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Hi I am a junior golfer with a driver swing speed of 85-90 mph. In tournaments and matches, I like to play ProV1's because of the great distance and feel. I was wondering if I'm getting the best performance out of my ball with my swing speed being low. Does my speed matter? Can I still use my ProV1s or should I look at a different ball like the NXT Tour or Velocity?? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks for the post. The quick answer is that ball fitting for a certain swing speed is a myth. When you're out on a golf course you are playing a wide variety of golf shots during the round. Since a golf ball only reacts to the force being applied, different shots require different swing speeds in order to execute them properly. Keeping this in mind, a golf ball must perform for all golfers of all swing speeds on all shots, otherwise it won't perform for any golfer.
I posted some thoughts on this topic the other day to another thread (http://www.titleist.com/teamtitleist/team-titleist/f/5/p/24301/108805.aspx#108805) but included full response below. Hope this helps!
In terms of whether or not you are playing the best Titleist for your game, on course performance is the best place to determine which golf ball will help you shoot lower scores. Your best bet is to check out our online selection tool that will help recommend a suggested and alternative Titleist golf ball model. From there, you'll want to go through an on-course evaluation that will help you determine which golf ball performs the best for you.
With our fitting methodology, we start fitting players by having them hit partial swing iron shots into and around the green, then followed by full swing iron shots, and finally hitting from the tee with the driver. As you go through the fitting process, take note of which golf ball is performing best for your game on each of the different shots.This process can be conducted during a normal round of play, by tracking fairways hit, greens hit in regulation and proximity to hole on approach shots. Another option is to play one model golf ball for nine holes and do the same with the secondary recommendation on the back nine. Additionally, feel preference is a part of the on course evaluation process as it relates to confidence in shot making ability.
This methodology determines the highest performing ball for a golfer’s total game, not on just one shot. At the end of the day, it's about lowering scores and I personally found the fitting process to be a lot of fun. Let us know how it works out for you.
In the meantime, here are some helpful links:
Golf Ball Fitting: http://www.titleist.com/golf-ball-fitting/
Online Golf Ball Selection Tool: http://www.titleist.com/golf-ball-fitting/app/
Hello Billy; The best way I've found for evaluating different balls is, try to find a fairly slow day at your favorite course, and play an 18 hole round by yourself, and play 2 balls on each hole. One of each of the two balls your testing. Hit both balls on every shot, and see how they perform side by side from Tee to green, and putting. By the end of 18 holes you should see the difference in the two balls. You can also bring along a pad and pencil to record each shot, (distance, spin, flight, etc.) This will help since sometimes it's hard to remember what each ball did on the first 2 or 3 holes when you come to 17 & 18th hole. Try this and I think it will help you.