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After nearly 3 years, PXG finally launches new 0311 (T, P, XF, SGI and X) Gen2 irons

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Almost three years after launching its first-generation 0311 irons (July 2015), Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) has finally announced its new 0311 Gen2 irons. And as with its initial launch, the company is making BOLD claims about the new irons. Overall, according to PXG, the new irons are longer, faster, produce higher launch angles, less spin, higher peak heights, steeper landing angles, have improved accuracy — in terms of both distance and dispersion — and have better turf interaction. That leaves two important questions:

  1. How?
  2. What took so long?!

As part of the premise behind even starting the company, PXG founder and billionaire Bob Parsons doesn’t want quick product cycles; as he says, he doesn’t want cost constraints or time constraints, he simply wants to make the best products on the market. And he says he didn’t want to come out with new irons until they were better than the first generation irons. The problem is, just weeks before the launch of the Gen2 irons, Parsons called the first-generation irons the “best irons in golf, and they have been since they were launched.” So how do you improve on “the best?”

When the Gen1 0311 irons launched, Parsons says he immediately put his engineers — former Ping engineers — Mike Nicolette and Brad Schweigert to work on crafting irons that are better. Parsons says after two years, they “went down many rabbit holes” looking for improvements, and Nicolette says he crafted 13 different iterations of irons searching for something better. Even with the help of a PhD from Duke University “on retainer,” Schweigert says the process of finding something better took more than two years.

The turning point for Nicolette and Schweigert was discovering a new material… one that had a much higher rebound speed.

If you remember the original 0311 irons, PXG designed its irons differently than any iron that came before it, and using a different material. The iron bodies were forged from S25C soft carbon steel, and the face inserts were “as thin as a credit card” and forged HT1770 maraging steel; but it was the TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) injection mold between the face and the body that separated PXG from other irons on the market. This TPE material allowed PXG engineers to construct thinner faces — and thus faster — yet still enhancing overall feel without losing durability, according to PXG.

Again, three years later, the secret behind PXG’s Gen2 irons is the material that’s being used behind the faces (pictured above). Schweigert and Nicolette discovered a new polymer — they’re keeping the recipe close to the chest, obviously — that’s being injected into the irons; they call it “COR2” technology.

The name COR2 relates to C.O.R. (coefficient of restitution), which is a measure of energy transfer between two objects. In the case of golf clubs, you want the highest C.O.R. possible, although the USGA limits it to 0.83 (the lowest being 0 and the highest being 1). PXG claims COR2, versus the core material of the Gen1 irons, is 20 percent faster (according to a “drop test”), leading to 1-2 mph faster ball speed across the face. Additionally, due to the physics of the COR2 technology, according to PXG, the Gen2 irons also produce a 40 percent tighter dispersion. As Schweigert explains in our interview with him and Nicolette, this means the ellipse of average shots hit all over the face is 40 percent tighter than that of the Gen1 irons, thus, a 40 percent tighter dispersion (this is explained around the 6-minute mark in the interview above).

Core materials aren’t the only things that have changed since generation one, however.

For higher ball speeds across the face, and an increased “functional face area,” PXG engineers extended out the face area supported by the COR2 material with an internal perimeter cutout. That means there’s more space behind the face to fill with COR2 polymer, resulting in a 15 percent larger hitting area.

Also, PXG is using new 8620 steel bodies in its 0311 Gen2 irons versus the S25C steel that it used in the original 0311 irons. In its press materials, PXG says “the yield strength of 8620 is more than twice as strong as S25C.” The result, according to PXG, is greater durability, while still maintaining “the club head’s soft forged feel.” The face insert material and thickness, on the other hand, has remained the same; the faces are still made from HT1770 maraging steel and measure about 1.5 mm.

For higher MOI (moment of inertia, a measure of forgiveness), PXG has angled the back surface of the clubs, tapering them from heel-to-toe. That means there is greater mass on the toe portion of the club. The topline, however, is also angled so that it appears to be parallel to the face. Ultimately, the result is a topline that looks a bit thinner, and a 3 percent increase of MOI overall, according to PXG. The camber on the soles of the clubs have also been reduced so that players can take slightly more turf at impact compared to the Gen1 irons, allowing them to hit it higher on the face, according to PXG. Nicolette and Schweigert explain how this works in our interview (around 5:40).

