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The 2021 version of the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x maintain the same outstanding performance of previous generations. Pro V1 feels slightly softer. Slightly higher short game spin in both models.
To say that the Titleist Pro V1 is the #1 ball in golf doesn’t really go far enough. The Pro V1 has been the undisputed king for so long that many people reading this may not know that any other ball was ever #1. But this dynastic success hasn’t kept Titleist from continuing to push the envelope. The latest version features a new core, casing, and cover to push its performance to even higher levels.
When comparing the 2017 and 2019 versions of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x, I came up empty in terms of finding any differences in feel. With the 2021 version, I was more successful, but I’ll start by stressing that these differences are very small. I found them by hitting dozens of putts back and forth with each model. Unless you claim to have Tiger-like feel, I doubt you’ll notice any difference on the course.
With all that said, I think that the 2021 Titleist Pro V1 is slightly softer than the previous version. The overall character is still the same – premium, soft without being mushy – but impact sounds a little quieter and the ball feels like it’s on the face just a little longer.
To me, the new Pro V1x feels identical to the older generation. Comparing the Pro V1 to the Pro V1x, the X is decidedly firmer. Impact with the Pro V1x has a “tock” sound where the Pro V1 is a “thud.”
One of the major talking points around the new versions of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x is the new urethane elastomer cover. Titleist states that this is the softest formulation ever used in these balls, and that should lead to more greenside spin.
In my launch monitor testing, I saw both models spinning about 100 RPM more than the previous generation. As always, please keep in mind that I tend to be a low spin player, so you may see larger spin gaps.
On the launch monitor, both the Pro V1 and Pro V1x performed very similarly to the previous generation. Given that the 2019 versions were great, this isn’t a complaint whatsoever. I saw the Pro V1x producing slightly higher spin in the irons and the Pro V1 creating a more penetrating flight. Both carried plenty of spin to hold a green.
With the driver, both golf balls produced very high ball speed and consistent launch conditions. Again, the Pro V1x spun a little more, though the gap was only about 200 RPM for me.
The one element that I have not been able to test is the new dimple pattern. Each ball has a new tetrahedral dimple design – 388 on the Pro V1, 348 on the Pro V1x – to improve its aerodynamics. As the weather improves, I’ll be interested to see if there’s a visible difference in the ball flight with this new pattern compared to the older one.
Whether you opt for the boring trajectory of the Pro V1 or the higher ball flight of the Pro V1x, you’ll find a little bump in spin around the green with the latest versions. While the #1 ball in golf will continue to be one of the most expensive, knowing that you’ll have the pinnacle of consistency from shot to shot may be worth it for the serious players.