The Titleist Velocity golf ball has been on the market for around a decade and the 2022 version claims to be the longest ball in the Titleist range.
This two-piece ball has the same size core as its predecessor but it’s been made firmer to increase distance. It’s said to have high speed, high launch and low long game spin for maximum distance.
Titleist Velocity golf balls are £28 per dozen which is just over £2 per ball and with all this in mind we wanted to find out whether it performed as Titleist claimed and if it was worth sticking in your golf bag.
The 2022 Velocity features a new higher speed LSX core which is said to retain energy for longer so therefore increases ball speed.
The cover is called Faster NaZ+ and is said to increase feel and distance.
A dimple formation of spherically-tiled 350 octahedral dimples produce has been introduced for a more consistent and stable flight.
Titleist are also leaning away from the traditional with the finishes of the Velocity as it comes available in four different colours: white, matte orange, matte green and matte blue to help you identify your golf ball.
To find out whether this is one of the best distance golf balls on the market, I wanted to give it a thorough test by analysing its performance in a number of key areas of the game against other Titleist golf balls including: Pro V1x, Tour Soft, Tour Speed, and the TruFeel.
I hit ten 7 irons and ten drivers against the Pro V1x, tracking the data on the Flightscope Mevo Plus.
I then tested it around the greens by hitting a handful of chips and putts at Stockport GC.
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Titleist Velocity 22 Golf Ball Review
The Titleist Velocity is a matte white ball with black Titleist logo and orange number – I wouldn’t say it’s classic Titleist but there is nothing to really dislike here.
As we have seen a lot more of in recent years, the Velocity also features a new alignment aid on the side of the ball that is not too dissimilar from the Pro V1, however the black arrow is just slightly thicker and stands out a little prouder. I quite liked this alignment, it stood out and wasn’t anything too fancy.
The box follows the same colour scheme of the ball with an eye-catching white and orangey/burnt red which I assume is to signify heat, danger and most of all, power.
Personally, I think matte looks wrong on a golf ball, it reminds me of Volvik balls I have used in the past and wasn’t too much of a fan of. Having said that, I do believe that the use of bright and matte colours are very popular in the Asian market. The Velocity will certainly pop on the shelf.
During my testing the Velocity felt really fast and launched high off the face. But it also had a considerably different feel when moving the ball on the practice ground turf and to then actually striking it. This was ‘shell-like’ in its sound, very ‘clicky’ - the stereotypical ‘pebble’ which isn’t my idea of fun when testing golf balls.
When testing a golf ball, I want to feel the ball on the club face and know where I have struck it immediately. The noise I was getting whilst testing the Velocity with 7 irons and drivers wasn’t helping with that feedback unfortunately. It felt hard yes but it wasn’t anything too alarming.
This ball flew higher than any of the other Titleist balls I have tested this year when using both driver and 7 iron. Strangely however with the driver I found the ball to spin a lot, nearly 4000rpm which was only 1000rpm less than my 7 iron.
The iron results were far more realistic which made me think the driver data could have been a little out so I advise you do your own testing in this area.
Distance-wise the Velocity was noticeably longer than any of the other Titleist balls I tested that day with the driver. The 7 irons were a few yards longer than my normal Pro V1x also so it’s fair to say that the Velocity delivers in the distance department.
Around the green is where I felt an expected drop-off in performance. It was no surprise that they felt hot and therefore a little too quick for my liking, the ball didn’t seem to spend long enough on the face to grip, spin and offer that control that I want when pitching and chipping, therefore the release on the green was way more than I wanted.
Titleist Velocity 22 Golf Ball Verdict
Overall, I wasn’t a fan of the matte white finish as I think it makes these balls look a little cheap, but it is nice that they come in other colours. This to me shows who these balls are aimed at: juniors, seniors - people that may be new to the game of golf.
They are a very fair price which do offer you instant height and distance gains compared to other golf balls in the 2022 Titleist range.
Velocity is the longest ball the company sell so if you want pure length over everything else, buy this golf ball.
Who Is It Aimed At?
Seniors, ladies, juniors and anyone that may be new to the game looking for extra distance.
Would I Use Them?
Unfortunately, the overall feel of the ball is not what I look for. Although the Velocity impressed me in certain areas, I’ll be sticking with the Pro V1x for now.
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