots and wedges. Very good greenside control and felt nice off the putter.”

An informative review.

jleduc2200: “I received the test sleeve of Pro V1X’s and thought they played exceptionally well in the wind – Played them 15-20 mph winds, help the line great in cross winds and really penetrated into a headwind.  I thought they were more durable as well, which would be nice, not having to go through a new ball every 9 holes.”

Lots of golfers playing in the wind, eh?

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  1. George

    Feb 5, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I haven’t tested them but can’t wait to try them out now!

  2. Jimmy Banks

    Nov 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I’m a low handicap and I found a green Titleist NXT Tour S and shot the best round this year…was always a PROV1x player………go figure…the NXT Tour S felt great and is cheaper than the PROV—

  3. nick

    Nov 7, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    durability…? everyone wants durability it seems…? as long as ball lasts you the entire round, you should be ok. after abusing a ball for 18, its time to part ways. sure, i can re-use a ball for two maybe three rounds if i really wanted to, but why? ****I only play once week and like teeing up a sparkly white ball each round.

    KSigs are my new ball of choice. just played a round this past weekend and she lasted the entire round. just as good as the pro v1 and v1x’s i have in my living room. durability, spin, feel, etc. thank you…

  4. Why Durable?

    Nov 6, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I can’t figure out why someone interested in playing a premium ball for its premium characteristics is so interested in it being durable. I know they are expensive, but If they spin like they are on a string, they can scuff easily and I’m still happy. Isn’t this what makes playing more fun and scoring more possible?

  5. JR

    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Why pay $50 a doz. when one can get an equal ball for $15 a doz? I will play the Kirkland from now on. They can have their overpriced ProV’s and others. I thought $20 Gamers and Srixons were a good buy but the Kirklands are even better.

  6. Mad-Mex

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:11 am

    NOT ONE person who has posted here can tell the difference between a 5 year old Pro-V1 and this “Prototype”,,,,

    • cgasucks

      Nov 6, 2016 at 9:52 am

      I still can’t tell the difference between this year’s version and the 1.0 version…

  7. suhdude

    Nov 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Pro V$48.99X

  8. Jim

    Nov 4, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    sorry, but i’ll stick with my chrome softs.

  9. M Smizzzzzle

    Nov 3, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Acushnet + IPO = Next Taylormade

    New stuff every 6 minutes folks

    Hello Bridgestone

    • JOEL GOODMAN

      Nov 4, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      IT’S ALL BULL EXCEPT THEIR EARNINGS WHICH ARE NONEXISTENT. WANT TO LOSE A LOT OF MONEY? BUY A GOLF CLUB AND BALL MANUFACTURER . WANNA MAKE MONEY? BUY A CLOTHES OR SHOE COMPANY.

  10. rymail00

    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I received both the Pro V1 and Pro V1X balls and think they are more durable than current models (played both all year, Pro V1X first half of the season and switched to the Pro V1 last half). I actually found them to very durable, more so than the current Pro V1/V1X. I tried to hit a low, hard punch under and through two trees about 30 yards from me, to the green 150 yards away and hit the trunk dead on, and the a drive landed on the cement cart path 4 holes later. I switched between a single Pro V1X and a single Pro V1 every hole, for 29 holes that day and other than having the very slight discoloration from using a new ball over basically a full round the cover was as good as new.

    Also I found the Pro V1X to have a bit softer feel on full and partial iron shots, and wedges.

    Anyways just my $.02 on the test balls.

  11. Rimjob

    Nov 3, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Titleist knows how to make you spend money on their not-so-long-lasting balls

  12. Brian

    Nov 3, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    $48 per dozen? No thanks.

  13. Double Mocha Man

    Nov 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Funny story. My favorite bar/restaurant ordered, from Amazon, $75 worth of magnetic strips to hold knives in their kitchen. Amazon accidentally sent them 7 dozen brand new Pro V1’s! They told the restaurant not to send them back… easier just to keep them, and they wouldn’t be charged. Over a gin & tonic I offered to help them out by buying 3 dozen for 50 cents on the dollar. I’m now set for golf balls for the winter.

