With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult for a new golf ball to stand out from the big players in the industry that dominate the shelves at your local golf store or major retailer. But every now and then, one goes beyond our expectations of what a brand can do directly to the consumer.
Entry true x1 by encore, a four-piece, round-caliber golf ball, coated with molded urethane, delivers high performance to players at swing speeds of 95 mph and above. It’s a ball that’s been around for a while, made by the 12-year-old company that has gained notoriety for creating a model with a hollow metal core. Since then, the company has covered first in the premium class with its flagship Vero X1.
Let’s cover the technical stuff first. As mentioned, this ball is a four-piece multi-layered ball with a die-cast urethane cover, which means the cover can be thinner and more flexible. It’s also the most affordable way to make a cover (compared to injection molding), proving that OnCore takes performance seriously and doesn’t cut any corners to deliver its best ball.
Next is the nano-thick transition layer followed by the metal-patterned mantle layer, which works in conjunction with the aforementioned cap and oversized core to get the best combination of tee firing distance and green side control. The Vero X1 has a relatively soft pressure rating of 80-84, but it still has a stronger feel than most.
How do you hold up on the golf course? We took it upon ourselves and played a full round with the Vero X1. This is our real-life initial experience:
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OnCore Vero X1
Utilizing a proprietary formulation and manufacturing process, combined with a high modulus, metallic mantle, the VERO X1 features an optimized perimeter weight, resulting in the highest speed allowed from the racket face and the distance to be seen to be believed. By incorporating a nano-engineered transition layer to manage the interface between the mantle and a thin urethane cover, VERO X1 delivers spin, control and feel unlike any other ball. VERO X1 will take the best golfer’s game to a whole new level.
We played with the Vero 1X and found that it produces a similar distance with the driver when compared to other golf balls at the level of the rounds. Boring track shots (in a good way) — a feature that according to OnCore is a byproduct of ocean weight technology that results in lower tee spin rates (with drivers and woods) and stronger shot dispersal. We didn’t see huge yardage gains turn into the Vero X1, but the distance was somewhat comparable to other balls we’ve tried in the same class.
We’ve seen other player reviews and comments that seem to suggest the ball has a stronger feel with the driver, but in our play test, we felt it looked a lot like balls designed for quick-knocking games. It’s definitely steady, but not as hard as the feel of a run ball or how some hard covered balls of 2 or even 3 pieces sometimes feel. The iron pickup felt great, and despite the relatively low pressure rating, we liked the firmer feel with the pegs and paddle.
Long range rotation and flight
From a tee with a driver we saw a medium high ball, which is a little higher than expected, but not so high that the ball flew off and got stuck on landing. There is still some progress forward despite the higher launch. Shots taken low on the putter face were a lot less, but in fairness, that’s more of the golfer’s job, not the ball. Distance-wise, once again, the Vero 1X proved very similar to other round-a-round multilayers that tend to favor faster-than-average swing speed. That’s not to say any kind of player can’t use it – we just think that faster prostitutes will gain more distance from the Vero X1 as we did.
The middle shot and the trip rotates
The medium iron pickup felt smooth and flew with what we better call a mid-height track and manageable spin. Any more spins the ball will swell, the less we’ll have trouble keeping the greens. You don’t really need an operating screen to see it – it’s pretty clear that the Vero X1 will spin more incrementally as you go up the loft. Ordinary like day.
Short throw spin and fly
This is where the Vero X1 really shines. From 100 yards and indoors, we had no issues keeping the green and were happy to see some of our shots checked out. In fact, the Vero X1’s flexibility around the green color has amazed us. Even the chips and pitches seemed to have more spin and the feel of the firmness rather than the plate was responsive and it made it easier to see if we hit the ball hard or not.
OnCore’s circumferential weight technology has a lot to do with the way the ball flies through the air and with the stability and consistency it has, but we think you’ll notice that on the greens, too. The weight is pushed into the circumference of the ball and, with the paddle, creates a stronger feel with a gentle clicking sound upon impact. It’s the kind of sense of improvement that players often prefer to help them get a feel for their shots, better measure their shots, and improve distance control.
The Vero X1 is a revered tour-level golf ball. With plenty of tee shooting distance and high short-shot spin rates, it’s ideal for the player who has a faster-than-average swing speed and wants a consistent, easy-to-control ball around the green.