Kirkland Signature is the high-quality house brand of the wholesale retail giant, Costco. Titleist is one of the leading golf manufacturers in the business. Acushnet, the parent company of Titleist, and Costco had a legal battle about the design similarities of the Pro V1 and the Kirkland Signature golf ball. The case was settled out of court but the Kirkland Signature must have a pretty good design if Acushnet was willing to sue them.
The Pro V1 is arguably the best golf ball that money can buy, and the Kirkland Signature is a very good value for money golf ball. Let’s do a thorough review and comparison of both of these golf balls in order to find out just how similar these two golf balls really are.
The Pro V1 is the #1 golf ball in golf and it is set to emerge victorious in this battle, but the Kirkland Signature with its affordable price tag is set to be a worthy competitor. But speculation won’t help, let’s take a closer at both golf balls and let’s also see how they compare in terms of distance, greenside control and feel, durability and price.
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Kirkland Signature vs Titleist Pro V1: Comparison Table
Titleist Pro V1
Kirkland Signature Review
- The Kirkland Signature features a low compression elastic rubber core which promotes high ball speeds and maximum distance
- Durable urethane cover system
- Great feel on and around the greens
- 338 dimple pattern which promotes a penetrating ball flight
- Speed boosting mantle that ensures low long iron spin and high short iron spin
- Very affordable price tag
- The Kirkland Signature golf ball doesn’t have the same brand recognition as Titleist
- It has a high compression of 96, players with slow swing speeds will be better off with a mid/low compression golf ball
The mantle of this low-cost golf ball interacts with its soft durable Polyurethane cover system which optimizes spin, the result is low long iron spin and high short iron spin.
The Kirkland Signature features 338 dimples, this dimple design promotes a low penetrating ball flight, this ball flight is particularly effective in windy conditions.
The 96 compression of this golf ball is high, slow swinging players will be better off with a mid/low compression golf ball. The Kirkland Signature might not be well known, but this low-cost golf ball offers great value for money.
Titleist Pro V1 Review
- The Pro V1 is the #1 ball in golf and it is the golf ball of choice for some of the world’s best players including Justin Thomas, Adam Scott and Tony Finau
- The Pro V1 offers exceptional soft greenside control and feel
- The Pro V1 also maximizes distances, the design reduces spin rates, especially with long irons and woods which ensures added distance
- The 352 spherically tilled dimple design of the Pro V1 promotes a penetrating ball flight
- The Pro V1 is extremely durable, this is as a result of its high-quality Thermoset Urethane Elastomer cover system
- The Pro V1 is a premium golf ball with an above-average price tag
- The Pro V1 features a fairly high compression of 90, slow swinging players will be better off by using a low compression golf ball
The 2019 Pro V1 features a new Next Generation 2.0 ZG Process core, the design of this core maximizes distance by reducing spin rates and it also ensures increased ball speeds off of the clubface.
Ball speeds are further enhanced with the help of a responsive isomeric casing layer. The 352 spherically tilled dimple design of the Pro V1 promotes a penetrating ball flight, players seeking a lower ball flight will benefit greatly from this.
A good durable cover is a must for any golf ball, and the Thermoset Urethane Elastomer cover system is exactly that, it also ensures exceptional soft feel. The new Pro V1 is also available in a tour yellow cover option.
The premium Pro V1 is expensive, but it is definitely worth the spend. Players with below-average swing speeds might want to consider playing with a low compression golf ball. The 90 compression Pro V1 will be more efficient when used by a player with a higher swing speed.
Kirkland Signature vs Titleist Pro V1
Both the Pro V1 and the Kirkland Signature have design features that maximize distance. The Kirkland Signature features an elastic core and a mantle in its design which maximizes distance. The core and the isomeric casing layer of the Pro V1 along with its dimple pattern ensure maximum distance.
The distance battle is a close one but the advanced new Next Generation 2.0 ZG Process core of the Pro V1 gives it the edge in terms of distance.
Greenside Control and Feel
The Pro V1 is known for its exceptional greenside control and feel. The Kirkland Signature also has design features that promote soft feel on and around the greens. The greenside control and feel of the Pro V1 is as a result of its soft cover system and its low compression core.
The elastic core of the Kirkland Signature promotes soft feel, but its Polyurethane cover system isn’t as soft and forgiving as that of the Pro V1. The Pro V1 is without a doubt the winner in the greenside control and feel battle.
Most golf balls currently available on the market feature durable cover systems. Both the Pro V1 and the Kirkland Signature golf balls feature durable covers.
The durability battle is a close one but the Thermoset Urethane Elastomer cover system of the Pro V1 is slightly more advanced than the Polyurethane cover system of the Kirkland Signature. The #1 ball in golf takes the win in this matchup.
Premium golf balls carry hefty price tags. The Pro V1 is the #1 ball in golf, and it is also one of the most expensive golf balls currently available on the market.
The Kirkland Signature brand is a low-cost brand and it is no different with their golf balls. The affordable, low-cost Kirkland Signature definitely wins the price battle.
Kirkland Signature vs Titleist Pro V1: And the winner is…
The Titleist Pro V1 is the best ball in golf. It offers distance, greenside control, soft feel, durability, and an industry-leading design. The Kirkland Signature was a worthy competitor but not many golf balls can go toe to toe with the Pro V1.