    • COGolfer

      Nov 3, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Golf balls for someone that doesn’t play are absolutely useless. I think you hit the lotto on that one.

  14. JustTrying2BAwesome

    Nov 3, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    But do they compare to the KSigs?? WE NEED TO KNOW!!

  15. Dj

    Nov 3, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Lol the same comments literally on every release. Oh it holds its line better in the wind and doesn’t balloon as much. With those comments every release, every shot should be going dead straight and unaffected by the wind! Hilarious

    • Ian

      Nov 3, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      They are. And now I don’t just find the middle, I find the centre of the middle. Thanks Titelist, you’re the best!

      • Travis

        Nov 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        WARNING! Never play these balls on a calm day!! They are so erratic without the wind to help hold their line.

        • Jack

          Nov 3, 2016 at 11:47 pm

          LOL. There’s Pro V1 NW version for that. You just have to buy both and be ready for any conditions. Also a Pro V1 R for rainy days.

          • cgasucks

            Nov 6, 2016 at 9:50 am

            I can’t wait for the Pro V1 anti creek version..

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Jon Rahm WITB (October 2020)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @10 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

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3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 @14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

jon-rahm-witb-2020Utility iron: TaylorMade RSI TP UDI (4)
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG Hi-Toe (52-09), TaylorMade MG2 (56-12SB, 60-11)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X (Chalk)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 (#10)

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The most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now (Fall 2020 edition)

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What are the most popular golf shoes on Amazon right now? From time to time, we like to get out of our little bubble of OEM releases and what’s being played on tour to look at what golf consumers are buying on one of the largest online retail marketplaces: Amazon.

Here are some of the best-selling golf shoes on Amazon as of October 2020.

1. Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoes

From the listing:Mesh/synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Thintech, adituff, thintech cleat, traxion, adiwear. Lightweight mesh and synthetic upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. Soft eva insole for lightweight comfort and cushioning. 6-spike configuration with thintech low-profile technology for improved traction and stability.”

Price: $59.99

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2. Skechers Go Golf Men’s Torque Waterproof Golf Shoe

From the listing:Synthetic. Imported. lace-up. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Replaceable soft spikes. Waterproof.”

Price: $59.99

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3. FootJoy Men’s Fj Flex Golf Shoes

 

From the listing:100% Textile. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Performance Mesh – lightweight performance mesh delivers incredible comfort, breathability and all-day comfort. Complete support – a soft EVA midsole provides increased underfoot cushioning, enhanced comfort and exceptional stability.”

Price: $89.99

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4. PUMA Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

From the listing:100% Textile and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Sole shield. Performance Mesh +TPU. Ignite Foam.”

Price: $99.99

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5. Skechers GO GOLF Men’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Skechers Goga Max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning for all day comfort. Durable grip tpu outsole with a spikeless bottom. Lightweight. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $74.97

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6. Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt Spikeless Golf Shoe

From the listing: Leather and Synthetic. Imported. Synthetic sole. Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Leather and microfiber synthetic upper. Spikeless Puremotion outsole for enhanced flexibility and grip with X-Traxion primary lugs for grip and balance.”

Price: $135.59

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7. FootJoy Men’s Fj Originals Golf Shoes

From the listing: Built on the Austin Last, this last offers the fullest rounded toe character, fullest fit across forefoot, standard instep and heel. EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot. EVA does not take a set, so the cushioning will remain the same for the life of the shoe. This easy care synthetic upper offers outstanding 1 year waterproof comfort, breathability, and durability.”

Price: $89.95

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8. Skechers Women’s Max Golf Shoe

From the listing:Imported. Rubber sole. Shaft measures approximately mid-top from arch. Spikeless, durable grip tpu outsole. Ultra-lightweight, responsive ULTRA Flight cushioning. Goga max insole delivers enhanced high-rebound cushioning. Water resistant. Synthetic upper.”

