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The OnCore Elixr 2022 golf ball is a mid compression ball with wonderful feel. Strong wedge spin. Low spin throughout the long game.
Breaking into the golf ball market is hard. Titleist is the undisputed king and almost all the major OEM are fighting for their piece of the pie, making it a true heavyweight fight. In spite of that, OnCore has survived for over a decade, offering some genuinely novel innovations. We first looked at their Elixr golf ball when it was launched in 2017 [review HERE], and today we’re checking out the new version.
I went through all of my testing of the OnCore Elixr 2022 golf ball before I looked at the price or specs on the website. Based purely on the putter feel, there’s no way I would have pegged this as a $30/dozen golf ball. On the green, the Elixr feels premium, right on the border of soft and responsive. Long putts produce a quiet “tock.”
Moving into the full swing, the lower compression of the Elixr 2022 comes through. It feels very soft off of wedges and irons with a bit of the squishy, tennis ball feel that’s characteristic of low compression golf balls.
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With its 3-piece construction and urethane cover, we should expect the OnCore Elixr 2022 golf ball to spin well around the green, and it does. Comparing the Elixr 2022 to premium, Tour-style golf balls, the spin on half and full wedge swings was within a few hundred RPM. On the course, you would not be able to tell the difference. Around the green, the OnCore Elixr 2022 will give you all the spin you need.
Interestingly, according to OnCore, the Elixr 2022 has slightly less spin than the original version. Their comparison chart rates the Elixr as having “Higher” wedge spin and the Elixr 2022 as “High.” I did not test the original Elixr, but Matt Meeker’s review noted that the original Elixr spun a couple hundred RPM more than a Pro V1.
My long game testing started with the mid irons and a fairly big surprise. Most often, golf balls “cluster” in the mid irons. Even if they’re quite different, the mid iron performance ends up being fairly similar. That wasn’t the case with the OnCore Elixr 2022 golf ball. For me, the Elixr spun about 800 RPM less than an average Tour ball with the 7I. That’s a difference of over 10%.
Two important notes must be made here. First, your mileage may vary. I feel confident in saying that the Elixr is lower spinning than a Tour ball with the irons, but you may see a smaller gap or a larger one. Second, spin is not inherently good or bad. I’m a moderately low spin player who is not seeking more distance, so I’m not willing to give up stopping power to gain extra yards. Other players will happily make that trade. The goal is finding a golf ball that gives you the things you need.
Returning to the testing, my driver results bore out OnCore’s claim of “Low” spin with the big stick. I saw a small drop in spin with the Elixr 2022 compared to my Tour ball. The difference was not large – less than 5% – but that might be a meaningful drop for higher spin players.
The OnCore Elixr 2022 golf ball is a strong performer through the bag. Around the green, it has all the spin you could want. In the long game, the low spin performance can help you gain distance, though you need to be mindful of maintaining stopping power. At just $30/dozen, this is one of the better values in golf balls.