MyGolfSpy Ball Lab is where we quantify the quality and consistency of golf balls. Today, we’re reviewing the 2023 Titleist Pro V1. To learn more about our test process, click here.
About the Titleist Pro V1
If there’s a ball that needs no introduction, it’s the Titleist Pro V1. It’s been the No. 1 ball on the market since it was introduced.
While it’s not unheard for balls produced at Ball Plant 4 in Thailand to occasionally land on U.S. store shelves, all of the balls in our sample were produced at Ball Plant 3 in New Bedford, Mass.
Titleist Pro V1 Construction
The 2023 version of the Titleist Pro V1 remains a three-piece ball with a 388-dimple urethane cover.
On our gauge, the 2023 Titleist Pro V1 has an average compression of 87. That’s a not-so-whopping one point firmer than the previous model, which is to say, it’s functionally the same.
Compression Comparison Chart
We’ve had requests for a standalone compression comparison tool. As it turns out, that tool exists. We created it as part of our Golf Ball Compression FAQ page. At some point, we may merge the two charts but, for now, the plan is to include this chart in future Ball Labs.
Diameter and Weight
All of the balls in our 2023 Titleist Pro V1 conformed to the USGA rules for weight.
Likewise, 100 percent of the sample met our standard for roundness.
Centeredness and Concentricity
With respect to centeredness and concentricity (and the entirety of our visual inspection, for that matter), we found nothing of note or concern.
Core color was consistent across the sample. We didn’t observe any unusual material within the cores.
No notable cover defects were identified.
Pro V1 – Consistency
In this section, we detail the consistency of the 2023 Titleist Pro V1. Our consistency metrics provide a measure of how similar the balls in our sample were to one another relative to all of the models we’ve tested to date.
- Weight consistency for the Pro V1 sample falls within the Average range.
- It’s not the flattest line we’ve seen from Titleist but there aren’t any issues, either.
- Diameter consistency falls within the higher end of the Good range.
- Box 3 was slightly smaller on average and a bit less consistent which likely kept the score out of the Good range.
- Compression consistency falls within the Good range.
- The compression delta across the entire sample was only five points which falls in the top 10 of ball models measured to date.
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.
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.
Titleist (2023) Golf Ball Quality Summary
As has been the case with every Pro V1 (and Pro V1x) model tested to date, the 2023 Pro V1 displays dependable, above-average quality. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Titleist.
- Above-average compression consistency
- Exceptionally tight compression delta
- No bad balls in the sample
- The worst we can say is that the Pro V1 only falls within the Average range for weight and diameter.
The True Price for the 2023 Titleist Pro V1 is $54.99. That’s the same as the retail price.
At the time of testing, the 2023 Titleist Pro V1 receives a Ball Lab score of 85. That’s 12 points better than the current database average of 73 and crosses the threshold for our Ball Lab Quality Award.
It’s the first ball we’ve tested in 2023 to do so.