In keeping up with my search for the best golf ball on Earth it is time to review a staple in every golfers bag. Titleist golf balls have been around for a long time and if you play golf you have played a Titleist at one time. Funny thing for me growing up was I never liked Titleist’s. Maybe it was because my dad played them and I thought they were an old mans golf ball.
Before I get into my unscientific field test it should be known I am familiar with these golf balls and have made the jump to spending some extra money on premium golf balls. Most notably the Pro V1. There is a bit of comfortability with Titleist for me on my home course. Saying that, it should allow more scrutiny.
Just like all of my golf ball reviews, I play at Rackham Golf Course in Huntington Woods, MI from the white tees and I bought the golf balls brand new. Reviews will be in chronological order.
Titleist Pro V1x Golf Ball Review
7-21-17. Sunny. 75 degrees.
Off The Tee – What can I say besides the Titleist Pro V1x just goes. As it says on the sleeve, the Pro V1x is designed for “Extraordinary Distance” and that’s what it did. To be fair, I did not have any drives that overly wowed me today and I only hit three fairways. Most of my drives went straight. No draws or slices. Even when I missed it, the Pro V1x wasn’t to far off the fairway.
Fairway Woods & Hybrids – Had an amazing 5 wood shot on #6. Duffed my drive 75 yards off the tee which left me 215 yards out with having to go over three trees to the green. Smoked it to 15 feet from the hole and made par. What I do like about the Pro V1x with these clubs is it still feels soft at contact but the distance is still there. There is a comfortability with the Pro V1x that its going to perform with woods and hybrids even if I mis-hit a little.
Irons – Had six greens in regulation today which is about normal for me. Only one birdie today which meant I was not putting it close. Even though the Pro V1x is made for distance it still compresses off the iron giving you instant feedback. Rarely do I experience a clunky response on a mis-hit.
Wedges – Chipped one in from 60 yards out on #7 for…par. Hit my drive through the trees on the right which meant I had to take the long way home. Got up and down for par twice with the Pro V1x which is better for me than usual. This means my iron play wasn’t great but chipping was pretty good. The Pro V1x checked up three times with wedges which is beyond expectations.
Putting – Three putted twice and one putted three times. The Pro V1x is soft but not really soft. There is a crisp feel when it comes off the putter and is very close to having the feedback of you hit it perfectly.
Durability – There were a few scuff marks and it looked like it played one round. No trees or cart paths were hit. I’d still play another round or two with the Pro V1x.
Score – 85
GIR – 6
Putts – 33
Fairways – 3
Penalty Strokes – 0
I like the Titleist Pro V1x but am not in love with it. It does have some get and up and go in regards to distance but misses those finer details in a premium golf ball. Maybe I am not at the skill level necessary to get everything out of the Pro V1x. I would have no problem playing them and would buy them again.
Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball Review
Sunny – 75 degrees
For the past two years I have been using the Titleist Pro V1 exclusively. Bit the bullet on the price and went with it. Didn’t hurt to ask for them for Christmas. Still going through four dozen of them two years later. Helps that when you get better at golf that you don’t lose many.
Saying all of that it kind of put the pressure on in my best golf ball challenge as there is a lot of familiarity with the Pro V1 and Rackham Golf Course. I probably have 15+ rounds there with the Pro V1. But this is un-science and all that matters is how the Pro V1 does on this day.
Off The Tee – An ideal combination of distance and control is what makes the Titleist Pro V1 an excellent ball to hit with driver. It doesn’t go crazy stupid far but you know it’s not some cheap ball which lands 20 yards back. Hit a couple draws and if I was not in the fairway I wasn’t too far off. That stupid prickly bush on #15 ate my tee shot again resulting in a penalty stroke. Only hit four fairways today.
Fairway Woods & Hybrids – Distance and control are two traits that come to mind with the Pro V1 and these clubs. Hit these as designed with the Pro V1 and it reacted accordingly. It just went. No crazy shots today. Just good old hitting it where it should go.
Irons – I feel this is where the Titleist Pro V1 excels. The compression of the club face is noticeable and so is the feedback. Shots into greens hit, bounce, and stop. Had eight greens in regulation today which is above average for me. There is a comfortability hitting the Pro V1 with irons and knowing if you make good contact it is going to do its job.
Wedges – Up and down for par three times today which is above average. What this means to me is even when my approach shots were off I was recovering well enough with wedges to save par. Had two chips which flew 20 yards, checked up, and rolled within 4 feet of the hole. Something about the Pro V1 that brings out a bit of confidence saying “I’ll do my job if you do yours”.
