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What’s the difference between Titleist’s new 2023 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls? Here’s a full breakdown

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Titleist’s PGA Tour seeding of its new 2023 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls began at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas (although several pros actually started using them the event prior, at the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship).

At the time, we didn’t yet know about the technical improvements, release date or pricing, we only had the early feedback of pros who already started testing and using the new golf balls.

Charley Hoffmann, for example, switched into the 2023 Pro V1x golf ball at the Shriners during Tour launch week. Speaking with GolfWRX.com at the Shriners, Hoffmann compared his experience with the new Pro V1x golf ball, versus the Pro V1x Left Dash golf ball he was playing previously.

“I just started hitting it [in Oceanside] and the speed was great,” Hoffmann told GolfWRX. “I call the Left Dash a ‘Trackman ball,’ because all the numbers look really good on Trackman, but you lose a little bit around the greens. This ’23 golf ball is, I would say, a very fast golf ball. It spins a little bit more [than the low-spinning Left Dash], but with the driver you can get optimal launch conditions, and low spin with the driver. But where I really like it, and where I’ve seen the bigger difference, is that it’s really tight with the irons, and really, really good around the greens. I would say a little softer feel, not as click-y as the Dash I was playing, or a traditional X golf ball. It’s a little quieter sound, and really, really good around the greens. It’s hard to keep both the distance and good ball flight with driver, and keep up performance around the greens, but somehow Titleist has figured it out with this ’23 golf ball.”

Fordie Pitts, Titleist’s Tour Consultant for Golf Ball R&D, confirmed at the Shriners that Titleist’s goal with the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls was to make them “a little bit longer,” by reducing spin on high speed full shots. To avoid a tradeoff on short game performance, though, Pitts and team sought to keep the short game performance the same within 100 yards.

During the official retail announcement today, January 18, Titleist confirmed exactly how the company went about making those desired improvements.

According to Titleist, the company designed a new “high gradient core” to achieve lower spin and faster speeds. The cores of both golf balls are now built to be firmer on the outer portions, getting progressively softer as the core reaches the exact center of the golf ball. The Pro V1x golf ball, specifically, saw its inner core increase by 44 percent – the larger soft area of the core works in concert with the high-gradient design to lower spin and enhance stability as the ball flies through the air.

Just like previous Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, the 2023 versions also have soft urethane covers and firm casing layers to help maintain the maximum greenside spin.

The combination of a soft cover, firm inner casing layer, and progressively soft inner cores allowed Titleist to decrease spin in the long game and increase distance on full shots, while maintaining the short game spin that Titleist golf ball users have grown accustomed to in recent years.

2023 Titleist Pro V1 vs. Pro V1x

Now, for the real question: Which golf ball should you play – the 2023 Pro V1 or the 2023 Pro V1x?

Let’s take a look at the differences.

The Titleist 2023 Pro V1 golf ball has 388 dimples on the cover, a black number, and it has a 3-layer construction (urethane cover, casing layer and core). The Pro V1 is built to have the lower long game spin and more penetrating ball flight, with a softer feel.

The Titleist 2023 Pro V1x golf ball, on the other hand, has 348 dimples, a red number, and it has a 4-layer construction (urethane cover, casing layer, dual core). The Pro V1x will offer slightly more spin in the long game and a higher flight, with a firmer feel than the Pro V1.

Titleist’s new Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls will be available in retail shops starting on January 25 for a Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) of $54.99. Both golf balls are available in white (numbers 00, 1-99) and high optic yellow (numbers 1-4).

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Plebes

    Jan 20, 2023 at 9:49 pm

    Give us plebes the dot and the star!

  2. Will

    Jan 19, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    That was not a full breakdown at all, that was a very brief overview of the differences

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Bettinardi is celebrating its 25th anniversary with limited putters runs. First up: BB1 MS

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25 years! Bettinardi is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a limited run of putters (one model per month in 2023, 250 putters in each run). The Tinley Park, Illinois, company is kicking off the collection with the BB1 MS. The design was one of Robert J. Bettinardi’s first when the manufacturer, designer, and engineer struck out on his own after milling putters for major OEMs through the 90s.

Bettinardi pioneered milling a putter from a solid block of steel sans forgings, castings, or welds, and the BB1 MS was an early example of his efforts.

Check out the putter specs and additional details below.

Model: BB1 MS
Material: 303 stainless steel
Face insert: Gold-plated 303SS
Neck: Mid-style plumbers
Face milling: Mini honeycomb
Weight: 352 grams
Finish: Tour blast/High polish
Grip: Black leather perforated Gripmaster

The heel features an open Hex milling with Roman numerals “XXV” to emphasize the significance of this silver anniversary putter, while the sole showcases a “1/250” engraving to mark its limited quantity.

“I am so proud of this huge milestone for Bettinardi, and all that we have accomplished over the last 25 years,” said Robert Bettinard. “From the 100 professional wins to the cult-like following in The Hive of our bespoke offerings, and with distribution in over 45 countries around the world, Bettinardi’s future has never been brighter.”

The limited run kick-off putter will be available on January 31st at 10 a.m. CST in the Hive online at Bettinardi.com.

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Satoshi Kodaira WITB 2023 (January)

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Driver: Titleist TSR2 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD Quattro Tech

3-wood: Titleist TSR2+ (14.5 degrees), TaylorMade M4 (15 degrees)
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Hybrid: Nabla Black iD (18 degrees)
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Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (52-12F, 56-10S, 60-08M)
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Rickie Fowler WITB 2023 (January)

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Driver: Cobra Aerojet (9 degrees @ 8)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70

3-wood: Cobra Aerojet LS (14.5 degrees @ 13)
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5-wood: Cobra King LTDxLS (17.5 degrees)
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Irons: Cobra King Tour Forged
Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: Cobra King Versatile (54-10 @ 52, 56-08, 58-08)
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Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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