October 20, 2021 at 09:36 AM
By Rick V., Team Titleist Staff
Rick V., Team Titleist StaffDuxbury, MA
Do you ever work on your game indoors? Or maybe you're in the market for new clubs and you're considering getting fit at an indoor golf center? If your golf regimen includes indoor training, indoor lessons or even a simulator golf league, we have some news that will make your time indoors significantly more productive and enjoyable.
For the past two years, Titleist has been developing new technology that will allow you to take advantage of the performance and consistency of your Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball and bring it to an indoor environment.
This November, Pro V1 and Pro V1x will be available with new Radar Capture Technology (RCT), a proprietary advancement that has been optimized and validated in collaboration with TrackMan, the industry leader in golf launch monitor technology. RCT was specifically engineered for radar-based launch monitors to deliver the most accurate golf ball data available for all indoor golf experiences.
Gone are the days of attaching reflective stickers, and properly aligning the golf ball prior to each swing. With Pro V1 RCT, simply move the golf ball anywhere within the hitting area of TrackMan and swing away. Regardless of how the ball is oriented, launch, speed, and spin are all captured, not estimated. This information then allows TrackMan to predict and plot exact flight, peak height, carry, roll, and total distance. Precision performance, captured for every shot.
With RCT technology, indoor data capture of spin rate increases to over 99%. The result is more accurate total flight data, which leads to more appropriate fitting recommendations, more useful feedback on technique and training and instructional plans that are based in fact. In short, a truer, straighter road to better golf.
Titleist RCT technology emerged from a collaboration between Titleist and TrackMan, the industry leader in radar-based launch monitor technology. Trackman recognized a need for true spin data capture in indoor settings. RCT now enables radar-based launch monitors to capture golf ball spin rates just as well in an indoor environment as they do outdoors.1/10
Before RCT, the reason indoor data capture had been such a challenge is that indoors, the ball only travels a very short distance before the ball is stopped by a net or simulator screen. Sometimes the ball only makes a revolution or two before reaching the net – a very short window if you're trying to capture spin rate. 2/10
Without RCT, it is necessary to apply a small reflective sticker to the golf ball in order to accurately record spin data indoors. However, this requires the ball to be oriented in a precise way and capturing data is still challenging.3/10
Titleist scientists and engineers experimented with a variety of reflective materials, applications and patterns before optimizing data capture with the pattern seen here on this Pro V1 core. 4/10
Also used on Pro V1x RCT, the "stem" on this pointed ellipse pattern inspired the R&D team to name it the "Leaf" design. (A previous version, without the stem was nicknamed "Pac Man").5/10
Titleist R&D validated RCT technology by testing with robot hitters set to very high swing speeds to exaggerate this short window for spin capture. For all testing, the catch net was set at a distance of ten feet from the tee.6/10
In normal indoor settings, or when Trackman can't pick up spin in an outdoor setting, spin rate is estimated. In these instances, spin rate is displayed using an italicized font. With RCT, spin rate is captured on over 99% of strikes, as evidenced by the standard font displayed under SPIN RATE here.7/10
Beginning November 3, 2021 RCT technology will be available in Pro V1... 8/10
... as well as Pro V1x.9/10
RCT will greatly improve the flight data recorded by launch monitors in indoor settings. The more accurate the data, the more useful it will be to you – whether you're taking lessons, playing in an indoor league or getting fit for new equipment.10/10
Following, please find answers to some additional questions you may have about Pro V1 and Pro V1x RCT...
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RCT works through radar reflective technology. This technology embedded in Pro V1 and Pro V1x RCT allows TrackMan launch monitors to capture exact spin on over 99% of shots and eliminates estimates or applying reflective spin markers. RCT requires no precision orientation relative to the launch monitor to work creating a more efficient indoor golf experience.
Pro V1 RCT has been optimized and validated in collaboration with TrackMan. Early testing indicates other radar-based launch monitors may benefit from this golf ball technology. To provide the most accurate golf ball data on these devices for the indoor golf experience, Titleist recommends utilizing RCT golf balls with TrackMan launch monitors.
Yes, RCT can be used outdoors. Pro V1 RCT and Pro V1x RCT are constructed with the exact same components as stock Pro V1 and Pro V1x and deliver identical performance, while designed to enhance the indoor experience. The embedded technology of RCT in Pro V1 and Pro V1x is engineered specifically to capture golf ball spin data indoors and is not needed in the outdoor environment.
Yes, Pro V1 and Pro V1x RCT are conforming golf balls. Pro V1 and Pro V1x RCT deliver identical performance outdoors as Pro V1 and Pro V1x. They appear on the USGA/R&A List of Conforming Golf Balls with the same markings as 2021 Pro V1 and 2021 Pro V1x.
TrackMan Indoor Simulators are best in class and provide estimated spin data on your golf shots to help project the actual performance of the golf ball. However, Titleist developed this cutting-edge technology in collaboration with TrackMan to deliver the best possible experience for the golfer. RCT delivers precise spin data, increasing indoor data capture to over 99%. Producing more precise flight data, more precise fitting recommendations, and lower scores. Titleist and Trackman both recommend exclusively using RCT golf balls when using a TrackMan launch monitor in an indoor environment.
In Titleist R&D testing, RCT golf balls have measured driver spin through 500 swings. However, indoor environments vary and RCT golf balls may wear out cosmetically before any performance deterioration occurs.
For adequate spin capture with drivers, Titleist recommends at least ten feet of distance in the fitting bay. All of the testing completed in Titleist R&D has been completed with at least ten feet separating the teed-up Pro V1 or Pro V1x RCT ball and the screen.
Pro V1 RCT and Pro V1x RCT are available in golf shops and through Titleist.com beginning November 3, 2021. Click here for more details and to sign up for additional updates on Pro V1 and Pro V1x RCT.
Do you have other questions or comments about Pro V1 and Pro V1x RCT? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
October 22, 2021 at 03:42 PM
Interested to know if this will also work with other radar based launch monitors that are more consumer friendly in price like Mevo, Garmin, etc
October 20, 2021 at 10:32 AM
A collaboration between Titleist and Trackman, but have you tested it with other radar based systems?
K, As we mentioned in the FAQ's: "Pro V1 RCT has been optimized and validated in collaboration with TrackMan. Early testing indicates other radar-based launch monitors may also benefit from this golf ball technology. To provide the most accurate golf ball data on these devices for the indoor golf experience, Titleist recommends utilizing RCT golf balls with TrackMan launch monitors." So, much more testing is necessary before we can report anything conclusively. Thanks!
Abdon MNorthern California (because it's a big state)
October 20, 2021 at 11:40 AM
How does this help show impact location? I rented a Trackman simulator this weekend and was not able to capture impact location for most of my shots.
Darryl MWichita, KS
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Felipe PMelbourne, VIC
Rob RChicago, IL
Ted BCleveland, OH
Chuck ZMt Pleasant, SC
Don OMadison, WI
Anthony CTinton Falls NJ
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