Titleist 2023 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls

The reimagined core in Pro V1 promotes more speed and long game spin.

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Titleist’s 2023 Pro V1 and Pro V1x will be available globally on January 25th for $54.99 a dozen. Colors include white (run numbers 1-4 or 5-8 or all the same run numbers 00 or 1-99) and optic yellow (run numbers 1-4).

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The beauty of having a large R&D department (and budget) is the opportunities it provides to push the boundaries of design. In recent years, Titleist has used technologies from its line of cutting-edge CNCPT clubs to take TSR woodworking and T-Series irons to new heights.

On the ball side, custom performance (CPO) options, such as the Pro V1 Left Dot and Pro V1x Left Dash, have allowed Titleist to test new material on the PGA Tour to measure their performance in a competitive setting.

Depending on how they perform, some of the materials inside a CPO could eventually make their way into retail. For example, the basic, high-gradient designs found within 2023 Pro V1 and Pro V1x Inspired by Left Dot and Left Dash.

For those who’ve never heard the term “high rolling” before, it’s a basic build with progressive toughness levels designed to separate the long spin from the spin of the shot game. When paired with the Pro V1 and Pro V1x base designs, the higher gradient can reduce long game spins without changing the zip around the green.

A look at the 2023 Pro V1 three-piece engine.

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It is basically a best of both worlds scenario for golfers.

“We know that gradient is something we can use to get rid of long-game spins,” said Mike Madson, senior director of golf ball research and engineering at Titleist. “Having the right chemistry and process to make it consistent — so that it matches the demand of the golfer on that particular course. And we can make it work for all the different cuts that we’re looking to make. Because you can’t just change one thing without affecting other things, in a sense.”

“High scaling is something that’s been around in Left Dot for a little while now. It’s something we’ve been exploring and feels like we have it right now in place for the Pro V1. That could potentially change the use of Left Dot. We’ll see what the first few months of this year look like and see Whether the new Pro V1 requires, or needs, a revisit is Left Dot.”

with three pieces 2023 Pro V1.0The ball is still designed to generate a more penetrating release, when compared to the Pro V1x, with an improved feel and short game spin. The layer of shell sandwiched between the thermo-molded urethane cap and the high-profile cap helps negate excess spin without negatively affecting spin and control.

A larger inner core helps demolish spinning in the long game.

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Four pieces 2023 Pro V1x It has the same high gradient core material in a dual design. Only instead of a single core found in the Pro V1, the V1x is built around two different cores for a very important reason.

The benefits of higher scaling are the same [Pro V1x] as they are [Pro V1]said Frederic Waddell, director of golf ball product management for Telesist. “But we get there in a slightly different way. The original intent of the dual core was to drive a higher gradient difference within the core. By having two different base materials, you give them two very different chemical processes. The dual core creates that differential to help drive that long game down .”

The size of the inner core has also been increased from 1″ to 1.13″. While this may not sound like a massive increase in size, the expansion translates to 44 percent more material in the center core to reduce long-game spins and improve in-flight stability.

A look at the 2023 Pro V1x four-piece.

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From a flight and spin standpoint, the Pro V1x is designed to launch higher and spin more with irons and pegs than the Pro V1. However, it still delivers low spin at the top of the range.

Since high gradient plays a major role in building both models, Titleist stresses the importance of testing both balls to make sure you’re playing the right one. In the case of Will Zalatoris, he switched from the previous Pro V1 to the 2023 Pro V1x after noticing an increase in driver distance with a more stable ride through the wind.

“We’re seeing a lot of Left Dot players try out the new V,” Waddell said. “A lot of the basic techniques are very similar, but you can benefit from more spin and control on the green. We want players to try both because when you test them, you find the right ball for your game. It might not be the one you played with in the past.”

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Jonathan Wall

Golf.com editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and Managing Editor for Equipment at GOLF.com. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour.

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