Ask the Expert: Your Golf Ball Questions Answered!

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By Allan B., Titleist Staff

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  1. Let's talk golf balls, Team Titleist!

    And no one better to talk golf balls on our behalf than Michael Rich, Titleist's manager of golf ball fitting and education. Mike will be diving in on Thursday, February 6th to answer all of your questions. Whether your curious about at-home testing, specific models, materials, performance characteristics; you name it—Mike has an answer for you. 

    Please respond to this thread with your golf ball related question and be sure to check back late Thursday, Feb 6. or Friday, Feb. 7 to see Michael's answers.

    Top questions will be featured on Titleist.com. Let 'em rip!

  2. Have you found that certain on ball alignment aids suit certain putting styles/ strokes better?
  3. Thanks for the question on alignment aids, Bentron. We know that many golfers utilize the golf ball's sidestamp or another alignment aid to help with their putting. In fact, our research shows that only 14% of golfers never use the sidestamp on the golf ball for alignment. That means 86% of golfers use the sidestamp on the golf ball at least some of the time to aid in their alignment. Dating all the way back to 2002, the sidestamps on our golf balls have been incorporating an alignment element. And, this is something that we continue to work to enhance, as you see with our Pro V1 and Pro V1x enhanced alignment offerings, as well as the sidestamps we are utilizing on the new Tour Soft, Velocity, and TruFeel golf balls. All that said, the alignment aid that is best for you and your game really comes down to personal preference.
  4. Which club do you suggest to use when matching spin rates to intended outcomes? Driver, mid-iron or wedge?
  5. pulplvr

    pulplvr
    Spring, TX

    Can you please clarify the differences between the Pro V1 and the Pro V1x and how those differences have changed in the past few years?
  6. Great question! This is a question that comes up all the time in our golf ball fitting. The differences between Pro V1, Pro V1x, and AVX can be boiled down to flight, spin, and feel. Pro V1 delivers optimal flight (a penetrating flight) and spin for most golfers with a very soft feel. Compared to Pro V1, Pro V1x will fly higher, spin more through the bag, and feel firmer. Compared to Pro V1, AVX will fly lower, spin less through the bag, and feel softer. This flight, spin, and feel relationship between Pro V1 and Pro V1x has been the case since the 2017 generation of these models and we don't anticipate this relationship changing moving forward. Check out the attached image, as this is a simple way to understand the performance differences between the three models.
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  7. Barry B

    Barry B
    Lake St Louis, MO

    Is there any chance Titleist will continue offering the EXP-01? I purchased a dozen when they were first offered and really like the performance and feel of the ball.
  8. Thanks for the feedback on EXP-01, Barry. I am glad you enjoyed the performance and feel of EXP-01. As you likely know, EXP-01 was an experimental product that we introduced to gather feedback from dedicated golfers on new golf ball technology our team has been working on. We are gathering and utilizing feedback like yours to evaluate the golf ball technology and performance to help determine if a similar golf ball should be offered in the future within the Titleist line. Stay tuned!
  9. Barry B

    Barry B
    Lake St Louis, MO

    Thanks for the info Mike. I do hope there is a new ball introduced with properties the same, or fairly close, to the EXP-01
  10. Senior golfer, 12 handicap exp-01 lowest scores I have had consistently in 5 years.
  11. Ed B

    Ed B
    Horseshoe Bay, TX

    I currently play the ProV1x. Swing speed with driver is 90. I am wondering if the new AVX would offer me any advantages in distance. I don't have any issues with spin.
  12. Thanks for the question, Ed. First things first, I want to make sure you and everyone else on this thread understands that you shouldn't make your golf ball decision based on swing speed. I know there is a lot of "noise" out there about swing speed, but choosing your golf ball based on your swing speed is a flawed approach. All of our golf balls at Titleist are designed to perform for all swing speeds, with every club, on every shot. So, what do we recommend you focus on when selecting a golf ball if swing speed is a non-factor? We want you to focus on the performance the golf ball delivers on shots around the green and your approach shots into the green. This is where you have the greatest opportunity to improve your score and where golf ball performance is most important.

    That said, if you decide to test AVX, you would likely see an increase in iron distance compared to Pro V1x due to the lower iron spin profile of AVX. Keep in mind though, that while it is nice to pick up a half (or full) club with your irons, you want to make sure that the distance increase doesn't come at the expense of stopping power. Hitting the ball 7 yards further with your 7-iron doesn't do you a lot of good if that ball doesn't have the necessary stopping power (through spin rate and landing angle) to stay on the green. If you feel like you have sufficient spin, I'd certainly recommend testing the new 2020 AVX to see if it delivers some additional distance for you while still delivering the stopping power you need on those approach shots and around the green.
  13. Andrew I

    Andrew I
    White Plains, NY

    I would like to respectfully disagree with your comments on distance being less important than control.