PXG also addressed a small concern from Gen1; dirt would get stuck in the numbers on the sole and the paint would wear. According to Parsons, the PXG team tried to find wear-proof paint, but ultimately, they simply moved the numbers out toward the toe so that it wouldn’t interact with the turf as much. Problem solved.

Looking at the overall line of 0311 Gen2 clubs, you’ll notice an increase in the number of offerings; there are now five. The Gen2 line includes 0311 T (Tour), 0311 P (Players), 0311 XF (Xtreme Forgiveness), 0311 SGI (Super game-improvement) and 0311 X (driving irons, 1-5 irons). According to Nicolette and Schweigert, the models have been designed with mixed sets in mind.

Starting on April 19, the Gen2 irons will sell for $400 per club in the standard finish, and $500 per club for the Xtreme Dark finish, which uses a black, diamond-like carbon coating, according to PXG. Among all of the flexes and steel/graphite options, there are 105 shaft offerings available in the standard irons, and 14 in the driving irons.

Read on for more information and specs on each of the iron offerings, and click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the 0311 Gen2 irons.

PXG0311 T Gen2 irons

The T iron is “best suited for the player interested in maximum workability,” according to PXG, and for the player who prefers a more compact size. Compared to Gen1, the Gen2 T irons are reported to have less offset, a straighter leading edge appearance, less sole camber, trailing edge relief, a more rounded head profile and 2 percent higher MOI.

Tour players who have already made the switch include Billy Horschel (3, 5-PW), Charles Howell III (5-PW), Ryan Moore (5-PW), Charl Schwartzel (5-PW) and Ryann O’Toole (4-PW).

See more photos here.

 

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PXG 0311 P Gen2 irons

The P irons have moderate blade lengths and offset to satisfy the needs of a wide range of golfers, according to PXG, offering an “ideal balance of playability and forgiveness.” Compared to the Gen1 0311 irons, the o311 P Gen2 irons are reported to have a thinner topline appearance, less offset, a straighter leading edge, less sole camber, and 3 percent higher MOI.

The Tour pros who have these in the bag now include James Hahn (3 and 4 irons), Lydia Ko (5-PW), Anna Nordqvist (4 and 5), Katherine Kirk (5-PW), Christina Kim (4-PW), Brittany Lang (5-PW) and Alison Lee (5-PW).

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PXG 0311 XF Gen2 irons

The PXG 0311 XF Gen2 iron, according to PXG, is a “game improvement club that offers extreme forgiveness and a superior feel, while maintaining the sleek look of a blade.” Compared to the T and P models, the XF irons have larger head sizes. Compared to the Gen1 XF irons, the Gen2 XF irons are reported to have a thinner topline appearance, more offset, less sole camber, and 3 percent higher MOI.

See more photos here.

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PXG 0311 SGI Gen2 irons

PXG’s first ever Super Game-Improvement (SGI) iron has a thick topline, a low profile and a wide sole to help golfers launch it higher and achieve maximum forgiveness. It also has a longer blade length than the other models and more offset to effectively help golfers turn the golf ball over.

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PXG 0311 X Gen2 driving irons

PXG’s new 0311 X Gen2 driving irons are advertised as “low-spin” clubs that are designed “to deliver a more penetrating ball flight.” They’re available in irons 1-5, and have lofts ranging from 15-24 degrees. The lengths throughout the 0311 X Gen2 offerings are progressive — shorter in the higher lofts and longer in the lower lofts.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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31 Comments

  1. Scott Longmore

    Sep 30, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I just bought the 0311T Gen2 irons and love them. Such a soft, solid feel on every shot. Better than my Mizuno MP 18’s.

  2. dr. freud

    Mar 29, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    For most gearhead golfers 75% of the game is what you own, not how you play, and then bragging (lying) about how great your newest clubs are compared to your last set of status clubs. Delusion happens in the 6 inches between your ears.

