Oncore MA-1.0 Golf Ball Review: What Can a Hollow Metal Core Do for You?
Multi-piece construction, the latest cores and covers that chemistry can come up with, and dimple designs that undergo aerodynamic scrutiny similar to an Italian sports car make it difficult for indy golf brands to make noise in the ball scene. So how do you do it? Using a hollow, metal core is a good place to start.
To begin, we’re not talking about some exotic metal compounds here. This isn’t “unobtanium”, we’re not forcibly removing indigenous peoples from their homestead which lies upon deposits of this metal. It’s just a proprietary alloy, but the hollowness of the core is what matters.
Let’s talk about the construction first.
- high strength alloy core moves weight to perimeter; allows high moment of inertia
- polymer mantle assists in energy transfer; manages spin control with irons
- 392 dimple ionomer cover designed to “increase lift and distance”
“…Lift and distance.” that lift part had us a bit worried. And, unfortunately, the ionomer cover won’t grip as much as urethane, and it’s becoming increasingly easy to find urethane balls around and sometimes below $30. That does mean the Oncore MA-1.0 should be durable, whereas most urethane balls — unlike the impressive Srixon Z-Star XV — scuff easily.
How does the Oncore MA-1.0 perform?
Shortly we will be adding a Flightscope to our testing so that we can include data analytics to the qualitative, feel approach of our reviews. Until then, let’s concern ourselves with how the Oncore MA-1.0 performs on the course.
Driver & Woods
If you say that a ball’s core is developed to reduce side spin, then the expectation for the driver and woods is already set. In this case, we’re expecting minimal movement left and right, and we’re expecting a lot of roll after landing.
The expectations were correct. The Oncore MA-1.0 will not easily move side to side. If your shots go further left or right than straight, then see a teaching professional because this ball isn’t a miracle worker. If you actively work your shots left and right, don’t bother. This ball isn’t for you
Flight from long irons is similar to woods in that the Oncore was very straight, dispersion was far more consistent, and it didn’t deviate far from center. It feels slightly hard on contact, but the theme of the MA-1.0 is without a doubt straight consistency.
When it comes to short irons, you had better know your distances because it matters with this ball. Eliminating misses to the sides is nice, but getting rid of spin to do so means the ball won’t stop quickly, and we found this out the hard way. It took half of a round to correct landing zones to accommodate for that extra roll out, but before adjustments were made, it meant playing a lot of shots from the back of the green.
This will be short. Using the Oncore MA-1.0 with wedges was interesting. It was fun. This ball has “bump-and-run” written all over it. It can be checked with some effort, but don’t expect spin back, and have a good time if you land in a flop-only scenario. Prepare for long putts coming back.
I have this friend who, at one time, was very new to golf, its etiquette, and its rules. He was naturally gifted, but just didn’t know much beyond hitting the ball into the hole.
He and I walked onto the green after our approach shots. I was away, so I cleaned my ball and hit my putt.
Looking very confused, my friend said, “You putt with the same ball you hit your other shots with?”
Me: “What are you talking about?”
Apparently someone had given him the idea that pros putt with a different, special ball, a ball that they don’t hit other shots with.
That’s a true story, and it’s a long way to say that if you were allowed a special “putting ball” that was different from the ball you use on your other shots, the Oncore MA-1.0 would be that ball. The perimeter weighting makes for the easiest moving ball out there, and the hollow core makes for a very quiet and satisfying knock on contact. For someone that tends to leave putts short, the Oncore MA-1.0 seemed to have radar for the hole.
Final Verdict on the Oncore MA-1.0 Review
The Oncore MA-1.0 has its pros and cons. The pros are that it really will be one of the straightest balls that you’ve ever hit, it will be one of the most consistent balls that you will ever hit, and it’s very durable. The cons are that it isn’t very long, and you’re sacrificing greenside precision by eliminating that spin.
This ball isn’t for everybody, and it should be considered in that sense. A low handicap golfer will be completely unsatisfied with this ball. But higher handicap players will see it as a life saver. The next best ball at eliminating side spin is — in this reviewer’s opinion — the Bridgestone e6, and the Oncore MA-1.0 is miles ahead of it.
If you’re looking to get straighter, the Oncore MA-1.0 retails for $30 per dozen.