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Spotted: PXG 0811X Driver

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There’s a new PXG driver being tested in Hilton Head at the RBC Heritage this week. Called the 0811X, the driver is said to be 400-500 rpm lower spinning than the company’s original 0811 driver and offer slightly more draw bias, according to a PXG representative. And like the 0811, it measures 460 cubic centimeters.

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PXG 0811 (left) and 0811X (right) drivers.

PXG, an upstart golf equipment company that has generated an unprecedented amount of buzz for a variety of reasons — its billionaire founder Bob Parsons, its exclusiveness, the company’s unique technologies and high-profile PGA Tour staff, for starters — has reduced the amount of weight-adjusting screws used from 16 in the 0811 to 11 in the 0811X.

Related: What makes PXG irons and wedges so different?

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PXG 0811X (left) and 0811 (right) drivers.

Charles Howell III, a PXG Staffer, is said to be testing the 0811X at Hilton Head.

Related: See that clubs Charles Howell III is currently using. 

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PXG_0811X_driverPXG_0811X_addressPXG_0811X_faceClick here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the 0811X in our forum.

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  1. Pingback: Is next PXG driver on the way soon? USGA conforming list may hold clues | Golf

  2. Sad Smizzle

    Apr 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Great advertising for clubs that perform like every other. Nothing spectacular about it.
    Ask your players to play with range balls if the clubs are that good, Mr Parsons. Because you know they all want to play Pro-Vs and it’s the ball not the club

    • Sad Smizzle

      Apr 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Says the guy who knows all about it because he did it first

      • Sad Smizzle

        Apr 13, 2016 at 2:49 am

        Oy vey. I hope the moderators remove this idiot and block him from posting forever

        • Sad Smizzle

          Apr 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

          I’m going through a tough time right now but I plan on being out of my mom’s basement in six months

          • Loser Smizzle

            Apr 14, 2016 at 3:03 am

            Such a loser that he has to pretend to be somebody else because he doesn’t even know who he is when he looks at herself in the mirror

        • Sad Smizzle

          Apr 13, 2016 at 12:35 pm

          Yeah that’s why I started this thread and you’re at the back

  3. Nick

    Apr 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I’m not a big fan of the matte finish on the crowns. These clubs look fantastic up until that point. The price is obviously another thing. There is little to no prestige in this company, and although the history is in the process of being written, I don’t see how the golf community will embrace a manufacturer that charges what PXG does. Interested to see how the train rolls in the coming years.

    • stephenf

      Apr 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I think the premise is a big roll of the dice that goes something like this: We’re charging insane prices because our stuff is _that_ much better. If these things get out there and good players find out they’re really _not_ that much better — maybe about as good as the best any other premium company puts out — you’ll see the bottom drop out quickly after that.

      It could be that if they’re really not noticeably better than anybody else’s best, selective perception will carry them for a while — as in, “Because I paid so much for them, I hear the angels sing every time I hit them.” So much of evaluating a new club is pure subjectivity, and that can be affected so much by the need to perceive value. Many players will remember the great shots, great feels, etc., and the bad ones won’t register (hey, it’s a new club anyway), at least for a while. (The same happens when somebody’s into a new instructional thing, too. You find what you want to find, for a while.)

      Or, I guess, maybe they really are that good. I’ve just seen it before, with some big new thing. Everybody loses their minds, there’s a wave of “it’s clearly the best ever,” and then it subsides. But we’ll see.

      • stephenf

        Apr 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

        [Sorry — there were paragraph breaks when I wrote it. Don’t know what happened.]

  4. Mark

    Apr 12, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Are Ping taking them to court? A g25 with a few bits of welding and drilling.

    • Ben

      Apr 12, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Pxg designers are from ping! They own the patents!

      • Beefhouse

        Apr 13, 2016 at 7:04 am

        I’m not an expert on US law, but typically IP rights vest with the company, not the employee. I expect the leavers will also be subject to non-compete/non-solicit restrictions that should prevent them from poaching Ping ideas and staff.

  5. Charlie

    Apr 12, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Conflicting images?

    1st image shows 0811X with no marker on crown. 4th picture shows marker on crown.

    Looks like the 0811x actually has the marker, and is deeper faced. Much like the Taylormade SuperTri and SuperDeep.

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Honma T World 747 Rose Proto MB irons are coming to retail

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When Justin Rose signed with Honma in at the beginning of January, speculation ensued as to which irons the Englishman would play. Quickly, we learned Rose would game T World 747 Rose Proto MB irons — and he took to the clubs quickly, winning the Famers Insurance Open later that month.

So, clearly, the S20C mild steel irons work for Rose, as they’ve been in his bag since that point, but will they work for the general consumer? Up until this point, we’ve been unable to answer that question, as the irons were tour only. With today’s news, however, we now know Rose Proto irons are coming to retail.

According to the company, the irons, which are forged at Honma HQ in Sakata, Japan, are the result of several months of testing and modification in conjunction with Rose.

The world No. 2 had this say: “The idea of having a hand in the collaborative design process for my set of clubs was extremely exciting. Working with the Honma master craftsmen to create an iron that felt and looked great for me was one of the biggest thrills of my career.”

