Connect with us

Equipment

Less Spin, More Feel: PXG’s 0811X Drivers, 0341X Fairways and 0317X Hybrids

Published

on

Golfers won’t need a launch monitor to know something is different with PXG’s new line of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. While the new clubs look nearly identical to the company’s original line of metal woods, they don’t sound or feel the same thanks to a new technology that also offers performance benefits.

0811X_Cutout

It’s a situation described as a “twofer” in the design world. The addition of a proprietary thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) insert inside PXG’s new metal woods not only dampens vibrations at impact to create softer feel, but it also give the clubs a lower the center of gravity (CG) that will help many golfers hit longer, straighter shots.

Robot Results: Spin Reduction of PXG’s new Metal Woods

  • 0811X Driver: 600-800 rpm lower
  • 0341X Fairways: 300-400 rpm lower
  • 0317X Hybrids: 200-300 rpm lower

It was PXG’s Chief Product Officer Brad Schweigert who had the idea to use the TPE insert, which is made of the same polymer material the company uses to fill the inside of its irons. In designing the new metal woods, he and his team found that the more of the special polymer they used, the more successful the clubs were in testing. They could only use so much, however; otherwise, it would make the club heads too heavy for golfers to use effectively.

The bigger, the better. A honeycomb TPE insert improves the CG location and acoustics of the new PXG metal woods.

The bigger, the better. A honeycomb TPE insert was added to the soles of the new metal woods to lower CG and improve acoustics.

So Schweigert and his team went about finding ways to reduce the weight of the finished club heads. They followed the industry trend giving the metal woods carbon-fiber crowns, providing a savings of 10-14 grams of weight per club head compared to their all-titanium predecessors. Schweigert also had an idea to improve the TPE insert itself; he gave it a honeycomb structure, which added to its dampening properties while allowing it be made larger and lighter.

The TPE Structure "wraps" the moveable weights of the X line to soften feel at impact.

The TPE inserts “wrap” the sole weights of the clubs for a softer feel.

GolfWRX spotted prototypes of the 0811X driver being tested on the PGA Tour as early as last April, but PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons says his company didn’t release the clubs sooner because his team “kept finding ways to make it better.”

Speaking specifically about the 0811X driver, Parsons says, “This is going to be a spin killer that helps [golfers] completely.”

The new metal woods line has PXG’s signature moveable weights that allow golfers to easily adjust swing weight and trajectory bias. Moving the silver weights from back to front creates a lower-spinning trajectory, while moving them to the heel or toe can mitigate a slice or hook. The metal woods also have adjustable hosels with eight different settings that adjust loft as much as +/- 1.5 degrees and lie angle as much as -3 degrees.

Learn more about PXG’s new 0811X driver, 0341X fairway woods and 0317 hybrids below.

0811X Driver

  • Price: $850
  • Lofts: 9 degrees, 10.5 degrees, 12 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 57-60 degrees
  • Head Size: 460 cubic centimeters
  • MOI: 4800 g/cm2

The 0811X driver will be available in two different head weights: 207 grams and 199 grams. The 199-gram version, which uses a 6-gram lighter TPE insert, is called the 0811LX.

0341X Fairway Woods 

  • Price: $650
  • Lofts: 13 degrees, 15 degrees, 18 degrees, 21 degrees
  • Head Size: 151 cubic centimeters (15 degrees)
  • Lie Angle: 58 degrees (15 degrees)

The 0341 fairway woods have a thin, high-strength face design (0.075 inches) made from HT1770M steel. The targeted, assembled head mass is 215 grams (15 degrees).

0317X Hybrids 

  • Price: $550
  • Lofts: 17 degrees, 19 degrees, 22 degrees, 25 degrees, 28 degrees
  • Head Size: 106 cubic centimeters (19 degrees)
  • Lie Angle:5 degrees (19 degrees) 

The targeted, assembled head mass is 235 grams (19 degrees).

Join the Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the 0311X/0311LX drivers, 0341X fairway woods and 0317X hybrids in our forum.

Your Reaction?
  • 133
  • LEGIT22
  • WOW8
  • LOL9
  • IDHT2
  • FLOP18
  • OB14
  • SHANK190

Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

53 Comments

53 Comments

  1. Stephen

    Apr 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I hit the new PXG driver with the Hazardous shaft and it is a spin killer. My launch numbers were better than anything else i have hit including the M1 and M2 with exotic shafts and the Ping LS. I need to hit the Epic SubZero but the new PXG driver is really good.

