Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting: 'I'm Not Good Enough to Play a Pro V1'

With all of the innovation and technology that goes into the production of Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, here's something to keep in mind:

"The Pro V1 is an amazing piece of equipment but it doesn’t know who’s hitting it," says Titleist Golf Ball Fitter Michael Collins. "A golf ball can't tell if the golfer is a high-handicap player or a scratch golfer."

That's not breaking news, but it's important to remember when determining the golf ball that will perform best for your game and help you shoot lower scores.

 Every day across the country, our Titleist Golf Ball Fitting experts meet golfers under the false impression that their handicaps are too high to play Pro V1x or Pro V1x golf balls.

"I'm not good enough to play the Pro V1," is the common refrain.

"It's also a myth," says Bill Morgan, Senior Vice President of Titleist Golf Ball R&D.

"Switching to a certain golf ball because you think you're not good enough will actually prevent you from getting better."

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls are designed for golfers of all skill levels, swing speeds and handicaps.

Why? Because all golfers need the same thing.

"They need a golf ball that performs consistently and a golf ball that will help them score better," says Morgan. "Our focus on making our golf balls perform in the shots to the green will help golfers of all skill levels shoot lower scores.

"If you change to a different golf ball simply because you think you’re not good enough, you’re actually making it more difficult to hit shots into the green and you’re not allowing yourself to be rewarded for your best swings," says Morgan.

Titleist's green-to-tee ball fitting methodology is based on the fact that most scoring opportunities are created by shots into the green, and improving your game in those areas will have the most game-changing affects.

As Morgan points out, one of the biggest differences between highly-skilled and lesser-skilled golfers is the number of shots they hit into the green. Research shows that as a player's handicap increases, so does the number of shots hit into the target.

“The spin and flight characteristics and performance control of Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls make it easier for you to execute those types of shots in and around the putting surface, and help you hit it closer to the target,” adds Morgan.

“It’s a straightforward equation. The closer you hit it to the hole, the better your chances to make the putt and shoot a better score.”

Where all the pieces of Pro V1 and Pro V1x technology intersect is in their ability to deliver the best short-game performance without having to sacrifice on other attributes such as distance.

All Titleist golf balls are long, as distance differences between models off the driver from lower- to higher-handicap players are less than four yards.

Hitting your golf ball three yards longer off the tee won't have a significant impact on your score. Hitting your golf ball three yards closer to the pin will.

"Because that’s the part of the game that matters the most and that’s where all the golfers are really the same," says Morgan.

"Tour pros have the same requirements in that part of the game. Hit it close. Not hit it far."

To learn more about Titleist Performance Golf Ball Fitting and try the online Titleist Golf Ball Selection Tool, click here.

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3 Replies

  1. Kevin S

    From above, "I'm not good enough to play the Pro V1," is the common refrain."

    Personally I am a high handicapper, and I like Titleist golf balls, however I don't play them because of cost. ProV1's are $50/doz, NXT Tour are $40+/doz. I lose too many golf balls to pay that much.

  2. Paul R

    What is the difference between Pro V1 and Pro V1x and why should I play one over the other?

  3. Richard H

    In my experience when dealing with someone who says they are not good enough to play Pro V1 means they can't afford to lose $20+ worth of golf balls a round.

    I play to a 2.9 hcp and the course we play even I will lose a couple quite often so I can understand where they're coming from.