Toy Box notes: Pro V1s in seventh version

Rory McIlroy during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

How many versions of the Titleist Pro V1 have been sold to the public, counting all changes and updates?

Answer: Six, with a seventh version to be officially introduced in January. The original Pro V1 was the 2001 model, and the ball has been modified every two years.

The Pro V1x was introduced as an accompaniment to the 2003 Pro V1, meaning that five versions of the Pro V1x have been sold with a sixth on the horizon.

Adam Scott won the recent Australian Masters with the 2013 Pro V1, while Luke Donald captured the Dunlop Phoenix with the new Pro V1x. Both are still classified by Titleist as prototypes.

“Certainly some of the new features of this new Pro V1 are very much what I like to see in my game,” Scott said. “A little different trajectory, but also the spin around the greens, giving me the control that I want. And the feel is fantastic.”

Rory McIlroy played the 2011 Pro V1x to birdie the final five holes and win the DP World Tour Championship.

The new models first appeared in Las Vegas at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Although Titleist is not yet talking about the new balls, a check of the USGA Conforming Ball List reveals that the new Pro V1 is still a three-piece ball (core, mantle layer and cover) while the Pro V1x remains a four-piece ball (dual core, mantle layer and cover).

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McIlroy captures finale with Titleist: Titleist already has announced that McIlroy will be leaving its touring staff at the end of 2012, but the Northern Irishman had a bag full of Titleist equipment at the DP World Tour Championship.

McIlroy’s bag: 913D3 driver (8.5 degree), 913 Fd fairway woods (13.5 and 18 degree), MB irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (46, 54 and 60 degree) and Scotty Cameron GSS putter. He wore FootJoy FJ Sport golf shoes.

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Scott wins Down Under with Titleist: Adam Scott’s bag at the Australian Masters (all Titleist): 910D3 driver (9.5 degree), 910F fairway wood (15 degree), Prototype 712U utility iron (19 degree), MB irons (3-9), Vokey Design SM4 wedges (48, 54 and 60 degree) and Scotty Cameron Kombi Long putter.

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European players carry new Nike driver: Simon Dyson, Richard Finch, Scott Jamieson, Francesco Molinari and Marc Warren played the new Nike VR_S Covert driver at the DP World Tour Championship.

The 2013 VR_S Covert is a red-headed driver with independent adjustments for loft and face angle. The loft is adjustable over a 4-degree range, from 8.5 degree to 12.5 degree.

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Choi’s two big wins with Callaway driver: Na Yeon Choi, who has earned a reputation as something of a club switcher, won the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open with a Callaway Razr Fit driver (8.5 degree) before moving on to another driver. At the CME Group Titleholders, she returned to the same Razr Fit driver and triumphed again, giving her the two biggest first-place checks for the year.

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