New Test Balls

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David L


Just received 2 white sleeves from Acushnet for testing. No markings on the balls except a black circle on one sleeves balls and a black square on the other sleeves balls. Not even sure how they got my new address as I just moved a couple of weeks ago.

Anyone else get these? I think they are a pro v version, however I have not looked closely or been able to play yet. Looking forward to giving them a try this weekend.

Brian D


I heard a rumor a new ball was coming out shortly.  I didn't get any in the mail yesterday, and I am a heck of a lot closer to Acchusnet then the both of you, so I guess I am out of luck this round. 

You will have to post your testing results on the balls.  Curious why they choose a circle and a square this go-round....Mike / Cathi / Bubba any insight on the reasoning?

Thanks

-Brian

 

Kevin A


David L

Just received 2 white sleeves from Acushnet for testing. No markings on the balls except a black circle on one sleeves balls and a black square on the other sleeves balls. Not even sure how they got my new address as I just moved a couple of weeks ago.

Anyone else get these? I think they are a pro v version, however I have not looked closely or been able to play yet. Looking forward to giving them a try this weekend.

I too received them yesterday.  Will be teeing them up a couple times this weekend.

Kevin A


I also received yesterday, looking forward to teeing them up a couple times this weekend.

Gary B


WOW...Haven't got mine yet!
Hope they still have my address.
Have Fun!!! 

Andrew A


Very exciting.  I'll be checking my mailbox with great anticipation over the next few days.  How does the dimple design look compared to a Pro V1?  I wonder if they are beginning to test next year's ball.

Tom B


Just received the black square, black dot balls.  Will be using them soon, will update.

Andrew K


Got mine yesterday.  Very excited to put them into play.

Ryan D


I just got mine in today as well! I think they are the ProV1 and ProV1x. They have the same feel and hardness (or softness) as the previous ones. I think the circle ones are the ProV1x.

Can't wait to hit them this weekend!

Dr. Kovatchian


I'm guessing they chose a circle and a square so the testers can give unbiased feedback about each ball.

This could be in effect a "Controlled Experiment"....DOH!

Who has the Control Balls?

Who has the Placebo Balls?

Are they really what we think they are?

Cheers!

Dr. K

artybabe


I'd love to test some Titleist  balls. Fairways and Greens. everyone.

Chris92009


I cannot wait to hear more feedback from everyone on the test panel about their experiences and likes/dislikes about these test balls compared to their current Titleist Balls...

 

Josh G


What a cool opportunity.  I was fortunate enough to test balls about 4 years ago.  I love that Titleist solicits feedback from average Joes like us.  I look forward to hearing what all of you have to say about the new rock.

Jay W


I just received them today!  I look forward to testing them next week.

Julianna O


I am so excited because I also received 2 sleeves of balls today. I cannot wait to play and compare. I play about 4 times a week so hopefully, I'll get a good sense of any differences or preferences in the next few days.

William A


This is my first time testing balls for titleist and I am excited. This is why I will always play Titlesit! Does anyone know if they send out other equipment prototypes for testing?

Tom H


Got mine two days ago, can't wait to try them out this weekend to see which one is better!!

John B


I am a loyal Pro V1X player, but have not been lucky enough to be called upon to be a tester yet for new prototype balls.  Last week in HIlton Head, the PGA tour guys were also testing the new Pro V1s out.  How cool is that that we are asked our opinion just like the tour guys. It is hard to believe they can make the Pro V1X any better than the current offering.

Stephen M


I would love a chance to test the protos out! I'm an equipment testing junkie...

Marc S


Played the Titleist "square" prototype today for the first time. We had 20mph sustained winds the entire round. I found the ball to be solid off the tee. Maybe 5yds longer. It went off the irons with no noticed difference than the Pro V1x's I normally play. Chipping was very user friendly. I do not spin the ball much but found it the be better than or the same as the Pro V1x. Putting was pure and solid. The ball rolled true and felt very nice off the putter face. The cover held up great. Only one lil blemish that looks like it came from an iron. Overall, the "square" passed my test with flying colors. Looking forward to trying the "circle" next round. Until then. Hit em straight! #teamtitleist

Anthony C


how did you reveice these balls

Joe L


received mine a couple days ago...looking forward to testing them out and helping out in the process

Michael B


Recived my test balls last week, The ball with black square felt soft to me off of the driver but ok on the green. Will play the circle ball sometime this week.

 

The Golf Father


No luck Wish I did !! Enjoy !

T.Tiger


I broke out the prototypes at the practice area today.  Hit numerous shots from 125 yds and in from all kinds of lies.  These balls spin well and are easy to flight.  Hit the circle and square side by side along with some 2013 ProV1X's.  Will get some more swings in with irons and woods this week.

