Need To Know
Just when you thought the Titleist Pro V1 couldn’t get any stronger, it has.
For 2015, the brand associated with the number one ball in professional golf is giving golfers of all abilities what they have been lusting after: dimples that are longer, softer and more durable than ever.
On first inspection, the three-piece Pro V1 ball felt slightly softer than the 2013 version around the green. It appeared to slam the brakes on quicker with chip shots, aided by its softer "thermoset urethane elastomer" cover.
The Pro V1 and Pro V1x both provided us with the best short-game spin in this test when using a 55-degree wedge, with only a handful of brands coming anywhere near it.
While we did not find the new Pro V1 travelled dramatically further off the tee than the old version, we did notice that the spin rate had come down by 100 RPM and there was a nice three-yard gain. It proved the longest ball in the test, although we did expect that.
Although we tend not to get carried away with a ball's accuracy off the tee, we did find this one launched a little straighter off the tee than some of the others with a wedge, mid-iron or driver in hand.
On the greens, the Pro V1 sounded even softer off the face and rolled beautifully towards the hole.
Other positives include a change to the ball stamp. The solid arrows on each side are now comprised of two parts each - perfect for alignment when putting - but in the same silver colour as before.
The new Titleist Pro V1 excels in the short game with a slightly softer feel, and adds several yards off the tee. Not only did the new Pro V1 provide us with the strongest levels of backspin and control with the wedges, it was also one of the longest. It was by far the most durable in the test, too. Pricey at £51 but worth every penny.