Titleist Pro V1X Vs. Titleist Tour Soft Golf Balls Comparison Overview

For some people (ourselves included) a real deal breaker when it comes to golf balls is cover material. We personally favor balls with urethane covers 9 times out of 10.

There are some composite materials that come close but in our humble opinion, there’s no mistaking the feel of pure urethane.

Urethane is super-thin, soft and responsive. But we are always open to having our minds changed. That’s why we went out and tested a tour-grade urethane ball next to a premium grade composite cover material.

Titleist Pro V1X Golf Balls Overview

The Titleist Pro V1X sport a thin urethane cover and have become darlings on the PGA Tour for good reason.

Mainly because they perform from tee to pin. It should be noted that you will need a fast swing speed from the tee as these balls have a compression rating in the high 90’s.

But when you pure these balls, there is no mistaking the soft feedback you get from the urethane cover.

While the cover material may not make much difference on the tee; it makes a world of difference off the deck and on the green.

We really like how well these balls respond to your most subtle swing nuances whether you’re attacking an approach from 150 yards out or chipping it in.

The long-game spin rates of these balls is also incredibly low while you get moderate spin around the green.

Titleist Tour Soft Golf Balls Overview

The Tour Soft balls combine an exceptionally large core with a soft cover material that almost plays as well as urethane.

We gotta hand it to Titleist for these balls. The composite ionomer cover mimics the feel and responsiveness of urethane very well.

From the tee, these balls have a soft feel and will work better for slower swing speed players with their compression rating of 65.

We were noticing a decent amount of spin whether we wanted it or not off the deck though. The side spin was really hard to check with these balls so distance was a bit compromised with our irons and hybrids.

The Tour Soft balls also performed comparably to the Titleist Pro V1X’s on the green; perhaps even better in fact. Still, the control you get on long and short shots from the fairway with the Titleist Pro V1X’s cannot be denied. The Tour Soft balls come close; but don’t quite get there.

Titleist Pro V1X Quick Facts

Compression: 108.4

Cover Material: Urethane

How Many Pieces: 4-Piece

Core Material: Dual-Core

Dimple Type: Spherically-tiled tetrahedral (348)

Spin Level: Low

Best Suited for: Low handicappers

Titleist Tour Soft Quick Facts

Compression: 65

Cover Material: Ionomer

How Many Pieces: 2-Piece

Spin: Mid/Low

Core Material: Unknown

Dimple Type: Spherically Tile (342)

Performance Off the Tee

The better testers in our party were getting average drive distances of about 195 but they were topping out at 209!

The Titleist Pro V1X balls don’t produce much side spin off the tee which allowed for piercing trajectories that didn’t fly too high either.

Performance from the Rough

We were seeing low trajectory shots from the rough which is a good and bad thing.

It’s bad when you need to get over hazards but good for staying under trees and trying to avoid the wind.

Performance from the Fairway

We really liked the low, piercing trajectory of the Titleist Pro V1X balls with our long irons and hybrids.

Better players will be able to backspin these balls sublimely while being able to avoid low rises.

Performance Off the Tee

The Titleist Tour Soft actually played quite long off the tee.

The larger core made sure that no energy was lost even on faster swings and the spin rate off the tee was much lower than around the greens too.

Performance from the Rough

This is where we struggled a bit with these balls.

The ionomer cover tends to bury itself in particularly tall rough.

Performance from the Fairway

The Titleist Tour Soft balls played pretty well from the fairway and gave pretty good bounce on long approaches, reacting well on the 2nd or 3rd bounce.

Titleist Pro V1X Selling Points

  • Great for fast swing speed players
  • Good greenside spin
  • Low long-game spin
  • Urethane cover
  • Feels great
  • Low trajectory

Titleist Pro V1X Cons

  • Bad for beginners
  • You need a fast swing speed
  • Very firm
  • Not very durable

Titleist Tour Soft Selling Points

  • Large core
  • Good for fast swing speeds
  • Thin cover
  • Plays longer
  • Has a more premium feel
  • Good flight

Titleist Tour Soft Cons

  • More expensive
  • 2-piece design
  • Only available in 2 colors
  • Loses its line

Who are the Titleist Pro V1X Balls for?

The Titleist Pro V1X are certainly for low handicap players who want a combination of distance and short-game control.

Keep in mind that these balls have a ridiculously high compression which will surely affect the feel from tee to pin. If you have a good swing speed though, this should be no problem.

How are They With Short Irons?

We are extremely biased towards urethane as a ball cover material. Urethane gives you an unmatched feel and softness that really comes into play when you’re dealing with a ball as firm as the Titleist Pro V1X – especially with short irons.

You get to work the ball deftly with these balls thanks to the high compression core and urethane cover.

On the Green

The roll control is there with  these balls although we would say that they feel a bit dead off the putter face.

Overall Rating: 98/100

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Who Are The Titleist Tour Soft Balls For?

The Titleist Tour Soft balls are truly premium category balls and would work best with single digit handicaps.

More importantly, if you are swinging around 95+ MPH from the tee then you will absolutely love these balls.

Even though they have a 2-piece construction and lack a urethane cover, they yield excellent distance with fast swings.

How Are They With Short Irons?

The feedback and response of the Titleist Tour Soft balls with short irons was comparable to that of the Bridgestone E12 Soft balls.

The cover is a bit thinner than the Bridegstone balls so you get excellent feel so long as your short irons are decent.

Whether you need to work the ball on a tricky green or bite down on a fast one with some back spin, you will find that the Titleist Tour Soft can accommodate.

On The Green

You will have to get used to the Titleist Tour Soft balls a bit on the green.

They have sort of the opposite problem that the Bridgestone E12 Soft balls have in that they make you work for it if you need extended roll.

Still, the other performance factors more than make up for this shortcoming.

Overall Rating: 95/100

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