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2021 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x: Continuing the pursuit of the perfect ball

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The Titleist Pro V1 is far and away the best-selling ball in golf, and for 2021, the engineers have delivered on their promise to never stop trying to make the best better with the introduction of the all-new 2021 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

How do you make the most trusted golf balls better?

When the designers and engineers at Titleist are looking for feedback, they go right to the top—that means the best players in the world. Engineers seek to find out not just what they like about their current golf ball, but what if anything can be improved upon.

After lengthy discussion and research with the best golfers in the world, improvement came down to three factors.

  • Greater spin and softer feel
  • More control with a higher apex
  • Distance, but not at the sacrifice of the other two factors

By combining these wants from golfers, together with new and proven technologies, Titleist is giving golfers what they believe to the very best golf balls the company has ever produced, and players agree. 

“When a golfer chooses Pro V1 or Pro V1x, they are choosing absolute performance. Our R&D and Operations teams have spent years engineering new technology into each and every component of 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x. When it comes to the performance and quality of these products, we will continue to go to every length possible to help golfers play their best and shoot their lowest scores.” – Jeremy Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing.

2021 Titleist Pro V1 technology inside and out

Just like with golf clubs, engineers don’t focus on just one performance factor when designing a golf ball. It’s about bringing each component together to have it perform at the highest level, and for a golf ball, that usually means designing from the inside out. However, with the 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls, it actually worked the other way around.

New Spherically-tiled Tetrahedral Dimple Designs – Let me start by saying I don’t come up with these names, this is all about engineering. The Pro V1 features a new 388 dimple layout, while the Pro V1x has 348. Both patterns have been optimized for each golf ball model’s specific characteristics to maximize distance and flight consistency.

To make it easy to remember, the Pro V1 is intended to provide a penetrating trajectory while Pro V1x will fly higher.

It’s important to note that this is the first totally new dimple redesign of the Titleist Pro V1 golf balls since 2011, and since that time the Titleist R&D team has gone through the painstaking process of designing, manufacturing, and tested more than 1,900 aerodynamic patterns—including no less than 60 different iterations of the new 2021 Pro V1’s 388 dimple layout and more than 30 versions of Pro V1x’s 348 dimple design as per Titleist.

“It takes years of work – we’ve been working on these new packages for almost a decade – but it is that commitment to research that ensures each golf ball is optimized to fly at its longest and most efficient trajectory.” – Mike Madson, Titleist R&D’s Director of Aerodynamics & Research Engineering

Reformulated 2.0 ZG Process Cores – As mentioned off the top, at the core of every golf ball is, well, a core (see what I did there?) and each core has to designed to deliver maximum ball speed and consistency shot after shot. The ZG process ensures that through production, each solid core Pro V1 and dual-core Pro V1x is going to deliver distance and soft feel.

Fast High-Flex Casing Layer – The casing layer between the core and the cover adds speed and lowers spin on long game shots. This casing layer is comprised of a highly-resilient, high-speed (another way of saying firm) ionomer which was originally developed for the Pro V1x Left Dash—and like with any piece of golf technology has trickled its way into other products in the line where it can be used to increase performance variables.

Softer Cast Urethane Cover – To complete the package and deliver on the number one thing players requested with the new golf balls, the new formula for the cast urethane cover is the softest formulation Titleist has ever used the Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls to increases spin around the green and offer players more control. 

Price and availability

The new 2021 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls will be available in golf shops starting January 27.

Both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x will be priced at $49.99 and be available in white with play numbers 1-4 and  5-8 along with the same numbers (00-99) through custom. High optic yellow will also be an option but only with the play numbers 1-4.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Ryan

    Jan 21, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    I’m so confused about these balls—when they first debuted, the ProV1 was the softer, higher spinning ball, while the X was firmer and spun less. Now it seems the X spins more and launches higher. I did a trial on my GCQuad and the X spun around 500-700 rpm more on a 75 yard shot. Am I totally wrong?

  2. Jbone

    Jan 21, 2021 at 11:21 am

    I hope it’s as soft as the bridgestone tour xs. Feel is the only reason I switched from prov1 over to Bridgestone

  3. Gunter Eisenberg

    Jan 21, 2021 at 10:32 am

    We’ll see what Rick Shiels has to say. He recently did a performance comparison between the original 1.0 Pro V1 from 2000 vs the 2020 version. Other than the more durable cover for the 2020 version there was little performance difference between the two.

