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vintage titleist golf balls

jharrison

Does anyone know where I can find out some information about vintage Titleist golf balls? I recently looked in an old golf bag and I found an icosahedron (324 dimples) Titleist Acushnet, and an icosahedron (324 dimples) Titleist Acushnet Pro-Traj. Is there a book that describes when these older Titleist golf balls were produced, or is there a web site where I can get additional information? Thanks.

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  1. mark t

    Look under team titleist tab, under History/balls. They have some insight.

    Good luck
  2. Chris T., Club Concierge

    Hi Jim,

    The Titleist Pro Trajectory featured a liquid-center wound construction and balata cover with an advanced aerodynamics package. It was first introduced in 1975. A year earlier, the Acushnet Golf Center (AGC) was introduced as the ultimate R&D indoor test lab. While Titleist Golf Ball R&D had routinely conducted extensive testing, including wind tunnel and player testing, prior to the creation of the AGC, this breakthrough in data collection and analysis – measuring ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, clubhead speed, swing path and angle of attack – provided greater insight into the swing, ball and club, facilitating product development and innovation.

    Hope this helps.
  3. greg p

    Ah, how I miss smiling golf balls.
  4. jharrison

    Can you tell me about this golf ball. It has Titleist Professional 3 on the pole and on the seam it has Acushnet and on the other seam it has Geer Patent Cover.
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  5. Scott J

    J - I believe you have there one of the earliest Titleist golf balls made. This is an area of great interest to me. Here is what my research has taught me.

    In the late 1930s, there were two particular patents for producing golf balls - the Geer patent cover and the Cadwell patent. In either 1935 or 1937 (I have seen different dates cited), the Geer patent and Cadwell patent were merged. With the early Titleists, you will see markings of Geer Patent cover or Cadwell-Geer Patent Cover. So, logic would imply that the Geer Patent cover balls came before the merge, putting it pre 1935/1937.

    If anybody has any additional information on this, or has evidence of a Titleist that came before the Geer Patent cover, I would be most interested.

    It's my current understanding that the Geer Patent cover balls are the very earliest Titleists that were produced. With that in mind, you have a gem there sir! Looks VERY much like one that recently sold on eBay.
    Best wishes...
    Scott
  6. jharrison

    Scott,
    Thank you for your comments about this golf ball. This is all very interesting to me. Do you know whether or when Titleist obtained a license for the Geer patent which was granted in 1925? The Geer patent would expire 17 years after it was granted which would be in 1942. I had read that the Titleist name first appeared on golf balls in 1943. Also, can you explain what you mean when you say the Geer patent and the Cadwell patent were merged? The Cadwell patent was granted in 1934 and would expire in 1951. I did not know that patents could be merged. Is it possible that Cadwell Geer Cover meant that Titleist obtained a license for both patents after 1934?
  7. Peter G

    Hello, can you tell me if this is a Pro V1 prototype?
    I have never seen one like this.
    Thanks!
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  8. jharrison

    This ball is a solid core with polyurethane cover golf ball commercialized in or around 1995. It is disclosed in patent US 6,923,736, Tables 11, 12, and 13. I had never seen this ball before either. It is likely a prototype of the Pro V1 or Pro V1x.

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