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By TUrreta

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  1. TUrreta

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    Up until now my main interaction with golf balls was simply trying to hit one. Now I'm starting to be able to feel the difference between balls. I'm a fairly high handicap golfer who has been playing for 2 years. I went to all Titleist clubs last year and am completely happy with them.

    My quandary- In addition to the ProV1 and ProV1X Titleist has released a new DT Trusoft, Velocity, TourSoft and AVX.

    Other than buying multiple sleeves of each and doing a massive cross-comparison - how do I figure out which works best for me? I am hoping that a ball fitting event happens near me and I can get a spot in it.

    Any other thoughts?

    Abby L- the chart of ProV1 vs ProV1X and AVX was great. Is there such a beast for all balls?

  2. Don O
    Madison, WI

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    If you are working on your short game to improve spin for better stopping power, then the Pro-V's and AVX are urethane balls that all provide the best spin. The other balls are non-urethane and will perform well, but typically can't achieve the same level of spin. Keep checking on the Titleist site and with your local courses for a ball fitting. You'll learn enough there about the balls and your game to not have to compare 6 lines of balls.
  3. John M
    Clayton, CA

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    I went though this process when I returned to golf at the start of this year. I already had a full Titleist bag and had been playing with NXT's prior to taking a break from golf, so I was not sure which ball to use. So, I get the Toursoft, ProV1 and ProVx and played several rounds, changing balls each three holes and took notes. I discovered that the driving difference was negligible but the ProV1 was the best performing for shots 100 yards and in, so I went with that ball. Have fun in your golfing journey!
  4. Marc H
    Leesburg, VA

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    I just participated in a Titleist ball fitting in Virginia. I am a low handicap, low speed, low spin, low trajectory golfer. My problem is getting the ball to stop on the green. After hitting a couple of balls on Trackman, the Titleist reps said that I was a good case for the ProV1 X, because it spins more and goes higher than the ProV1. They said I needed more spin to keep the ball in the air and get it to stop on the green. According to Trackman, I was hitting the ball much higher with more spin.

    In addition, I hit some 50 yard wedge shots with my current 56 SM5 M grind. I was complaining that the ball rolled too far. On Trackman with a ProV1X, the spin rate with my current wedge was 3000 rpm, which is very low. I should be getting 6000 rpm, twice as much. They said that the grooves were worn out.

    They had me try the same club (M grind 56) but new. Guess what the spin rate was? 6000 rpm. Just as they said.
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    Marc H said:

    I just participated in a Titleist ball fitting in Virginia. I am a low handicap, low speed, low spin, low trajectory golfer. My problem is getting the ball to stop on the green. After hitting a couple of balls on Trackman, the Titleist reps said that I was a good case for the ProV1 X, because it spins more and goes higher than the ProV1. They said I needed more spin to keep the ball in the air and get it to stop on the green. According to Trackman, I was hitting the ball much higher with more spin.

    In addition, I hit some 50 yard wedge shots with my current 56 SM5 M grind. I was complaining that the ball rolled too far. On Trackman with a ProV1X, the spin rate with my current wedge was 3000 rpm, which is very low. I should be getting 6000 rpm, twice as much. They said that the grooves were worn out.

    They had me try the same club (M grind 56) but new. Guess what the spin rate was? 6000 rpm. Just as they said.

    Is there anything to be done about worn out grooves, or do you just replace the wedge at that point? I know there are those groove sharpener tools on the market, but I'm wary of making the grooves illegal by overdoing it.
  6. Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

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    Marc H said:

    I just participated in a Titleist ball fitting in Virginia. I am a low handicap, low speed, low spin, low trajectory golfer. My problem is getting the ball to stop on the green. After hitting a couple of balls on Trackman, the Titleist reps said that I was a good case for the ProV1 X, because it spins more and goes higher than the ProV1. They said I needed more spin to keep the ball in the air and get it to stop on the green. According to Trackman, I was hitting the ball much higher with more spin.