The irons feature varying CG throughout the set to achieve Rose’s preferred trajectories and a combination satin front and mirror back finish, as well as blended muscleback design.

Full specs below.

Rose Proto MB irons will sell for $175 USD per club and will come in a 4-10 iron set configuration. The company will also offer a 3-iron separately.

 

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Spotted: Dustin Johnson with new Fujikura Ventus prototype at the Masters, RBC Heritage

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Beyond the obvious big news of some guy named Mr. Woods winning his fifth green jacket this past weekend, there were some pretty interesting developments with another player that runs on a first name basis or at least initials: DJ switched drivers MID tournament and had a new Fujikura Ventus prototype shaft to go along with his new TaylorMade M6 as he took on Augusta National Saturday and Sunday.

We don’t have all the details yet, but from what we have heard so far this new Prototype Black Ventus is an even lower launching version of the blue Ventus currently available. If history is correct, and we are looking at a line extension, then the colors tell a lot of the story. The Atmos line features both a blue and black version with a final higher-launching red version to round out the series in what Fuji calls their color-coded launch system to make fitting and product recognition just that much easier.

Photos of the “black” prototype via Fujikura.

It’s not unusual for shaft companies like Fujikura to bring out prototype profiles utilizing technologies from their newest lines to try and get them into the bags of more players. Fuji’s newest technology is VeloCore, and we have already seen it adopted at a high rate. Here is some more info from Fujikura to explain the technology

“VeloCore is a multi-material core comprised of ultra-high modulus Pitch 70 Ton Carbon Fiber (about 150% stronger and more stable than T1100g) and 40 Ton bias layers that are the full length of the shaft for incredible stability. VeloCore Technology promotes consistent center-face impact and provides ultimate stability, tightening dispersion and increasing control. The result is a shaft that maximizes the MOI (moment of inertia) and ball speed of your clubhead through the reduction of twist during the swing and at impact, especially on off-center hits.”

This makes sense, considering any contact made beyond an absolutely perfect (almost impossible from a physics standpoint) strike in line with the COG of a driver head traveling at 120 mph will result in twisting at impact — MOI is maximized in driver heads to increase stability along with spin with Ventus and VelocCore, Fujikura thanks to their Enzo system, is better understanding how that relationship works with the shaft to produce new and better products.

Anyway, since we know DJ deviated from his traditional Fujikura Speeder Evolution II Tour Spec driver shaft for his weekend rounds this past weekend, we can expect to see it again this week at the RBC Heritage this week at Hilton Head, and we’ll have our eyes peeled to see where else this shaft pops up on tour.

Johnson teeing off during Wednesday’s RBC Heritage Pro-Am.

 

 

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WRX Spotlight: Bridgestone e12 Speed and e12 Soft golf balls

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Product: Bridgestone e12 Speed and e12 Soft golf balls

The Pitch

Per Bridgestone: “Speed: 3-piece surlyn golf ball that delivers sidespin reducing performance, with explosive distance off the tee with a solid feel. 105 MPH and up swing speeds. Soft: 3-piece surlyn golf ball that delivers sidespin reducing performance, with added distance off the tee with a softer feel. 105MPH and lower swing speeds.”

Who is it for?

The pitch seems simple enough…. Bridgestone, who has emerged as a competitor year in and year out in the golf ball market, gives us the “e class” product that will suit the golfers from 10-handicap and up.

What’s in it?

The key words here are Active Acceleration Mantle…both the Soft and the Speed have it, but AAM will deliver in different ways on each. In the Speed ball, the AAM allows Bridgestone to firm up the core giving your higher speed player optimal launch conditions, tight dispersions, and enough feel around the greens to satisfy.

For the Soft ball, the AAM allows Bridgestone to soften the core up a bit giving your lower speed players a helping hand off the driver and ultimate touch around the greens where that player profile needs it the most.

Director of Content Johnny Wunder on the Bridgestone e12 Speed and Soft

As a player who has been in the same ball for almost 20 years (Pro V1X), my open-mindedness to trying something outside of that category has been nil. But after having a great convo with Elliot Mellow (Bridgestone Golf Ball Sales Manger), I became curious about their take on a ball for players like my buddy Dave (high speed/high handicap) or even my father (low spin/low speed/mid handicap).

Bridgestone e12 Soft

My big take away is…this is a FUN golfball. Fun in the fact that both models do and feel as they are advertised. The Soft is spinny off the driver and forgiving around the greens. How that translates to your higher handicapper is around the greens when you don’t clip it just right off of a wedge, the ball doesn’t take off on you. The first hop is straight up not straight forward. You can see where I’m going there. Off the big stick, it translates into being able to carry a hazard, bunker, etc without sacrificing control due to lack of spin. Your distance gains come from elevation and height, not necessarily raw yardage distance.

The Speed is well…fast. It’s hot, holds its line in the wind and rolls out when it hits the ground. Around the greens, it’s serviceable for a higher handicap. It’s not a players ball around the greens, in my opinion. The feel off the face doesn’t match up. However, I’m guessing if you took blind feel out of it and put all these on a Trackman, the Speed ball would still hold water around the greens.

Bridgestone e12 Speed

At $29.99/dozen, if you like experimenting with a new nugget here and there, try this one. It’s fun and the company fulfills the promises made on the box. Can you really ask for much more?

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