Written By: Chris Conley
Every once in a while a company reaches out to us about reviewing their product, and some of the companies are so over the top or gimmicky that we kindly turn them down, however OnCore golf intrigued me so much to the point I was waiting at the mailbox for their package to show up. I had recently been watching the best of the PGA Merchandise show in Orlando on the golf channel, when they reached out, and during that feature OnCore was talked about several times; at first I thought it was a joke, a golf ball with a metal core couldn’t possibly conform to PGA rules could it? The answer is yes and for some golfers out there, this ball will completely change your game.
Perimeter weighting, a term heard quite frequently when referring to new drivers, irons or even putters on the market but have you ever heard it in reference to a golf ball? That is exactly what OnCore did on the MA-1.0, they shifted the weighting of the golf ball more to the perimeter in order to cause more inertia at impact and less side spin; the result a longer straighter ball flight. How did OnCore do this, by using a material thus far unknown in the golf ball world, metal. Yes that is right the core of the golf ball is metal, a hollow proprietary Metallic Core, provides a sound structural base, making a higher moment of inertia. The next layer is a high performance polymer, that helps transfer the energy from the club face to the steel core which should add distance. OnCore uses 432 dimples to increase lift, which in turn increases carry and total drive distance. One thing I noticed about this ball is you can see the seem where the two halves were put together, this isn’t noticeable in other balls because the interior is poured into the ball, however being metal the polymer blend hand to be formed around the metal core making the seem slightly visible but doesn’t hinder it’s performance in anyway.
As many of you know at AGG, we don’t go off numbers or have any other way of testing a golf ball besides simply playing with the ball; which what better way of learning how a ball works and reacts then simply playing a few rounds with it? Besides I was never very good at Math or Science in school, haha. First before I ever hit a shot, I took the ball out of the sleeve and it feels very tacky, yet very hard. Normally from my experience the tackier a ball, the softer it is, however the MA-1.0 is a harder ball (Duh Metal Core!) but is still very tacky which I like on and around the greens. The first hole at my local course has water crossing the fairway at a certain yardage, that I have never hit a ball into before; on the first tee shot with the OnCore, that ball went in the water and was gone for good. I was a little upset I lost a ball but that drive was 15 yards longer (on a wet day, so not much roll) than my normal drive. On top of being longer the ball flew higher and straighter than my normal shot flight, however this was the first shot of the day, so I wanted to see if this continued or it was just a fluke. After playing my round, I found that the MA-1.0, did in fact fly higher and have a straighter ball flight than most any ball I have hit. Now I will get into how the ball reacts in different aspect of the game but the first thing that needs to be pointed out is the sound this ball makes against the driver, the only thing I can compare it to is growing up playing baseball and a fastball hitting a metal bat has a certain ping to it, the OnCore sounds the same coming off the driver face. You can literally tell how good of contact you made by the sound of the ping at impact. Now off the tee the ball is long, straight and high, how is it around the greens? Being that the ball is a little harder, around the greens it rolled out more than I would like, however it wasn’t as bad as some of the distance balls or Rock-Flights I have tried, it doesn’t land nearly as soft as a Pro-V1 or B330 series by Bridgestone but it will check up eventually, just a little more roll than I am used to. However once you get the ball on the green, I don’t know if there is a golf ball on the market that rolls smoother off the putter face. With the perimeter weighting, and the heavier metal core the ball starts rolling off the putter face and stays rolling true and straight through the entire roll. Some of the softer balls on the market that are designed for spin, sometimes are so soft they skip slightly off the putter face, with OnCore the ball starts rolling the moment the putter face makes contact.
Overall some might look at this ball as yet another gimmicky novelty toy on the golf market, and I can tell you it is far from that. Most golfers, unless you have a very high swing speed will add distance with this ball; in my opinion you will also make more putts, the only downside is the lack of spin around the greens on approach and chips shots. One thing is for sure when you strike this ball with your driver, everyone in your foursome will look around and wonder what the hell that noise was. At $42 a dozen, they are little pricier than I would like to see however, they do play well, but when golfers pay that much for a dozen I tend to think they are going to reach for a name they know.
You can find OnCore’s Website HERE.
More About the Author - Chris Conley
Chris is the founder of Average Guy Golf, he plays at an 11 handicap and has recently changed from TaylorMade to an all Ping line up, besides his Xenon putter. Chris who is 34 started, playing golf when he was 15 and one Mr. Eldric Tiger Woods hit the scene and made golf popular. He has a daughter who is 4 and loves going to the golf course, and practicing with her new Pink golf clubs that Santa brought her. Chris's goal with the site is to make your next round more enjoyable regardless of your score.