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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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).
- 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).