Titleist Tour soft vs Pro V1

Titleist Tour Soft vs Titleist Pro V1 [Golf Ball Review & Comparison]

The golf ball is only piece of equipment you use on every shot, so choosing a ball that builds confidence and consistency will ultimately lead to you lowering your scores. So have Titleist got it right with the new Tour Soft in terms of all-around performance? The Titleist Tour Soft golf ball replaces its predecessor the NXT and continues the trend in ball technology as manufacturers strive to make the cores as big as possible and the cover thin and soft to effectively produce a long ball that has a lot of grip. However soft doesn’t always mean control so let’s see how this new ball from Titleist stacks up against the Pro V1.

Titleist Tour Soft vs. Pro V1 – So, which golf ball is better for your game? If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Titleist Pro V1 that delivers comparable ball attributes, sadly the Tour Soft is not for you. Although cheaper, better golfers will be disappointed with the overall stopping power and high ball flight.  Pro V1 still delivers a superior performing ball. Below we will look at this in more depth.

Titleist Tour Soft vs. Titleist  Pro V1: Comparison Table

Titleist Tour Soft
Winner
Titleist Pro V1
Titleist Tour Soft Golf Balls, White (One Dozen)
Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls, White, Low Numbers 1-4 (One Dozen)
Two Piece 4CE grafted cover
Three piece Fusablend cover, dual core
60 compression – Low
90 compression – High
Suits golfers with an average swing speed of less 85mph
Suits golfers with an average swing speed of 95+mph
Golfers with a driving distance of 160 to 200 yards (Carry + roll)
Golfers with a driving distance of 180 + yards (Carry + roll)
Soft feel with a high flight off the tee and adequate green side spin
Soft feel with penetrating ball flight and superior green side spin
Matte white, Yellow
Premium price
Mid range Price bracket
Matte white, Yellow
Titleist Tour Soft
Titleist Tour Soft Golf Balls, White (One Dozen)
Two Piece 4CE grafted cover
60 compression – Low
Suits golfers with an average swing speed of less 85mph
Golfers with a driving distance of 160 to 200 yards (Carry + roll)
Soft feel with a high flight off the tee and adequate green side spin
Matte white, Yellow
Mid range Price bracket
Winner
Titleist Pro V1
Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls, White, Low Numbers 1-4 (One Dozen)
Three piece Fusablend cover, dual core
90 compression – High
Suits golfers with an average swing speed of 95+mph
Golfers with a driving distance of 180 + yards (Carry + roll)
Soft feel with penetrating ball flight and superior green side spin
Premium price
Matte white, Yellow

Titleist Tour Soft Review

Pros

  • Good Distance
  • Price
  • High ball flight for extra carry

 

Cons

  • Iron shots not as penetrating
  • Lacks greenside feel
  • Could feel too soft for some players

 

Review

The Titleist Tour Soft golf ball is constructed with Titleist’s largest core ever, to provide excellent distance comparable to any distance ball, and a 4CE grafted cover to provide a very responsive feel.

The spherically-tiled 342 cuboctahedron dimple design delivers a consistently high ball flight especially with the driver, whilst spin rates are reduced on longer shots. Around the greens the Tour Soft feels really soft, and delivers adequate spin and control that the mid handicapper will appreciate.

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Titleist  Pro V1 Review

Pros

  • Exceptional feel
  • Short-game performance
  • Improved distance technology

Cons

  • Durability
  • Price
  • Suited for faster swing speeds

 

Review

The Titleist Pro V1 still delivers on overall performance and is clearly still the best premium ball on the market.

Extraordinary distance, very low long game spin, and a penetrating ball flight are the reasons better players don’t mind paying top price for the Pro V1. The new 2019 model has been designed to create even more ball speed off the face and more stopping power around the greens.

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Titleist Tour Soft vs Titleist  Pro V1

Off the tee

Very different flights off the driver with The Pro V1 delivering a more penetrating ball flight that better players with appreciate. The Tour Soft is designed to fly high and maximise carry for slower swing speeds.  Both balls offer lower spin rates off the driver and although the Tour Soft does feel incredibly soft, the majority of golfers will still prefer the unmatched feel of the Pro V1.

Distance

For faster swing speeds the Titleist Pro V1 will go further and off every club in the bag. For the mid handicapper with a slower swing speed, the Tour Soft flies higher to promote carry and will add some distance to your game specifically with the driver and utilities.

Feel and greenside control

There isn’t a lot of comparison here as the Pro V1 out performs the Tour Soft in over all grip and stopping power. This is very noticeable when playing wedge shot approaches as the Tour Soft rolls out a lot more in comparison. The Tour Soft certainly feels softer at impact but this doesn’t equate to more spin and control.

Durability

The ProV1’s new cover technology is significantly better than they used to be, and contact marks don’t appear as quickly, but the better player will still probably only get 1 or 2 rounds out of a ball as opposed to around 3 for the Tour Soft which has a slightly more resilient 4CE grafted cover .

Workability

One of the real performance benefits of playing the Titleist Pro V1 is the ability to shape shapes and alter ball flights according the wind. The Tour Soft is more of a control ball designed to deviate less on poorly struck shots and ultimately carry longer because of a much higher ball flight. Because of this the ability to shape a shot is greatly reduced.

Price

Pro V1’s are priced as a premium ball in the top bracket whereas the Tour Soft is top end mid range.

Titleist Tour soft review

Conclusion

Titleist Tour Soft vs. Titleist Pro V1: And the winner is…

For the golf connoisseur who doesn’t mind paying for the privilege, the Titleist Pro V1 is superior in every way, except in durability and of course price.

Titleist have marketed the Tour Soft to a wider cross over audience than the Pro V1 in terms of ability and is aimed primarily at the mid to low handicapper. At this cross over point, I feel the better player will still prefer the Pro V1 due to much better performance around the greens and overall stopping power.

Although noticeably much softer, the Titleist Tour Soft definitely rolls out more on iron shots and I think players will be disappointed with this, and possibly confused because the ball is so soft. The Tour Soft may suit players who lack swing speed as the lower compression and dimple design promote a higher ball flight and this can be confidence building.

Both balls offer comparable low spin rates from distance and off the tee but overall the better player will still choose the Pro V1.

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