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OnCore Vero X1 Golf Ball

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Is a direct-to-consumer bullet as good as brand names? We tested the Vero X1 from OnCore.

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With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult for a new golf ball to differentiate itself from the industry mainstays that dominate the shelves of your local golf store or big box store. But every once in a while, we exceed our expectations of what a direct-to-consumer brand can do.

Enter the Vero X1 by Again, a four-piece, tour-caliber golf ball covered in cast urethane that delivers high performance for players with swing speeds of 95 mph and above. It’s a ball that’s been around for a little while, made by the 12-year-old company that gained fame for creating a model with a hollow metal core. Since then, the company has dived headfirst into the premium category with its Vero X1 leading the way.

Let’s cover the technical aspects first. As mentioned, this ball is a four-piece, multi-ply ball with a cast urethane cover, which means the cover can be made thinner and tougher. It’s also typically the most expensive way to make a cover (compared to injection molding), proving that OnCore takes performance seriously and cuts no corners to deliver its best ball.

Next is the nano-thick transition layer followed by a metal-infused, perimeter-weighted mantle layer, which works in tandem with the aforementioned cover and oversized core for the best blend of tee distance and greenside control. . The Vero X1 has a relatively soft 80-84 compression rating, but still retains a firmer feel than most.

How does it hold up on the golf course? We took it on us and played an entire round with the Vero X1. Here is our first realistic experience:

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OnCore Vero X1

$39.99/doz

Utilizing a proprietary formulation and manufacturing process, along with a high modulus metal infused mantle, the VERO X1 features improved perimeter weighting, resulting in the highest speed allowed across the clubface and distance which must be seen to be believed. Incorporating a nano-engineered transition layer to manage the interface between the mantle and a thin cast urethane cover, the VERO X1 delivers spin, control and feel like no other ball. The VERO X1 will take even the best golfer’s game to a whole new level.

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Distance

We played with the Vero 1X and found that it produced comparable distance from the driver when compared to other tour-level golf balls. Shots with boring trajectory (in a good way) – a trait that OnCore says is a byproduct of perimeter weighting technology that results in lower tee shot spin rates (with drivers and woods) and tighter shot dispersion. We didn’t see huge distance gains switch to the Vero X1, but the distance was for sure comparable to other balls we’ve tried in the same category.

Feel

We’ve seen other reviews and player comments that seem to indicate the ball has a firmer feel with a driver, but in our playtest we felt it to be very similar to balls designed for faster swingers. . It’s definitely firm, but not hard like a range ball would or like some 2 or even 3 piece covered balls sometimes feel. The iron strokes felt nice, and despite the relatively low compression ratio, we liked the firmer feel with the wedges and putter.

Pirouette and long shot flight

From the tee with a driver, we saw a medium-high ball flight, which is a bit higher than expected, but not so high that the ball flies and gets stuck when it lands. There was still some forward body roll despite the higher launch. Shots that were hit low on the clubface flew much lower, but in all honesty, that’s more a function of the golfer, not the ball. In terms of distance, again, the Vero 1X proved to be very comparable to other tour-level multi-ply balls that tend to favor faster than average swing speeds. That doesn’t mean no type of gamer can use it – we just think faster swingers will gain even more distance with the Vero X1 like we did.

Pirouette and flight in the middle of the stroke

Mid iron shots felt crisp and flew with what we would best call a mid-height trajectory and controllable spin. The more the ball spins in a balloon, the less trouble we’ll have holding the greens. You really don’t need a launch monitor to see it – it’s quite clear that the Vero X1 will spin more and more as you loft higher. Simple as day.

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Short pirouette and flight

This is where the Vero X1 really shines. From 100 yards we had no problem holding the green and were pleased to see some of our shots checked. In fact, we’re blown away by the Vero X1’s resilience around the greens. Even chips and throws seemed to have more spin and the firm but not tiny feel was responsive and made it easier to tell if we hit the shot solid or not.

Putting

OnCore’s proprietary Perimeter Weighting technology has a lot to do with how the ball flies through the air, as well as how stable and consistent it is, but we think you’ll notice it on the greens too. Weight is pushed to the perimeter of the ball and, together with the putter, creates a firmer feel with a pleasing click sound at impact. It’s the kind of feel that players often prefer to help them feel their putts and better gauge their ball striking and improve their distance control.

Conclusion

The Vero X1 is a venerable tour-level golf ball. With a long tee shot distance and high spin rates for short shots, it’s ideal for the player who has a faster than average swing speed and wants a ball that’s both consistent and easy to control around. greens.

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