I have wondered what the difference between a Pro V-1 “Practice” ball was versus a standard Pro V-1. Periodically I will come across a lost “Practice” ball and I always wondered if the ball was constructed the same and/or if it conformed to USGA specs. There seemed no point in practicing with a “Practice” Pro V-1 over a TopFlight if the “Practice” Pro V-1 was not a real Pro V-1.
Here is what Titliest states:
1. Pro V1 Practice golf balls are conforming products that differ only due to a cosmetic blemish such as paint, ink or registration of stamping. Pro V1 Practice golf balls do not have any construction or performance deficiencies.
2. Pro V1 X-Out golf balls are also conforming products. However, they usually have a cosmetic blemish and/or occasionally have a minor physical defect that should not significantly affect its performance. More often than not, the physical condition causing the ball to be stamped as an X-Out is so minute that it is not recognizable by the player.
The write-up goes on to say that it is not recommended to use an “X-Out” in a USGA-sanctioned tournament as one might have problems establishing that the ball is conforming. Apparently, there is no problem in using a “Practice” ball as the USGA considers the indication similar to a Logo or one’s name printed on the ball.
Now all I need to do is find a club that uses Pro V-1 practice balls and maybe trade a few Pinnacles for the “Practice” version.