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FOMO Golf offers three different golf balls at direct-to-consumer prices. Good value in their Tour-style ball. Their recreational balls do not offer the same savings over big names.
“FOMO” is a modern acronym for “Fear Of Missing Out.” It’s the fear that causes you to relentlessly check social media to make sure you’re not missing out on news or an exciting event. Golf is ripe with FOMO – the fear that we’re not playing the best clubs, using the best technique, or playing the best courses.
FOMO Golf aims to keep you from missing out by selling their golf balls at a lower price. They offers three models – the NM1 Never Miss, the NO1 Never Out, and the NF1 Never Fear. With prices ranging from $22 to $35 per dozen and a range of performance characteristics, I was curious to find out how they stacked up the big name brands.
The most expensive FOMO golf ball is the NF1 Never Fear, which is a 3-piece, urethane covered ball. On the green, this ball is very similar to the Pro V1. It’s soft but still crisp, especially on longer putts. At the other end of their range is the NM1 Never Miss. This is a 2-piece ball with a Surlyn cover that is noticeably firmer. It’s “clickier” than the NF1, but the sound is fairly rich, not a cheap, high-pitched click. The middle of the FOMO range is the NO1 Never Out which is a 3-piece ball with a Surlyn cover. Interestingly, this is the firmest, loudest ball off the putter. The NO1 definitely crosses my personal line for being too loud, especially on long putts.
With a wedge or iron, the NF1 delivers a satisfying feel. It hits that sweet spot between soft and solid and has a crisp “thud.” The NO1 continues to be the loudest FOMO ball with a mid-bass “snap” and a firm feel. The NM1 is slightly softer and quieter than the NO1 but is still far from a Tour ball.
The FOMO NF1, with a three-piece construction and urethane cover, delivered the “optimal” green side spin it promises. Comparing it to other Tour-caliber balls, it’s solidly in the average range. The NF1 will give you all the opportunity you need to hit checking pitches and chips.
Both the NM1 and NO1 spin dramatically less than the NF1. These balls are billed as having “suitable” and “ample” short game spin, respectively, but that will depend on the player. If you want to stop your wedge shots with trajectory, these will be fine. If you want to pull the string on your pitches, these are not going to get the job done.
While these three balls were quite different in the short game, they became much more similar when it came to iron testing. As a low spin player, I found only a couple hundred RPM difference between the Tour-style NF1 and 2-piece NM1.
There was notable separation again when I moved to driver testing. The NF1 was the highest spinning of the three. Off the tee, I found that it was in the above average range for a Tour ball. The NM1 was the happy medium for me with the driver. It had lower spin than the NF1 but not as low as the NO1. The NO1 was the lowest spinning ball off the tee in my testing, several hundred RPM below the NM1.
The prices of FOMO golf balls are generally in line with other direct to consumer companies, though they do offer lower prices with a subscription. Regardless of the frequency of delivery or quantity, you can get 10% off by subscribing. This pushes the price of the Tour-caliber NF1 to under $32/dozen. The NO1 and NM1 regularly cost $30 and $22 per dozen, respectively. I think the NF1 is a good value, but I think there are better options than the NO1 or NM1.
For golfers that want a Tour-style ball at a more affordable price, the FOMO Golf NF1 is a solid value. Particularly if you play regularly and want a subscription, $32/dozen for this performance is good. Their NM1 and NO1, however, don’t beat their big name competitors on price or performance. At those prices, I’d stick with the Bridgestone e12 [review HERE] and Wilson DUO [review HERE].