Now here’s something you probably haven’t seen before, a new metal core golf ball by OnCore Golf called “the Omen”. Yes you read correctly, this ball has a metal core, which is unlike all other golf balls you’ve ever played, which generally feature solid, polymer cores of varying characteristics. So what’s the theory behind the design of this ball?
From the OnCore Golf website.
The proprietary alloy used in our hollow-metal core combined with ultra-high performance polymer composite blends in the mantle layer shifts the ball’s weight to the perimeter, increasing the Moment of Inertia and reducing sidespin. The result is a straighter drive, more accurate iron shots, and laser-straight putts.
The guys at OnCore Golf were nice enough to send out a sleeve for me to test on the course and I have to say I was skeptical at first. I’m fairly traditional when it comes to golf equipment, so the idea of a ball with a hollow metal core was odd to say the least. I got out on the course and played approximately 9 holes with The Omen and a Pro V1x, which is my normal ball. I wanted to play the two balls side by side so I could get a real world comparison of how the Omen matched up against tried and tested balls.
The Driver – What I first noticed with tee shots was that the ball was very loud. Actually, I should say that the ball seemed to increase the sound level of the driver at impact. The metal core reacting with a titanium driver face gave off a louder “ping” than normal, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it was noticeable. After hitting a few tee shots with the Omen and a Pro V1x, the Omen was just slightly behind the Titleist in distance. Probably only 5-8 yards at most, and it’s difficult to attribute this to just the ball, when it could have been wind or even fairway conditions. The Omen had a nice trajectory and wanted to go straight. Now don’t get me wrong, you can slice or hook the hell out of this ball too…believe me I did it. But overall the Omen performed equally as well off the tee as the Titleist and may have been just a bit straighter. I think that golfers with slightly slower swing speeds might benefit from this ball as it definitely has less side spin, which should result in straighter shots.
Irons – I was worried that with the Omen’s metal core that the feel off the clubface wouldn’t be as soft as the Pro V1x, but it actually had a very good feel. Again, the Omen was very straight, but again, I noticed a slight loss of distance compared to the Titleist. Not much mind you, but the Omen didn’t seem to be coming off the face quite as hot as the Pro V1x. The Omen did produce excellent spin and stopped on a dime with 5-PW iron shots.
Chipping & Putting – Again, I was concerned with how the Omen would feel and perform with shots that required good touch and feel. Chipping and pitch shots felt great and reacted very well on the greens. The ball rolled nicely when putting and had a nice feel off the putter. I can’t say that it rolled any straighter or truer than the Titleist, but it was definitely comparable feel wise.
Overall Thoughts – I have to say that I wasn’t expecting the Omen to perform as well as it did against the Titleist ball. The only major downsides I could find were the slight distance disparity between the Omen and Pro V1x and the increased sound off the tee. I think this ball would be an excellent choice for mid to higher handicap golfers. And I wouldn’t doubt that many golfers in this category would see an increase in distance over a premium ball such as a Pro V1 or Callaway Tour iS, mainly due to the reduced spin characteristics of the Omen.
If you’re interested in trying out the Omen metal core golf ball for yourself, you can buy them directly from OnCore Golf at their website. http://shop.oncoregolf.com. A sleeve will set you back $9.95 and a dozen for $33.95. I highly recommend you get a sleeve and test them out for yourself. You might be surprised at how well they perform.
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