Adam Scott and Luke Donald became the first professional golfers to record victories using Titleist’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype golf balls, according to the Massachusetts manufacturer of the spheroids.
A new Pro V1 was the orb of choice for Scott, a four-shot winner Sunday over Ian Poulter in last week’s Australian Masters, while Donald smacked a little dimpled Pro V1x model during his Dunlop Phoenix triumph.
“I put the new Pro V1 in play starting at [World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions earlier this month] and the Singapore Open,” Scott said in a statement from Fairhaven-based Acushnet, the maker of all things Titleist and FootJoy. “I’ve found it a very easy fit into my game, I’ve been very happy with the results, and I’ve played well.”
Scott, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour and No. 5 in the world golf rankings, noted certain characteristics of the ball that suited his game.
“It has a little different trajectory, the spin around the greens gives me the control that I want, and the feel is fantastic,” said Scott, whose caddie — Tiger Woods’ ex-bagman, Steve Williams — hauls his boss’ luggage filled with Titleist goodies.*
Thanks in some part to his new rock, Donald usurped Woods from the No. 2 spot in the rankings with his five-shot, wire-to-wire win in Japan last week. It was the third worldwide W of the season for the former No. 1, who’s now one slot behind Rory McIlroy.
The top-ranked player, coincidentally, announced last month he would end his five-year contract with Titleist, presumably to move to Nike and follow in the footsteps of his BFF, Woods, who left Titleist for the swoosh long ago.
* What’s in Scott’s bag?
- Driver: 910D3 (9.5 degrees)
- Fairway metal: 910F (15 degrees)
- Utility iron: Prototype 712U (19 degrees)
- Irons: 3-9 Titleist MB 710
- Wedges: 48-degree Titleist Vokey Design SM4 pitching, 54-degree Titleist Vokey Design SM4 sand, and 60-degree Titleist Vokey Design SM4 lob
- Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi Long
- Ball: Pro V1 prototype
Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer