DUFF TEST: OnCore Golf MA-1.0 Golf Ball

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OnCore Golf, an upstart golf equipment company that began as a Kickstarter campaign, is pleased to announce their new MA-1.0 golf ball has been approved as a conforming ball by the USGA. When we heard about this exciting news, we knew that we had to try out a sample of the world's only hollow metal-core golf ball. That's right: hollow metal-core.

What does a metal-core golf ball do for your game? According to OnCore, the biggest benefit comes from the metal core pushing the ball's weight closer to its perimeter. This translates to less sidespin, which means less wayward shots and (hopefully) lower scores.

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So can OnCore golf balls help lower my scores, and do they really fly and roll straighter? We spent an afternoon with a sleeve of these balls to find out.

The Test

As we didn't have the benefit of a ball launch monitor or any other fancy equipment at our disposal, our test resorted to an old-fashioned eye test. Besides, I don't really care what a machine tells me about my golf game. If I can see results, that's good enough for me.

We took three OnCore MA-1.0 golf balls and pitted them against three other well-known premium ball brands on the market. Our method of testing was three-fold: long shots (any shot longer than 100 yards), short game (any shot within 100 yards), and putting. We did not record how far our shots flew, as the main marketing focus of OnCore is to increase accuracy.

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After each shot we would gauge how close the ball landed/stopped near a predetermined target in yards. Again, we simply used old-fashioned methods of measurement to determine shot dispersion.

The Results

Overall, the OnCore MA-1.0 golf balls performed admirably when compared to balls from "bigger brands."

I'm a relatively straight hitter most of the time, however my "big miss" is a hook, especially on longer shots. In comparison to the other brands tested, the OnCore MA-1.0 ball routinely landed between 3 - 5 yards closer to my target than the other balls. To put that in perspective, that could mean the difference between hitting the green or not in most situations.

With short shots, I did not notice much difference between OnCore's golf balls and the others in the test. There are likely many reasons for this, including the fact that the higher-lofted clubs one would use in this situation are also more accurate overall, regardless of golf ball. There was no significant I could measure in terms of accuracy. However, I did notice the OnCore MA-1.0 seemed slightly easier to control spin rates on wedge shots.

Finally, I also did not see much difference on the putting green between the OnCore MA-1.0 golf ball and the other balls tested. Putting isn't my strongest point in my game, but I could not determine any significant difference among any of the golf balls.

Overall Impression

While the OnCore MA-1.0 did seem more accurate on longer shots, I do not have enough data to determine if that is a direct result of the ball's build or a placebo effect (i.e. "this ball is supposed to go straighter, so my swing will improve because of that promise").

As a secondary finding, I was very pleased with how easy the ball's spin was to control around the greens. Admittedly, I did not expect that to be the case with a metal-core ball. These are almost balata-like.

If you are looking for a new golf ball that may increase your shot accuracy, give the OnCore MA-1.0 balls a try. For more information visit www.oncoregolf.com.