    In addition, I hit some 50 yard wedge shots with my current 56 SM5 M grind. I was complaining that the ball rolled too far. On Trackman with a ProV1X, the spin rate with my current wedge was 3000 rpm, which is very low. I should be getting 6000 rpm, twice as much. They said that the grooves were worn out.

    They had me try the same club (M grind 56) but new. Guess what the spin rate was? 6000 rpm. Just as they said.

    Jeff, I'll tell you. Last year before I had hip replacement surgery, I sent my wedges to Golfworks for regrooving, refinishing and rechecking loft and lie due to the fact that it would be 3 months before I could start hitting golf balls again and they came back really nice. But I'll tell you, it ran about $95.00 a club after shipping back and forth and after a few months they looked as worn as before. So this April I went and replaced the wedges with new ones. In my opinion just replace the wedges with new ones.
  7. Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

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    Marc H said:

    I just participated in a Titleist ball fitting in Virginia. I am a low handicap, low speed, low spin, low trajectory golfer. My problem is getting the ball to stop on the green. After hitting a couple of balls on Trackman, the Titleist reps said that I was a good case for the ProV1 X, because it spins more and goes higher than the ProV1. They said I needed more spin to keep the ball in the air and get it to stop on the green. According to Trackman, I was hitting the ball much higher with more spin.

    In addition, I hit some 50 yard wedge shots with my current 56 SM5 M grind. I was complaining that the ball rolled too far. On Trackman with a ProV1X, the spin rate with my current wedge was 3000 rpm, which is very low. I should be getting 6000 rpm, twice as much. They said that the grooves were worn out.

    They had me try the same club (M grind 56) but new. Guess what the spin rate was? 6000 rpm. Just as they said.

    Replace the wedge. If you play a lot of golf (at least 100 rounds a year), the wedges should be replaced annually, to have sharp reliable edges in your bag.
  8. Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

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    Marc H said:

    I just participated in a Titleist ball fitting in Virginia. I am a low handicap, low speed, low spin, low trajectory golfer. My problem is getting the ball to stop on the green. After hitting a couple of balls on Trackman, the Titleist reps said that I was a good case for the ProV1 X, because it spins more and goes higher than the ProV1. They said I needed more spin to keep the ball in the air and get it to stop on the green. According to Trackman, I was hitting the ball much higher with more spin.

    In addition, I hit some 50 yard wedge shots with my current 56 SM5 M grind. I was complaining that the ball rolled too far. On Trackman with a ProV1X, the spin rate with my current wedge was 3000 rpm, which is very low. I should be getting 6000 rpm, twice as much. They said that the grooves were worn out.

    They had me try the same club (M grind 56) but new. Guess what the spin rate was? 6000 rpm. Just as they said.

    Forgot to add, if you spend a lot of time on the range with your wedge, that time counts also.
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    I have the same problem, low trajectory and not stopping on the Greens. I have new wedges at the start of the season and just think the ball makes so much difference
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    I've been having a great season. Best of 50+ years. My ball choice is a big reason why. But heres my delemma. I tee off with aTitleist DTTruSoft. Excellent distance. Then my approach shot with a Titleist Tour Soft on par 4 holes. Great control. Around the green short game also Tour Soft. But my putting is best with the TruSoft. I know I know, quit whinning. I love both balls. So when I'm having a rich day, tournament day it's Tour Soft, (don't be fooled by 2 piece, it plays so great). When I 'm not doing so good it's TruSoft. P.S. The Yellow color of the Tour Soft is by far better than any ball anywhere.
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    I really like the new AVX, just ordered them in yellow.
  12. Gene P
    Kerrville, TX

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    I'm a 5 handicap with low swing speed and the strength of my game is around the greens. I played ProV1 for years because it was the best for my strength. However I need more distance. Tried Pro soft and although longer I lost too much around the greens. I just tried the AVX. For my swing It is 10+ yards longer then Prov1 and just as soft around the greens. I highly recommend this ball for players that tend to hit a high ball and need more distance.
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    Im 73 years of age and play off 11, the AVX is the best ball I have ever played
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    I agree completely the softer feel of the AVX is exactly what I've been looking for both around the greens and putting.
  15. Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

