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Titleist golf ball education is rooted in the basis that all Titleist balls are long and that round analysis shows more shots are to the green than from the tee. Proper fitting includes all shots and should focus first on shots to the green. The initial selection process asks the golfer about his or her playing characteristics and provides a recommended and alternative ball. The on-course evaluation is green-to-tee in its comparison process. Golfers should compare balls first on partial-swing shots hit into and around the green, followed by full-swing iron shots and finally hitting from the tee with the driver. This methodology determines the best-performing ball for a golfer's total game. Final selection is made by the golfer based on the performance during the on-course evaluation.
The best way to compare balls is on the course, using the Evaluation Scorecard to track performance differences. These differences are measurable through score, greens hit in regulation, proximity to the hole and fairways hit. The process can be conducted during a normal round of play. Another option is to play one model ball for nine holes and do the same with the secondary recommendation on the back nine. Additionally, feel preference is a part of the evaluation process as it relates to confidence in shotmaking ability. If both balls perform equally during your evaluation, consider taking a more in-depth on-course evaluation using the Advanced Scorecard found at Titleist.com.
KEYS TO LOWER SCORES
Shooting lower scores begins with playing the same model of ball every round. Since balls have meaningful performance differences, especially on shots to the green, golfers need to know what the ball will do when they hit their shot correctly. Eliminating the variable of differences in ball performance by playing the same model every round will help you hit more greens in regulation and provides you the best opportunity to lower your score. Every green hit in regulation can save you almost two strokes.
SWING SPEED AND THE ABILITY TO PLAY PRO V1 OR PRO V1x
Pro V1 and Pro V1x are Titleist's tour-performance golf balls, designed for all swing speeds. Differences between models off the driver for swing speeds ranging from tour players (near 110 mph) down to lower-speed players (in the 80s) are four to five yards. Game-changing differences are found on the scoring shots into and around the green, and the Pro V1 and Pro V1x offer the most performance control on all shots.
COMPRESSION AND PERFORMANCE
Compression should not be a factor in determining the best ball for you. In fact, no single element of design can be used by itself to predict performance or the best fit. The Titleist line has a range of compressions and all are long at all swing speeds. Finding the best ball should be results-focused.