Expert Review: Titleist Pro V1 Golf BallsPublished on 03/02/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2020.
All photos courtesy of WeiWei Gao
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2020.
The Titleist Pro V1 is one of the most popular golf balls on the market, used by both amateur and professional golfers. It features a multi-layer construction and advanced technology, including a soft Urethane Elastomer cover, a responsive ionomeric casing layer, and a high-speed core. These elements work together to provide golfers with exceptional distance, low spin off the driver, and a soft feel around the greens.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: Titleist ProV1
- Color: White
- Average score: 68
- Handicap: Professional (No Handicap)
- Experience: 16 years of golf
- Right/Left-handed: Right Handed
- Typical shot shape: Draw
- Typical trajectory: High
- Club swing speed: 118 mph (Driver)
- When I bought this: January 2020
- Days tested: 3 years
- Where I’ve used it: Golf course (Torrey Pines GC, Yas Links GC, TPC Sawgrass)
- Weather and wind conditions: Raining, Sunny, Snowing, Humid, Dry, Windy
- Turf conditions: Firm, Soft, Medium
- Green speeds: 13 (very fast) 8 (slow)
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a golf ball that could hold up on my high swing speed but also soft enough to control around the greens
Why I chose this golf ball
The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball is an outstanding choice for golfers seeking durability, spin, distance, and quality. This ball's high-performance core and soft cover design provide excellent distance and accuracy, while also delivering the necessary feedback on short game shots. The ball's excellent durability ensures it can handle a variety of course conditions, and its overall quality is second to none. Whether for a seasoned golfer or just starting out, the Titleist Pro V1 is a top-performing ball that delivers everything one needs to succeed on the course. The other ball I was considering was the PROV1x but I liked how the ProV1 felt just a little better.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance I'm able to get with this golf ball is top notch, and I generate less spin with the driver. I like how it holds up and does not break down easily.
- Green Spin: The spin around the Greens I’m getting is awesome. I think this has more spin than the other model (PRO V1x). For me, I think it is really important that I am able to have a ball that reacts the way I want it on the course. The thing I love about this ball is that I’m able to put a lot of spin on it and that helps me to have more control on the greens.
- Durability: The durability of this product is really high; I play at a professional level and only have to switch balls every nine holes. This is compared to every three holes with other golf balls I tried. For an amateur golfer, this would probably last around 18–27 holes, since the swing speed isn’t too high.
- Color: Glossy finish. It is really easy to find—especially being white.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: I consider the feel of this ball really soft. Around the greens, it is really important to me for a ball to feel soft for optimal feel, so I feel more confident with my short game with this ball. However, some golfers who prefer a harder-feeling ball may not enjoy the soft feel of the Pro V1. Instead, golfers who encounter these issues should try Titleist Velocity Balls.
Best shot with this golf ball
I've been playing golf for years and have had my fair share of good and bad shots, but one that stands out above the rest is the time I made a hole in one. It was a beautiful summer day, slightly windy, and I was playing with a group of friends on a course I'd never played before.
We arrived at the ninth hole, a par three that was 160 yards from the tee box. The green was elevated and surrounded by trees, making it a challenging shot. I stepped up to the tee box and took a deep breath, feeling the weight of the moment.
I pulled out my 7 iron, took a few practice swings, and then lined up my shot. I made contact with the ball, and I knew immediately that I had struck it well. The ball soared through the air, straight toward the green.
As the ball descended, I watched with bated breath, hoping it would land in a good spot. It hit the front of the green and began rolling, and I could see that it was rolling right toward the flagstick. My heart was pounding as the ball kept rolling, getting closer and closer to the hole. Finally, it hit the flagstick and dropped straight into the cup.
I couldn't believe it—I had just made a hole in one! I let out a yell of excitement, and my friends came rushing over to see what had happened. We all stood there in disbelief, staring at the ball in the hole.
For the rest of the day, I was on cloud nine. Making a hole in one is something that most golfers only dream of, and I was lucky enough to experience it firsthand. Even though it's been years since that shot, I still look back on it with pride and amazement.
Value for the money vs. other options
This ball is definitely worth the money for those competing at a very high level. For golfers who play for fun or recreationally, then I would consider using the Velocity model. I consider its performance to be similar without the hefty price tag.
The Titleist Pro V1 is widely considered to be one of the best golf balls on the market and is a popular choice for both amateur and professional golfers. Its multi-layer construction and advanced technology provide golfers with exceptional distance, low spin off the driver, and a soft feel around the greens.