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    Getting back to which ball to choose, I prefer the premium balls. I played the AVX for about a month and a half. Am retired and play about three to four times a week. Wanted to see what the new ball was all about and it is true, the additional distance is there. I still hit it high off the tee. My driver is set at 11.25. It was fit for this loft because I got 2200-2500 spin off the face. So I was hitting pretty low spin with my Prov1s to begin with. I did pick up an additional ten yards with the new AVX and about a half a club with my irons. As a super senior at 72 this is good for me when I play in regular tournaments and cannot play from the senior tees. I will definitely use the AVX balls when playing from longer tees. I have played enough with the ball to know how it will react with each club. But under normal play, I will continue to use my Prov1 the year round. I have heard the AVX referred to as the Senior Prov1 by some of the locals. Thought that was humorous. For me there is a time and place for each of the balls. I like both and can honestly recommend each ball. If you are playing get one ball and use the same one in a round for consistency. Playing two different type balls during a round only confuses you more and we all know, we do not need anything more going on between the ears.
  16. Todd S
    Beavercreek, OH

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    If your loosing a lot of balls the PROV'S and AVX can break the bank pretty fast.. I would stay with the tour soft untill you can get through a whole round with only one or two balls.
    Money better spent on lessons or just playing. Untill then.
    Just my opinion.
    Good luck with your game!
  17. Ralph C
    Portland, ME

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    I'm a firm believer, as Titleist recommends, in working from green to tee when picking a ball.
    How does it feel off the face of the putter? Can you control it, and predict it?
    What about off the wedges? Can you spin it, stop it, get it to do what you want?
    Any ball will fly far off the driver, pretty much any brand will get you down the fairway. It's the approach shots where they start to show their differences, and with the wedges where they show their true colors. On the green, well, you better have the right ball. Period.
    I play the Pro V1, because I like the wedge game the best, and they perform best for me there. I can hit other brands or models farther off the tee (my swing speed is pretty slow), but, overall, the accuracy and predictability of the Pro V1, for me, contributes to an overall lower score.
    Personally, I'd try a sleeve of the Pro V1, V1x, Tour Soft, and AVX, and see for yourself what works for you. Forget the cost, you have to buy balls, anyhow, and today's Titleist are the most durable they've ever made. There's no shame in looking on eBay for some 5a used ones, if your budget demands it (stay with the current generation). You can usually find the V1/V1x practice/x-outs for $30/35 a box, that helps, too.
    I'm what you'd call an ultra low budget golfer, so when I say I play the Pro V1, It's because they provide the best value for me. Plus, you get really good at finding them in the rough, lol.
    Durability, performance, and consistency, that have never let me down. Ever.
    Do a fitting, if at all possible, and listen to the other comments. Best wishes!

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    Thanks - good advice. I basically did what you recommended. My pecking order turned out to be TourSoft followed by AVX, followed by ProV1.

    I'm sticking with the Tour Soft for this season and see how it plays out.

    Thanks for the thoughts.
  19. Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

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    TUrreta said:

    Thanks - good advice. I basically did what you recommended. My pecking order turned out to be TourSoft followed by AVX, followed by ProV1.

    I'm sticking with the Tour Soft for this season and see how it plays out.

    Thanks for the thoughts.

    Tour soft is a good golf ball and a great choice if you are not playing the premium balls.
  20. Dro

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    Pro V1’s are my favorite ball. I’ve been playing them for years and notice a major difference in feel off of the club while using other brands. Some people think all balls are created equal, but they’re not. If you have the $$$ to play a better quality ball it will be well spent.
  21. Logan S
    Maple Valley, WA

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    When it comes to the Pro V1/V1X you cant find a better ball in my opinion. I have tried many of the other manufactures top offerings and still always go back to Titleist. I have been playing the V1x for the last 5 years. I am concious of the money i spend on golf balls but have come to realise that performance is what you pay for. The control feel and spin you are able to achieve with the Pro V line of balls is exceptional especially in the short iron and green side parts of the game which in return makes the game more fun when shooting lower scores.
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    I have been playing the Pro V1 series since they came out. I have tried many balls over the years but have never used anything other than a Titleist in competition. I only trust the Pro V1X. Best feel, and performance for my game.