Price: $57.55

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9. FootJoy Women’s Sport Retro-Previous Season Style Golf Shoes

From the listing: ” Lightweight – the linen-textured synthetic uppers offer lightweight comfort and durability. Cushioned rubber – the gum rubber outsole is a soft rubber compound which provides flexibility and comfort. Enhanced traction – This molded rubber outsole provides turf gripping performance and durability.”

Price: $59.95

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10. New Balance Men’s Sweeper Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe

From the listing: Synthetic. Imported.Rubber sole.Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch. Waterproof microfiber leather upper. REVlite 10mm drop* midsole provides lightweight cushioning & premium responsiveness. NDurance rubber outsole with removable FTS 3.0 Pulsar spikes.”

Price: $59.99

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Justin Thomas: What makes him an elite wedge player

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It might be easy to say that a player like Justin Thomas is near the top of the leaderboard because

  1. He hits it the best
  2. He drives it long and relatively straight
  3. He is having a good putting week

I would agree and disagree with all three. Yes, they are definitely factors, but in my opinion, it’s his wedge play that has been the most notable part of his game—especially in 2020.

If you look at the stats, you will find a player who is not only damn-near deadly from 150 yards and in, but also a player who gets out of trouble about as well as anyone in the top 10 in the world.

We are talking about 2020 as a whole FYI.

(Stats via PGATour.com)

Now strokes gained wedge stats have multiple variables affecting the ultimate stat, fairways hit, where a player misses it, out of the rough vs out of the fairway, putting, yada, yada, yada….

At this point, if I had to pick a player to get it done around the greens it would JT or Jon Rahm. True artists. Go back and watch some of the shots from the FedEx at TPC Southwind or even Kapalua this year, it was the reliance on his wedges that became the secret sauce. Like the putter, good wedge play can be an equalizer when anything else is falling short. And when the rest of the bag is decent, for a player like JT, good wedge play equals wins.

I wanted to dig in a little deeper, so I asked my old friend, Vokey’s Aaron Dill a few questions on what makes JT unique with a wedge in his hands…

JW: As far as technique, what in his action makes JT so good? And if you could compare him to someone who would it be?

AD: Justin’s technique is really something to watch. His ability to stay loose, calm, and maintain effortless speed while delivering the wedge accurately really shows his comfort with a wedge in his hands. Justin keeps the club out in front of him and he has mastered the ability to control his golf ball’s flight and spin.  I could compare him to many, but I sometimes feel he is in a league of his own.  

JW: Beyond the great shots we see on highlight reels, where does JT really get it done from an SG perspective? What do you see that the average person wouldn’t? 

AD: Justin does it all very well. You know this because he is 9th in SG around the green and this is partly due to his spotless technique but his ability to scramble in difficult situations. Something he does that amazes me is his creative vision of shots. There are times when he is in a situation where he hits a shot we don’t expect or think of. His comfort with a wedge is fun to watch, he makes all short game shots seem like they are no big deal and you can see this by his free-flowing, loose and speedy wedge action. You can tell he feels at peace with his wedge technique.

JW: He has an interesting set up for his wedges that has been well covered, but since you first met him, how has his understanding and approach to his wedges and wedge play evolved?

AD: Justin’s wedge set is unique, however, a lot of thought and intelligence has gone into crafting this matrix. Since the first time I met him, he has worked hard and he has always had the desire to want to improve and push himself. You can see it in his strength training, his increase in ball speed, and his general approach to competitive golf. His knowledge of his short game has improved over the years and it shows in his success. You can see how comfortable he feels when a wedge is pulled from the bag, you can bet he will be landing the ball close to the hole setting himself up for a makable putt.

Justin Thomas’ wedge specs 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design Raw SM7 (46-10F @47.5, 52-12F @52.5), Vokey SM8 (56-14F @57), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks (60T @ 60.5)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

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