Titleist® Pro V1® offers total performance and features long distance, very low long game spin, penetrating flight, Drop-and-Stop™ greenside control and very soft feel.
- Long Distance with Consistent Flight
- Very Low Long Game Spin and Penetrating Trajectory
- Drop-and-Stop™ Short Game Control
- Very Soft Feel
- Soft Cast Urethane Elastomer Cover System
- High-flex Casing Layer
- 2.0 ZG Process Core
- Spherically-Tiled 388 Tetrahedral Dimple Design
A 2.0 ZG Process solid core increases distance.
More Speed. Optimized Spin.
The high-flex casing layer adds speed and lowers long game spin. This highly-resilient, high-speed ionomer was initially developed for and validated by Pro V1x Left Dash.
Soft Cover for Increased Short Game Control.
A soft cast urethane elastomer cover – the softest cover formulation ever used on a Pro V1 – increases greenside spin for more control in the short game.
A spherically-tiled 388 tetrahedral dimple design has been optimized for the Pro V1 to maximize distance while delivering a penetrating and consistent flight.
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Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x are some of the most popular golf balls available. Designed for all golfers, they provide excellent distance and consistency in their flight. Made for golfers with a faster swing speed, the Pro V1x offers a firmer feel and lower spin rate than the Pro V1. Both offer better short game control. Empirical evidence proves that used Pro V1/Pro V1x balls can be sure to experience no loss of performance, distance, or speed. Understand which model might be the right ball for you here.
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Titleist Pro V1 RCT Golf Ball (for Trackman)
Trackman and Titleist have partnered on a new (sorta) golf ball. The Titleist Pro V1 RCT is the first golf ball specifically designed for use with Trackman in an indoor environment.
Let’s back up a bit.
Golf is traditionally, perhaps even fundamentally, a game played outdoors. But, when you consider lessons, fittings, and a fully simulated golf experience, there is inarguably a massive number of shots being hit indoors. It’s also true that we live in the age of data. Very few of us are banging balls for the sake of banging balls. The shots we hit indoors need to be measured, and they need to be measured accurately.
That’s where the Titleist Pro V1 RCT comes in.
Doppler’s Dirty Little Secret
Perhaps it’s unfair to call it a dirty little secret because it’s well-understood across the golf industry that Doppler radar-based launch monitors, most notably (given today’s topic) Trackman, have some issues in limited flight environments. Limited flight is a semi-technical way of describing any hitting situation that involves a screen, a net, or anything else (other than a tree) that impedes the flight of a golf ball.
The specific problem is that Dopper-based systems like Trackman struggle to accurately capture the spin axis and spin rates when they can’t track the full flight of the golf ball. This is particularly true for high-speed, low-spin golfers.
I’m guessing some of you probably didn’t know that.
That’s not to say radar is never right indoors or that the accuracy can’t be improved by affixing aluminum dot stickers to the golf ball and aligning it to the target, but indoors, radar has issues. And that thing is, when you’re not getting spin axis values (effectively the curvature of the golf ball) or spin rates correctly, other metrics like height, descent angle, carry, and total distance aren’t being calculated correctly either. That makes it pretty much impossible to know exactly what the ball did.
In teaching situations where you’re often more interested in the swing than the ball flight or for your virtual round at Pebble Beach, misreads aren’t a big deal. My swing coach (poor bastard) uses Trackman indoors, and it gives us absolutely everything we need to improve my game, but in fitting and research environments, filtering the noise caused by bad spin data can be a challenge, and failure to do so can lead to bad insights and recommendations.
While this may be the first you’re hearing of it, this isn’t new information, but the advent of the Pro V1 RCT certainly represents the most public acknowledgment of the problem I’ve seen to date.
Titleist Pro V1 RCT Golf Ball
The solution to Trackman’s indoor spin problem is the Titleist Pro V1 RCT golf ball. RCT stands for Radar Capture Technology.
The Pro V1 (and Pro V1x) RCT is the result of a 2-year research and development collaboration between Trackman and Titleist. Very simply, the Titleist Pro V1 RCT replaces the aluminum sticker on the exterior of the golf ball with what Titleist calls a radar reflective mark underneath the cover of the ball. That radar reflective mark is actually a kind of ink on the casing layer. It not only removes the need for a sticker but also eliminates the need to orient the ball in any specific direction. When used with the Titleist Pro V1 RCT, not only is Trackman more accurate than when using a sticker (and way more accurate than when not), Trackman says the Pro V1 with RCT makes its Trackman 4 system more accurate than anything on the market right now.
Bold statement. Love it.
For its part in this, Titleist says that extensive testing with the Pro V1 RCT has shown Trackman can accurately capture spin more than 99% of the time.