    I currently play the Titleist TruFeel golf ball which I like very much and it gives me far more distance than the Prov balls.

    I get on my drives about 15 more yards than on the ProV. 15 yards means I am using a shorter club shot on my second shot which improves both my accuracy and the height of the ball coming into the green. A high shot coming into the green is easier to hold than one that requires a stronger club with less height.

    As for stopping the ball on shorter shots, the high degree wedges give me plenty of stopping power with the TruFeel. I am actually finding the stopping power on the TruFeel fits my game very well and I do not see an improvement by the ProV series.

    If my thought process is not correct, please update me as I have an open mind.

    By the way thank you for making excellent golf balls. My biggest concern with golf balls is that they remain uniform in performance not only through the box but also from box to box. Titleist has proven to be very good at that.



  14. How can the layers of a multilayered golf ball have that much effect on performance of the ball.
  15. Thanks for the question, Larry. Your question gets at the heart of why and how the introduction of the original Pro V1 back in 2000 revolutionized the game. Before the original Pro V1 existed, golfers were forced to make a choice: play a ball that provided spin and control or play a ball the provided distance. Most professional golfers played performance balls with wound construction, liquid filled centers, and balata or urethane covers for their feel and spin characteristics. Most amateur players played low spinning, solid core distance balls that mostly had Surlyn covers. Titleist saw that there was an opportunity to develop a golf ball that offered total performance. So our engineers seized this opportunity, combining the best of both worlds: the distance of solid core golf balls with the feel, spin, and control of wound golf balls. That golf ball was the original Pro V1, and suddenly, for the first time ever, the best golf ball for Tour Professionals was also the best golf ball for amateur golfers. The multi-layer, multi-component construction of Pro V1, Pro V1x, and AVX make it so golfers of all abilities can benefit from their performance and quality.
  16. I like and use Titleist ProV1 Golf balls every now and then, I like the feel and repsonse but do not seem to get the distance and straightness (ball flight) from my irons and woods compared to a Bridgestone E12 Soft? My swing speed for my driver is about 91 mph and about 75-78 with my irons. Do I need to make a switch to a different Titleist Golf Ball for slower swing speeds? Thanks
  17. Appreciate the question! Regarding your swing speed and the role it should play in making your golf ball decision, I'd refer you to response I provided to Ed. As for some of the differences you are seeing between Pro V1 and E12 Soft, I have a couple thoughts that I'd like you to consider. We design Pro V1 to be as long as possible while also offering the best short game performance in the game. We test Pro V1 extensively against competitive golf balls, and it is as long or longer than virtually anything out there. I'd recommend you do a true side by side comparison at some point to see if you really are experiencing a distance difference between the models. I would also point out another important factor. Let's, for the sake of argument, say you are getting a few more yards out of E12 with your irons compared to Pro V1. When making your decision, it's important to look not just at distance but at the bigger picture, the performance you are getting in every facet of the game. Compare the stopping power on your approach shots, and the spin and control on your short game shots, and I think what you will see is that Pro V1 will deliver the total performance you need to play your best.
  18. Is there a significant difference between your golf balls for a player with a 80 to 85 mph driver swing speed ??
    Thanks
  19. Thanks for the question, Bob. Check out some of my thoughts on swing speed in the answer I provided to Ed. Additionally, I'd like to point out that for player's that may not be swinging as fast as they once did, the golf course will tend to play a little longer which can result in more missed greens. With more missed greens, come more opportunities in the short game to try to get up and down. Making sure you are playing a high performance golf ball like Pro V1, Pro V1x, or AVX can be a big benefit if you find yourself faced with many short game opportunities throughout your round.
  20. In your opinion what is the best ball to maximize distance for a swing speed in the low 90's?
  21. Thanks for the question! Everyone wants distance. We know that, and we design all of our golf balls with that in mind. Every golf ball in our line is designed to provide distance for players of all swing speeds. That said, if maximizing distance is truly your primary objective, I'd recommend you test out our new 2020 Velocity. Not only is Velocity long, we now offer it in some awesome new matte finishes.
  22. What is the key differences between the Velocity 2020 version vs. previous years?
  23. Been playing AVX...not clear if it is the proper ball? Swing speed 90, high trajectory, low single digit handicap, doesn’t go very far. Thanks in advance for your reply.
  24. AVX is a great golf ball and our new 2020 version is even better, so it is certainly worth testing if you haven't already.

