Are Titleist Pro V1 RCT balls worth the cost?

Titleist Pro V1 balls are one of the best golf balls available, but what about the new Titleist Pro V1 RCT balls designed for indoor simulators? We tested it.

We’ve had many people ask us if the new Titleist Pro V1 RCT balls truly make a difference for radar launch monitors, so we of course had to put them to the test. 

Pro V1 balls from Titleist are already regarded as one of the best golf balls on the market, and they recently released a new version called the RCT, which stands for Radar Capture Technology. 

What is the Pro V1 RCT golf ball?

Titleist’s RCT ball is built slightly different to “optimize it for indoor spin capture.” The RCT ball eliminates the need for individual reflective stickers (which can affect accurate readings if the sticker is damaged or misplaced) instead using reflective strips in the outer shell of the ball to more accurately measure readings in indoor simulators.

Why use the Pro V1 RCT ball indoors?

The accuracy of spin numbers can affect other data that your launch monitor and/or golf simulator software puts out, so getting the most accurate spin numbers is important.

Although Titleist’s site says the ball will work best with Trackman launch monitors, we tested it on the two radar-based launch monitors we have at Carl’s Place: the FlightScope Mevo+ and Garmin Approach R10

But first, we cut open both a regular Pro V1 and the RCT version to check out the difference, which were just some reflective strips that were placed in the outer shell of the ball. Otherwise the core and the rest of the ball seemed to be the exact same. (We know a lot of you are cringing at the fact that we wasted two Pro V1 balls, but we had to see it for ourselves!)

Titleist Pro V1 RCT Golf Ball vs. Regular Pro V1

The golf ball shell on the left came from a regular Titleist Pro V1 golf ball, while the one on the right shows the metallic strip inside the Titleist Pro V1 RCT golf ball.

How Titleist RCT Balls Work With Other Launch Monitors - A Carl’s Place Test

First, we set up our Mevo+ unit exactly how it is supposed to be set up per the owner’s manual and documented the data (carry distance and back spin) using a regular Pro V1 and an RCT ball. Meanwhile, we had a high end overhead launch monitor, the Uneekor EYE XO, running as well so we could compare the data from the Mevo+ to the EYE XO on the same shots. 

We then repeated the same test with the Garmin R10.

Quick recap: the Pro V1 RCT balls on the Mevo+ were nearly 8% more accurate than a regular Pro V1 ball without metallic dot sticker, and about the same accuracy as a regular Pro V1 ball with the metallic dot stickers. 

The Garmin R10 struggled to read the RCT ball and might need a firmware update before we can compare the two balls on this unit. We will explain below why it had trouble. 

Mevo+: Data Comparison Using Pro V1 vs. RCT Balls

Using the normal Pro V1 ball with the metallic dot stickers that come with the unit, the Mevo+ was consistently showing carry distance at about 11 yards less than the EYE XO. The back spin numbers were within 250 revolutions per minute on average, with only a couple shots that were significantly different.

Here is the data we captured with the Mevo+ and regular Pro V1 ball and metallic dot stickers.

Shot Number

Mevo+ 
Carry Distance
(Yards)

EYE XO 
Carry Distance
(Yards)

Mevo+ 
Back Spin
(RPM)

EYE XO Back Spin
(RPM)

Carry Distance Dif.

Back Spin Dif.

Shot 1

126.7

135.8

6832

6987

9.1

155

Shot 2

130.9

140.6

6843

7164

9.7

321

Shot 3

125.66

136.1

6088

6051

10.44

37

Shot 4

121.5

133.5

6613

6745

12

132

Shot 5

133.1

145.7

5876

5926

12.6

50

Shot 6

143

151.6

5006

5149

8.6

143

Shot 7

147

157.5

5529

5625

10.5

96

Shot 8

131.2

143.3

4823

4951

12.1

128

Shot 9

133.3

151.8

6986

5353

18.5

1633

Shot 10

138.4

150.4

5520

5646

12

126

Shot 11

145.2

158.4

5556

5749

13.2

193

Shot 12

150.6

162.8

5793

5843

12.2

50

Shot 13

141.6

151

6592

6769

9.4

177

Shot 14

140

153

6982

6716

13

266

Shot 15

150.5

161.1

5148

5289

10.6

141

Shot 16

141.3

155.6

6602

6203

14.3

399

Shot 17

138.7

150.2

6334

6297

11.5

37

Shot 18

144.9

155.3

5745

5936

10.4

191

Shot 19

104.2

118.2

4451

4521

14

70

Shot 20

157.8

166.5

6692

6804

8.7

112

Average

137.278

148.92

6000.55

5986.2

11.642

222.85

Out of curiosity, we also did test the Mevo+ with a regular Pro V1 and no metallic sticker, and the back spin numbers definitely worsened (carry numbers were about the same). 