  23. Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

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    I usually play in senior tournaments, but for the first time in many many years I entered a Men's Invitational Tournament and decided to give it a go with the young guys. May not have been the best decision, but I did have fun. Great tee gifts from Titleist and FootJoy and played a lot of shots I had not hit in many years. That AVX is a lively ball and that number four I teed up with on Friday stayed with me for three days. Yep, did not loose a single ball and played the same one the whole time. Found that I, at the age of 72, can hit it reasonably long for my age, but when it come to the young bucks, the hit it about 50-70 yards longer. My carry is about 220 yards and maybe another 20 to 30 yards roll, depending on the terrain. From the men's tees, those mid irons are tough for those old guy but that AVX ball is something else and I would recommend it. Now when I go back to playing from the senior tees in tournament, I will more than likely go back to my old number one ball, which is the Prov1. My AVX roll well on these fast greens. A bit quick at 11 on Friday, 12 on Saturday, and 11 today. Three and four putts were rather common this week. If you were on the high side, you were in trouble. I did win my flight against guys much younger. Ended up with two new pair of Pro/SLs on order that are coming out October 1st. Red/White/Blue and Black BOAs. All's well that end's well. And the BBQ was, well ok at best. Hey, I lived in Memphis for ten years. I will be back in October at the same club for their two day senior invitational. Cheers, Chuck.......l
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    You should do some research and look for a launch monitor near you. Go get fitted by someone who knows what they are doing. Makes a big difference.
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    Hey there - I definitely agree with you that going through a Titleist golf ball fitting is going to be your best route. We don't currently have a full Titleist golf ball family chart, but stay tuned for some great resources we're coming out with to help you along with a golf ball fitting!

    Best,
    Abby
    Team Titleist Staff
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    I've struggled with the same process this year. I am old school with my chipping and hit bump and run shots. I hit the ball high and don't really worry too much about spin that area either. I am planning on trying the AVX next week on a trip to see if it is as good as everyone states. I like the Pro V1 for the feel and distance. Love the price of the Tour Soft and overall performance as well.

    I find that the lower priced balls due to the cover material feel hard! I personally do not like that feel, especially when putting. I tend to lose the distance control.

    Abby - glad to hear that a new resource is in the works for ball fitting!


  27. Bob R
    margate, NJ

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    The proof is in the pudding. During the warmer months, I tend to favor the ProV1X. Though I'm far from being a long hitter, it just has a great feel to it. On the other hand, during the off season it feels like a rock and I'm more inclined to hit the DT TruSoft which delivers on distance without uncomfortable feedback.
    I've tried the AVX and am not impressed. As premium balls go, it doesn't have anything going for it. I suspect that it better fits those who are looking for characteristics that a better player seeks out.
    As to the Tour Soft, for me it's a love/hate relationship. It plays well but doesn't generate any enthusiasm on my part. To me it's nothing more than NXT 2.0.
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    Long time player. Now playing ProV1. Distsnce is good but like the soft feel on iron and wedge. shots, and on my putter
    Best for my short game.
  29. Paul D
    Houston, TX

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    With the 2017 release of Pro V1/V1 X, I really had to do some soul searching - they almost flipped performance characteristics to me. I had played the X for 12 years and had great performance from it, but I noticed too much spin relative to the shots I was hitting across the board. I found that the new Pro V1 was the best ball for me, and offered a lower flight with reduced spin compared to previous models. I also was getting close to 7000 RPM with the Pro V1 with my 7 iron according to Trackman, and the Pro V1x would have only been higher.

    I completely agree that you should justify a ball's performance around the green first (as the difference will be highest between models) and then irons and ONLY then woods.

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