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PXG goes big with 0311XF irons

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There’s a new addition to the PXG iron family. The company’s new 0311XF irons use the same technologies as its 0311 and 0311T irons, but have larger club heads to offer golfers “Xtreme Forgiveness.”

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“We’d all love to hit the ball perfectly every time, but the truth is many of us don’t,” said PXG founder Bob Parsons. “Most players struggle with imperfect swings and for some playing a blade can be intimidating. So, we engineered a game-improvement iron that is even more forgiving than the original PXG 0311 irons and just as sexy. Trust me, forgiveness has never felt so good.”

0311XF Tech Specs

  • Blade Length: Approximately 0.173-inches longer than the 0311.
  • Club Face: Approximately 0.1-inches larger than the 0311.
  • Sole Width: Approximately 0.065-inches wider than the 0311.
  • Offset: Approximately 0.173-inches larger than the 0311.

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The 0311XF irons use the company’s TPE Core Technology, which our Andrew Tursky detailed in this must-read story. Like the 0311 and 0311T irons, the 0311XF club heads are triple-forged. Unlike most forged irons, however, they have extremely thin faces thanks to their hollow-body construction and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) filling, which dampens vibrations and improves energy transfer for added distance.

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High-density tungsten weights are also used in the 0311XF design, and in conjunction with PXG’s signature perimeter weight on the back of the irons they optimize each iron’s center of gravity (CG) location.

“The longer blade length and wider sole help increase the moment of inertia and drive the CG back to create greater forgiveness and more dynamic loft at impact,” said PXG Chief Product Officer Brad Schweigert. “As a result, the clubs are incredibly forgiving and deliver outstanding mis-hit performance.”

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While the 0311XF irons target mid-to-high-handicap golfers who need extra distance and forgiveness, the game-improvement irons can also benefit the best players in the world. Take Charl Schwartzel, for example. The winner of this year’s Valspar Championship and the 2011 Masters loves his 0311XF 4 iron, saying he can hit it 260 yards off the tee.

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“[my 0311XF 4 iron] blends perfectly with my 0311 irons,” Schwartzel said. “You would never know that it’s a game-improvement club – and I like that.”

The 0311XF irons (about $300 each) are available in two finishes, Chrome and an Xtreme Dark, which uses a black Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coating and carries an upcharge of $150 per iron. Full sets, as well as mixed sets of the 0311, 0311T and 0311XF are available for purchase through PXG’s network of authorized fitters.

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  1. Messico

    Sep 7, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Heard these were made just for Tigers come back. Also making him some sweet non riding underwear too.

  2. SNBD

    Sep 7, 2016 at 1:34 am

    I love the comments here referring to saving money and spending it on lessons for the “higher handicap” player. If you are buying PXG, you could give a shit how much it costs. That’s the beauty of having MONEY. A lot of people with massive amounts of disposable income buy expensive things just because they can, including clubs for $3k. They drive Range Rovers, wear Rolex’s, and live in overly priced zip codes…..don’t hate just because you aren’t in the same boat.

    • Lou Loomis

      Sep 7, 2016 at 5:48 am

      I didn’t say don’t spend the money, you twit. I said spend the difference on lessons and practice to become a better ball striker. You look like a fool hacking around the course with $3000 sticks.

      • SNBD

        Sep 7, 2016 at 10:15 pm

        An Acura MDX drives as well as a Range Rover and a Fossil watch keeps time as well as a Rolex, why doesn’t everyone just buy the middle of the road item? PXG is on par with other high end stuff, it’s part status and part performance. Let’s be honest, if you are hacking up a course, you look like a fool no matter what you’re playing. Again, don’t hate just because someone wants to drop $3k on a set of clubs. Besides Lou, if someone is playing PXG, I highly doubt they’re playing the same tracks as you so, you don’t have to worry about them hacking up “your” course.

        • SNBD

          Sep 7, 2016 at 11:38 pm

          Classic response from someone who has nothing meaningful to say….resort to name calling.

      • Jim

        Sep 8, 2016 at 11:24 pm

        I love the videos of dipsticks crashing Ferraris & Lamborghinis – during routine driving – or losing control when showing off… F*k it…maybe if they spend the money on them & play more – there’s no where else to go on the ‘magic club ladder’

        maybe they WILL take lessons

  3. KK

    Sep 7, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Screws aren’t removable on the irons. So lame.