Shot Number

Mevo+ 
Carry Distance
(Yards)

EYE XO 
Carry Distance
(Yards)

Mevo+ 
Back Spin
(RPM)

EYE XO
Back Spin
(RPM)

Carry Distance Dif.

Back Spin Dif.

Shot 1

139.8

151.2

5974

6508

11.4

534

Shot 2

140.3

150

5953

6385

9.7

432

Shot 3

134.1

145.3

6163

6383

11.2

220

Shot 4

138

149.6

6064

6433

11.6

369

Shot 5

144

154

5854

6500

10

646

Shot 6

143.7

151.2

5548

6678

7.5

1130

Shot 7

124.6

135.5

6251

6152

10.9

99

Shot 8

130.8

141.9

5708

4894

11.1

814

Shot 9

129.1

137.1

6268

7818

8

1550

Shot 10

126.7

142

5748

4934

15.3

814

Shot 11

148.9

154.5

3618

5957

5.6

2339

Shot 12

144.3

154.9

5919

6144

10.6

225

Shot 13

144.6

152.1

6215

7262

7.5

1047

Shot 14

148.8

156.7

5297

6611

7.9

1314

Shot 15

145.3

154.6

5983

6828

9.3

845

Shot 16

142.6

152.6

6104

6244

10

140

Shot 17

135

145.3

5652

5410

10.3

242

Shot 18

142.7

153

5968

6294

10.3

326

Shot 19

142

150.8

6063

6680

8.8

617

Shot 20

116.5

129.7

5745

3997

13.2

1748

Average

138.09

148.1

5804.75

6205.6

10.01

772.55

With the RCT ball, the Mevo+ was again reading less in carry distance, but the spin numbers ended up being much closer.

Shot Number

Mevo+ 
Carry Distance
(Yards)

EYE XO 
Carry Distance
(Yards)

Mevo+ 
Back Spin
(RPM)

EYE XO
Back Spin
(RPM)

Carry Distance Dif.

Back Spin Dif.

Shot 1

140.6

148.2

6354

6516

7.6

162

Shot 2

136.4

147

6540

6732

10.6

192

Shot 3

140.3

156.1

6249

6149

15.8

100

Shot 4

137.9

146.7

5568

5680

8.8

112

Shot 5

140.4

151.5

5570

5572

11.1

2

Shot 6

114.1

127.7

4599

4663

13.6

64

Shot 7

128.4

141.6

5968

5934

13.2

34

Shot 8

162

153.4

5899

6092

8.6

193

Shot 9

134.4

143.4

6596

6907

9

311

Shot 10

137.4

146.8

6376

6588

9.4

212

Shot 11

133.9

147.7

6004

6105

13.8

101

Shot 12

131.1

139.8

6589

6853

8.7

264

Shot 13

104.1

115.8

4819

5049

11.7

230

Shot 14

136.2

143.7

5115

5145

7.5

30

Shot 15

134.4

142.5

6362

6638

8.1

276

Shot 16

135.4

145.7

5397

5514

10.3

117

Shot 17

133.9

145.8

5370

5576

11.9

206

Shot 18

132.7

143.4

7353

7494

10.7

141

Shot 19

142.1

150.7

6316

6657

8.6

341

Shot 20

151.9

159.3

5244

5511

7.4

267

Average

135.38

144.84

5914.4

6068.75

10.32

167.75

Based on our test, the regular Pro V1 with the metallic dot stickers proved to perform the best with the Pro V1 RCT ball not far behind. See the data below.

Pro V1 (no sticker)

EYE XO Average 
Back Spin (RPMs)

Mevo+ Average 
Back Spin (RPMs)

Absolute Dif.

Percent Dif.

6205.6

5804.75

400.85

6.46%


Pro V1 (with sticker)

EYE XO Average 
Back Spin (RPMs)

Mevo+ Average 
Back Spin (RPMs)

Absolute Dif.

Percent Dif.

