A spherical indentation-based method and its numerical verification, which is capable of identifying the plastic properties, have been respectively provided by our previous work [P. Jiang, et al., J. Mater. Res.24, 1045 (2009)] and [T. Zhang, et al., J. Mater. Res.24, 3653 (2009)]. To examine its effectiveness for practical application, 10 typical metals were selected to perform experimental verifications. Here, the above method was used in combination with the Oliver–Pharr model to avoid its dependence on the previously known elastic modulus. To obtain reliable results, a reasonable calibration has been performed for the used spherical tip with imperfect shape. Finally, the present verification has shown that the deviations of yield strength and elastic modulus obtained from the indentation tests are at most 40% but are generally within 25%. And the effect of the difference in constitutive relationships between the ideal model and the actual material on the accuracy of the indentation-based method has also been illustrated.