  4. Jim

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    We’re on same page…Shaft was actually 110gr Recoil…what I was saying is the combination of graphite & PXG’s already ‘muted’ feel gave me virtually no feedback – positive or negative…the heads feel so ‘soft’ – but not that ‘buttery’ yet solid Miura feel as described in the thread. So, UNLESS someone needed that level of ‘shock absorbency’ (IMHO) the graphite / PXG combo was ‘unsatisfying’ and most ‘forged’ players probably wouldn’t care for it either…

    Now if a person had some bad hand/wrist pain – even elbow pain (not caused by swing mechanics) there’s pretty much nothing more vibration reducing (or ‘soft’ on impact that I’ve hit (but he can cram the $150 black finish upcharge 😉

    • Jim

      Sep 7, 2016 at 11:10 am

      I hate it when this happens….write a reply, device says ‘server timed out’….page resets and wait. Still, later no reply appears – so write another one….then both appear – in this case hours later…. harrumph…

  5. Nate

    Sep 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    For a game improvement iron they look amazing. Looks wise nothing else on the market compares. Too bad they are $350 per club (from PXG’s instagram).

  6. Lee

    Sep 6, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    What a load of sh*te!

  7. Lester Diamond

    Sep 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I don’t see the purpose of mentioning Schwartzel’s length with this club. Like Desmond said, good for him, but for us mortals in means nothing. Should I go buy a Diablo 3-wood because Stenson can hit his 300 off the deck? Nonsense.

    • DeadFish

      Sep 6, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Yes you should because that is what drives club sales!

      A year ago someone won with an old TM Burner 9 degree driver. Every local golf shop was sold out within a day and no one could find one and if you did the price was higher than usual. Coincidence…I think not…

  8. msmizzllee

    Sep 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

    XTREME? Just like the Hammer X! The X stood for XTREME – I smell a billion dollar lawsuit!

    • desmond

      Sep 6, 2016 at 11:22 am

      You do know what the X stands for in “PXG”?

  9. OH

    Sep 6, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I love me some PXG but these are shovels. If you can’t hit the regular 0311 irons then you need to save yourself $3000 and go get some lessons.

    • Jim

      Sep 6, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Agreed!

    • desmond

      Sep 6, 2016 at 11:24 am

      I means Charl hits the 4i XF at 260 yds. So he has that going for him, and PXG has that going for them. I’d say if you can’t hit 7-PW in 0311, it’s not the club. For the longer to mid irons, some guys might prefer these in a liteweight graphite shaft over a hybrid.

    • KK

      Sep 7, 2016 at 12:06 am

      Yeah, Charl. What a scrub.

  10. Ace Edwards

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:24 am

    They’re not just selling golf clubs, they’re selling status, like a Rolex. And for some customers, they’re selling hope.

    I wonder if they will sell putters. Probably $500 and up.

    • OH

      Sep 6, 2016 at 10:20 am

      They’ve been selling putters for a while. And, yes, they are crazy expensive.

    • LabraeGolfer

      Sep 6, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Yeah old models were $400 and new ones are $500. I would rather play a Bettinardi any day of the week they were very meh.

    • Jim

      Sep 6, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      When Big Bertha Putter, it was 249. Same price as the steel ‘woods’ with graphite shafts & people freaked!
      “249 for a PUTTER WT#&? €?*#!?!” – Same peeps had 3 or 4 Callaway metals in the bag, but back then no production putter on the market was > $100. Eli took a couple steps back and pointed out “It’s the most important club! The only one you use on every hole!”…

      And now, NO one complains about those $300 Ping design clones (with nicer finishes) – bought right off the rack – without ever being fit AT ALL from Snotty….

      I got putter fit back when it was just taking off – black tent, HS camera – all based on getting the best roll on the ball – with ‘your stroke’….blah blah – shorten the story – I’m 6’2, bad back, stand tall and putt open. Playing mini-tours, Monday 4 spots, etc. Legit 1.2 hcp. Playing with lotsa injuries. Could go 5 under or 6 over same week. Anyway, we got the loft right but I had Liprosy for years. I would lip out 1-3 putts almost every round. Cost me several checks. So much so, it was a standing joke with the other guys “if he ever got ’em to go in” – etc.. Because all my clubs are 2up, with my stancen @ 35″ the putter felt good, eyes over ball etc… Center shaft face balanced half mallet style.

