MyGolfSpy Ball Lab is where we quantify the quality and consistency of golf balls. Today, we’re reviewing the 2022 Titleist Velocity. To learn more about our test process, click here.
Before we dig into our Velocity Lab, some quick housekeeping: We know you’re all looking forward to seeing the 2023 balls tested. To get a broader sample of what you’re likely to find at retail, we space out our orders, which means it takes six to eight weeks or more from start to finish. That process is underway and we hope to start sharing our findings in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we’ve still got a little 2022 inventory to work through.
About the Titleist Velocity
The Titleist Velocity golf ball is designed with a singular purpose. At $29.99 per dozen, it’s one of two Titleist balls with a sub-$30 price point (TruFeel being the other). It’s classified as a high-launch, low-spin ball which is common for two-piece models.
Titleist Velocity Construction
The Titleist Velocity is a two-piece golf ball with an ionomer cover.
The Velocity is produced alongside TruFeel, Tour Soft and Tour Speed at the company’s Ball Plant 2 in North Dartmouth, Mass.
On our gauge, the 2022 Titleist Velocity has an average compression of 84. That places it alongside the Bridgestone TOUR B XS and 2021 MaxFli Tour. It should be noted that, because of the ionomer cover, it’s going to feel quite a bit firmer than urethane balls of similar compression. For the sake of level comparison, other than the Pinnacle Practice, it’s the firmest ionomer ball in our database. In fact, the closest ionomer ball in our database in the 2020 TopFlite Gamer which measures a full 10-points softer.
Your takeaway is that the Velocity is an exceptionally firm golf ball.
We’ve had several requests for a standalone compression comparison tool. As it turns out, that tool already exists. We created 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 samples were found to conform to USGA rules for size and weight.
Additionally, all of the balls in our Titleist Velocity sample met our standards for roundness.
Centeredness and Concentricity
We flagged a single ball for a concentricity defect (significant variation in cover thickness). Otherwise, we found no serious issues within the sample.
Core color was generally consistent across the entire sample.
No cover defects were identified.
Titleist Velocity – Consistency
In this section, we detail the consistency of the 2022 Titleist Velocity. 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.
- At the time of testing, weight consistency for the 2022 Titleist Velocity fell on the higher end of the average range.
- Box 1 was slightly lighter but, generally speaking, the sample met expectations for consistency.
- Diameter consistency also falls in the average range.
- Based on the average diameter of the balls in our sample, we’d classify the Velocity as a “large” ball.
- Compression consistency rates within the average range.
- The compression delta across the sample is 9.5 points
- That’s slightly higher than we’d expect from Titleist but better than most ionomer-covered balls.
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.
The 2022 Titleist Velocity is an average quality ball relative to the market as whole and above average relative to the other ionomer-covered balls we’ve tested. It’s well-suited for budget-conscious golfers looking to maximize distance off the tee.
- Average quality relative to the market as a whole
- Above average quality compared to other ionomer balls
- One ball with a significant concentricity defect
- A single layer defect in the sample
At the time of testing, the 2022 Titleist Velocity receives a Ball Lab score of 76. That’s three points better than the database average (73) at the time of reporting.
That works out to a True Price of $30.85, a three-percent increase over the $29.99 retail price.
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Mike2 weeks ago
Tried this ball out and found it to be very good off driver and very long off irons. Definitely a bit firm but very low spin made it difficult to hold greens even with a 6 iron swing speed of 88mph and normal trajectory. I could see this ball being very good though for quite a large segment of players, just not quite enough control for me.
e kurtz2 weeks ago
Instead of a Compression quality rating (or in addition to), I would like to see the Quality Comparison Tool list the actual compression of the ball when tested. I see these values are listed in the written review, but it would be very helpful to have them all in one place in the Comparison Tool also.
I know that compression values are an inexact science, but if MGS uses the same lab process to determine compression for each ball, there is a baseline consistency of sorts.
Regardless, I always look forward to the next Ball Lab. Thanx for continuing to do them.
Tony Covey2 weeks ago
Hey E – That tool already exists, but it lives by itself as part of our Golf Ball Compression FAQ. You’re not the first to ask for it, so I’ve added it to this post and will include it in all Ball Lab posts moving forward.
RT2 weeks ago
It’s a maybe ball but not yet ! Srixon, Wilson, ,Maxi balls are at the top in this class..
Harry2 weeks ago
I dont buy balls as I find so many like new balls and these are common. I typically play pro v1 but I used these often through the winter and today actually. These are long off the tee and a lower spinning option so if Im slicing this day for some reason, Ill put the pro v’s away and use these. It spins but not like a pro v or multi piece ball and I have no problem getting it to check, but not getting lots of backspin. Good ball. But again, I dont buy them, just have dozens I found. I dont think I would pay the price they are asking for these but if you find one, try it.
Robin2 weeks ago
I wish you would test any of the Saintnine balls they make several types of balls.
FBNG2 weeks ago
Interesting that the older version scored higher. The velocity does come in a lot of colors, unlike the higher priced Titleist offerings.. Have played occasionally when I just wanted to experiment with a distance ball and could be bought as a logo over run for $2. Do go long – but no stopping power. Current ball is Vice Pro Plus – in my top 5 on Ping Ball Fitting App., which reminds me of the old golf ball selector app
Pete A2 weeks ago
I love your site but I can’t understand how you can call these golf ball reviews. They are quality tests. It would be great if these reviews could also offer information on how the ball played, distance, feel, spin, etc.
Kyle2 weeks ago
I agree. This, and other articles like it, are quality audits. Useful information, sure. Certainly helps identify what balls are worth the money when the MFG claims that quality justifies the money. But in terms of performance review, this isn’t that.
Tony Covey2 weeks ago
In Ball Lab, we *review* the quality of the golf balls tested.
In our Robot Ball Tests (https://mygolfspy.com/best-golf-balls-2021/), we *review* the performance attributes of the balls tested.
DaveyD2 weeks ago
It’s a ball I wouldn’t consider, but I’m surprised by the relatively low (for a Titleist product) ranking. As we chug slowly to April 1 and the dropping of the new Snell balls, I’m more than a little curious about the testing results and pricing.
Additionally, the Oncore Vero X2 has me intrigued, having successfully used the X1 the past couple of months.
Mike2 weeks ago
Interesting review. I don’t use these balls but do find quite a few of them, so I know they’re popular. But it’s disheartening to see that a two-piece ionomer ball now retails for $30 a dozen.
It will be curious to see in a few years if the cost of playing golf (& not just clubs) thins out the ranks of current players, especially all the covid-inspired folks who began playing during the pandemic years.
JB2 weeks ago
It is $30 for Titleist two piece ball, not for all balls in that category. I found a new 24 pack of another brand for $9.99 on clearance at Target.
I get what you are saying about Covid push in golf, but you can play expensive golf or you can play golf on a budget. That resides with the person. But let’s face it, golf ain’t cheap. If a person wants a cheap sport, this ain’t it and never will be and Covid didn’t help it with all the demand.
I watch a certain YouTube channel where they shop thrift stores and flea markets. Seen them get someone started in golf with a few hundred dollars and have a really good set of clubs, bag, balls, gloves, tees, even shoes/clothes, etc., plus play at a muni for $25.
Or a person can buy the “best” and be $5,000 into golf quickly, and join a private country club. It all depends.
All about priorities.