OnCore Vero X1 Golf Ball Review

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When I first heard about the revolutionary design of the Vero X1, I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical.  It didn’t take long for that skepticism to subside when I put the ball in play, however.  When I hit this ball side-by-side against premium balls from other top manufacturers, I was blown away with the results.  Not only was my carry distance longer with the Vero X1, my shot dispersion became much tighter. 

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Description

Co-founded by Steve Coulton and Bret Blakely in 2011, OnCore Golf has raced onto the scene as a premier golf ball manufacturer.  If you haven’t heard of the company, you’re not alone.  While their golf balls haven’t made it into the hands of the game’s premier players just yet, it doesn’t appear that day is all too far away.

For nearly the last decade, the team at Oncore has worked tirelessly to revolutionize golf ball construction and manufacturing.  In 2011, they even went to battle with the USGA and were the impetus for a rewriting of the rules about how golf balls can be constructed. 

Since then, they’ve introduced a number of balls that have proven to be game changers for players of all levels.  Their latest introduction, the Vero X1, has yet again been met with rave reviews from elite amateurs and Tour Pros but it’s coming, trust me.

OnCore Vero X1 Golf Ball

Key Features

  • Four-piece design delivers maximum distance off the tee and soft feel and spin around the greens.
  • Perimeter-weighted core increases MOI delivering more forgiveness on mishits for straighter shots.
  • Thin cast urethane cover increases spin and responsiveness on short shots.

Who Should Buy the OnCore Vero X1 Golf Ball?

OnCore has proven time and again that it makes cutting-edge golf balls for players of all abilities.  The Vero X1 however, isn’t for everyone.

This ball is meant for the better player with a high swing speed.  Plain and simple.  The way the ball is constructed allows better players to realize the best of both worlds.  High launch and low spin off the tee helps maximize distance.  Around the greens, the ball provides plenty of spin and feel for optimal control on short shots.

If you’re a high handicap or have a slower swing speed, this ball probably isn’t for you.  However, if you’re capable of playing a tour-level ball but don’t want to pay $60 per dozen for Pro V1’s, the Vero X1 just might be your answer.

OnCore Vero X1 Detailed Review

Design and Technology

Building on the technology of the wildly successful Elixir ball, the Vero X1 features a mantle layer with a metal additive that works to distribute the ball’s mass to the outer extremities of the ball.  This increases MOI which in turn, results in a more penetrating, stable flight, even on mishits. 

This design, coupled with a thin cover, gives players with faster swing speeds increased distance off the tee and ultimate control with short irons and wedges.

OnCore Vero X1 Golf Ball

Specs

The OnCore Vero X1 is a four-piece design golf ball.  The core is made of high-density metal that’s perimeter-weighted and spreads the ball’s mass away from the center.  The thin cover is made of cast urethane which enables increased spin and feel with short clubs.  Compression is 85. 

Our Experience

When I first heard about the revolutionary design of the Vero X1, I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical.  It didn’t take long for that skepticism to subside when I put the ball in play, however.  When I hit this ball side-by-side against premium balls from other top manufacturers, I was blown away with the results.  Not only was my carry distance longer with the Vero X1, my shot dispersion became much tighter. 

I specifically noticed that the peak of the flight came much farther downrange than the other balls.  This meant a tighter, more penetrating ball flight both off the tee and with my irons.

Around the green, the Vero X1 was every bit as responsive as it’s competitors.  I was easily able to hit a variety of shots from all sorts of different lies while maintaining the control I’m used to.

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OnCore Vero X1 Golf Ball Review
OnCore Vero X1 Golf Ball

When I first heard about the revolutionary design of the Vero X1, I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical.  It didn’t take long for that skepticism to subside when I put the ball in play, however.  When I hit this ball side-by-side against premium balls from other top manufacturers, I was blown away with the results.  Not only was my carry distance longer with the Vero X1, my shot dispersion became much tighter. 

Innovation
10
Performance
9
Design
9
Value
10
PROS
  • Exceptional playability in all conditions.
  • Reduced spin off driver increases distance and tightens shot dispersion without sacrificing feel and control.
  • Price point of $39.99 is substantially less than other balls in its class.
CONS
  • Currently only available through online ordering directly from manufacturer.
  • Yet to be endorsed by the game’s biggest names.
  • Thin cover is not as durable as other comparable balls.

Conclusion

If the Vero X1 hasn’t rocked the boat when it comes to premium golf balls, it surely won’t be long.  To date, no other ball has been designed with the features of the Vero X1.  Specifically, the dense, metal-infused perimeter-weighted core that moves weight to the ball’s is a game changer.  The result is a golf ball with increased MOI.  Never before has a manufacturer mentioned the ball and MOI in the same sentence. 

It’s understandable if you’re a little skeptical of this ball, I certainly was.  Like anything else though, you’ll never know unless you try.  And why wouldn’t you?  For only $40, you can have a dozen Vero X1 balls shipped right to your door. 

When you put this ball in play, I’d be willing to bet you don’t go back.  It really is that good. 

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How Does the OnCore Vero X1 Compare?

Titleist Pro V1 X Golf Ball

For years, the Titleist Pro V1X has been the choice for the majority of the game’s best players.  And that’s with good reason.  The Pro V1X is undoubtedly one of the best-performing balls around. 

When I compared the Pro V1X with the Vero X1, I didn’t notice much of a difference from tee to green.  If anything, my shot dispersion was a little tighter with the Vero X1 though the Pro V1X was slightly longer off the tee. 

Inside of 100 yards, both the Pro V1X and Vero X1 gave me plenty of spin and the penetrating flight I prefer on my wedges. 

On the green, the Vero X1 was noticeably softer coming off the face than the Pro V1X.  For some players this might be preferable while others might want the firmer, solid feel of the Pro V1X. 

If you play the Pro V1X, there’s no doubt in my mind you’ll like the Vero X1 too.

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TaylorMade TP5X Golf Ball

I’ve played the TaylorMade TP5X off and on and I have to admit, it’s a great ball.  The five-piece design of the TP5X and the four-piece design of the Vero X1 are designed to do the same thing – provide low spin for maximum distance off the tee without sacrificing feel and control around the green.  Both balls achieve this with flying colors.

A major difference I noticed between these balls was off the tee.  The TP5X launched much higher than the Vero X1.  While this might be beneficial to some players, I personally prefer a lower, penetrating flight that fights the wind a little more. 

On and around the greens, both balls performed exceptionally well, and I noticed few differences in feel, sound, and spin.

In the end, both balls are comparable but, the Vero X1 is a fraction of the price of the TP5X.

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Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Ball

Another popular golf ball with better players is the Callaway Chrome Soft.  Just ask the likes of Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson. 

I’ve played this ball sparingly but have found it to perform adequately.  When I compared it with the Vero X1, it was clear to see why both balls are in the top of their class.

With my driver, the Chrome Soft was a little longer, but my misses were much more widespread.  I like the tight shot dispersion of the Vero X1.

With short irons, the Chrome Soft launched a little higher which is great if you’re playing in soft conditions with little or no wind.  Even though it launched lower, the penetrating flight of the Vero X1 made controlling distance easy.

Both balls were soft around the green but the Vero X1 seemed to spin a little more which I prefer.

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Paul Liberatore

Founder, Publisher of Golfers Authority

 

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