      Ten years later, when training to use the SAM Put Lab, I went through an extensive fitting session – it spit out so many numbers, Peltz would flip!
      ANYWAY, it said my putter should be 3 FLAT! A net 5 degree change NO ONE could have possibly told me that without me cracking up….So, we bent the stick and I rolled 10/10 in (FIRST TIME EVER!) from 12′ on our (flat as can be built) putter fitting surface…unfortunately, a bit late for my mini-tour days, but much knowledge was gained and no more liprosy!

      We sell beaucoup Edel & Machine custom made putters and will sell PXG’s if they work for the customer.

      BOTTOM LINE – I tell all my students – go start swinging every putter on the rack. If it doesn’t look right, or on the take away it doesn’t feel like it’s swinging nicely for you – put it down and try the next one. As big an equipment freak as I am, if the $9.99 discount rack zink POS works for you- BUY IT!

  11. Scooter McGavin

    Sep 6, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I don’t understand the hype over pxg clubs. They don’t look that good and they can’t feel any better than the other premium forged offerings on the market.

    • desmond

      Sep 6, 2016 at 7:34 am

      They have a unique feel – none other like it. No, it’s not Miura-like dense yet soft. PXG feels soft and vibration-free. If you want less wear and tear on the body, going with graphite shaft and with generous bounce, you get irons that are easy on the body, forgiving as heck, and perform well with a unique feel.

      • Scooter McGavin

        Sep 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

        Maybe I’ll just have to hit them. I like the way you describe Miura’s feel. Seems accurate. But my experience with Fourteen is they have that feel-nothing-at-impact softness. Which is actually why I tend to like Fourteen more than Miura…

        • Skip

          Sep 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm

          I experience the same thing. Anything Endo Forged, some Kyoei offerings, and definitely the Miura Giken stuff give you that soft, buttery feel at impact. The North American Miuras are firm and dense.

        • Jim

          Sep 6, 2016 at 3:17 pm

          Miura is more traditional – not ‘teched out’ like Epon…least “forgiving” of the three, if you add PXG.

          I prefer the Miura feel. No major OEM’s BEST Forged irons are as good. Period. No one’s hosel is as tight – Miura says it’s the most important part of the club for creating their superior feel & distance…

          The first PXG O swung – happened to have had a graphite shaft. There are people who would benefit from ZERO shock / sensation @ impact – I’m not there YET.

          Felt like hitting marshmallows with a swimming pool noodle….just not right –

          Unless there’s a pain issue, stick w/steel – even 90gr – if it’s a strength issue as well – buy Fourteens. Nothing better @ those weights

          • desmond

            Sep 6, 2016 at 5:34 pm

            I’ll disagree as to graphite iron shafts if marshmallow means soft or torquey. Try Aerotech if you want less torque than some steel. Recoils have more “feel.” For long term longevity and to lower the probabilty of shoulder, arthritis and other issues, find some heavy graphite if you need them, or the lighter stuff when you need it.

            • Jim

              Sep 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm

              No – I’m with you on all that – it was actually a 110 gr Recoil…what I meant is the PXG feel is so ‘muted’ anyway, good graphite (no one would put cheap ones in such expensive heads) is pretty much unnecessary and (IMHO) would provide virtually no physical feedback – good or bad 🙂

              Someone with severe arthritis, carpal tunnel or other hand/wrist pain or neuropthy may benefit from such minimal vibration/shock transmitted during impact…even some elbow pain (not caused by the swing action itself). 🙂

              • desmond

                Sep 6, 2016 at 10:49 pm

                I’m with you, but I’ve had friends with bad shoulders and arthritic fingers, and it’s possible that less vibration could help. I’m the guy with liteweight graphite and PXG, and it took me 2 months to figure out where I made contact without looking at the head. It can be done, it just takes time.

                • Jim

                  Sep 7, 2016 at 11:13 am

                  🙂

    • TF

      Sep 6, 2016 at 10:10 am

      I was a skeptic as well… But I had a chance to hit a PXG 6-iron while I was being fit for a driver back in January. It was a legitimate “oh wow” moment after the first swing. I wasn’t on a launch monitor so I can’t speak to the performance, but the feel was out-of-this-world. Was it worth the ultra-premium price? Probably not (for most of us). But it was definitely worth hitting a few times to see what else is out there!