Hands-on with the RCT
I had a chance to hit 75 or so shots with the RCT balls in a Trackman simulator environment. Anecdotally, spin capture was significantly improved. I didn’t get a single italicized spin reading. In the Trackman world, italics indicates an estimate as opposed to a measurement. In a typical session, I’ll encounter several italicized spin numbers so, either Trackman has rolled out a font update, or it’s more accurately capturing spin rates with the Titleist Pro V1 RCT. I’m betting it’s the latter.
There were a couple of drives (high toe shots – it’s always the high toe miss for me) where what I felt (a low spin sweeping toe draw) didn’t agree with what Trackman spit out (very high spin push slice). Feelings aren’t facts, however, so while I’m not entirely convinced the spin axis issues have been resolved completely, I won’t be certain until I can do some head-to-head comparisons with the GCQuad.
For now, let’s accept that the Titleist Pro V1 RCT can dramatically improve the accuracy of Trackman in limited flight environments. That’s obviously a big deal, but a secondary benefit of RCT is that it reduces the flight distance required to capture data reliably by 25%-30%. With the Pro V1 RCT, Trackman can get good spin data with as little as 8 feet of flying distance.
More accurate data with less space required. That’s a good thing.
Titleist Pro V1 RCT Technology
As far as the ball itself is concerned, There’s no RCT-specific mixture or chemistry. Every RCT starts as a mainline Pro V1 (or Pro V1x). Balls are diverted long enough for the radar reflective mark to be printed on the casing layers before applying the covers. The only thing the mark impacts is the weight of the golf ball, but the additional mass is so insignificant that RCT-infused Pro V1s still fall within Titleist’s standard tolerances for weight. Effectively that means you should expect Titleist Pro V1 RCT balls to perform identically to their mainstream counterparts. It’s worth noting that RCT balls are not only USGA conforming; no separate entry is required on the conforming list. The USGA considers the RCT version to be the same as the current retail Pro V1.
Trackman Tweaks and What’s In it For You
To maximize the benefits of the Pro V1 RCT, Trackman had to tweak its algorithms to work with an embedded mark (as opposed to a sticker). Support for RCT was rolled out with version 2.2 of Trackman’s firmware, so Trackman owners will want to install the update. Seriously, do it now.
It should be obvious what Trackman’s angle is here. The Titleist Pro V1 RCT and the related software upgrade address (and presumably fix) a significant weakness in its system. If the ball works as advertised, it brings the indoor playing field closer to level while further widening the gap between Trackman and its radar-based competition. The Pro V1 RCT also makes Trackman’s launch monitors inherently better for its indoor userbase. Happy customers are often repeat customers.
Forward-thinking a bit, if Trackman ever decides to enter the rapidly-growing consumer market, it would have an immediate and significant leg-up on its tiny doppler-based competition.
And about that competition …
In talking with both Titleist and Trackman, my sense is that both have been so focused on getting RCT technology dialed-in that neither has had much time to test the ball with competing devices. The belief is that RCT golf balls will likely improve the accuracy of other Doppler-based devices, though now would probably be a good time to point out that not all doppler is the same.
Without a complete understanding of exactly how RCT works, Trackman believes it will be difficult for its competitors to achieve anything close to the 99% spin capture rate with their systems. Still, RCT will likely improve the accuracy of those devices, even without software updates. Ultimately, the Pro V1 RCT could help golfers get more out of the radar-based personal launch monitors they already own.
What’s In It For Titleist
For Titleist, the value of the partnership is a little less clear. Realistically, it’s only going to sell a few thousand dozen Pro V1 RCTs a year. Even at $64.99 a box, that’s not going to shift its bottom line. That’s especially true given the technology has been engineered to return accurate spin data even after hundreds of shots. The balls are designed to last, and given the intended use, very few RCTs are likely to be dunked in water hazards.
There is something to be said for what Titleist’s VP of Marketing for Golf Balls, Jeremy Stone, describes as “flattening the seasonality of our business.” Basically, RCT gives Titleist ball fitters in cold weather climates the ability to fit year-round. As much as anything else, however, Stone says Titleist took on the RCT project because it likes challenges.
“The Pro V1 RCT showcases the strength of our research and development team and speaks to what goes into every Titleist golf ball,” says Stone.
The subtext there is that perhaps golfers don’t always appreciate ball technology as much as they do club technology. The RCT project provided an opportunity to show that Titleist is an innovator capable of creating products that advance the entire industry.
A golf ball that can deliver near-100% accuracy in indoor Trackman environments has never existed before. Given the popularity of Trackman, it seems inevitable that it will have a meaningful impact.