Putting – That “clink” sound the Pro V1 makes coming off the putter is something special. There are few other golf balls which make that sound. It’s a nice soft feedback that follows the “clink” is what I like best. Three putted twice but one putted seven times (which is way above average).
Durability – I’d have no problem playing another round with the Pro V1. I will say that historically speaking the Pro V1’s do not like cart paths, trees, and rocks. They scuff easily. Do not hit those things and you can get many rounds out of one. Today I did not hit any of those.
Score – 81
GIR – 8
Putts – 31
Fairways – 4
Penalty Strokes – 1 (Prickly bush on #15 strikes again. Could have possibly broke 80.)
There are few golf balls which back up the marketing behind them and I feel the Titleist Pro V1 is one of those. Exceptional distance, more short game control, even softer feel, and long-lasting durability are all listed on the sleeve as benefits and I’d lean towards agreeing with them. I love these golf balls and it’s probably why Titleist can claim it is the #1 golf ball. I would definitely buy the Pro V1 in the future.
Titleist NXT Tour Golf Ball Review
Sunny – 72 Degrees – Some Wind
There is a little bit of familiarity with the Titleist NXT Tour as I would play them from time to time when I was younger. These were my dad’s favorite golf balls growing up. My guess is because they were not the cheapest or most expensive golf ball Titleist makes. Right in the middle when it comes to price.
At the same time, it has been some time since I played the NXT Tour since I made the jump to the Pro V1. Was curious to see what it could do after putting the Pro V1 and Pro V1x to the test.
Off The Tee – I have been driving the ball well lately and continued on doing that today. Outside of me duffing my tee shot on #4 (still made par!) and hitting into the tall grass on #2 and #9 I would say the NXT Tour did just fine.
Only hit 5 fairways today but those I did hit were very good drives with a slight draw. If I didn’t hit the fairway I was not that far off. Distance was exceptional with the NXT Tour as I was hitting them into the same spots as the Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Wind was coming from a different direction than normal so I had to play some holes differently.
What I noticed most was how high the NXT Tour flew in the air off the driver. This is typical with my tee shot but was noticeably higher.
Fairway Woods & Hybrids – Had to use 3 and 5 wood a number of times today due to the wind changing directions. My only hang up with the NXT Tour and these clubs is it doesn’t give the feedback the Pro V1 has. It’s not soft or as forgiving as its premium counterparts.
Each time I hit one of those clubs the ball would seem to create some significant spin starting at 160 yards or so and start to tail. It was probably me causing the spin but I do not remember the other Titleist’s shaping like that. Used my 4 hybrid to chip a couple of times but did not take any full swings today with it.
Irons – Even though I only had 5 greens in regulation today I would say I had a good iron day. I was very surprised with the spin I was creating with the NXT Tour. The greens at Rackham are small so holding the green is important.
I had two shots hit with a 6 iron that hit the green and back spun a foot. Did not see that coming. I even hit a 7 iron on the Par 3 5th hole to 10 feet of the hole. The NXT Tour hopped once and stopped.
Wedges – Continuing on with the iron play above I also hit my wedges well too. Did flub an excellent tee shot on #17 which pissed me off something fierce as it went into the sand trap. From the sand trap I flew it 20 yards and it checked up and stopped. Did the same thing on #11. Surprised myself from the sand twice.
Three out of my five greens in regulation were done via hitting my pitching wedge. Each one of those times I put it within 20 feet of the hole which is good for me. The NXT Tour was sticking to greens today.
Putting – The NXT Tour is not soft so it does not give the same feedback of a Pro V1. It’s not clunky coming off the putter but does not give off the “clink” sound a soft golf ball does.
One putted five times and three putted twice for a total of 33 putts. As noted above I was hitting irons and wedge shots closer than normal today making it easier on the greens.
Durability – I hit two trees and out of two sand traps today which left a scuff mark and a bit of orange on the ball. I could get a mother round or two out of the NXT Tour for sure.
Score – 85
GIR – 5
Putts – 33
Fairways – 5
Penalty Strokes – 0
I wasn’t overly impressed with the NXT Tour nor was I under impressed. Met expectations would be my recommendation for it. A very good value golf ball might be another. Outside of one bad three putt and a bad chip leading to a three putt I could have broken 80 today which would put the NXT Tour on top of the leaderboard.