  12. DevilDog18

    Sep 6, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Triple forged? … ooooh ok then, here are my next 3 mortgage payments

  13. Y. Wurry

    Sep 6, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Xtreme? Did we time warp back to 1995? The implosion of the golf equipment market can’t come soon enough.

  14. Lou Loomis

    Sep 6, 2016 at 5:52 am

    High handicappers would be better off using that money for lessons and range balls, instead of buying clubs that are no better than ones that can be bought for a 1/3 of the cost.

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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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It’s almost impossible that, over the past decade, you or someone you played golf with didn’t own an Adams hybrid. The fact that they can still be found in the bags of players on the PGA Tour demonstrates the kind of cult-like dedication some players have to those clubs.

They were in everyone’s bags—from low handicaps to golfers just trying to break 100. Simply, Adams was hybrids in the early-to-mid 2000s. In an age when many would still call them “cheater” or “old man” clubs, Adams pushed the envelope of design and ushered in a new era of small, workable-yet-forgiving, anti-left clubs.

Adams was also one of the first companies to do exclusive combo sets off the rack for better players with the initial Idea Pros and then later with the Idea Pro Golds. It’s a common practice now, but at the time it was revolutionary.

Here is a list of some of Adams’ all-time great hybrid designs.

Original Idea Pro – 2008

This is the one that started it all. After going through a number of tour issue prototypes leading up to the retail release, the Idea Pro had a lot of buzz, and it delivered. It wasn’t that other companies weren’t producing hybrids at the time, but the sheer popularity of the Adams outweighed what others had in the market thanks to it working its way to become the number one hybrid on the PGA Tour. It also came stock with an 80g Aldila VS Proto Hybrid shaft that was directly aimed at better players, and considering the aftermarket price of the shaft on its own, it made the Idea Pro a no brainer for those looking to replace harder-to-hit longer irons.

XTD – 2014

This was the final hybrid ever made by Adams and was packed with technology: all-titanium construction, crown, and sole slots for greater face deflection and ball speed—along with an adjustable hosel. TaylorMade had taken over ownership at this point and engineers at Adams took advantage by using the proprietary TaylorMade adjustable sleeve—this allowed for more shaft options for many golfers that had used TaylorMade hybrids in the past.

The entire XTD line from Adams was premium by design and from the driver to the hybrid, offered real-deal shafts and tight quality control. This is still a hard club to beat.

Idea XTD Super Hybrid Ti – 2012

You could argue the 2012 Super Hybrid XTD was the original bomber hybrid. Thanks to the multi-material titanium construction, it produced a higher-than-expected launch, along with exceptionally low spin. For faster players, this was a perfect control club off the tee and easily replaced a 5-wood (in the 19 degree). Don’t believe it? Check out this historic review from the GolfWRX Archives: GolfWRX.com – Adams Super Hybrid Review (2012)

Super 9031 – 2013

The Super 9031 was released the year after the original Idea Pro Blacks and featured an updated white paint job along with a technology upgrade that included both sole and crown slots for faster ball speeds compared to the original (hence the “Super” designation). It has a high toe, flatter lie angle, and open appearance from address—something better players love! Although I should attempt to be unbiased, I will admit that not only did I love these hybrids, but I still hold a place in one of my travel bags.

It’s not just me that has a sweet spot for the Super 9031, you can still find these in the bag of PGA Tour player Brian Gay.

Boxer A3 Idea – 2007

You might be wondering that after all of the others on the list, how the A3 earned its spot. Well, it’s quite simple. Just before the launch of the Idea Pro, the A3 and A3OS (oversized) were massive sellers at the retail level. The sets offered classicly shaped irons alongside easy-to-hit hybrid clubs into the longer clubs. Although never marketed towards better players, it did have a bit of a cult following to the point that even Vijay Singh was using one during the 2008 season in replacement of a 5-wood. They came stock with Grafalloy ProLaunch Red hybrid shafts and in both right and left-handed to outfit almost any player.

GolfWRXers, did you have any of these clubs? Check out the Cult Classic Clubs Discussion in the GolfWRX.com forums.

 

 

 

 

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