Titleist: What Golf Ball Should You Use?
This is a question requiring honesty with one's self. Every golfer is different. Some are on a quest for the club championship. Some believe their 15 handicap will become a 4. Some, like myself, have come to a coherent acceptance that I play golf to enjoy the game. Your choice of Titleist's is largely dependent on where you fall on this unscientific Richter scale.
Titleist Velocity: The Golf Ball for The Common Man
They’re cheaper! A lot cheaper. A reincarnation of the retired NXT Tour, the Titleist Velocity is a golf ball for the common man. If you don’t exactly crank it 289 off the tee box, this ball is for you. It is a firmer golf ball, and reduces its overall spin. You might not suck one back six feet across the green, but have you ever really done that anyway?
The reduced spin will allow for you to gain more distance off a good shot. Golf courses aren’t exactly short these days. Getting that extra little umph is never a bad thing. That decrease in spin will also help you cut down on the severity of those hooks and slices that may or may not occur…
You can get these puppies for under $30. That’s a considerable discount from the $50 you’re going to pay for some Pro V’s.
Titleist Pro V1: An Expensive Investment
Let’s be real for a second. The majority of the performance magic that can be attained from a golf ball, is largely dependent on the skill of the golfer hitting it. To that end, let’s open our eyes.
The ProV1 is without a doubt the pinnacle of golf ball perfection. Has it been tweaked with through the years? Most likely. Still doesn’t change the fact that the Pro V1 has dominated the golf scene for 20 years. Think about that. People are changing up to the next big driver virtually every other season. This small white dimpled ball of golfing perfection is nearly old enough to buy a beer.
If you’ve got game, and are knocking on the single digits in terms of handicap, this is the holy grail. Don’t compromise. There are no arguments to be made against this diamond of a golf ball. IF however, you are like the rest of us mortals, buying Pro V’s can be a blatant waste of money. In order to get the spin, bite, and flight path that diehards crave from a top line Titleist; you have to be able to hit the shots. Do you crank them down the fairway off the tee? Do you clip irons onto greens consistently? Do you remain in a proper state of mind aka avoid the golf cart girl in order to finish your round with purist composure?
You’ll hear no judgement from us, but if you walk up to that 9am tee time, ready to have a good time, you probably don’t need to go through the mental health crisis of spewing a few Pro V1’s into the water that carries along no. 8 fairway.
Titleist Pro V1x: Hit It Far. Cry When You Lose One
What’s that “x” mean? What’s the big difference? Our experience is simple. The Pro V1x is basically a longer, and slightly less workable version of the Pro V1. You’ll gain a little more distance, but you your fades, draws, and Tiger Woods style approach shots will only spin 3 feet on the green instead of 6 (are we being a bit facetious here? Yes…yes we are).
Depending on where you go, you’re dropping around $50 for a box of these. Do they go far? YES! Do they go relatively straight? YES! Are they worth the money? That’s a personal question. You have to dive deep for the answer.
What Should You Use?
This is all about self-awareness. Dig deep down, and ask yourself. Are you a scratch golfer? Do you chase that coveted par 71? If so, by all means spend $50 on a box of golf balls. If you have come to terms with the fact that you are here to enjoy the game, rather than pull your hair out chasing glory, I love the Titleist Velocity. You get to see that glorious “Titleist” logo, feel special, and avoid the melancholic depression of hitting a $4 golf ball into the woods; never to bee seen again.
David Butler. Swannies fanatic. Recovering player who once thought he needed expensive golf balls.