Product Reviews

Wyre Golf

Over the years, golfers have gotten tired of paying $48 for a dozen premium performing golf balls.  Every time, a golfer popped one into the woods it was costing a stroke and $5.00. Acushnet, the company that owns the Titleist brand, had owned this space with their Pro V1 golf ball.  For years, options remained limited, prices inched higher, and golfers grew frustrated.

Most recently, golf ball manufacturers have realized that there is a huge opportunity to create a premium ball at a more affordable price.  Companies like Vice, Oncore, and even Costco have moved into seize the opportunity  With the Kirkland Signature ball making the biggest splash in the marketplace, others are still vying to move in on Titleist's reign.

It's not happening just in the USA, In Germany, a company named WYRE Golf is making moves by selling it's golf balls online.  Born from the desire to spend less on golf balls and more on beer.  WYRE Golf has the purest of motivations behind it's efforts to bring you a high performance ball at a low price.

Wyre Golf offers 3 different versions of golf balls designed to fit golfers with 3 different types of skill sets.

  • Atlas - Built for the intermediate golfer a mixture of distance and control
  • Genesis - Designed for beginning golfers and golfers with slower swing speeds
  • Titan - Designed for the high end player, competes with the Pro V1

Today we will be focusing on my experience with the Titan as this is the sort of ball that I prefer.  

I took the Titan golf ball out with me on my trip to New York to show it some good times while testing it out on some pretty amazing surfaces.  Here is a quick breakdown of my findings.

  • Off the tee, the golfball flies deep with a strong penetrating flight.  The ball is forgiving on mishits with minimal sidespin.
  • The feel and sound of the golf ball with my iron shots was not as crisp and soft as I was used to.  Even though the control was certainly acceptable, this was true around the greens as well. 
  • The cast urethane cover is slightly different when compared to a TP5X or Pro V1 golf ball.  
  • The golf ball performs well after finding the green and bites nicely.
  • The Titan has a nice aiming line for putting.

 

The WYRE Titan golfball is certainly a high performing golf ball.  It just fits into a tier slightly below it's high performing counterparts.  The best news about the Titan is that it is priced well below the cost of the golf balls that it is competing with.  Coming in at 21 Euro or roughly $25, your performance to spend ratio is dramatically rising.

The bad news for American golfers is that WYRE is currently based in Germany and operating only out of The Middle East and Europe.  This means that these golf balls are not available in the USA.  Once the company raises enough capital to WYRE America, the mission will remain the same, to provide high performance golf balls at incredibly low prices.

European or UAE followers please use the promotional code "wyrekoenig" to receive a 15% discount on your first purchase.

OnCore Golf

When it comes to golf balls, I usually have a sleeve that I paid $10.50 for in the pro shop, and then I have a handful of "other" golf balls, which is a mix of what I found in the woods while searching for my drive.  The result of this strategy has allowed me to hit just about every golf ball on the market.  

As a 2 handicap, I am still drawn to the higher end golf balls that can deliver a consistent feel around the green but also give me some distance off of the tee.  Here are a couple of my thoughts on golf balls to warm you up to my experience.

  • As a youngster, I owned and operated my own golf ball business that involved retrieving used golf balls from the creeks of the local par 3 golf course.  At one point, I think I managed an inventory of around 2000 golf balls.
  • I am old enough to remember the balata golf ball that delivered about 2-3 swings worth of durability.  
  • I think golf balls cost too much.
  • If a golf ball can't last 9 holes without looking like it got into a fight with Mike Tyson (1987), I won't play that golf ball.
  • My golf ball should not feel like a rock when I hit it.
  • If I hit a crisp golf shot, that ball should check on the green and not bounce over the back.

When the folks over at OnCore Golf came to me and explained that they had engineered a new golf ball that they believe will change the game,  I was certainly willing to listen.  OnCore has developed the only ball employing a hollow metal core that is still deemed 'conforming' by the USGA.  That's great and all, but does this actually mean anything for my game?  I don't care if the golf ball is filled with jelly beans if it can go long and land soft.

Oncore makes an Avant and Caliber line for varying swing speeds and abilities.  

Oncore makes an Avant and Caliber line for varying swing speeds and abilities.  

I took the Avant ball out for a tour and over 6 rounds here is what I found.

  • The feel around the greens is pretty much the same as I was used to with higher end tour golf balls.
  • Distance wise, I noticed a slight edge, however this is tough to really calculate, as I am certainly not a swing robot.
  • Durability was excellent.  After 13 or 14 holes, the ball appears relatively new and only displays slight scuff marks from long bunker shots.
  • Probably the biggest difference was with the borderline shots.  With the technology producing lower spin off of the tee, I noticed I was able to 'get away' with a couple of off line shots.  OnCore's robotic testing has produced approximately 10% tighter shot dispersion.

One can easily conclude that OnCore Golf has developed a premium golf ball.  The big difference here is that you can purchase these golf balls for $20 a dozen.  That's right, one dozen premium golf balls for $20.  There certainly is a demand for premium golf balls at a reasonable price and OnCore is looking to capitalize.  Get in on the golf ball party here.