    But, if you have concerns as to whether or not AVX is the best model for your game, I have a few suggestions. For starters, check out chart I posted above with the performance differences between Pro V1, Pro V1x, and AVX. Then, I'd recommend you take a spin through our online golf ball selector tool (www.titleist.com/golf-ball-fitting-tool). After that, go out and test the recommended and alternative models side by side on the golf course. Hit a variety of shots, focusing primarily on shots around the green and approach shots into the green. Whichever performs best for you on the course is your ball!

    Alternatively, check out our ball fitting events page, and come to one of our fittings events if you can. Let one of our fitting experts talk to you, watch you hit some shots, analyze your TrackMan data, and make a recommendation for you.
  25. Prov1 or Prov1x which might be the better choice for my game...driver swing speed 85 and average drive 220 medium trajectory and my 7iron average 140 with medium trajectory
    Thx, Al
  26. Thanks for the question, Al. Pro V1 and Pro V1x are both great options. You describe your trajectory as "medium", and if you are interested in a slightly higher flight you may want to test out Pro V1x for its higher trajectory compared to Pro V1.

    Also, if you are really looking to get dialed in and figure out which model is best for your game, I'd recommend you check out our events page and get fit by one of our experts. If you can't make it out to an event, check out chart I posted above with the performance differences between Pro V1, Pro V1x, and AVX. Then take a spin through our online golf ball selector tool (www.titleist.com/golf-ball-fitting-tool). After that, go out and test the models side by side on the golf course. Hit a variety of shots, focusing primarily on shots around the green and approach shots into the green. Whichever performs best for you on the course is your ball!
  27. Are there recommended swing speeds listed for your different model golf balls
  28. Thanks for the question on swing speed and matching it to a particular golf ball. This has been a popular topic in this thread, so I want to reiterate what I've said to a few other folks.

    There is a lot of "noise" out there about swing speed, but choosing your golf ball based on your swing speed is a flawed approach. All of our golf balls at Titleist are designed to perform for all swing speeds, with every club, on every shot. So, what do we recommend you focus on when selecting a golf ball if swing speed is a non-factor? We want you to focus on the performance the golf ball delivers on shots around the green and your approach shots into the green. This is where you have the greatest opportunity to improve your score and where golf ball performance is most important.

    We know that there are a lot of choices out there for golf balls and it can be difficult to know which model is best for your game. If that's where you are at, I'd recommend you take a few minutes and go through our online golf ball selector tool (www.titleist.com/golf-ball-fitting-tool).
  29. I am 73 years old and play to an 11 handicap and play from tees making course at 5811 yards. For a couple of years now I have played with Titleist Tour Soft, even though I have some Pro V1s in my closet. Based upon this general info, which ball do you recommend I play? Thanks you, bp
  30. Tour Soft is a fantastic golf ball, and we have made it even better for 2020. It is the best performing, highest quality golf ball in its category.

    But, it is important to point out that while Tour Soft is a tremendous golf ball, it does not have the same level of short game performance as Pro V1, Pro V1x, or AVX. Many factors contribute to this, but one of the biggest reasons for the superior performance of Pro V1, Pro V1x, and AVX is the cast urethane cover on these balls.

    So, from my perspective, if playing your best is your only priority, I would recommend you play Pro V1 over Tour Soft. If you want excellent performance and are also looking to save a few bucks, Tour Soft is a great choice.
  31. I'm 70 years old. Didn't start playing until age 62. I have a very slow swing speed compared to what I see that pros and better players have. I've tried Pro V1's and X's, True Feel and Velosity's - and all seem to me to be close to the same as far as distance. The True Feel seem to feel be the easiest to "control" - and honestly "feel better".

    Which ball would you recommend for someone like me?
  32. Thanks for the question, Linwood! It is great that you have taken the time to test and play a variety of our golf balls. In terms of distance, your observation is spot on. We design all of our golf balls to be long, and when we test them, they all measure within 3-5 yards of each other off the driver at all different swing speeds. So, when choosing which Titleist golf ball to play, distance shouldn't be a significant factor.

    One of the primary reasons why we developed our TruFeel golf ball is because we know there are golfers out there that have a preference for a soft feeling golf ball and prioritize that preference when making their golf ball choice. Golfers with this preference tell us that they not only enjoy the feel of TruFeel but they also gain confidence as a result of the preferred feel.

