Titleist PRO V1 vs PRO V1x Golf Ball Comparison & Review

Titleist’s flagship golf balls have dominated the golf ball industry for nearly two decades ever since the launch of the Pro V1 in late 2000. The release of the V1X in 2003 offered golfers an alternative. However, few golfers are aware of what differentiates the Pro V1 and the Pro V1X.

Although more appreciated by professional and extremely low handicap golfers, both are designed to aid golfers of all levels to play their absolute best golf.

The all-round capability of these balls delivers good distance off the tee and a soft feel and outstanding spin and control on approach shots, around the green and on the green. To go with the performance Titleist have made the golf balls extremely durable.

Both the Pro V1 and the Pro V1X is enclosed in a urethane cover that is regarded as the standard for premium golf balls. The design of the cover gives durability, soft feel, and loads of spin for control.

Being the favored golf ball on nearly all professional tours did not make Titleist sit back and rest on their laurels. Titleist is constantly enhancing and re-engineering the golf ball for improved performance and additional feel. In 2019 both the Pro V1 and Pro V1X were redesigned from the core to cover.

Ultimately the golf ball that you choose should fit your profile and preferences. The feel, price, and appearance can sway your final decision. In this article, I will share my views on the two golf balls, what they have in common, and their dissimilarities.

Titleist PRO V1

The Pro V1 was released late in 2000 to present a revolutionary new golf ball through the combination of long and straight driving, the robustness of a 2-piece ball, and soft feel with precise control around the greens.

Not only was it a winner with professional golfers but it promptly turned out to be a firm favorite with amateur golfers wanting the soft feel and good distance.

Titleist Pro V1X

After experiencing much success with the release of the Pro V1 in late 2000, Titleist launched the Pro V1X golf ball in 2003.

Designed to fly higher and reach its apex farther down the flight, it generates longer carry distance compared to the Pro V1.

The original Pro V1X produced less spin than the Pro V1 but that changed in 2017 when the roles were reversed and the Pro V1X started generating more spin than the Pro V1.

Titleist Pro V1 vs Pro V1x Comparison

Pros:

  • Remarkable distance – Although not defined as distance balls you will achieve remarkable driving distance from an all-round performance ball.
  • Consistency – both the Titleist Pro V1 and V1x set the gold standard for consistency.
  • Flexibility – The soft feel provides greenside confidence and superb spin.
  • Feel – The soft surface sets the standard for premium golf balls to feel.
  • Sound – The Pro V1 and Pro V1x produces a sublime sound

Cons:

  • Cost – the Pro V1, and Pro V1x are simply not a cheap investment. These two balls are among the most expensive balls on the market.
  • Designed for Pros and High-Level Amateurs – to put it abruptly, unless you play to a single-digit handicap, and even probably sub-5 handicap, you will not notice differences compared to cheaper- alternatives.

This video offers some insights into these legendary golf balls.

Similarities

Both of Titleist’s premium ball generates good distance and consistent ball flight and is built with the Titleist’s Drop-and-Stop™ technology

Differences

You will notice that the Pro V1 feels softer, generates a lower penetrating ball trajectory, produces less spin from irons than the Pro V1X. The feel of the Pro V1 is softer than Pro V1X.

Design

The Pro V1 and Pro V1x are designed for low single-digit handicap amateurs and professional golfers to produce low spin in the long game combined with Drop-and-Stop™ performance on shots into the green.

Cover

The patented cast thermoset urethane elastomer cover is 17 percent thinner than its predecessor creating a softer yet more durable surface. This results in a better feel to aid in creating more spin on your approach shots and softer feel on your short game.

Finishing on both versions is done with Titleist’s painting technology for increased durability and brightness of the color.

Dimples

There are 352 tetrahedral spherical tile dimples on the Pro V1 and 328 tetrahedral spherical tile dimples on the Pro V1X.

Core

The core of the Pro V1 golf ball is designed with a three-piece multicomponent technology to generate more spin on longer shots.

The core of the Pro V1X contains two ZG process cores (dual-core) to complete the four-piece multicomponent technology for more velocity and longer driving distance.

Packaging

The Pro V1comes packaged in a gold sleeve with a hint of gray/silver. The Pro V1X’s packaging is similar but the sleeve is mostly silver/platinum with a hint of red.

