Again in 2019, when Will Zalatoris was grinding by way of the Korn Ferry Tour ranks, he switched right into a Titleist Professional V1 golf ball mannequin that was launched that 12 months.
Since then, Zalatoris has established himself as one of many world’s greatest ball strikers. The reigning FedEx St. Jude Championship winner is at the moment No. 7 on the Official World Golf Rating. Issues have actually modified for Zalatoris since 2019, however his golf ball stayed the identical. Till this 12 months.
Zalatoris used the Professional V1 ’19 golf ball from 2019 till the top of 2022. Then at this month’s Sentry Match of Champions, he lastly switched it up.
Titleist formally launched its new 2023 Titleist Professional V1 and Professional V1x golf balls to PGA TOUR gamers finally fall’s Shriners Kids’s Open, and in line with Titleist, the newly introduced golf balls are designed with a brand new high-gradient core to supply decrease spin on lengthy photographs, and extra stability whereas flying by way of the air. Between the 2 fashions, the 2023 Professional V1 is designed to be barely decrease spinning and decrease flying than the Professional V1x.
Zalatoris first tried out Titleist’s new 2023 golf balls throughout an early-December testing session at TPI (Titleist Efficiency Institute) in Oceanside, California.
Though he was beforehand utilizing a Professional V1 mannequin – which he simply calls “the V” – he discovered the 2023 Professional V1 model to be barely too low on spin. With the 2023 Professional V1x – which he simply calls “the X” – Zalatoris discovered his new golf ball.
“I performed the V for 3 or 4 years, after which switched to the X,” Zalatoris mentioned Wednesday at The American Specific. “The brand new ball is absolutely good by way of the wind … I didn’t actually undergo any deep testing or something. I simply hit a pair photographs downwind, hit a pair photographs into the wind, and simply see which one does what you need it to do.
“(Titleist) gave me the V at first, as a result of I used to be taking part in the V, and my spin charges went down to love 2,000 rpm (with the motive force). I had a tricky time getting it within the air. And so, I attempted the X, and (my numbers) went proper again to what I used to be taking part in. It’s actually reacting the identical (as my earlier golf ball), it was simply higher by way of the wind. That was sort of it.
“The golf ball is the engine of all the things, however I’ve performed a Titleist ball my entire life. So so long as it does what you suppose it’s going to do … this (change) was very easy. It’s actually the identical ball, it simply fights the wind higher. And it’s not prefer it’s a drastic distinction, it’s possibly like a yard or two, however a yard or two might be the distinction between hitting one within the lip of the bunker and having a 6-footer for birdie.”
Almost all PGA TOUR gamers mark their golf ball in some distinctive style to eradicate any potential misidentification. For Zalatoris, he marks his golf balls along with his initials, and he attracts a black line on the aspect to assist with alignment. Initials are a reasonably frequent method to customise a ball, however Zalatoris defined the place that actually began for him.
“I take advantage of a black line, after which I put my initials on it, as a result of I used to be standing on a tee at Riviera two years in the past, and all of us had black Titleist 1s with a black line,” Zalatoris mentioned. “So I began to place my initials on it then, as a result of, properly, it sort of speaks to it with Titleist.”
Zalatoris will proceed to make use of the brand new Professional V1x ‘23 this week in La Quinta.