TT

Julianna O


Sunday, April 27 - I tested the balls (I am a tad OCD so kept stats on everything - played both balls on the front 9 of my home course so technically, I played 18 holes - I alternated teeing off with one first and then the other, all conditions obviously were the same because I played them at the same time). I didn't lose any balls so plan to continue my experiment as I play about 5 times a week. My notes so far, I averaged 15 yards further off the tee with the square ball. For my swing, I found the square had a nice draw while the circle ball tended to trail right (not slice but definitely didn't go straight). I shot a 37 with the square and a 42 with the circle. Both felt the same on the putting green. I have never broken 80 before so I am thrilled with my total of 79!!!! First day, I want to know what the square ball is!!! My current index is a 16 and my lowest index was a 13 - I've been playing golf for 5 years. I love Titleist!

Chris R


Ive been hoping to get some myself. Really would love to test my favorite ball

Andrew K


how can i get on the list?

Kip P


WoW!!   Hit them for the first time today. Gave both balls a work out by playing 36 holes. I'll give a detailed review later but they both are absolutely awesome. I'm a 5 handicap and have played all the  premium balls on the market. These have to be the new pro V's. The circle version is at least a  half club longer than any ball I've ever hit.  The square marked ball which has to be the new X is almost a full club longer off the driver than any ball I've ever hit!   Both balls are crazy long and have that sweet short game spin. If these actually go to market I'll buy 20 dozen. They are that good!!  

Capt. Hook


Got mine on Thursday and took them to work around the green Friday. Then played Disney's Palm with them on Saturday. I won't say which ball did what so as not to skew results for other testers but one is substantially softer than the other. My buddy who is a 1 handicap also hit them extensively on Palm on Saturday and we both had the same take. He shot even and lets just say I started well with a 40 on the front before encountering 'trouble' on the back nine.Needless to say 3 of Titleist's prototypes now reside in watery graves on Disney property.

One is very nice to hit , feels soft, spins great and plays well in all areas. The other has a much harder feel. It sounds much more 'clang-ey' off the driver (his G25 and my R-11) and same off the putter face (his TM and my Scotty) Although it felt harder it played very well but side by side was not as pleasant as the first. Both performed excellent-ly! 

I made him hit without seeing which mark each one had to make it a truly blind test and did the same for me where possible. The softer one reminds me of the Pro-V1. The harder does NOT remind me of the Pro-V1x... same for him... 

I'm hitting them more this week and will update as I discover more.

Chris92009


After playing two rounds this past weekend with the balls did anyone else notice the Square Marked balls go higher?

Capt. Hook


There is no list, just be a member of Team Titleist (as I imagine you already are) and wait and see. It appears to be a completely random thing.

Julianna O


I finally broke 80! And I have no idea what ball I used! I am testing again today so we'll see if my stats continue to prefer the square.

Randy M


I played both balls today and I too am finding the square marked ball to be slightly longer than the circle. Both balls seemed to feel alike to me off of the clubface.

Tom L


Received 2 sleeves also on Saturday.  Looking forward to testing these out.  Thanks Titleist  for the opportunity!

Sean S


David and everybody 

I have gotten some solid time in now with the two sleeves and I believe the square is for sure a new pro v1X. The ball is doing the standard incredible things. It's like a rocket ship when u need it and a soft bird around the greens. The circle, I dunno. Feels hard at times and I wouldn't call it a Pro V1. Anyone else feel the same?

Capt. Hook


Kip P

WoW!!   Hit them for the first time today. Gave both balls a work out by playing 36 holes. I'll give a detailed review later but they both are absolutely awesome. I'm a 5 handicap and have played all the  premium balls on the market. These have to be the new pro V's. The circle version is at least a  half club longer than any ball I've ever hit.  The square marked ball which has to be the new X is almost a full club longer off the driver than any ball I've ever hit!   Both balls are crazy long and have that sweet short game spin. If these actually go to market I'll buy 20 dozen. They are that good!!  

What you claim is not possible... " is almost a full club longer off the driver than any ball I've ever hit!" unless these balls are non-conforming. It is a fact that both drivers and balls are now (and have been for some time) at the USGA limit for length off the clubface.

I played them alongside a current Pro-V1 and the difference was not close to that much. Same for my 1 Hcap buddy. In fact neither was longer than the other brand he played these against.

While one may be an improvement (and right now only slight improvements are possible) on the current model I think all this rah rah about how they are game changers is counterproductive to the tests we are meant to be carrying out.

We need to be cold and objective about what Titleist has asked us to test. How much better or different are they in the cold hard light of day.