  3. Mike Delgadillo

    Mar 23, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    400 for pw-3 Iron, maybe. This guy is laundering money.

  4. Dave

    Mar 20, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Why same same swingweight through set until the wedges, MOI would make the swing feel even better

  5. joro

    Mar 17, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Hey,,,, if you are made of Money why not. Or maybe not made of Money but want to look like a Golfer with a big ego to be the first on the block to have them, why not. They may satisfy an ego, or a curiosity, but will they make you better than you are ?, nope. But if you want em, go get em and enjoy them.

  6. Mat

    Mar 17, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Those specs and faces look “borrowed” from someone in town.…

  7. Tom

    Mar 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Most guys here shouldn’t comment on the clubs unless they have tried them! I have tried them and there is nothing that compares to them, expensive yes but you get what you get what you pay for. By the way, most pros get paid to use equipment, so they must like them to use them! Taylormade dropped Garcia and is still winning with similar clubs from call away!

  8. Ray

    Mar 16, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    I’m really surprised that Zach Johnson , being the Iowan blue collar type, would play these Champagne type of sticks! Maybe these clubs are the reason for his fall from the clouds.
    “All that glitters is not gold”

  9. Robert

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of hate for really a great set of irons. I’ve got a set of the P790 and a set of the 0311t. The feel is better hands down in the 0311t. Also less offset and way less chunky in the mid short irons. I prefer the 0311t over the other player irons I’ve hit that include Titleist, Mizuno and Taylormade. They are very forgiving for a blade and long. I didn’t like the standard 0311 as to me it was just too big. If you’ve got the cash and want to play a great set of irons, I’d at least consider trying them. Also, I’d ignore the BS hate on the irons as they are solid sticks. If you don’t like Bob that’s fine, but the irons are top notch. Worth the extra cash? To me yes.

  10. Jack Nash

    Mar 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Danica + Bikini + holding PXG Iron = Rocket To The Moon Sales. The old Go Daddy girl.

  11. Glfhsslr

    Mar 16, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    These are just status clubs….. that’s it. I’ve got money and these are the most expensive it can buy.

  12. Cigarmikl

    Mar 16, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Why aren’t all the pros playing such great clubs? Don’t tell me ot’s Because of sponsorship Pros want to win tournaments.

  13. JD

    Mar 16, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    “Buy my clubs for 3-4x of taylormade or titleist, they do the same thing, but mine sat pxg.” Bob Parsons … probably

    • Bob Parson Jr.

      Mar 16, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      Overpriced Junk! The same thing as Cameron and his overpriced copies.

  14. Francesco Zallio

    Mar 16, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    because they want a lot of money !????????????????

  15. ogo

    Mar 15, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    skrewskrewskrewskrewskrewsskrews…. and jello-filled …. 😮

  16. Craig Sapp

    Mar 15, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    So they went to 8620 steel just like the other companies but want to charge almost three times as much. The 790’s have proved you can make the same clubs for less.

    • Dalenchmob

      Mar 15, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      Exactly. Made of junk. And the originals were so well thought out and so well designed, the paint chipped off the numbers. So what did they do this time? Move the number to the toe, because the originals were so well designed. Nobody designs junk like Parsons and flog it for thousands to thousands of suckers

      • Bob Parson Jr.

        Mar 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm

        Reminds me of another Cast Junk King, ah yes, Scotty Cameron.

  17. Ryan Michael

    Mar 15, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    $5k for irons that have a cheap 5 cent baby ferrule. Love the quality of their clubs just not a fan of that look.

    • Hmmmm

      Mar 16, 2018 at 10:46 am

      I may be wrong but I believe those are fitting heads and the ferrules on the standard clubs are full sized.

  18. Izzy

    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:42 am

    I look at my WITB set of irons and I feel… impotent, after reading about the PXGs.
    Even though I can’t afford a full set I will get a partial set… 5/7/9/PW, and play with those and then add more clubs next year until I fill my bag. I wanna be a PXG playah for the pride and added mojo that I need.

  19. Joe

    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:12 am

    right after I hate on these I am going to go blast people who hate on Tiger.

