This past week was a huge one around the world of golf, with star players like Luke Donald, Adam Scott, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Henrik Stenson earning victories in all corners of the globe. It was an even bigger week for Titleist, which earned the very first victories for both its 2013-14 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls with a matter of hours of each other.
Scott chalked up the first triumph for the new Pro V1 model at the Australian Masters, while Donald rolled the Pro V1x to its first title at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan PGA Tour. The photos I’ve seen from those events didn’t show any distinctive shots of the new balls but, coincidentally, former PGA Champion Steve Elkington tweeted a photo of the test models he received on Friday, and I have posted his photo above.
Since the original Pro V1 balls were introduced a dozen years ago, Titleist has released new models every two years. The company unofficially debuted the 2013-14 editions at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals Open in Las Vegas in October, when Titleist staff players began receiving plain white boxes containing the precious spheres to begin testing and evaluating.
Officially, Titleist has said very little about the new balls, though maybe we’ll hear more about them this week now that they’ve found their way into the winner’s circle.
To refresh your memory, the current Pro V1 is designed for increased spin control and a more consistent flight, thanks to a large, solid polybutadiene core and an ionomeric casing layer inside a urethane elastomer cover outfitted with a 352 tetrahedral dimple design.
The current Pro V1x ball is designed for longer distance and what Titleist calls its Drop-and-Stop greenside control. It features a large, high-velocity dual core with a soft center inside an ionomeric casing layer and a urethane elastomer cover with a 328 tetrahedral dimple design.