Titleist Velocity Golf Ball Review
Sunny – 68 degrees – Windy
A couple of days prior to playing this round I was over at my parents house helping Mom try to fix a small leak in the roof above my dads work room.
After completing the job I did some snooping around and saw a couple dozen golf balls which were brand new. One of those un-opened boxes were the Titleist Velocity. Asked Mom if I could have them so I could put them to the test and she said yes.
I am not sure what year these were made. I know they are not 2017 editions but might be 2016 or 2015 models. Regardless, they have never been used.
This is my first time playing the Titleist Velocity so all I can go off of is what it says on the box. Fast Initial Velocity For Explosive Distance, Deep Downrange Peak Trajectory, Playable Feel In The Short Game, and Tight Consistent Ball Flight.
Ok. That sounds like a lot. Here we go.
Off The Tee – I liked the Titleist Velocity a lot. Just like most days at Rackham, there is a 10mph wind which makes some holes longer/shorter depending on the direction. Saying that, I hit some very big drives today. Specifically on #1, #3, #9, #10, #15, and #18. Hit it to spots I’ve never landed in before. Maybe the wind helped on some, maybe not.
Zero of my drives had a draw. A few I hooked but still went far. Did have two bad slices but even those went far. What I noticed with the Velocity is when I swung faster it eliminated the slice.
Hit 6 fairways with 4 others within 5 feet of the fairway. Was a very good driving day today.
Fairway Woods & Hybrids – Almost hit the Par 5 #1 in two. After hitting an awesome drive in the 260 yard range I hit a 3 wood to 10 yards in front of the green. Lots of distance I was noticing after my first two shots.
Used 3 wood on the Par 3 #16 which is 215 yards. It always plays tough because of the wind and the back pin put it at 225 yards today. Smoked my 3 wood dead straight to 8 feet. Impressed myself.
Did not take a full swing with my hybrid today so nothing to report there. Used five wood twice and went left both times. But with the three wood I hit the crap out of the Velocity.
Irons – Might have had the best front nine of my life at Rackham with 6 greens in regulation (8 total). With me driving the ball well it gave me opportunities to hit greens. Put both of my Par 3 tee shots on the greens too.
Things got back to normal on the back nine but I was for sure hitting the Titleist Velocity well with my irons. If I hit my Driver well it usually leaves me with a 9 iron into most of the holes on the front nine.
The Velocity did not have nearly as much spin as a Pro V1 or Pro V1x and just a little less than the NXT Tour. What you are seeing in the picture to the right is how most of my approach shots finished.
I felt the Velocity went further with my irons than the other Titleist golf balls I’ve tried as many of my shots were landing on the back of greens. The Velocity does not have the softness of the Pro V1 but it does not feel like a rock either.
Wedges – Zero times did the Velocity check up or show any signs of spin with my pitching, lob, or 60 degree wedge. Any sort of chip shot where I could roll it out was fine, actually nice. Anything having to be precise was tough as it was going to roll out.
I had a hit or miss day with the short game. Saved par once and bogey/double bogey twice because of good pitch shots.
Putting – Had so many chances to make birdie today and not once did any of them go in. And I’m talking from 15 feet and in. Disheartening to say the least. Three putted twice and both times my first putt was for birdie. I hate when that happens.
The Velocity just does not have the feel on the greens like the Pro V1 has. The feedback is just not there. Even though my stats say I putted above average for me with 32 putts it is mostly because of how well I was hitting the irons.
Durability – Sadly I sort of lost a ball with my tee shot on #14. Hooked it left and somehow it went through the trees and landed 5 feet on the other side of the fence. I could see it but without tearing my arm up sticking my driver under the fence I would not be able to get it. Hate when that happens.
What I can report is the first ball was in great shape before sort of losing it and the one I finished with looks brand new too. There is a small scuff mark from hitting out of the sand trap on #17 after I duffed my chip shot into it after hitting a huge drive. I also hate when that happens.
Maybe there is something to the letters ENP imprinted onto the cover which make it so durable. I did some searches and Titleist has a patent on how they scientifically created the cover and they let us know about it with the ENP.
Score – 86
GIR – 8
Putts – 32
Fairways – 6
Penalty Strokes – 2
I was really pulling for the Titleist Velocity today. For a moment I thought it might make its way to the top of my best golf ball on Earth challenge. But I just could not get a feel for it on and around the greens. Everything else was awesome. Loved the distance off the tee, with fairway woods, and irons. I also liked its ease of use when hitting approach shots into the green. In the end, it showed why its not a premium golf ball.