The Titleist AVX golf balls are rather confusing for some players. In fact, the first time we saw these in the Titleist lineup, we were a bit curious about what and who this golf ball was for.
The price point is the same as the Pro V1 and Pro V1x, and this ever-important figure has typically been how we judge what a golf ball is capable of. If you are on the fence about what an AVX golf ball is, who should play it and whether or not it is worth the money, we have you covered.
Table of Contents
- 1 Review of the Titleist AVX golf ball – TLDR
- 2 Should I play the AVX, Pro V1, or Pro V1x?
- 3 Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x, AVX Comparison Table
- 4 Alternatives to the Titleist AVX
- 5 More golf ball reviews
- 6 Summary
Review of the Titleist AVX golf ball – TLDR
The Titleist AVX golf ball is a three-piece ball built for golfers looking for low spin, low ball flight, excellent distance and great feel. The AVX has a unique place in the Titleist lineup due to its low spin focus, and although it may be marketed more towards the higher handicap player, we recommend choosing your golf balls based on performance, fitting and data, not handicap.
The Titleist AVX golf ball is essentially a high-end distance golf ball. When we put this ball in play, we instantly noticed that the distance with the golf irons was quite a bit longer than it typically is. In some instances, there was a five to seven-yard increase in performance with the irons.
When it comes to the driver, the Titleist AVX doesn’t stand out as being incredibly long. Overall the ball flight was a bit lower, and the low spin certainly helped the ball roll a long way. If you put a Pro V1 x into play and a Titleist AVX, you will instantly see the difference in the way a golf ball reacts as it lands in the fairway, but the distance is about the same.
The spin rates on the Titleist AVX are low. This is Titleist’s lowest spinning golf ball. With all the hype about spin and getting the ball to stop where you want it, low spin can be confusing to some players. A golfer that needs a low spin ball will need more distance and slightly more control off the tee, typically the higher handicap golfer.
The Titleist AVX is not the highest greenside spin golf ball. In fact, the AVX kept rolling out on us. It has a nice soft feel, but it won’t zip back or stay in place nearly as much as something like a Pro V1 or Pro V1x. The bottom line here is that golfers have to make some tough decisions about where they want spin in their game and what they are willing to sacrifice to get it.
The feel of the Titleist AVX is really soft. It can feel a bit rubbery if you are coming from a harder golf ball, but for the most part, the soft feel was pleasing. With the lack of short game spin that we found, it’s a good thing that the ball is softer so that control around the greens is a bit easier.
Putting with the AVX took a bit of time to get used to because there is almost a mushy feel when you first make contact with the ball. Overall results with the putter were not negatively impacted by using this ball.
Overall, the longevity of the Titleist AVX was great. We used the ball for several rounds and noticed no issues with the cover cutting. The cover is soft but still made from durable urethane to ensure that players will not cut the ball easily.
With this being a three-piece ball, built mostly for a slower swing speed, higher handicap player, the cover has plenty of durability.
The Titleist AVX golf ball is priced about the same as the Pro V1 and Pro V1x. Overall this is a premium golf ball, and if you are looking for more iron distance and a soft feel around the greens, the AVX is a good value. We wouldn’t tell you to run out and get this ball because of its value, but we also can’t tell you that you are overpaying for it.
Overall long game performance
For the driver, we didn’t notice all that much of a performance benefit switching to the Titleist AVX. Technically the dimple pattern, three-piece technology, and lower spin rates should increase the distance a bit, but if it did, it was just a few yards.
However, in the fairway woods, hybrids, and long irons, the difference in distance was noticeable. Leave some room on the greens for your clubs to roll out and make their way up to the pin. The low spin here really shines and gives golfers that extra few yards of carry they are looking for.
Overall short game performance
Around the green, the AVX has great feel. However, when it comes to spin, the performance lacks a bit. Essentially amateur golfers need to decide what matters more to them, low spin in the long game or high spin around the green.
We would all love a golf ball that could change personalities halfway through a golf hole, but this is certainly not legal and not something that will even come into play in the world of golf as we know it.
Even though it’s a tough choice, you will have to make one.
The AVX is the softest golf ball in the Titleist lineup. Soft feel on the putting will help some players that struggle to keep their hands soft during the putting stroke. The only issue we had was that when switching from a slightly harder golf ball, the AVX can feel a bit mushy.
However, as long as a good stroke was put on the golf ball, the performance results were the same, and the ball made its way to the hole with no trouble. Your putting performance should not become a problem when switching to the AVX; just warm up with it before your round to get used to the feel.
Golf Insider verdict
If you are tired of coming up short with your approach shot to the green with your irons; the AVX could be a game-changer for you. The low spin, lower launch, and long-distance that this golf ball can produce helped to get a lot more iron distance. For the slower swing speed player that feels compressing the Pro V1 or Pro, V1x is just a bit too difficult; the AVX is a good choice.
Should I play the AVX, Pro V1, or Pro V1x?
With three golf balls all at the same price point and easily considered premium golf ball technology, players are curious as to which of these golf balls is really going to impact their game. Here is how we see it when it comes to whether or not to play the AVX, Pro V1, or the Pro V1x.
Play the AVX if you are a slower swinging player seeking distance in your long game and looking for a soft feel around the greens.
Play the Pro V1 if you are an average to low handicap golfer that wants a mix of long-distance with incredible stopping power and feel around the greens.
Play the Pro V1x if you are a high swing speed player looking for precision and a harder feel on their shots from the tee and around the green.
Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x, AVX Comparison Table
We started out this Titleist AVX golf ball review, letting you know that we were even confused by the new Pro V1, Pro V1x, and AVX lineup. However, when you take a look at the chart and the information related to the launch, spin, and firmness, you can see how each of these golf balls compares. The AVX has a place in the market, and this makes it much easier to see why Titleist launched this ball and why it has done quite well.
*For high swing speed players, lower swing speed players that try and hit a ProV1x may not get a high launch
Alternatives to the Titleist AVX
If you want to move outside the Titleist AVX/Pro V1/Pro V1x; there are a few options out there that can act as a strong alternative to the Titleist AVX. These three include the Vice Pro Plus, Bridgestone Tour B X, and the Titleist Tour Speed.
- Vice Pro Plus: A good low spin golf ball made for the slightly higher swing speed player, has a better price point than the AVX, but the feel won’t be as soft.
- Bridgestone Tour B X: An all-around high-performing golf ball with plenty of distance from the tee and medium feel and spin around the greens.
- Titleist Tour Speed: A lower price point alternative to the Titleist AVX with strong distance of the tee and a slightly firmer feel around the greens.
More golf ball reviews
- Vice golf ball review
- Titleist ChromeSoft golf ball review
- Titleist SuperSoft golf ball review
We hope you now have a bit better of an understanding as to what the Titleist AVX Golf ball is all about. Overall, we find this to be a good addition to the lineup of Titleist golf balls, even though the players it will benefit are considerably fewer than the player that benefits from the Pro V1 or even the Pro V1x. The AVX was made for a select group of golfers, and if you fall into that category, this is a good ball to consider.
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