Ten years after introducing the Pro V1, Titleist continues to make improvements to that groundbreaking golf ball, as well as to the lower-spin offshoot, Pro V1x. The latest versions debuted at last week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and will begin shipping to golf shops and off-course retailers in February.
According to Bill Morgan, senior vice president for golf ball research and design at Titleist, the new Pro V1 has increased spin for improved control into the greens, primarily through a change in the core formulation and molding process.
At the same time, Morgan and his charges developed a spherically tiled, tetrahedron dimple design for the Pro V1 that has allowed the equipment maker to add distance to the Pro V1 – and to compensate for any yardage they might have lost from adding spin. This iteration has 352 dimples that come in five different sizes, down from 392 in the previous generation.
With regards to the Pro V1x, Titleist sought to maintain its popular feel, spin and durability with a higher flight trajectory that increased distance. Morgan says they achieved that by changing the cover design with this ball as well, creating one with 328 spherically tiled tetrahedron dimples that come in seven sizes, down just four in total number from its predecessor.
And that last development speaks to something Titleist sought to add to the latest versions of both Pro V1 golf balls when it altered their aerodynamics – more consistent ball flight.