April 23 2013
Bernhard Langer won at TPC Sugarloaf with the 2013 ProV1x. (Cohen/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Transitioning into a new golf ball doesn't happen overnight. Most players prefer to take their time before committing to a new ball — even if it happens to be the exact same brand and model.
Take Bernhard Langer, for instance. The two-time major winner had been playing the 2009 version of Titleist ProV1 for the past several years, passing on the 2011 Pro V1 because of the confidence he had in the older model.
But one week after Langer made a weekend run at the Masters at the age of 55, he decided it was time to finally switch balls at the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship.
Working with Titleist golf ball tour representative Fordie Pitts in Georgia, along with the rest of Titleist Champions Tour staff, Langer put the ball into competition for the first time and won his first event with the 2013 ProV1x.
While there are a number of differences between the 2009 Pro V1 and the 2013 Pro V1x, Langer noted the new ball was most like the one he'd been playing for the last several years. He especially liked the ball flight, spin and feel he was getting from every club in his bag.
Equipment switches don't always produce instant results, but in Bernard Langer's case, a new golf ball helped him find the winner's circle once again.