There are perhaps what I guess we can call psychological implications as well. It’s a safe bet that not everyone will be overtly aware of the Pro V1 RCT, but the reality is that, as of November 3rd, there’s a new standard in indoor fitting with Trackman. If you’re a fitter and you’re not (or if you’re a golfer whose fitter isn’t) using a Titleist Pro V1 RCT, you’re not getting the most accurate data out of Trackman. To best ensure the accuracy of Trackman indoors, the ball needs to be a Titleist.
In a perfect world, every golfer would get fitted for clubs using the ball they play every day. In our imperfect world, at a minimum, fitters should use the best available tools to get the best possible results for their customers. Assuming the Pro V1 RCT works as advertised, it absolutely should be one of those tools. Incidentally, while it might be a bit uncomfortable, this is almost certainly true for Titleist’s competitors as well. Trackman launch monitors in indoor hitting bays across Carlsbad will work better when the Titleist Pro V1 RCT is the ball being hit.
Only a Matter of Time?
We’ve noted countless times that golf is a copycat business, so it’s likely only a matter of time before one or more of Titleist’s competitors develops a version of the radar ball. The advantage for Titleist is that it worked directly with Trackman to develop technology specifically for that system. For its part, Trackman developed software to work specifically with Titleist’s RCT. I’d also wager there’s some contractually guaranteed exclusivity attached, so, in the short-term anyway, similar partnerships are unlikely.
It’s also worth mentioning that Titleist has several patents pending and some other trade secrets intended to give it absolute freedom to operate (presumably alone) in this particular space for the next little while.
In today’s golf equipment space, it’s exceedingly rare for any equipment brand to offer a market exclusive, but when it comes to precision indoor fittings with Trackman, for now anyway, Titleist is the only game in town. For Titleist, Trackman, and thousands of golfers who cross paths with Trackman launch monitors indoors, that’s no small thing.
Titleist Pro V1 RCT Availability and Pricing
Initially, retail availability of Titleist Pro V1 RCT (including Pro V1x RCT) will be limited to North America and Europe. Titleist hopes to have global availability in Q2 of 2022. Likewise, while Titleist’s indoor fitters will have RCT versions of both AVX and the Pro V1x Left Dash in their toolbox, neither will be available at retail – at least not at launch.
Titleist RCT balls will be sold through Titleist.com and by special order from any Titleist account. Some specialty retailers may choose to stock the ball, but you certainly won’t find it on most retail shelves.
Retail price for Titleist Pro V1 RCT and Pro V1x RCT golf balls is $64.99/dozen. Availability begins November 3rd.
For more information, visit Titleist.com.
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ClubTest First Look: Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x Radar Capture Technology (RCT) golf balls
By: Jonathan Wall
For the last few years, TrackMan Golf — one of the leading launch monitors in the industry — attempted to solve an issue that was more annoying than troubling. Its doppler-based launch monitor was initially created as an outdoor product that could track a golf ball downrange and deliver near-instantaneous results, but as golfers continued to take their fittings indoors, the developer started to notice a problem.
“We could measure spin all the way outdoors, but indoors it would only measure spin for the first 1 second of ball flight unless you marked the golf ball,” said Matt Frelich, TrackMan’s vice president of sales and business development. “The idea of measuring all of the parameters in an indoor bay was a key because that’s where a lot of fittings are done these days.”
Aluminum foil disks were initially affixed to the ball to estimate spin, but the disks had some downsides. They weren’t durable enough to handle more than a few shots, and they had to be oriented a certain way on every shot so the doppler unit could pick up the ball. Fitters found them cumbersome, and as TrackMan units started to find their way into homes of recreational golfers, the disks wound up being affixed improperly, resulting in inaccurate indoor numbers.
“Spin is important for predicting how far a ball will go in the air,” Frelich said. “We can measure the launch speed, launch angle, launch direction, but without spin, the accuracy of downrange prediction is not so great. The role of the fitter having to orient the ball so the sticker can spin around the spin axis — that’s the only way we can measure it in an indoor setting. If the spin axis is tilted, that sticker goes to the ear of the ball and they can no longer see it. Sometimes the sticker falls off. How do we make this easier for fitters, but also all of the consumers at home?”
In other words, TrackMan needed a solution. So they reached out to someone who could help: Titleist.
“TrackMan came to us several years ago and said, we have the sticker on the golf ball — a reflective dot — to capture data, but we’d like to research if there’s a way to make the indoor fitting experience more efficient and effective,” said Titleist golf ball product manager Michael Fish. “From our side, we were interested. We started working on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to create this new technology that would allow for indoor spin capture, as opposed to estimated spin capture if you didn’t put a dot on the ball or having to orient the dot each time you hit a ball downrange.”
The end result from the two-plus-year collaborative process is a golf ball that solves the indoor spin issues and eliminates the pesky adhesive disks altogether. Titleist’s new Pro V1 and Pro V1x Radar Capture Technology (RCT) golf balls look and perform like your standard Tour-quality pellet — with a new wrinkle that can only be seen when the cover has been removed.