  2. Rod C

    Apr 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I’m curious to know why Cristie Kerr no longer appears to be a brand ambassador for PXG?

  3. Desmond

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    When you see PXG clubs reviewed on Forbes.com, you begin to recognize their market. They are good looking clubs – I’ve got irons and hybrids and enjoy them. The XF irons are great for lower to mid lofts. I can find similar performance in other clubs but tend to get clubs that are different. Enjoy.

  4. Fat Perez

    Mar 31, 2017 at 4:19 am

    A six hundred and fifty dollar fairway wood! 6 fitty?! 6 FIFTY?!! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

    As Iron Micahael Tyson would say, “Thass Ludacrith, ya nah I mean?!!”

  5. moses

    Mar 30, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    James Hahn
    291.7 and #100 in driving distance as of March 30,2017
    290.9 2016 #88
    295.1 2015 #50

    Didn’t do squat for James Hahn

    Zack Johnson picked up about 6.5 yards which is huge.

    • Jim

      Mar 30, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      Maybe he just hits it more consistently or confidently – years ago when I was playing mini-tour & weekly section events, I took an avg 25 yd loss switching from the original 975 6.5 driver to a 7 degree Ping ISI but it went dead straight – and shaping was easier… the 975 too easily ended up left of Nancy Pelosi when trying to curve it a little…..285 on fairway is better than 310 up against a tree…

  6. golfraven

    Mar 30, 2017 at 7:35 am

    If money is no question then why not. However, those sticks still need to perform otherwise where is the point of having those blings in the bag.

  7. memphys7

    Mar 30, 2017 at 6:38 am

    lie on the hybrid looks way too flat

  8. Dan

    Mar 30, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Golf Club prices are starting to remind me how expensive prescription drugs and health care is getting. Pretty soon we’ll have 24 million less golfers.

  9. BD57

    Mar 29, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    IMO, GolfWrx would do well to get rid of comments on articles – far more snark than light ….

    It’s a shame, really.

    • Jim

      Mar 29, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      PXG or Tiger – biggest click bait topics on here…shame… there were two interesting and appropriate topics last few weeks I really hoped to see a lot of responses to – one was about “Why are practice swings so good” – an eternal question I have my opinions on but wanted to see some discussion on and there were three replies to that one…

  10. westphi

    Mar 29, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    When it looks like hotmelt, acts like hotmelt, sounds like hotmelt…is it hotmelt??? Selling snow to eskimos Bobby…

  11. Barry S.

    Mar 29, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I’m not rich but I’m extremely handsome, I would be concerned with liability issues if one of the screws came loose and put someone’s eye out.

    • Jim

      Mar 30, 2017 at 9:39 am

      As opposed to the sliding weights on other clubs?…not gonna happen…

  12. Mr Muira

    Mar 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Mr Parsons, this technology is old. Back in the day we used to spray foam into the heads and knew this was the result. We just kept it to ourselves. Now you are charging a premium for 20 cents worth of material..lol…good luck to you for fooling the public.

  13. Wayne

    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    These clubs are a price joke for the everyday golf enthusiast. At 5000.00 dollars a set lot’s of luck selling them. So far all the PRO players that are playing these clubs have not won a tournament. Lidia Ko played Callaways last year and was number 1 in the world. She switched to PXG clubs and didn’t even make the cut in her last outing. What does that tell you?

    • E

      Mar 29, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      forget the week before she also played had over 20 birdied and no bogie’s. So what does that tell you?

  14. Wayne

    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I haven’t seen any PRO players that play the PXG clubs win a tournament. Lidia Ko switched from Callaway to PXG and missed the cut in her last outing. I guess her new 5000.00 clubs didn’t help her very much.

    • brian

      Mar 30, 2017 at 12:57 am

      james hahn won wells fargo, ryan moore won john deere, patrick reed won using just the 3 iron, pat perez won using the irons out of contract, rocco mediate won senior pga championship. brittany lang us womens open. Also two staff players playing on the ryder cup team. For a company only 2.5 years old to have the success it has had, including now having 10% of the iron market share in the US is flat out impressive. People might not like them or the price tag, but cant say they haven’t been successful

      • Jim

        Mar 30, 2017 at 10:02 am

        BOOM!

