Recently, several brands have disrupted the golf ball industry — not least OnCore.
While the ELIXR and VERO X1 target mid-to-high handicappers at a relatively low price point, the VERO X2 sits right at the top end of the spectrum at $50/dozen.
In this review of the OnCore VERO X2 Golf Balls, I’ll take you through the specs and test out the full scope of performance — from tee to green.
OnCore VERO X2 Golf Balls
The OnCore VERO X2 Golf Ball is the brand’s latest premium offering targeted toward players with high swing speeds in excess of 110 mph.
In short, it’s a ball intended for advanced players looking for optimal feel and distance.
OnCore VERO X2 Golf Ball Specs
Below, you can see how the VERO X2 stacks up against the VERO X1:
The VERO X2 is a 4-piece golf ball, constructed similarly to its X1 predecessor.
Put simply, the ball comprises a solid core wrapped in a mantle — a high-modulus, metal-infused layer. This is followed by a nano-engineered transition layer, wrapped in a cast urethane cover which features 318 dimples for consistent flight.
At $50/dozen, the VERO X2 isn’t cheap. In fact, it’s on par with other premium offerings like the Titleist ProV1x ($55/dozen) and the TaylorMade TP5x ($50/dozen).
However, with this ball, OnCore is looking to compete directly with the major OEMs rather than undercut pricing. If you’re looking for a cheaper ball, then look towards the brand’s ELIXR model which offers great value at just $30/dozen.
While I’m certainly not an advanced player, I took the VERO X2 onto the golf course to see how it performs in the hands of a mid-handicapper.
With the driver, I found the VERO X2 to perform similarly to the X1. That’s certainly not a negative — both helped to limit the effects of side spin caused by a slice.
The ball is firm, coming off the face of the driver with a satisfying *ping* that you’d expect from a premium ball at the top end of its pricing bracket.
While it was a calm day when I tested the ball, I’d imagine the ball would perform considerably well in windy conditions due to the penetrative, low-spin flight.
Overall distance was impressive. Also, the firmness of the ball likely contributed to significant roll-out on the fairways for some useful extra yards.
As for the longer approach shots with my hybrid and irons, the VERO X2 felt balanced off the face with a pleasingly high ball flight.
OnCore states that the VERO X2 is optimized for “high trajectory shots [that] maximize distance along with exceptional performance and accuracy.”
Essentially, this is due to the brand’s proprietary perimeter weighting technology. The mantle layer in the ball bears a lot of the mass, which distributes weight to the edges of the ball rather than in the center of the core.
I found this to be true in practice — the ball launched well and gave me the confidence to stop the ball on the greens, without the risk of the ball rolling off the back.
Around the greens, the OnCore VERO X2 excels.
With full wedge shots, I found the ball to spin to a similar extent as other premium balls.
As for delicate pitch and chip shots, the VERO X2 felt great off the clubface with a nice feel and sound. The ball reacted off the greens as I drew up the shot in my head.
Also, the firm cover leads to excellent durability. I found hardly any blemishes on the ball after testing it from various turf lies and bunkers — with a set of fresh Vokeys.
With the putter, the VERO X2 is fairly hard — but not too hard.
Despite being the firmest of the brand’s offerings, the VERO X2 certainly didn’t feel too hot off the face of the putter. I was pleased with the feel, and the speed control felt as good as any other premium golf ball I’ve used on the greens.
The ball left the face with a satisfying muffled *click* — as you’d hope!
Who Is the OnCore VERO X2 Golf Ball For?
Essentially, OnCore states that the VERO X2 ball is designed for faster golfers with swing speeds pushing beyond the 110 mph mark.
However, if you’re anywhere around 100 mph — this ball is perfectly good.
As mentioned, it’s not a cheap ball. It’s a premium ball, at a premium price!
Ultimately, the OnCore VERO X2 Golf Ball is a great premium option. If you hid the logo, you’d be hard-pressed to tell it apart from a Titleist ProV1x.
The VERO X2 is plenty long in the distance category, yet the firm cover still feels great around the greens for delicate pitch and chip shots.
Nevertheless, it’s expensive at $50/dozen. Personally, I’m not sure if the ball is quite good enough to warrant being good value for money.
Having said that, the VERO X2 showed excellent durability. If you’re not prone to losing balls, then I’m sure you can get plenty of use out of each one.