I'll be putting mine on a Trackman tomorrow against the current Pro-V1 and the current NXT Tour S and I'll post spin rates and distances after I test them in a 'lab'. 

Kevin T


Julianna O

I finally broke 80! And I have no idea what ball I used! I am testing again today so we'll see if my stats continue to prefer the square.

well you better figure that out and get yourself a few dozen!

Elliott S


Hey Everyone, I received these test balls also last week. Was able to get out this weekend and play around with them. Circle test ball to me felt best all around, little softer and felt more like the Pro V1X in comparison to the black square test ball which seemed harder than the Pro V1X which is what I normally play. I felt both balls performed well around the green, just felt more comfort with the Circle. Thank you Titleist for doing this! Always enjoy receiving the test balls. Elliott

Bill P


Hi,

  Just hope they're not done sending these out yet.....I always love to be part of these tests....!! This one sounds especially fun...!!

                                                  B.P.

Steve D


I received mine late last week and have played 4 rounds now with the prototypes.  I've played with both the Pro V's and the Pro v1x for years and these are wonderful additions to the Titleist line.  I've hit some of the best shots, ever, in the past week and if Titleist has any of these left over, I'll be more than happy to pick up whatever you have lying around.

  I live in Eastern North Carolina and this past Sunday a weather front spun up several tornadoes in our area.  We played in winds gusting up to 35 mph and this ball (circle designation) was nothing short of amazing.  I was able to flight the ball with no problem, length and control never an issue.  My playing partner played the "square" ball with similar results.  I will, without question, be playing this product should you bring it to store shelves.  Looking forward to completing the survey and thank you for the chance to experience this great product.

Jake P


The square balls definitely better for me, I have a SS of 105 and I believe these are the new X.

Julianna O


Monday, April 28 - I tested the balls side by side again and because I had an initial bias towards the square ball - I had the golf pro black out the markings and he numbered 1 and 2 without me knowing which was which. Well, I was certain that I knew which was the square because of scoring better (only 2 strokes difference this time) and they both went about the same distance (unlike the first time). I still like them both very much on the greens. I was surprised to find that I actually picked the circle ball the second day. I hit more fairways and greens in regulation with the circle ball the second day. I have still not lost any of the balls so look forward to testing them again = perhaps another blind study. I broke 80 for the second day in a row so that is a huge breakthrough for me! I will note that I had bad allergies and was a bit under the weather on the second day so don't know if my less aggressive swing on the second day played a roll in the circle taking first place that day.

Kip P


 These balls performed amazing for me.  I played these testers at my club. I've played over 200 rounds there since 2011. I know every landing spot  and my capabilities. On 6 holes I hit to places never reached before on any round off my D3. All 6 of those shots happened on the same day with the testers.   Keep in mind I've played over 200 rounds in a two year period at this club.  Trackman is great but for me and my 913 d3 they flew to spots I've never reached.  Plus they both checked up nicely with  my sm4's on firm greens.  Look forward to hearing your Trackman results.  My playing partner who has been with me for over have those rounds even asked me if they were conforming.  

Christian G


Capt. Hook

Got mine on Thursday and took them to work around the green Friday. Then played Disney's Palm with them on Saturday. I won't say which ball did what so as not to skew results for other testers but one is substantially softer than the other. My buddy who is a 1 handicap also hit them extensively on Palm on Saturday and we both had the same take. He shot even and lets just say I started well with a 40 on the front before encountering 'trouble' on the back nine.Needless to say 3 of Titleist's prototypes now reside in watery graves on Disney property.

One is very nice to hit , feels soft, spins great and plays well in all areas. The other has a much harder feel. It sounds much more 'clang-ey' off the driver (his G25 and my R-11) and same off the putter face (his TM and my Scotty) Although it felt harder it played very well but side by side was not as pleasant as the first. Both performed excellent-ly! 

I made him hit without seeing which mark each one had to make it a truly blind test and did the same for me where possible. The softer one reminds me of the Pro-V1. The harder does NOT remind me of the Pro-V1x... same for him... 

Exactly the same conclusions here.  One of them performed nearly identical to the current ProV1x and the other not so much.  I was pleasantly surprised to receive these balls and get the chance to test again.  I don't see how Titleist can improve on the current ProV1 cover.  It can survive 2 or 3 rounds without as much as a scuff.  Best cover they've ever made IMO.  

Dan D


I was a tester a couple of years ago and the experience was great. Titleist: the ProV1 and 1X remain the best golf balls in the world. Not sure how they can be improved beyond durability. Great product, great testing experience. The young staff who came to our area were terrific (and the camera man very brave to get those "face on" shots). Good luck to everyone.