Feel

The Thermoset urethane elastomer cover produces a softer feel on both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x with a noticeably softer feel on the Pro V1.

While the Pro V1x may feel harder off the clubface it will achieve more carry distance and still maintain the Titleist soft feel and control.

There was a more distinct difference in the feel between the Pro V1 and the Pro V1x on the previous version, especially around the greens. This has almost completely been eliminated in the 2019 redesign.

Sound

The sound generated on contact between the golf club and the clubface is rather important to the confidence of many golfers, especially off the putter face. Both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x retained Titleist’s signature sound and you can expect to hear the recognizable clicks, smooshes, and squishes on impact.

You may find that the softer Pro V1 produces a very slightly softer sound than the firmer surface of the Pro V1x.

Durability

Considering the cost of the ball you would expect it to be durable. Titleist’s revolutionary painting system and the urethane elastomer cover aids in making both versions of the golf balls extremely durable.

If they become dirty it is easily washed off and looking bright again. The painting and cover system will produce consistency in the aerodynamics for improved performance.

The redesigned cover on the Pro V1 and the Pro V1x has dramatically improved the abrasion resistance.

Swing

Golfers with a swing speed of more than 100 miles per hour will be able to achieve the true potential of the golf balls.

Trajectory

The Pro V1 produces a penetrating trajectory that will hang in the air for a long time off the tee. As the 2019 design produces less spin you will find that a well-struck drive now generates more distance and travels straighter.

The Pro V1x has always launched higher than the Pro V1 and the 2019 upgrade increased the differential. With lower sidespin, you can expect a very straight path as pointed out by experts when the V1x was introduced in Las Vegas.

The Pro V1x produces a higher trajectory but retains its steadiness and stopping power on the greens as the drop from the apex to the ground is more abrupt than that of the Pro V1.

Although you will find it difficult to generate excessive curving of the golf ball trajectory with the Pro V1 and the Pro V1x skilled golfers are still able to manipulate the trajectory and achieve ample curve when required.

The Pro V1 launch angle is 11.3 degrees compared to 11.6 degrees of the Pro V1x.  Even though the Pro V1x launches higher both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x reached the same apex.

The better choice to fade or draw your golf ball is the Pro V1x.

Distance

Technological advances in the driver and other clubs have put pressure on golf courses as the balls are flying much further. The premium Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x are not categorized as fully-fledged distance balls and the distance that they achieve is remarkable for such allrounders.

The distance achieved by golfers with swing speeds of more than 100 miles per hour is hardly noticeable if compared to some golf balls that are designed for longer distance off the tee

The Pro V1x travels on average 5 yards further than the Pro V1.

Spin

Spin plays an influential role in the trajectory of a ball as too much sidespin can steer the ball to the rough and too much spin can reduce the distance that the ball travels.

Contrary to the spin required for longer distances, you require more spin to stop the ball quickly on the green. The Pro V1 and Pro V1x both produce the best of both worlds and a well-struck shot will generate sufficient spin to grip and stop on the green.

The firmer feel of Pro V1x results in golfers with swing speeds above 100 miles per hour noticing that the firm grip reduces the natural backspin on the ball resulting in more control of where the ball stops on the green. The Pro V1 is more likely to stop quicker and rollback.

The lower spin rate and the dual-core inside the Pro V1x create a higher trajectory that performs better in windy conditions and harder fairways. Reduced sidespin generated by the Pro V1x will result is more stability produce a much straighter ball flight.

The difference in the spin generated by the two golf balls is most noticeable on full wedge shots as the Pro V1x generates almost 300 RPM less than the Pro V1.

Short Game Control

The Titleist twins have been known for their control around the green. Even though the characteristics of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x as remarkably similar, the softer feel of the Pro V1 produces more stopping power and therefore more control over shots around the green. This provides the golfer with confidence and control.

Verdict

Titleist has dominated the premier golf ball market for the better part of the last two decades and has been the most used ball on professional tours.

It is not only professionals that use Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls but many of the better golfers worldwide with low single-digit handicaps. Titleist recommends that golfers with swing speed above 100 miles per hour make use of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x as this is where the biggest benefit is to be gained.

The two golf balls are remarkably similar in their performance, but professional and exceptionally good golfers will be able to distinguish between the performance depending on their strengths and weaknesses.