The wrinkle is a silver, dual path reflective spin marker printed directly onto the casing layer that improves TrackMan’s spin detection algorithm — particularly for high ball speed/low spin rate scenarios — and requires less ball flight to measure spin rate. While the spin marker looks like a simple addition to the ball, it took Titleist’s R&D team months to refine the design.
“The first prototype marker we made lasted for one shot and then it was gone,” said Titleist’s Matt Hogge. “That’s when we knew we had our work cut out for us. The good thing is, our experience in printing golf balls and the team that we have here, with the coatings and chemistry mindset, we began to rapidly create prototypes, screening chemistries that would give us this radar reflective mark.”
Titleist initially seeded the product last year with 20 accounts to get an idea of how it would perform in an indoor environment. More than 50,000 shots were recorded with the balls from late November until February to see how they held up in a “live” situation.
“When we looked at the numbers, we noticed there was an 85 percent signal capture,” Hogge said. “We said, great, but it’s not good enough. We were really looking for upwards of 95 percent.”
After making some modifications to the reflective marker, Titleist achieved an indoor spin capture to within 15 RPMs of TrackMan’s outdoor numbers. In terms of percentages, the Pro V1 and Pro V1x RCT balls are 99 percent accurate in measuring spin decay in an indoor setting. Not only is the ball accurate, but the reflective design also allows it to be non-oriented, meaning golfers “can rake one ball over and hit a shot.”
“We wanted the ball to have the same feel as if you’re testing on an outdoor range,” Hogge said. “Golfers get into a routine and just start raking the ball over and hitting. There’s a rhythm to the process, and we didn’t want to mess with that rhythm.”
While golfers should expect the same performance and feel from each Pro V1 and Pro V1x RCT ball, Titleist confirmed the indoor-specific balls won’t be found in large quantities on retail shelves.
“We’re not going to have these products stocked in golf shops,” Fish said. “But it’ll be available on Titleist.com and to some of our partners in bulk skews so they can get it in their bays in larger quantities. There’s not going to be a huge display of it at your local golf store, but it will be available for golfers to purchase.”
Titleist’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x Radar Capture Technology (RCT) golf balls will be available Nov. 3 for $64.99 per dozen.
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Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour.
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Titans TrackMan, Titleist team up to create new Pro V1 RCT, Pro V1x RCT
GEAR: Titleist Pro V1 RCT, Pro V1x RCT
PRICE: $64.99 per dozen
SPECS: Three-piece urethane-covered ball (Pro V1) and Four-piece urethane-covered ball (Pro V1x) with radar reflective elements
AVAILABLE: November 3
TrackMan has been one of the most popular brands of radar-based launch monitors for years because its devices are extremely accurate and easy to use. Titleist’s Pro V1 and ProV1x golf balls have been the most-played balls on every professional tour for nearly two decades, as well as the most popular ball among recreational golfers. Now, TrackMan and Titleist have worked together to develop versions of the Pro V1 and Pro V1x that are made to work indoors in golf simulators and hitting bays, the Pro V1 RCT and Pro V1x RCT.
The RCT stands for radar capture technology. It is a technology designed to allow a TrackMan launch monitor to measure the spin rate of shots hit indoors more efficiently and accurately. Ordinarily, fitters attach small silver stickers to a golf ball to measure the spin rate of a shot in an indoor environment. Then players must be sure the stickers are positioned to allow the launch monitor to see them. By measuring the distance and position of the stickers at different times during the first instants after impact, TrackMan can determine the spin rate.
However, the Pro V1 RCT and Pro V1x RCT are designed with a unique printed, silver-toned layer on top of the casing layer of each ball. You can’t see it because it is under the urethane cover, but the TrackMan detects it regardless of how the ball is oriented on the ground before the player hits the shot. Titleist claims that the reflective layer creates 99 percent spin accuracy for TrackMan. That will make things much easier for players and fitters alike.
According to Titleist, the Pro V1 RCT and Pro V1x RCT feel and perform exactly like standard Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls. The Pro V1 has a large core inside a casing layer and is designed to fly lower and generate slightly less driver and long-iron spin than the dual-core, four-piece Pro V1x. The Pro V1x is Titleist’s highest-flying, highest-spinning premium ball. According to the company, if you played a Pro V1 RCT or Pro V1x RCT, you would not notice any difference aside from the unique side stamp.
Titleist understands that this is not going to be a big-selling ball. Still, for fitters trying to help golfers find new clubs at indoor facilities, it could go a long way in replicating outdoor conditions and performance. For teaching pros who work with clients inside during the winter season, it could also be helpful.
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