        PXG absolutely out perform virtually every single major OEM on off center/not perfect impacts….Measurably longer & way less dispersion…witnessed & measured hundreds of times on Trackman at our indoor outdoor facility. MY personal opinion is they have no ‘feel’ compared to Miura, Apex, or other ‘quality’ forged heads…

        I and many of our ‘good stick’ customers who gave them a serious workout – willing to buy them – ended up with something else BECAUSE they feel like hitting marshmallows, not cause they didn’t perform.

        Therefore, I’m not surprised more tour players aren’t playing them. After developing the feel and connection to the tool over the course of a lifetime – to play at that level, changing to something that feels so dramatically different isn’t something I want to do.

        Remember, Parsons didn’t set out to build clubs for the tour….and, for the most part tour players aren’t rocket scientists. There’s a bunch of folks outside the top 50 that are more concerned with superstition than facts

    • ROY

      Mar 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Perhaps if you followed golf you would have noticed??

  15. riff raff

    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    just tried out all PXG gear while getting fitted the other day, they were the worst clubs of the bunch.

  16. John

    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    All you haters crack me up. Just mad because you cant afford them and wish you could. PXG doesn’t appeal to masses. They are a top end brand. If you cant afford them that sucks. That doesn’t mean Ferrari’s suck just because you cant buy one…. You all need to get over yourselves. Maybe if you spent less time on GolfWRX and worked harder you would be able to afford them.

    • Bob Chipeska

      Mar 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      I’m so rich, I could buy 50 sets with cash right now. However, I don’t spend my hard-swindled money on overpriced junk.

    • riff raff

      Mar 29, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      no, they do suck. i can afford them, tried them out and they were laughable. taylormade out performed them and they are the lowest on the totem pole for me.

    • setter02

      Mar 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Oh John… You do realize for many of us, its not about money at all, and can easily afford to drop that coin on a set. If I’m going to buy a Ferrari, I know that it will get me from A to B, just like pretty well everything else, but you can clearly see/feel/hear the difference from an Aveo, to a LaFerrari. Can the same be said for PXG against a fit set from 5 to 10 years ago, let alone everything else on the market today?

    • Tiger woods

      Mar 29, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      You are just plain stupid. Ferrari can sell their cars because they perform at a different level than other sports cars that normal people can afford, like a Ford Mustang for example. But what happens if that Mustang starts going just as fast and handles just as good, if not better, but sells at a third of the price of the Ferrari. Then Ferrari just looks stupid (kind of like you). That is the same as the PXG. They don’t perform at a different level, like a Ferrari. They can’t because the usga won’t allow it.

    • Dat

      Mar 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      I’ve seen this comment before. Golf is an artificially capped industry by the USGA. Cars aren’t nearly as capped in terms of their potential performance. Stupid comparison.

    • Huh?

      Mar 30, 2017 at 9:17 am

      I apologize everyone. While going over the travel logs of my autonomous vehicle, I discovered that it posted all of the comments above while it was forced to sit idly for several hours at a defective traffic light. I suppose it’s further evidence that artificial intelligence has an unexplainable attraction to golf and I had to wait three and a half hours for my ride.

  17. KJ

    Mar 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    The prices are laughable

    You can only do so much with a technology………and there is only so much of a premium you can charge

    here today…..but wont be around in 203 years when the money runs out

  18. Mark

    Mar 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I hit the 0311T irons in Az and the Apex Pros, the PXG’s were 2 yds longer, same shaft. Dispersion was within a yard.
    I was told to hit the Steelhead irons (GI) and they were the longest irons I have hit to date but not ready for a GI iron, I like a thin top line with no offset.
    PXG’s are nice but not
    I currently play:
    Adams CMB’s with Matrix Program shafts (daily set at club)
    Yamaha Inpres V Forged with AeroTech Steelfibre I95 shafts (travel set)
    Adams aTour Reds with Matrix shafts – in Arizona (gamer)
    Yonex ADX tours – in Arizona (these were/are great irons, never had the heart to get rid of them)
    Anytime I have visitors and they play these irons there first reaction is wow, and then they want to buy them.