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Puma unveils new Ignite Fasten8 golf shoe

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Puma Golf has today introduced the newest addition to its popular spikeless franchise: the Ignite Fasten8.

The new Ignite Fasten8 ($120) family are designed to provide wearers added stability with a new, exacting fit in multiple sleek designs, featuring both a traditional lace-up style and Puma’s proprietary DISC technology, and also a PRO version with a microfiber upper. The Fasten8 lace version is also available in several eye-catching colorways for women ($100).

The lineup is led by Puma’s new Fasten8 Fit System, which consists of 8 interior webbing support straps that are integrated into the lacing system. The 8 webbing straps are secured from underneath the foot, and when the laces, or Disc, are tightened, each of the Fasten8 straps aims to deliver an exceptionally secure, personalized fit for players with all foot shapes and sizes.

The Fasten8 also features PWRCAGE (a TPU saddle integrated with midfoot support webbing straps), and PWRFRAME (an ultra-thin TPU frame placed in high-stress areas) technologies, both of which are designed to contribute to greater overall stability during the swing and increased comfort while walking. 

Speaking on the new additions from Puma, Andrew Lawson, PLM, Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The new Ignite Fasten8 shoe continues to deliver the cool, classic style that has become synonymous with PUMA Golf, in a popular mix of colorways that will appeal to a wide range of playersWhen you combine our innovative new Fasten8 Fit System with Puma’s other impressive footwear technologies you have a shoe that delivers true versatility, style and performance, all while ensuring the perfect fit and feel for every golfer.” 

Enhanced comfort and performance in a variety of turf conditions (or even for wear off the course) is provided by a strategically designed, organically-altered traction pattern in the sole, as well as IGNITE Foam in the midsole, which bids to yield energy return and cushioning throughout the course of 18 holes.

The Fasten8 shoe also features a non-stretch, waterproof and breathable mesh construction in the forefoot area, which bids to provide versatile performance in varying weather conditions and SoleShield, a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole to make cleaning off dirt and debris quick and easy. In addition, the Fasten8 Pro features a microfiber upper for style and performance.

Puma’s Ignite Fasten8 and Ignite Fasten8 Disc are available in six colorways in sizes 7-14. Ignite Fasten8 Pro is available in five colorways in the same size range, while Ignite Fasten8 Women’s is available in sizes 5.5-12 in four colorways.

You can check out all of the color offerings over at pumagolf.com. The Fasten8 family will be available online and at retail from March 2. 

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The most impressive listing from the GolfWRX Classifieds (02/23/21): Tiger Masters P7TW irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

There is rare, and then there is this: 17/81 TaylorMade T7PW – Masters Edition irons sealed in the box ready for your enjoyment. A set like this isn’t cheap but golly it sure is nice: TaylorMade Tiger Woods Masters Limited Edition Masters Irons Set 17/81

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Vokey launches new Slate Blue finish on SM8 wedges

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Looks are important when it comes to having confidence in your clubs, and with that in mind, Titleist is releasing a new Slate Blue finish for its Vokey SM8 wedge line.

The slate blue finish is applied just like a standard PVD (physical vapor deposition) finish but involves using a unique material that increases the production time. The result of the material and additional time is a rich deep finish that not only looks great but also has a longer life compared to traditional PVD.

“Very often, wedge finishes can be beautiful, but they won’t last,” said Vokey. “At the same time, the most durable finishes often aren’t stunning. Slate Blue combines the two. Not only will golfers love their wedge when they see it in the shop, the finish will last through the course of normal play.”

When it comes to technology the Slate Blue Vokey wedges offer the same progressive forward center of gravity for increased MOI and ball flight control, along with 100-percent inspected spin milled grooves.

Price and availability

Vokey Design SM8 Slate Blue wedges will be available in golf shops starting March 19, and will be available in all 23 loft, bounce, and grind options in both right and left-handed.

The wedges will be priced at $199 in their stock configuration which features a True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 and custom BV Wings New Decade Multi Compound grip from Golf Pride.

Additional customizations such as character stamping are available for an additional fee.

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