Short Game √
Full Wedges and Short Irons √
As he continues his evaluation of new 2019 Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls, Justin Thomas is following the Titleist approach to golf ball fitting to a tee, starting around the green and moving back. With a solid understanding of how each ball performs on chips, pitches and green-light approaches with the scoring clubs, Justin and team now take a look at how the new V and X perform with mid-irons.
As Tour players face longer approach shots with their 7-, 6- and 5-irons, the ability to control trajectory and work the ball becomes a much more important consideration. On approaches with the shorter irons, players like Justin are aggressive and will typically take dead aim at pins. With longer iron shots, though, players tend to aim for the fat part of the green and curve the ball right or left to work the shot closer to tucked pins.
Similarly, players will often adjust their trajectory on mid-iron approaches to access hole locations, flighting shots down to attack pins in the back sections of greens and hitting higher approaches to front pin locations.
When Justin executes his mid-iron shots perfectly, he expects any ball to give him plenty of birdie opportunities. But golf is really a game of misses. When Justin doesn't pull off a mid-iron shot exactly as he planned, the wrong ball could leave him bunkered, in thick rough or worse. The right ball, 2019 Pro V1 or Pro V1x, will still leave him on the putting surface.