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In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the 2021 edition of Titleist’s Pro V1x golf ball.
The Pro V1x is the sister model to Titleist’s Pro V1 golf ball; both are well-known and have been regarded as “the #1 ball in golf” for decades.
The Pro V1x has delivered proven performance for amateurs and professionals alike. Compared to the Pro V1, the 2021 version of the Pro V1x is designed to provide a slightly higher spin and trajectory with a slightly firmer feel. Now, with the latest 2021 model, Titleist has improved on the four-piece construction to deliver better performance than ever.
What exactly are the new additions to the 2021 Pro V1x? How does the performance compare to previous iterations? When should the Pro V1x be used over the Pro V1?
Here’s what I’m going to be covering in this review:
- Features & Technologies
- Tee-To-Green Performance
- Where To Buy These Balls Online
Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Note: The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing, body and clubs are different, results with a particular golf ball may differ from person to person.
How are the reviews?
The Titleist 2021 Pro V1x is one of the highest-rated golf balls on the market, but it’s not as popular as the Pro V1 because it has a higher compression that demands a higher swing speed.
Nevertheless, it has enjoyed huge success, with average customer ratings that include 5/5 on Rock Bottom Golf, 4.5/5 on Golf Galaxy, and 4.5/5 on eBay. The 2021 Pro V1 also maintains very high ratings from professional critics.
The Pro V1x has been used in pro tournaments by many of the world’s best players including Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Danielle Kang, and Adam Scott.
What People Like
- control and spin around the greens is unmatched
- better, softer feel and more spin than the previous iteration Pro V1x
- premium construction
- holds greens very well on approach shots
- very long off the tee
What People Don’t Like
- demands a high swing speed in order to get a good compression on the ball
What are the features?
Titleist’s 2021 Pro V1 ball has a pretty high compression rating, but the compression of the 2021 Pro V1x is even higher. What this means is that only golfers with high swing speeds will be able to realize its full potential.
In contrast to the three-piece construction of the Pro V1, the Pro V1 ball has a four-piece construction consisting of a:
- 2.0 ZG Process dual core: reformulated for 2021 to squeeze out more distance, this is made of a softer inner core and stiffer outer core, technically counting as two pieces.
- Resilient, high-flex ionomer casing layer: initially developed for the Pro V1x Left Dash, this produces higher ball speeds and lowers long game spin.
- Cast urethane elastomer cover: the softest cover ever for 2021, this affords maximum short game control and spin around the greens.
Titleist has also introduced a special new aerodynamic dimple design with the 2021 Pro V1x, which is the first since 2011. The spherically tiled 348 tetrahedral dimple design is meant to produce a higher flight than the Pro V1 and maximize distance given the Pro V1x’s unique properties.
The 2021 Pro V1x ball is available in white and yellow, and you can even personalize your ball with custom numbers, text and logos through Titleist.
How does the ball perform from tee to green?
From The Tee
One thing that’s important to note is that while the 2021 Pro V1x is meant to spin more and have a higher ball flight than the Pro V1, both have a fairly low flight and low spin off the tee in absolute terms.
Because the performance between the two models is so similar, not everyone will have results that are consistent with the Pro V1x’s marketing. In fact, some golfers actually get a lower trajectory off the tee compared to the Pro V1, and this usually comes down to their individual swing and how it relates to the properties of the ball.
I personally had mixed results. Ball speed, trajectory and spin with the driver was practically indistinguishable from the Pro V1, but my woods and hybrids were seeing about 100 rpm more spin with a perceptibly higher trajectory.
At the end of the day, your results off the tee will depend on your swing. The Pro V1x delivers exceptional tee performance, no doubt, but you’ll need a club head speed of at least 95 mph to get the most out of it. If you can do that, you’d be hard-pressed to find better results with any other ball, believe me.
On The Approach
With irons, the 2021 Pro V1x tends to put a little more emphasis on spin and trajectory compared to the Pro V1. What this means is that it’s easy to fire at flags, stop the ball dead next to the pin, or zip your shot back in wetter conditions.
For many golfers, this is preferable to having a slightly softer feel and more distance. This, again, makes the Pro V1x better suited for golfers who can generate more club head speed.
Around The Green
The 2021 Pro V1x, for me, was just a dream around the green — so much control and so much spin. My launch monitor tests indicated that the 2021 model spins around 80-100 rpm more on average than the previous generation.
It will come through for you in the most demanding situations, and a skilled golfer will be able to spin the ball from just about any lie.
Like the Pro V1, the Pro V1x rolls very true off the putter face and rewards good strokes. The slightly firmer feel will make it easier for many golfers to get the ball to the hole and not leave it short.
What about feel?
Let’s cut right to the chase: the 2021 Pro V1x has a firmer feel than the 2021 Pro V1, which shouldn’t be surprising. In practical terms, the Pro V1x doesn’t feel like it “hangs” on the face as long, and the impact sound is a little sharper and louder.
This firmer feel is probably most evident in the short game where you don’t compress the ball as much, but you can still tell that you’re hitting a Pro V1x instead of a Pro V1 off the tee too.
Compared to the previous iteration of the Pro V1x, I noticed little to no difference in feel even though there’s a clear difference in spin performance. I didn’t feel like the Pro V1x needed a new feel anyway, so I don’t consider it a negative.
Where should you buy these balls online?
Apart from occasional promotions, the price is pretty much the same everywhere, so where you end up buying will depend on your personal preference and whether you want high numbers, low numbers, or special personalization.
If you’re not buying new, I strongly recommend getting recycled 2021 Pro V1x balls with condition ratings of AAA or above.
AAA can be considered “good” quality, AAAA can be considered “near mint”, and AAAAA can be considered “like new”. A or AA rating balls can have damage that might affect the trajectory or the distance.
You can save quite a bit of money this way — especially if you’re buying in bulk — and you enjoy practically the same performance.
Arguably the best place to find such deals online would be eBay. Be sure to give the listings there a look.
One way to think about the performance of the Titleist 2021 Pro V1x golf ball is to take the 2021 Pro V1, add a bit more spin and a bit more launch, and make the feel a little firmer.
In this case, there is a clear improvement in performance over the previous generation Pro V1x. Many people consider the 2021 model to have a softer feel, but I didn’t notice such a difference in my testing. You may have different results.
The appeal of the Pro V1x continues to be reliable, dependable performance from tee to green, a stellar reputation, and the endorsements it enjoys from so many Tour pros. If your swing speed is high enough and you prefer the Titleist brand, they’re a must-try.
As for whether you should play the Pro V1x or the Pro V1, the best way to figure it out is to simply hit both and see which one gives better results. The differences between them are too subtle to make a recommendation one way or the other.
Thanks for reading this review. Have you hit the 2021 Pro V1x balls yet? What do you think? Go ahead and leave a comment below with your thoughts and experiences.