Martin Hopley
By Martin Hopley

When the number one ball manufacturer brings out a new version of their leading brand then this is big news.

The Pro V1 changed the game when it came along and now the 2013 Pro V1 and Pro V1x have been introduced so we met with Mary Lou Bohn of Titleist to find out what the key differences were.

If you are a Team Titleist member and were lucky enough to receive test balls at the end of 2012 you will be interested to hear how the results of that trial.

One key thing that I took from my interview with Mary Lou was that the choice of ball is not that straight forward and really needs some thought.

A lot of tour players are technically so good that they can generate enough spin to have the option to go for the lower spinning and firmer Pro V1x, which is probably already the longer ball.

For the rest of us, the 3 things to consider are where you want to see the ball fly and but that we mean the height and trajectory of the ball.

Secondly how much spin do you need on your approach shots and shots around the green. If you need more to help you stop the ball then the higher spinning Pro V1 will be the best here.

Finally how do you like the ball to feel, particularly on putts and chips. For me this is the key factor as I like to feel the shot and not have the ball boucning onff the face too much.

Eveyone is different and even Titleist say that the best way to make this decision is to just go and play with both types on the course. If you are still at a loss then spekaing to your local pro or trying both balls out on a launch monitor will give you some hard numbers.

However remember to test the balls with all your clubs your bag and not just the driver and putter!


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