With so many alternatives, it might be challenging for a new golf ball to stand out from the market leaders that predominate the shelves at your neighbourhood golf shop or large box retailer. But every so often, a direct-to-consumer business surprises us by going above and beyond.
The Vero X1 by OnCore is a four-piece, cast-urethane-covered, tour-caliber golf ball that offers exceptional performance for golfers with swingspeeds of 95 mph and higher. This ball has been around for a while and was produced by the 12-year-old business that gained prominence for developing a hollow-metal core type. Since then, with the Vero X1 leading the way, the company has plunged heavily into the luxury segment.
Let’s start with the technical aspects. This ball, as previously indicated, is a four-piece multilayer ball with a cast urethane cover, allowing for a thinner and more robust cover. In comparison to injection moulding, it’s often also more expensive, which demonstrates that OnCore values performance and doesn’t skimp on it while producing their best ball.
Then comes the nano-thick transition layer, which works in conjunction with the previously mentioned cover and enlarged core to provide the best balance of tee shot distance and greenside control. Finally, comes the metal-infused, perimeter-weighted mantle layer. The Vero X1 has a firmer-than-most feel despite having a relatively gentle compression rating of 80–84.
On the golf course, how does it fare? We decided to play a whole game on the Vero X1 on our own. Here is our first, real-world experience:
When playing with the Vero 1X, we discovered that its driver performance was comparable to that of other tour-level golf balls. Shots with a predictable (in a good way) trajectory are a result of perimeter-weighting technology, which OnCore claims also produces reduced tee shot spin rates (with drivers and woods) and narrower shot dispersion. Switching to the Vero X1 didn’t result in significant yardage improvements, but the distance was unquestionably equal to other balls we’ve played in the same category.
In contrast to some reviews and player feedback that suggest the ball is firmer when used with a driver, we felt the ball in our playing test to be fairly similar to balls made for faster swingers. It is undoubtedly firm, but not as hard as a range ball or as some 2- or even 3-piece balls with hard covers occasionally feel. The stiffer feel with wedges and the putter was enjoyable, despite the relatively low compression rating. Iron strokes felt fantastic.
Spin and fly for a long shot
We observed a medium-high ballflight off the tee with a driver, which is a little higher than anticipated but not so high that the ball flew and stayed when it landed. Despite the greater launch, there was some forward roll still present. Shots struck low on the clubface flew far lower, but to be fair, the golfer more so than the ball is to blame for that. The Vero 1X performed fairly similarly to other multilayer tour-level balls in terms of distance, which favour swingspeeds that are faster than average. Any player can still use it, but we believe faster swingers will get even more distance from the Vero X1 than we did.
Centred shot spins and flies
Shots made with the middle iron were accurate, had a mid-height trajectory, and had manageable spin. We would struggle to retain the greens if the ball had any less spin because it would bubble. The Vero X1 will gradually spin more as you increase your loft, and you really don’t need a launch monitor to witness it. Simple as day.
Spin and flight in a quick snap
The Vero X1 definitely shines in this area. We had little trouble holding the green from inside 100 yards, and we were happy to see several of our shots land on target. In fact, the Vero X1’s durability around the greens completely astounded us. Even chips and pitches appeared to have more spin, and the responsive strong but not tinny feel made it simpler to determine whether or not we hit the shot solidly.
The ball’s stability and consistency in the air are greatly influenced by OnCore’s revolutionary perimeter-weighting technology, but we believe you’ll also notice it on the greens. Weight is pushed to the ball’s edge, and when the putter strikes the ball, this harder feel and satisfying click are produced. It’s the kind of feel-better player that players frequently want to aid them in feeling their putts, assessing their putting ball hitting more accurately, and enhancing their distance management.
A venerable tour-level golf ball is the Vero X1. It’s perfect for players with higher swing speeds who want a ball that is reliable and simple to handle around the greens because it boasts a lot of tee shot yardage and high short shot spin rates.