Scott S


I found out about this blog from a friend of mine, and he recieved the circle/square balls as well, he took the circles, and gave me the squares.  I usually play srxn Q stars and the square ones hit incredible compared to my usual.  Let me preface my review by saying Im not good by any means, Im just a weekend warrior on the course so my review isnt as comprehensive as some of you but for a "average joe" player I was amazed at how much control around the green I had with them. 

I hit my Driver probably 10-15 yards further, and with my 3 wood from 190 yards hit the back of the green and rolled back to the pin.  I though the first time it did it was a fluke, but I did it again with another 3 wood shot, and then a 9 iron it did the same thing.  I am impressed to say the least.  Definately hope they put these in production because I will be playing these from now on!

Claude W


But... The design of the test is for the individual to play both sets of balls (circles and squares) and objectively assess the comparative performance between them. If you played one set and the other individual played the other set then you've basically undermined the nature of the underlying test design. By just playing one set of balls, how can you (or he) objectively state which ball is better (whether on an overall basis or on individual attributes); which, I would guess is the primary reason Titleist spends megabucks on this type of research? Probably would have been better if you had taken one or two of each set. Note: I don't work for Titleist but I do design and analyze consumer research testing for a major (non-sports) consumer products company.

Guy C


I received mine about three weeks ago. They resemble the PRO V1 and 1x

I found the square one is the hardest of the two Averaged an extra 30 to 40 yards on the drive. This ball was to hard for the green not a lot of action

I found the round dot was like the old Balata ball. This ball has a lot of action on the green actually felt it lost a little yardage on the drive

Craig G


After playing a couple holes and getting into a groove with these test balls my playing partner and I both came to the same conclusion, these felt and played like the Pro V1 and 1'x. One ball certainly felt harder than the other, but both flew long, controlled and spun nicely when called upon. We both came away from a round playing the balls side by side, and noticed they still looked new. No scuffs or abrasions to be found. Whatever formula Titleist came up with for the covers is working well. Keep the quality coming!!  

Craig G

Carl T


Yesterday I came to the conclusion that the Square ball is longer than the circle. Both were about the same for the short game, chipping, pitching and bunker play. My driver average is around 225 and I hit some drives with the square ball 250. Now we are talking. I would definitely play the square ball if I knew what it was.

Kyle W


I agree the square ball would fit my game a lot better than the circle.

T.Tiger


The testing continues as the warmer weather is settling in.  I used the square ball yesterday and it performed well all day. Love the feel and flight of the ball.  Shot a -3 (68) and had a couple of bogies.  Will tee up the circle today to see if I can duplicate that round.

TT 

GIL B


I received the two(2) sleeves of test balls a couple of weeks ago, one with the square only and the other with the circle only. I used these for a couple of rounds and submitted my feedback as requested. I want to thank Titleist for giving me the opportunity to take part in the testing and returning my feedback. My mindset was far different than when playing my usual game. I found myself extremely conscious of the particular traits that each ball possessed. I also made some kids very happy by giving them the remaining balls and explained it was part of a test for Titleist. Needless to say, they thought that was "pretty cool". Thank you Titleist and I hope you allow me to take part in any future testing. You continue to make outstanding products and your random testing just shows your products are for the masses, and not just the elite golfers. Thanks again.

Josh G


T.Tiger

The testing continues as the warmer weather is settling in.  I used the square ball yesterday and it performed well all day. Love the feel and flight of the ball.  Shot a -3 (68) and had a couple of bogies.  Will tee up the circle today to see if I can duplicate that round.

TT 

What did you shoot on the back 9?

Keith P


Played 18 rotating square, circle, and TM Lethal. Off the putter circle softest, followed by square, and last was Lethal. Durability on both Titleist balls was better than Lethal but kept everything in the fairway and did not find any trees or cart paths. Circle seemed to have best green side control. The day was windy so difficult to gage distance differences. Will be playing 18 tomorrow and can hopefully update the report. I am curious to see differences in spin off the tee.

Monty m


Do you have to rub it in, -3? WOW, wish I could do that.


On Saturday, May 17, 2014 11:59 AM, T.Tiger <bounce-timt2@acushnetgolf.com> wrote:


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The testing continues as the warmer weather is settling in.  I used the square ball yesterday and it performed well all day. Love the feel and flight of the ball.  Shot a -3 (68) and had a couple of bogies.  Will tee up the circle today to see if I can duplicate that round.
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Brandon C


I just got mine in today actually. I wonder if we will ever find out which shape goes with which ball after the testing period? I have always told myself that I like the Prov1x better but after testing these that might change to the Prov1. Truly blind comparison.