Dimples matter, because the more dimples a golf ball has, the more opportunity it has to interact with the air through which it soars. Dimples produce lift, which helps a ball fly higher.
Why does this matter when the “moment of truth” occurs?
The Pro V1: The higher dimple count and three-piece technology will cause the Pro V1 to have a softer feel off the club face, helping it generate more spin and giving it a consistently higher flight.
The Pro V1X:The four-piece construction and fewer dimples of the Pro V1X give a harder feel, lower spin rate, and flatter trajectory. The feel and spin rate are great when you want to check and stop an 8 iron. However, they can negatively impact your game as well. Too much spin can cause the ball to “balloon", meaning you lose distance on every shot because of excessive spin. That is what the Pro V1x helps reduce.
Should I Play with a ProV1 or ProV1X?
The million dollar question, I'm glad you asked! Titleist engineered the ProV1X to combat excessive spin and higher swing speeds. The Pro V1X has fewer dimples, which means it’s engineered for someone with a swing speed above 105 mph who imparts more spin and has a higher ball trajectory because of his or her swing path and the energy released during impact. If you do not have that type of swing speed, the V1X can hinder your game, because it will not produce the correct trampoline effect upon the moment of impact between the club face and ball.
Andrew is 5’10”, weighs 155 pounds, and does not swing over 100 mph (He's not worried, he's got a full head of hair still). Yet he has used the Pro V1X since its debut in 2003 because he has a high ball flight trajectory that he wants to counteract with less spin and more distance. Using the ProV1X means he loses a tiny amount of spin on wedge shots inside 60 yards, but he gets a more consistent trajectory with this particular ball.
Every swing is different and, as we all know as golfers, no single solution cures everything. A golf ball that is engineered for tour-caliber swings may not be the correct ball for your game.
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