Pro v1 / Professional 90

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Kelly H

Ok, how many remember the professional tour 90?  Such good feel.  Came across a sleeve of them last summer and boy did I like them.  My swing speed is at or just slightly more than 100mph and it just seems I can feel the ball on the club face better than any other I've played .  Is the Pro v1 as close to the Professional 90 as I can get.  Thanks for your ideas. KJH


I remember and loved them. Weren't they called the "SF"? Or am I confusing it with a different ball?


The Professional was a great ball.  But, if I remember correctly, you could really put a nice scuff or cut in one of those.  The ProV1s have much better cover.

Craig W

Yes, the pro v is the modern day professional.

David C

I still think that was the best feeling ball that I have ever played. I really wish they were still around. Now that I am older I have started using the provx for the distance. They do feel pretty good but nothing like the prof90. My wife got me a dozen of the prov's on accident. I am going to try and use these again. Hopefully they will be close. I have heard people say they are the same with a harder cover. Well, that's what I liked about them is the soft cover. Anyway, sorry for babbling on your discussion...

Josh G

I loved this ball.  This was the first ball that I felt "made a difference" when I hit it.  I have to say the Pro V1 is a huge improvement overall, but the short game with the Professional 90 was unreal!

James G

I have my one and only Hole In One with a Titleist Professional 90 that sits on the shelf looking out at me everyday. For sure will never forget that ball. It was silky wasn't it.

Thanks for the walk back down memory lane. Loved those professionals.

Cheers TT.

Jean-Luc L

I have a dozen of these brand new in the box, series 1-4 from 1996, price tag still on the box and each ball is signed by S. Cink, pretty sweet. 

John M

I loved balata around the greens, not so much when hitting a driver because I have a slow swing speed. I also remember that they cut very easily, rarely lasting more than one round. My introduction to Titleist was as a college student when I first started playing-the Titleist DT, 19 bucks a box. Ah good times. :)

William T

I do remember the tour 90. The new Prov1s are incredibly soft, so definitely go give those a try. The feel may not be identical but I think you'll find even better performance. 

Dino J

I loved playing with a Balata ball when I was a kid. It was like hitting a marshmallow, but I just loved the feel and the soft feel meant that as a kid, I would be reminded to put a good, firm stroke on the ball to make sure that I got it to the hole! Of course, as you mention John, they were very easy to cut ... on thin shot and you had the "Balata smile" looking up at you along with the matching "bruise"!

Stephan T

Exactly. I first played this ball at Raspberry Falls in Virginia and can still remember how well this ball performed. Yes, Pro V1 is an improvement but this ball was excellent.
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Rick V

Hey, Kelly.

Just wanted to share an image from an old Titleist print ad we came across. The Professional was a game-changer when it was first introduced in 1994. It featured the same liquid-center, wound construction found in the premium Titleist Tour Balata model that we manufactured at the time, but its cast urethane cover was a revolutionary breakthrough.

The Professional’s patented Elastomer cover still provided the same feel and greenside control that players desired, but it was substantially more durable. The Professional also had a more penetrating flight that made it longer off the tee for most players.

The success of the Professional paved the way for the introduction of the first Titleist Pro V1 golf ball in 2000. The Pro V1 advanced the urethane cover technology first seen in the Professional and it also differed from Professional by featuring a solid core. This new construction resulted in a ball that launched high but spun less off the tee for significantly greater distance, yet still maintained the feel and scoring spin needed for precision in the short game.

Fun to look back, Kelly. The Professional really was a great ball and pioneered the way for the performance we’re enjoying in today’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x.



lee b

Thanx for the memories....The 90 was a great ball around the greens.  Could make it dance almost any direction. Just scuffed quite easily.  But, the other memories off the course were of my son ripping them apart after discarded and playing with the innards.  Wish I'd gotten images on paper and not just in my mind.