The Omen Metal Core Golf Ball by OnCore Golf

the omen metal core golf ballNow 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.  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.

Also, take a minute to check out their Facebook page and “like” them to keep up on all the latest news at OnCore Golf.


14 Replies to “The Omen Metal Core Golf Ball by OnCore Golf”
  • Jake Kasel
    October 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Christian,

    My name is Jake Kasel pronounced (Castle) and I am 14 years old. I am very new to blogging and I love to play golf. I tried out for my high school golf team this past summer and made jv. I really like this post about the the Omen Metal Core Golf Ball because it’s metal obviously and I wonder how it plays to my golf game. I sadly am rapping up golf season here in the Wasatch mountains of Utah and the snow is starting to settle in, but I will for sure try this ball out next season.

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  • Daryl Stewart
    October 18, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I am very interested in trying out this “Metal Core” ball. Though it seems that distance, the most wanted feature of a golf ball, is not the strong point of the unique ball. What is?

  • taylormade golf clubs
    October 19, 2011 at 3:11 am

    is this going to be a new fashion in golf? Metal core is quite interesting! I have to let more people know about this cute golf ball.

  • Robert
    October 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Like new stuff, would love to see some green friendly golf balls on the market!

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    October 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

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  • 1SmartGolfer
    October 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Great article and comparison. We’re extremely excited to run deals with Oncore in the near future. For great golf discounts check us out on 1smartgolfer dot com. Only Golf Deals All the TIme.

  • Steve
    October 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Hey Russel,

    Thanks for the interest, we have a promo code running for 15% off, just enter “holmes” if you decide to purchase The Omen (it will work for your friends as well). Thanks again.

    Steve Coulton
    VP, OnCore Golf

  • Catalina31
    October 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Golf balls can be very expensive.As a beginner you will appreciate the quality that makes a golf ball expensive. There will be plenty of torque rolls, seam movement, and much more. This is why golf balls for beginners should be cheap and replaceable.Range balls are also a good selection of various enthusiasts and beginners. They are available in every practice area.

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  • Phil_Byatt
    November 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Golf is very exciting sports if you’ll just understand the concept of the game,but I just hope in the near future it will be more accessible even if you only have less money.

  • summerhathway
    November 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

    This so interesting

  • Golf_Florida
    November 10, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Very interesting product and great write-up – the price for this product does not seem to be overly costly, either. Not much to spend on finding a ball that suits you well and you enjoy playing with!

  • Jason S.
    November 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Metal core? This is definitely a new one for me. But im always up for trying something new to improve my game and my slice! Can’t wait to try them out.

    – Jason S.

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