  19. Bill

    Mar 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

    We are to promote the great game of golf with one club that is worth $600. PXG will have to come up with a ‘consumer grind’ that doesn’t take away our sons and daughters University funds.

  20. Leon

    Mar 29, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Use some hot glues and melt them into your driver head. The same effect but cost you only a few cents. You are welcomed.

  21. Tom

    Mar 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I know what ya mean DAT, I feel the same way about Cameron putters.

  22. Desmond

    Mar 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I don’t see anything groundbreaking here, but am willing to test them outside on a LM and on the course.

  23. Dat

    Mar 29, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Does PXG offer financial assistance for those who qualify or payday loans?

    • Joe

      Mar 29, 2017 at 11:21 am

      only real things one should finance are cars and houses. Anything else, if you don’t have the cash then you shouldn’t buy it. But what do I know? Debt is America’s middle name.

      Show me 95% of the people’s spreadsheets who complain about gear being too expensive/can’t afford it and I will show many things that are too expensive and things they cannot ‘afford’.

  24. Tourgrinder

    Mar 29, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I’m wondering if this company ever releases hard data sales figures. It’s a privately owned company, I believe, so they don’t really have to do that. I realize Parsons has landed a collection of pros to play the clubs and endorse the brand. I have not tested or played any PXG equipment, but the real question is not the inherent quality as much as whether or not the typical 5- or 10-handicap golfer is buying the Parsons sales pitch with enough conviction to fork over $850 for a new driver, or $550 for a new hybrid. Not to mention in my case, a sales tax of 9%.

    • Blade Junkie

      Mar 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Golfwrx – please ignore the “Report Comment” … hit accidentally thinking I was hitting “comment” not “report comment” … the Reply bit in light grey does not show up very well on my monitor !

  25. ooffa

    Mar 29, 2017 at 8:19 am

    PXG’s are the clubs to have. If you don’t use them you are not going to play your best golf. If you are happy being second best there are a lot of choices for you. There is only one best and PXG equipment is it.

  26. The dude

    Mar 29, 2017 at 8:11 am

    That price……oy!!!!

  27. Jim

    Mar 29, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Hopefully they do improve, but the above comment is correct – there needs to be some independent reviews. I’m sure there will be eventually. But the real point is the price. Who would pay that much for a driver when the results are the same as one costing almost half as much?

    • Jack

      Mar 29, 2017 at 8:16 am

      I guess people who want to. I know I don’t but I am not their clientele.

  28. sumsum

    Mar 29, 2017 at 3:42 am

    800 Rpm less,
    600 Rpm less,

    … See I can shout out numbers too and sound intelligent.

    Bold claim for not having any evidence to support. No data, no independent study.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Equipment

Forum Thread of the Day: “Best 3-wood of the newest releases?”

Published

on

Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Kaexo, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their opinion on what they feel is the best 3 wood of the recent releases. Described as the “hardest spot in the bag to settle on” by one of our members, an array of different 3 woods get a mention in Kaexo’s thread.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Phil6380: “Cobra F8 is the best I’ve hit. Something about those rails when hitting it out of the turf. I have no fear of hitting down when needed. It’s also my most consistent club off the tee BY FAR! I give up a little distance, but when I need to hit a tight fairway, or I’m not hitting my best, that’s the club I’m grabbing.”
  • calfan36: “King LTD is great if you have some speed/launch. Very low spin, very forgiving, and an amazing feel. Also, I love that I can play it shorter and easily add weight via the space port.”
  • aussieb: “The two best fairways of recent releases are the G400 and Epic SZ for different reasons. G400 for forgiveness and great launch conditions from just about any lie, plus it sounds extremely solid.  Might still make my bag if I can find the right shaft combo, the Epic SZ is better for me than the Rogue for adjustability, ball speeds and head shape.  I found it worked off the short grass better than anything, and if I miss the fairway, it’s more likely to be the hybrid or a layup.”
  • ChipNRun: “Reality check: for many golfers, the best 3W is a 4W – slightly shorter shaft for better control, and extra loft to enhance launch.”

Entire Thread: “Best 3 wood of the newest releases?”

