I can say with some degree of certainty that my next golf ball review will focus on the Titleist NXT Tour golf ball – this opportunity has come along completely by chance.

My workplace is currently sponsoring a well-known diabetes foundation, and a knock-on effect of this is that there have been a lot of fund-raising exercises carried out within the building.

I received an e-mail this morning informing me that one of the guys in the office had been collecting golf balls from a local course over the past couple of weeks, and was selling them on, in order to raise funds for a good cause.

So me and a friend went along to see if we could pick up any bargains!  One of my colleagues managed to buy 8 or 9 Titleist Pro V1s for a great price, and I got my hands on three brand new sleeves of Titleist’s NXT Tour golf balls for a decent price.

I’m pretty sure that the guy selling the golf balls didn’t find the sleeved, brand new NXT Tour golf balls lying about on the golf course, but I’m not one to argue over semantics, so I bought the 9 golf balls and went on my way!

I have already reviewed the NXT Tour’s ‘cousin’, the Titleist NXT golf ball, so I am looking forward to test-driving the Tour version and finding out if there are any major differences between the two.  I plan to play on Thursday evening after work, so expect the review of the Titleist NXT Tour golf balls to be on the site by the weekend.

It was always inevitable that eventually I would get around to reviewing the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. The Pro V1 is probably the most recognisable brand currently on the market, and based on the conversations I’ve had with various golfers (both on and offline) it seems that everyone is playing with them.

I would suggest there is an element of truth in this, as a high percentage of golf balls I find in the trees (a frequent occurence, I’m not good enough to call myself a regular “greens in regulation” golfer….) are Titleist Pro V1s. This may suggest that there are too many hackers playing with these top-of-the-range balls, but that’s a topic I’m saving for a future article – on with the review….

The Pro V1 ball delivers (at least for me) the types of distance off the driver which I would expect from a power golf ball – I usually hit my driver around 260 yards, but I find with this golf ball I can regularly add an extra 15 or so yards to this, sometimes more. The feel of compression off the face of the driver is great, and really gives me a sense of “crushing” the ball off the tee.

Take heed, however, that the Pro V1 golf ball will respond to misaligned swing paths (a pretty way of saying hooks and slices!) with venom – I can generally keep the golf ball straight with my woods, but on the occasions when I generate side-spin, I have ended up in the trees / water / out of bounds.

I find that it’s a similar story with my irons – I’m adding an extra 10 or 15 yards on a cleanly-struck mid-iron. I’m not ashamed to say that the Pro V1 golf ball feels magnificent on the fairways, it’s amazingly soft and gives the average golfer an opportunity to attempt their shot-shaping. This golf ball is one of, if not the best, at accepting the flight path which you are trying to give it, and it will hold it’s line with an eagerness which other golf balls may struggle to match. It will also hold up very nicely post-carry with cleanly struck shots – an obvious advantage when playing on fast or dry surfaces.

Down to the nitty-gritty then – my wedge play is one area where I sometimes struggle. But hitting the Pro V1 ball with a wedge from 100 yards and less provided exceptional spin generation. On the whole, I am not generally known as someone who can stop a ball dead on the greens – but on more than one occasion with this ball I have stuck a full-blooded pitching / sand wedge onto the green, and, miracle of miracles, the ball has bounced, checked, and spun back 5 or 6 feet! A rare sight indeed, and one which instantly made me very, very proud!

With chips around the green, the ball also checks nicely after landing, adding a further level of control which enhanced my short game further.

On the dancefloor, the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball performs in all the right areas – it feels fantastic when putting, holds it’s line really well and provides excellent feedback up the shaft. It also has the Alignment Integrated Marking sidestamp, allowing you to line up your putts. Little wonder this is one of the best golf balls I’ve putted with.

In terms of durability, this ball may struggle to keep up with other types of power golf ball. After playing one ball for 18 holes (not often that happens…) there were one or two minor scuffs across the face of the ball. I’ve heard other golfers complain that these balls just can’t withstand more than a couple of rounds before becoming unplayable – I can’t agree with this, but I understand where they are coming from – if you’re playing these balls all the time, expect to buy new sleeves / boxes fairly regularly.

Which brings me on to the price of the Titleist Pro V1 golf balls – unfortunately these are amongst the most expensive golf balls on the market, not just within the distance / power golf ball subset. You’ll have to splash out around $30 for twelve brand new balls – a hefty price to pay for a golf ball, but if you love these balls for the reasons I have outlined above, then this may be an ongoing cost you’re willing to accept.

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Do you play with Titleist Pro V1 golf balls?  Feel free to leave your own comments below!

The Titleist NXT golf ball promises extreme distance off the tee with a straight flight, coupled with great golf ball durability.  This ball was released in March 2010, so is a relative newcomer to the power golf ball category.

The features of this golf ball include:

  • A high velocity, low spin, solid polybutadiene core
  • A durable cut-proof ionomer cover
  • An advanced dimple design
  • An Alignment Integrated Marking sidestamp

The sidestamp on the golf ball really helps me to line up my putts, as I sometimes have trouble striking the ball towards my predefined target.  It is a really nice touch, and one which is now becoming increasingly popular with other power golf balls, due to the assistance it provides on the putting surface for those who may struggle with their alignment.

The Titleist NXT golf ball is softer than other balls available, with a real feeling of compression off the tee.  I also feel more able to manipuate this ball with draws and fades (at least when it comes off!!) and am able to generate a good degree of spin with my shorter irons, adding a level of control to my approach shots.

What does all this mean for the golfer?  Well, the Titleist NXT golf ball WILL give you greater distance off the tee and on those mid to long iron approach shots to the green.  You’ll also find that it has a soft feel too.  Couple this with the fact that the cut-proof cover will give a longer life to the golf ball, and you have a formula for a power golf ball which falls firmly into the category of “up there with the best”.

The one drawback with this golf ball?  Nothing to do with the ball itself, but expect to pay out more than the average price for these balls.  But at the end of the day, you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for, and these power golf balls are definitely amongst the highest quality you’ll play a round of golf with.

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Do you play with Titleist NXT golf balls?  Feel free to leave your own comments below!