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The technology-infused 4-piece OnCore VERO X1 offers good ball speed and consistent spin. Great feeling urethane cover. Higher swing speeds only.
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Back in 2017 when I was testing the ELIXR golf ball [full review HERE], it was challenging to find golfers who were familiar with OnCore Golf. Today, it’s not uncommon to discover that someone in my foursome is gaming one. Building on that success, the folks at OnCore have been busy innovating a second tour ball – the VERO X1. Three years in the making, is OnCore’s new 4-piece ball a worthy addition to the lineup? This statement on the VERO X1 box certainly makes a case: “the most forgiving tour ball in golf.”
The OnCore VERO X1 has a soft, premium feel typical of tour caliber urethane golf balls. Overall, I found it slightly firmer than the ELIXR. Interestingly, I found the VERO X1 felt softer than the ELIXR on mid-range pitch shots.
The 85 compression, 4-piece construction of the VERO X1 is comprised of an oversized core of “proprietary formulation,” a metal infused mantle and a nano-engineered transition layer under the cast cover. All that science works together to produce a ball with a feel that should be pleasing to most golfers.
Around the green, the VERO X1 was responsive off the wedge. Whether a delicate chip from a tight lie or higher impact chopper down in the Bermuda grass, the ball reacted just as the shot was drawn up in my mind. Moving to full wedge shots, spin was excellent with the ball stopping right where it landed.
With my 7 iron, VERO X1 ball speed was solid with spin on the low side and a bit inconsistent (5500 rpm average). A good launch angle kept the roll out minimal, but dispersion was concerning. Wondering if it was more of a swing issue, I hit some ELIXRs and had a tight cluster. On to the driver.
My results with driver were also inconsistent and head scratching. At 85+ mph swing speed, I was hitting a strange mix of wonderful penetrating mid trajectory drives and undesirable low runners. Ball speed was consistently solid (1.50 smash factor) and spin was low, averaging just over 1900, but it just seemed like the ball and I weren’t on the same page. I engaged Matt Saternus and his 105+ driver swing speed for some additional testing.
For Matt, performance was very consistent with both his 7 iron and driver. He reported average driver spin – in the good range, but not low as advertised by OnCore. Asked if the VERO X1 was forgiving he said “Yes. I think the spin is more consistent than most balls.” OnCore attributes the forgiveness to the high MOI created by the patented perimeter weighted 4-piece design of the VERO X1.
Although not identified on the website or box, our results indicated the VERO X1 is designed for faster swing speeds. With some sleuthing I found this statement on the OnCore Instagram page: “The VERO X1 is going to be best for players with higher swing speeds above 95mph.” We can’t confirm the VERO X1 is “the most forgiving tour ball in golf,” but it did have noteworthy consistency for Matt. Add in great feel and control with wedges and the OnCore VERO X1 is worth a try if you have the swing speed.
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After Wayne Player’s disgraceful stunt during the Masters ceremonial first shot I will never purchase these balls.
Every golfer on tour is a walking billboard, ala NASCAR so what’s the difference. His Dad had PXG on his hat, Jack had the Golden Bear on his sweater yet they haven’t been band. These stuff shirts at Augusta need to spend some of their money and go buy a clue.
You are of course entitled to your view Tom, but everyone I have spoken to about it agrees that it came off as a shameless stunt that distracted from the honor of the ceremonial tee shot participants. It’s about integrity and respect – foundational principles of golf.
I’ve purchased some Elixir balls and if you don’t at least try these you are missing what is for me anyway a great ball. Good distance, good consistency and a fantastic feel off the putter.
Seattlegolfer, if he was holding Titleist would you never buy them either? Not OnCore’s fault he’s a moron.
hahahahahahahah…hes a trip…who cares…
Please LET ME KNOW IF I CAN PURCHASE SIX ONCORE AND SIX VERO X1 FFFFFOR SAME $29.90
That does not appear to be a standard option but OnCore might accommodate the request if you contact them directly.
I want 6 oncoer and 6 very x1
It appears OnCore products are only available on-line. I have my favorite golf ball but I will always buy a sleeve of something new and similar to try. I play A LOT of golf but don’t go thru a lot of balls. When I have to buy a dozen balls and you consider shipping cost, it brings the actual cost of any on-line ball in line with any comparable ball you can buy at your shop. I hope OnCore gets popular enough that I can find a few and test them out.
I bought a dozen I found that some of them cracked other than that I thought they were a pretty good ball. Vero X1
I have been purchasing and playing this ball for a while, its great with feel and distance. Love the price point and the rating.
Τhanks for ѕharing your thoughts. I really apprеciate your efforts and I am
waiting for your further write upѕ thank you once again.