Expert Review: Titleist Velocity Golf BallsPublished on 05/20/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Jeremy Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.
The Titleist Velocity Golf Balls will suit any golfer looking for maximum distance off the tee and low spin. Beginner and scratch players alike could stand to add overall speed with this ball, but its benefits (and drawbacks) will be noticed most by players with faster swing speeds.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: 2022 Titleist Velocity
- Color: Gloss white with orange numbers
- Average score: 80
- Handicap: 9
- Experience: 4 years of golf
- Right/Left-handed: Right-Handed
- Typical shot shape: Straight or fade
- Typical trajectory: Medium to high
- Club swing speed: 100mph on average driver swing
- When I bought this: May 2022
- Days tested: >60 days over the course of a Northern Ohio golf season
- Where I’ve used it: Brookledge Golf Club on course/chipping green
- Weather and wind conditions: Rain, high wind, clear days
- Turf conditions: Bent grass
- Green speeds: 9-11
How they perform
What I was looking for
I wanted a less-than-premium-priced golf ball that maximizes distance off the tee and offers a low spin/playable feel. I wanted a ball from a premium brand that would give me the longest possible drives. My normal ball (either Pro-V1 or Bridgestone Tour B RX) performs well overall, but I knew there were options available that were longer at the expense of other performance characteristics.
Why I chose this golf ball
I wanted to add distance to my drives without giving up a lot of feel and handling around the green. I purchased max quality options like TaylorMade TP5, Titleist Pro-V1, Bridgestone Tour B RX, and Callaway Chrome Soft but noticed longer drives with the Velocity by a comfortable 3-4 yards total. In addition, I noticed ~2% faster ball speed (via Mevo FlightScope) than any other ball I tested, which is accurate with independent research.
What I love about it
- Distance: I have never found a longer golf ball than this. A good drive for me rolls to about 270 yards total. I’ve comfortably hit drives 280+ yards with this ball, with an average just over my usual distance (274 yards total).
- Other: I love the unique orange number on the ball. The cover appears more glossy than matte, and the combination of bright white gloss and orange number is very easily identifiable.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: The feel is firm and not to my liking. I prefer the feel and feedback of a softer golf ball. Mishits feel a bit harsher, and center strikes still feel firm. It never feels like hitting “nothing at all” on a good strike like some soft golf balls do.
- Green Spin: Spin is noticeably lower than other Titleist offerings like Pro-V1, Tour Soft, and TruFeel. I don’t have a reliable source for spin numbers in my personal testing. Still, anecdotally I noticed added rollout on short and long shots overall, including chipping, bunker shots, and pitching.
- Durability: The cover is a bit more prone to scraping and staining than a Pro-V1. This cover is firm and a bit less flexible, so it is overall less resilient than a soft-cover golf ball. This is not a “junk” golf ball. The cover is still playable and of better quality than budget options, but there is a noticeable drop-off in overall durability and longevity of play before damage degrades performance or confidence.
Best shot with this golf ball
I’ve played the lowest round of my life while using a Titleist Velocity golf ball. I shot my first 75 this past summer (2022). I remember sitting 140 yards out on the 18th fairway at Brookledge Golf Club in Akron, Ohio. I hit an easy 9 iron and hit the green to secure the 2-putt I needed to shoot my first-ever 75. I would absolutely play this ball as my normal choice if it handled better around the greens, as I play a lot of loft around the greens and need added control.
Value for the money vs. other options
At a lower price point than Pro-V1, TP5, and Chrome Soft, this is the most promising choice for any player from beginner to scratch if distance is what one's looking for at the cost of some handling and spin capabilities. This ball is an excellent value for its benefits and drawbacks. Given their price tier, I would most closely compare this ball to TaylorMade Distance+ or other low-spin options that take a bit of a hit on overall quality and consistency.
Golfers will know exactly what they're getting with this ball: maximum ball speed and distance at the expense of a bit of spin and control capabilities. I strongly recommend it to anyone seeking additional distance for their game, especially those seeking a more inexpensive ball than premium options.