5986.2

6000.55

14.35

0.24%


Pro V1 RCT

EYE XO Average 
Back Spin (RPMs)

Mevo+ Average 
Back Spin (RPMs)

Absolute Difference

Percent Difference

6068.75

5914.4

154.35

2.54%

Garmin R10: Data Comparison Using Pro V1 vs. RCT Balls.

Next, we tested how the Garmin R10 Launch Monitor performed, and the results were interesting. The Garmin R10 was consistently 10 or so yards less than the EYE XO, and the back spin averaged out similar to the Mevo+, but was more inconsistent overall. Sometimes the Garmin was thousands of revolutions off, and sometimes it was very close.

Overall, with the regular Pro V1, we had similar differences in numbers to the Mevo+. Here’s the data:

Shot Number

Garmin 
Carry Distance
(Yards)

EYE XO
Carry Distance
(Yards)

Garmin 
Back Spin
(RPMs)

EYE XO Back Spin
(RPMs)

Yardage Dif.

Back Spin Dif.

Shot 1

109

118.9

4980

4517

9.9

463

Shot 2

129

141.2

6905

5635

12.2

1270

Shot 3

142

154.7

7045

5755

12.7

1290

Shot 4

133

144

6736

6183

11

553

Shot 5

142

150.6

6279

5911

8.6

368

Shot 6

147

159.9

5970

5301

12.9

669

Shot 7

144

155.8

6602

5815

11.8

787

Shot 8

158

168.6

6192

5697

10.6

495

Shot 9

126

141

7787

5260

15

2527

Shot 10

146

150.6

5473

6372

4.6

899

Shot 11

157

167.4

6742

6210

10.4

532

Shot 12

141

151.2

6024

5699

10.2

325

Shot 13

148

156.4

6379

6584

8.4

205

Shot 14

131

146.9

7281

5235

15.9

2046

Shot 15

149

156.5

6141

6315

7.5

174

Shot 16

152

161.5

6532

6230

9.5

302

Shot 17

159

167.3

5721

6054

8.3

333

Shot 18

138

152.7

6574

5266

14.7

1308

Shot 19

136

152.5

6815

4577

16.5

2238

Shot 20

152

159

6782

7183

7

401

Average

141.95

152.835

6448

5789.95

10.885

859.25

The craziest thing about this test we did was trying to use the RCT ball with the Garmin. Out of the 20 shots we took, only three registered on the Garmin R10, and the numbers compared to the EYE XO were not even close. 

Shot Number

Garmin 
Carry Distance
(Yards)

EYE XO 
Carry Distance
(Yards)

Garmin 
Back Spin
(RPMs)

EYE XO 
Back Spin
(RPMs)

Shot 1

114

135

8137

5109

Shot 2

97

115.6

8112

4023

Shot 3

112

130.1

9185

5376

So, we wondered what was going on. After doing some research, we found out that it might be because of the algorithm the Garmin R10 uses to read the ball and make its calculations. It seemed as though the Garmin, due to the different make of the RCT ball, was not recognizing it as a golf ball, therefore not registering the shot. 

At first, it was a bit frustrating, but once we realized what was going on and why, it made more sense. It appears our audience’s early concerns that the new RCT balls may not work with all launch monitors without a firmware update is completely valid.

Are the Pro V1 RCT golf balls worth it?

Pro V1 balls are expensive, and for good reason, coming in at $50 per dozen at the time this was published. Pro V1 RCT balls come in at $65 per dozen, making them one of the most expensive golf balls on the market.

Until the Garmin R10 gets a firmware update, we would not recommend spending the extra money on the RCT balls. If you have a Mevo+, the more accurate spin data might just help you get the peak performance you’re seeking, without spending the big bucks on the Trackman or EYE XO.

Want better data without the splurge? If you’re willing to tinker with the metallic dot stickers that come with the Mevo+, make sure they’re placed right and don’t fall off, the stickers seem to do the same thing that the reflective strip in the RCT ball does. If you don’t want to worry about the stickers falling off, then you’ll likely want to pay the extra money for RCT balls. 

Just a reminder: everybody has a different golf simulator setup, and radar launch monitors can act differently in different setups. This was our test, and someone else’s test might end with different results. If you have done a similar test with the Mevo+ or Garmin R10 (or other radar based launch monitors like the Trackman), feel free to let us know! We’re curious to see how yours turned out!