    To cover all my bases, I always point out to golfers with a soft feel preference that our TruFeel and Tour Soft golf balls deliver the soft feel a player may be looking for, but they do not offer the same level of stopping power and short game performance as are in Pro V1, Pro V1x, and AVX. Once armed with all of the information, if the player truly prioritizes soft feel, I encourage them to stick with either Tour Soft or TruFeel. If they are more concerned with total performance, I urge them to play Pro V1, Pro V1x, or AVX and try to adjust to the slightly firmer feel of these models.
  33. What ball is best for woman senior drives ball 180+ yards but has trouble stopping ball on firmer greens.
  34. 19hole

    19hole
    Reading, MA

    Try a sleeve of ProV1x. It tends to fly a bit higher than the ProV1 and offers great short game performance.
  35. Great advice. Pro V1x offers the most spin, highest launch, and steepest landing angle of our premium performance golf balls. If additional stopping power is needed, especially on firm greens, Pro V1x is a great choice.
  36. Thanks so much for your question. As you look through our golf ball product line up, you will notice we do not have any "women's" golf balls. That is because we do not design golf balls for women, nor do we design golf balls for men. We design golf balls for golfers, and we do so with the expectation that our golf balls will work for men, women, high handicap players, low handicap players, high swing speed players, low swing speed players, etc.

    So, as a woman senior golfer, the questions I would ask you are the same I would ask any golfer I speak with. If performance is your sole priority, I would recommend either Pro V1, Pro V1x, or AVX to you, as these are our best performing golf balls for all golfers. If you want performance but also happen to have some preferences that impact your golf ball selection process such as price, color, or feel, I'd recommend Tour Soft, Velocity, or TruFeel to you depending upon what your specific preferences are.
  37. ok i am fairly new at this game and yes i am not to good. I just like to play. I balls play with any and all balls. my question is as a high handicapper and older(65) golfer what should i be looking at when choosing a ball. what do you recommend.
  38. Great question. Beyond which specific model may be best for your specific golf game, it is important to understand the importance of playing one golf ball model consistently. Every golf ball is designed to perform differently. Additionally, you will see significant differences in terms of quality from manufacturer to manufacturer. My biggest piece of advice to someone fairly new to the game is to find a golf ball that you like in terms of performance and feel, and commit to playing that golf ball exclusively. Shot after shot, round after round. Golf is a tricky enough game without introducing unnecessary variables into the equation. Eliminate one of those variables by selecting one ball you like and sticking with it. Using the same model golf ball on every shot of every round eliminates performance variation, builds confidence and consistency, and will ultimately lead to you shooting lower scores.
  39. What is the difference between the PRI V1 and the AVX balls.
  40. With each manufacturer making so many variations of the golf ball, it's virtually impossible to determine what is best to use. Is there any data available that compares and contrasts Titleist balls? Distance, spin, apex, workability, compression...

    This would make it easier for consumers to narrow down the choices. I'm currently playing the AVX, but should I be using the tour soft... velocity....exp... pro v? Can't afford to buy 6 dozen balls and a trackman to test them all.

    Thanks.
  41. Really good question. We understand that folks don't always have the time or money to test a wide variety of golf balls. If possible, we would recommend you come and get fit by one of our fitting experts at one of our ball fitting events that we conduct around the country year round. If you don't have that opportunity, the best way to narrow your selection is to use our online golf ball selector tool (www.titleist.com/golf-ball-fitting-tool). This tool takes you through many of the questions we ask golfers at our fitting events, and it will help you figure out which Titleist model is best for your game.
  42. I see that titleist has come out with a version two of the avx model. How is it different then the version 1? Will titleist increase the spin on the exp 01 ball? It is advertised has having more spin then the avx but still not enough for me.
  43. Currently play ProV1, my swing speed is 90, is this the best ball for me? Thanks for the recommendations.
    Bridgestone has different balls based on swing speed, is this just marketing or is there performance issues?
  44. I am 78 years old and just started using the new Tru Feel ball love it!! Is it for slower swinging golfers or seniors?
    Thanks
  45. Really glad to hear you are enjoying our new TruFeel golf ball! We design TruFeel for golfers that are looking for a very soft feel with the quality and consistency of a Titleist golf ball. That said, TruFeel is not specifically designed for slower swing speeds or seniors. It all comes down to what you are looking to get out of your golf ball. If soft feel is your top priority in selecting a golf ball, you won't find a better option out there than TruFeel. However, if you are looking for increased short game performance, even a player who is 78 and has a slower swing speed can benefit from the performance of golf balls like Pro V1, Pro V1x, and AVX.
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