REVIEW: Titleist EXP-01
Inside the box of a dz. Titleist EXP-01 golf balls you purchase is a postcard like invitation with a weblink to share your thoughts and opinions. I have already completed the survey with my thoughts, which are now translating into this review.
Below are the Launch Monitor charts I put together during some indoor testing at 2nd Swing Golf Store. The Titleist EXP-01 is a Urethane covered golf ball, but from all my testing seems to be a 1/2 tier lower than the ProV1 line. It reminds me of an NXT Tour with a urethane cover. The numbers are just a little less than a ProV1, but some of those numbers might really benefit higher spin golfers. I’m only speculating, but I’m also guessing these will be sold at a lower price point. On the course, I found similar results, but probably less obvious in actual play. I didn’t feel much loss of distance, nor did it hurt my scoring. They actually felt a little softer too, so I really enjoyed them on the greens.
The old 3 pack white sleeve that Titleist used to send out probably won’t come back. They accomplished the same things, but allowed the consumer to buy into the testing a dozen at a time. This is simply genius on their part. I think the consumer enjoyed it more too since 3 balls might not even make a full round for the average golfer. The numbers tell me this ball isn’t a ProV1 replacement, but a quality next tier ball. I’ve still seen a few dozen of these around various retailers so if you want to get in on your own testing, pick up a dozen and let Titleist know what you think.
Since I was on the launch monitor getting numbers, I threw a few -ProV1x balls down for testing too. Titleist offered up more information on these golf balls as part of the release. I found the numbers fascinating since it is supposed to be a lower spin and firmer ball than a normal ProV1x, but that only happened for me in the driver. Some of this might be due to the fact that I don’t have tour swing speed to maximize the lower spin in all clubs. This ball is certainly like any other ProV1, but has some unique features that will only fit a select few golfers. I applaud Titleist for at least offering it to us, the regular golfer, for play.
Titleist has allowed the consumer to buy into the testing process as well into the tour van to get some of the unique ball creations they have made for the pros as well as the consumer. You might just want to give them a try and see how they fit your game. I gave you some insight into how they fit my game, which could just be exactly what you are looking for. There isn’t a “one ball fits all” so test a few out and see if one of the experimental and tour balls might be the best you’ve ever played.
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+Able to participate in research
+Tour quality golf balls
+Different materials and process,