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As the “No. 1 ball in golf,” the Titleist Pro V1 arguably needs no introduction. It’s a ball that nearly every golfer has played, if only because they’re so popular you can find them – often in bulk – on just about any golf course in the world.
In this report, we’ll give you the rundown on what we learned about the 2019 Titleist Pro V1 in the Ball Lab and let you know how it stacks up against other golf balls on the market. Finally, we’ll give you the True Price – how much it costs to get a dozen good golf balls.
About the 2019 Titleist Pro V1
The Pro V1 is Titleist’s meat-of-the-market Tour ball offering. It’s a three-piece design with a 352-dimple, cast-urethane cover.
On full shots, Titleist classifies the Pro V1 as its mid-launch, mid-spin Tour offering. Keep in mind that, with the exception of its Left Dash Pro V1x, Titleist’s Tour models have a linear performance relationship to one another. Titleist’s AVX is low launch and low spin while the Pro V1x is classified as high launch and high spin. The standard Pro V1 sits in the middle.
The Titleist Pro V1 is made in the USA at the company’s Ball Plant 3 in New Bedford, Mass.
2019 Titleist Pro V1 – Compression
On our gauge, the average compression of the 2019 Titleist Pro V1 is 90. Across the market as a whole, we’d classify that as medium-firm to firm.
Among the balls that receive any consistent play on the PGA TOUR, it trends to the softer side and in any given week it’s likely to be the softest ball in play.
With respect to compression consistency, the 2019 Pro V1 is one of the very few balls that not only rates as good, but pushes close to the boundary of excellent. None of the balls in our sample varied significantly (or much at all, for that matter) from the median compression measurement.
Likewise, when we look at the consistency across the three points measured on each ball, the Pro V1 is among the very best with an average range of fewer than 1.5 compression points.
The 2019 Titleist Pro V1 is among the most consistent balls on the market for compression.
2019 Titleist Pro V1 – Diameter
Relative to the market average, the diameter of the 2019 Titleist Pro V1 is on the smaller side, though it’s close to the average for the Tour ball category.
The data we collected suggest that Titleist doesn’t push the boundaries as much as some of its competitors. None of the balls in our sample set failed the ball track test, meaning 100 percent conform to the USGA’s size rules.
Consistency and Roundness
All of the balls measured met our roundness standard.
While the 2019 Pro V1 doesn’t separate itself from the field with respect to size consistency, there are no red flags either.
2019 Titleist Pro V1 – Weight
None of the balls in our 2019 Titleist Pro V1 sample exceeded the USGA weight limit of 1.620 ounces.
Consistency across our Pro V1 sample set was solidly within the average range.
2019 Titleist Pro V1 – Inspection
With three-pieces balls, off-center cores typically won’t be an issue. Problems will typically manifest in the form of layer concentricity problems.
To that end, we observed a small degree of unevenness in several balls. However, in only one ball was there enough variation that we classified the ball as bad.
Core coloring was exceptionally consistent across all of the samples with no discernible difference between boxes.
In several balls, we noted small pin marks from the painting process. These are common and not expected to cause performance issues.
We also noted a single ball with a minor scratch on the cover but found no significant defects otherwise.
As is typical of three-piece construction, the core is large and makes up the majority of the ball’s diameter. The cast urethane cover is soft and thin, which suggests greenside spin should meet expectations for the category.
True Price is how we quantify the quality of a golf ball. It's a projection of what you'd have to spend to ensure you get 12 good balls.
The True Price will always be equal to or greater than the retail price. The greater the difference between the retail price and the True Price, the more you should be concerned about the quality of the ball.
2019 Titleist Pro V1 Summary Report
To learn more about our test process, how we define “bad” balls and our True Price metric, check out our About MyGolfSpy Ball Lab page.
While our measurements for diameter and weight put the 2019 Titleist Pro V1 in the average to above-average range, it stands out for its compression consistency, which is among the very best of the balls we’ve tested.
While our visual inspection yielded a single bad ball for layer concentricity, our sample suggests the Pro V1 lives up to the billing as a high-quality and consistent golf ball.