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Justin Thomas switches into new Titleist Pro V1x at Mayakoba

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It’s that time of the year where players have a bit more time to tweak, test, set goals, and ultimately build the bag they want to go into battle with for the next season. If there is one component that requires a bit more time, it’s the golf ball. The reason being is the heavy lifting it has to do—it’s involved in every shot, every situation, every thought.

Equipment switches are also amplified in any capacity when it’s one of the marquee names in the game.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, world No. 3 Justin Thomas wanted to dig in on getting that part dialed in, which ultimately led to him switching to the new Pro V1x Prototype from a previous generation Pro V1x (few cycles back).

The word on the street from the tour players I chat with is the new Pro V1x is a step forward across the board. It’s fast off the tee, great into the wind, and really spinny around the greens. For a ball that has always performed at the highest level, when you hear this kind of feedback, it tends to make people in my chair very curious.

The man in charge of getting all Titleist golf ball players tuned up is Fordie Pitts, who was on the scene with Justin to make the switch.

According to Pitts: “Justin and I worked together at his home club in Florida during Thanksgiving week, testing golf balls and discussing his performance goals for next season. One of the things JT has been talking about wanting to see is a slightly higher trajectory in the long game, so he was really excited to see the ball flight and distance he was getting with new Pro V1x. He also pointed out how well it held its line in windy conditions. We tested other options, but he wanted to put the new Pro V1x in play this week in Mayakoba and see how it performs under the gun in competition.”

JT is currently T33rd at Mayakoba, but if you look deeper, the performance of the new ball is revealing itself. Justin is third in driving distance at 313 yards and has hit 69 percent of his greens on a traditionally tough second-shot golf course. It’ll be interesting to hear JT’s feedback after some battlefield testing, but it looks to be so far so good.

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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  1. Lee

    Dec 6, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Had a chance to play the new ProV1x and it’s a great ball. Almost feels sticky compared to the old ones. Great spin, flight and distance. Another HIO if you ask me.

  2. Jball

    Dec 6, 2020 at 1:10 am

    Isn’t he always statistically one of the best, if not THE best shots gained tee to green? Regardless I’m sure the rest of the world will agree it will be a standout in balls this year.

  3. Gurn Blanstin

    Dec 5, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    I switch balls every other hole

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If we’ve used the “buffet” analogy one too many times in describing our collection of tour photos from this event or that, forgive us, but we have a full-fledged smorgasbord for you from the RSM Classic this week.

We have shots of Justin Rose testing a new driver (Titleist). We have a first look at Odyssey’s resurrection of the vaunted Tri Hot line. We have nine general galleries and — dramatic pause — 20 in-hand WITB galleries.

You didn’t come here to read an introduction — proceed directly to the tour equipment photo extravaganza, below.

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Photos from the 2021 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open

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The PGA Tour arrives in the Lone Star State this week for the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course.

Even with the year winding down and a general shift to a lower gear, there’s still plenty to digest on the equipment front — and WITBs. A ton of WITBs!

This week, we have WITB looks including the likes of Pat Perez and Tony Finau as well as seven general galleries from Memorial Park.

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Thanks to our friends at @SMS_on_Tour for sending along some shots from the Portugal Masters, not surprisingly contested in Vilamoura, Portugal, at the Victoria Club de Golfe where Thomas Pieters secured a two-stroke victory (see Pieters’ WITB here).

In addition to in-hand WITB photos, we have behind-the-scenes goodies and even a look at the tour trucks in position to service the needs of the European Tour’s staffers.

Let’s take a look at some interesting photos! (Robert Rock’s motley iron arrangement is the featured image).

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