Is there more to life than a Titleist Pro V1?
If you’re spending close to £4 per ball then a round of golf can quickly get very expensive. People might laugh at you if you’re one of those people who changes their golf ball when you’re faced with a shot over water, but I don’t blame you!
There are so many golf clubs available which are clearly aimed at completely different standards of golfer, but when it comes to golf balls it seems like we are marketed towards a certain type – the one the tour players use. So are we missing a trick?
The Titleist Tour Speed sits underneath the Pro V1 range in terms of price, at £38 instead of £48, but what about performance?
The Tour Speed is a long distance golf ball with a penetrating ball flight, which still retains a soft feel and short game spin for control into the greens.
A three piece ball, there are 346 dimples to provide better aero dynamics for a further ball flight whilst the TPU cover keeps the control around the greens.
There’s also a high speed, high compression core for faster ball speeds, which combines with a high flex casing layer to lower spin on longer shots for added distance off the tee.
There is an alignment aid on the ball which features two parallel lines and two arrows framing the words Tour Speed.
You can watch my full review via the Golfalot YouTube channel here:
If you like what you see, please make sure you SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel to see all Golfalot video reviews and features first.
Titleist Tour Speed 2022 Golf Ball Review
Looks and Feel
The Tour Speed looks very similar to the Pro V1 with a similar shiny, white cover which retains the premium look. The box is grey, white and blue which matches up nicely with the alignment aid on the ball itself.
The ball felt quick off the face with a nice level of feedback in the long game. It wasn’t clicky when I struck the ball, although I did find that on the shorter shots the feel and the spin wasn’t as good as with a Pro V1.
To test how the balls performed, I took all of Titleist new golf balls for 2022 down to Stockport GC and collected data by hitting both drivers and irons, recording the results with the Flightscope Mevo+ Launch Monitor. I then headed out on to the course to hit some more chips and putts.
Comparing the Tour Speed to the Pro V1x in both the driver and the 7 iron, the numbers were very similar, with less than a yard’s difference in carry distance with both clubs.
The Tour Speed did produce more spin, particularly in the driver where it just tipped over 3000rpm, but in terms of distance, ball speed and height it was hard to split the two balls.
The feel from testing even very similar between the Tour Speed and the Pro V1x. The main area where I noticed a difference was around the green, as I found that the stopping distance with pitches was not as quick as with the Pro V1x so I would have to factor that in if I was to use this golf ball.
Titleist Tour Speed 2022 Golf Ball Verdict
I really started to notice the difference between this ball and the top of the range Pro V1x when it came to short game, but in the long game I really think you’d be hard pressed to identify much difference between the two, particularly if you are just hitting balls and not analysing on a launch monitor.
Considering that you’d be paying about £1 less per ball, I think this is a great year-round option to replace the Pro V1/Pro V1x or at the very least it could become your new winter ball, particularly if you are price-sensitive.
Would I Use Them?
I certainly would use them, especially if I was playing a softer golf course with slower greens where I don’t have to worry too much about the ball stopping. I could see it being an ideal option in the winter months.
Who Should Use Them?
If you are a Pro V1 user who is price-conscious then the Tour Speed could be ideal for you – it’s a great performing ball which is very similar in the long game and will save you a bit of money.
If you enjoyed this, you may also like:
Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x 2021 Golf Ball Review
TaylorMade Tour Response Stripe Golf Ball Review