 

Your Reaction?
  • 7
  • LEGIT1
  • WOW0
  • LOL3
  • IDHT3
  • FLOP3
  • OB3
  • SHANK25

Continue Reading

Equipment

Bargain Challenge 2: Putting together a $500 set of clubs for a mid-handicapper

Published

on

Last week, I posted about what clubs you can get with $500. I built a set that I would use myself to show that even golfers with particular specs can find what they want for a decent price. Overall the feedback on the post was good, but I did want to follow up since one of the commenters put me up to a challenge. See below.

Well alright James, challenge accepted.

Challenge: A set of mid-handicap clubs with stiff shafts for less than $500.

Driver

Since I was going to be building a set of a mid-handicapper, my goal was to find a driver that got solid distance, but was also forgiving. I found this R9 460 in 10.5 degrees for $65. While the paint has seen better days, this should perform exactly how we want it to. Plus it is adjustable.

Wood

The 3-wood search stumped me for a bit. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to go with. I knew I didn’t want a strong three wood and I knew I needed something with forgiveness. After some searching I found a Ping K15 16 degree with a stiff shaft. While the loft is higher, I have found that many higher handicap amateurs can find good use out of a higher lofted 3-wood. On top of that, the K15 is an incredibly easy to hit and forgiving head.

Hybrid

I knew what most mid-handicappers would have a hard time hitting a 2 or 3-iron, so my mind immediately went to a 3-iron hybrid. After some searching, I stumbled on this Ping Rapture V2 with a stiff shaft. Historically, the Raptures have been really easy to hit which makes this a great addition to the bag.

Irons

I had the hardest time in this entire process finding irons. There were just too many to choose from. You had great player irons like the Ping S57 and you also had the super game improvement Adams irons. To find something slightly more in the middle, but still easy to hit, I went with the 2012 TaylorMade CBs. A great year for TaylorMade irons and easy to hit with the irons only going down to the 4. This is where someone can have some fun with their choices if they want.

Wedges

Wedge shopping was still hard this time around. Since the PW in the iron set was strong, I knew I needed a stronger gap wedge. I found a Callaway X-Jaws 50-degree for $24. Really, the entire point of the 50 is to have another iron and bridge the gap to the sand wedge. Speaking of the sand wedge, I went with the 56-degree Ping Gorge SS wedge. It has good grooves and will get the job done around the greens. For the lob wedge, I went with the Cleveland RTX 2.0 60 degree: A really solid wedge with good groves to give you the zip you need around the greens.

Putter

And finally, I went with another great blade putter for $55. Honestly, there were a lot of different options in the range from mallets to blades, so don’t be afraid to search around.

Total

In summary, anyone and any skill level and swing speed can find something in the used market. In fact, it was even easier to find clubs in stiff than X-stiff because most X-stiff clubs are custom and are in less demand making, them more rare and expensive than stiff clubs. Take a look, you never know what you may find.

Related: Bargain Challenge: Putting together a set of clubs for $500

Your Reaction?
  • 102
  • LEGIT9
  • WOW2
  • LOL2
  • IDHT2
  • FLOP4
  • OB2
  • SHANK13

Continue Reading

Equipment

Forum Thread of the Day: “What’s the best budget wedge?”

Published

on

Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from bamagator, who asks fellow GolfWRX members what wedges they feel offer the best bang for your buck. As always, our members display their diverse taste, however, Maltby wedges prove to be a particularly popular choice.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • BIG STU: “Depending on the fine line of how you really want to do it and the budget Maltby is a good bet. Their stuff is as good of quality as any. If you are able to build your own clubs, you can do the shafts, and grips like you want them. You can also mix bounces and even style of heads within the set.”
  • Orlandogolfguru: “Rock bottom t7 for 69. Dicks – gg rtx 3 for 69. Or Maltby for like 39. I have all of them and can’t decide which I like best. They are all great, depends in the shape you like really. Can’t go wrong.”
  • Lefty431: “Don’t sleep on Wilson FG tour pmp wedges…  especially tour grind!  They seem to be readily available and super affordable!!”
  • kiw1982: “Wilson PMP. You are welcome.”

Entire Thread: “Best Budget Wedge”

Your Reaction?
  • 11
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT1
  • FLOP1
  • OB0
  • SHANK9

Continue Reading

19th Hole

Facebook

Trending