Never one to blame myself when making a bad swing, it’s not unusual for me to utter the words ‘flaming golf ball’ when my dimples are dispatched into the stratosphere.
The story wasn’t much different at my local golf course in Surrey at the weekend. Only this time around, the ball followed its literal definition. The brand new Titleist Velocity ball was so hot, I felt sorry that I couldn’t send it for a swim.
Having attended the official media launch of the new Titleist balls at the end of last month, which included the brand new NXT Tour, NXT Tour S and DT SoLo models, I was warned by the Titleist design team just how explosive the Velocity was. They weren’t lying.
Hype, meet distance. Ball, meet fairway.
The Titleist Velocity is geared for fast ball speed, as its name suggests. Titleist states that the LSX core technology makes the new Velocity the ‘fastest solid core in the whole Titleist golf ball line-up.’
Velocity includes a two-piece icosahedral 332-dimple design; aerodynamics that Titleist says will help deliver a ‘soaring, tight, consistent ball flight and deep down-range peak trajectory.’
The ball also comes with bright double-digit orange numbers of 00, 11, 22 and 33 to inspire confidence.
Although Velocity plays a little hard on feel, it’s a very solid performing ball for just £28 per dozen. I constantly found myself playing my second shots ten yards further up the fairway due to less spin created with the driver.
Iron shots felt remarkably pure and fairway woods were flying through the air, once again with less drag. As you can probably guess, if you like to moonwalk your ball with the wedges, Velocity probably isn’t for you. Wedge shots felt crisp despite tending to release out once on the surface. On average with a 7-iron, the ball was running out around 12-feet from its pitch mark.
The only drawback in terms of putting was the high velocity effect of the core and cover. At least you don’t need to worry about pace on fast greens. On softer, slower greens, however, these balls are superb.
I’d recommend the Titleist Velocity for anyone on a budget who wants to take aerial pictures of their playing partner’s ball, without wanting to completely sacrifice short game feel or iron performance.
Golfers that classify themselves as mid to high handicappers will benefit significantly on hitting longer tee shots and getting the ball to release back to the pin.