  20. dat

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I’ll take zero sets, please.

  21. B

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:16 am

    That would be TPU, not TPE, because it’s Urethane, innit? doh
    And paint would wear from the numbers? I guess you get what you pay for! I feel sorry for the people who paid for these cheaply made, poorly designed clubs

    • Jerry

      Mar 15, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Just the other day, a guy was at my instructor’s range, and saw me hitting the 0311XF and asked about them. I handed him a 7i. He’d been hitting the Ping G700 irons. He hit the PXG and said, I like the look and feel of these over the 700’s. I took the G700, looked down at it, and it did not look good at address, did not feel as good, but nice ballflight.

      We both preferred the PXG 0311XF.

      Still, I’d try the Callaway Rogue Irons for distance and forgiveness.

  22. BParsons

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:12 am

    These comments will definitely not be filled with angst and vitriol, I promise.

  23. kevin

    Mar 15, 2018 at 8:59 am

    i’d actually be embarrassed with these in my bag. going out shooting 80 with sticks that cost 4 to 5 times what a brand new set of irons from equally good company…no thanks. not just because the cost, because of the image it gives off.

  24. Tigergor

    Mar 15, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Sweet Jesus! What a lot of rubbish. PXG make Taylormade look restrained in terms of marketing guff.

  25. Jerry

    Mar 15, 2018 at 4:55 am

    They look slightly better in the back, but in the XF 3% more MOI, and more offset, is not attractive to me or enough of a change. Going to 8620 steel sounds like a way to save money. I see the price going to $500 per iron in satin and a better shaft. It’s a nice club, but if doing it again, I’d look at the Callaway Rogue.

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Paul Casey’s Winning WITB: 2019 Valspar Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M4 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX (tipped 1 inch)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX Limited (tipped 1.75 inches)

Irons: Mizuno MP-25 (3), Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Pro (4), Mizuno MP-5 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 TX

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-08F, 56-10S), Vokey Proto (60)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T 350-SSS
Grip: Scotty Cameron Matador

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip Cord Midsize

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Mizuno’s Senior Club Engineer, Chris Voshall told us Casey’s somewhat surprising setup in his long irons is simply the product of Casey hitting the windows he wants to with the particular clubs in question.

“It’s all based on the height of the ball flight,” Voshall said. The MP-25 3-iron was more penetrating and better for him off the tee, so he kept it in there.”

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There is a certain mystique surrounding Artisan Golf.  In clubhouses and on courses around Texas, the name Artisan is spoken almost as if it’s a local legend. Something unattainable that only the best players in the world get access to.

Did you see so and so is playing artisan wedges? He ordered a putter from them too. He must know somebody who knows somebody. Those Artisan guys are the old Nike club-makers who worked with Tiger and Rory and Reed.

For nearly the first two years of the company’s existence, Artisan didn’t have a website and orders for custom putters and wedges needed to be done via phone or social media. It wasn’t until January of this year that they launched a website in order to better sell their equipment. And now if you want a custom Artisan club, you can get one. But simply getting online and ordering a wedge or putter isn’t the way they want things done.

“Every single person that has bought a putter, I have talked to them one on one,” said John Hatfield, Artisan’s Head Putter Maker.  “It’s important because I want to make sure that we are getting them the best possible build that we can get them. We are never going to be a volume business. We never want to be a volume business. We want to make what we make and have that good relationship with the consumer.”

John Hatfield

When Nike closed its doors for good on the club making business, Artisan opened the following Monday in the very same space. And things ran pretty smoothly on just word of mouth and prior relationships. Hatfield focuses on putters and Mike Taylor is the wedge maker. But in 2018, Patrick Reed won the masters with a pair of Artisan wedges in his bag and people took notice. The company went from 300 Instagram followers to over ten thousand, essentially overnight. Hatfield doesn’t mess with all that, though. He is old-school and just wants to give golfers the best possible equipment to fit their game.

“We wanted to continue doing what we had been doing,” Hatfield said. “We wanted to offer the consumer what the tour player could get when he or she came in to see us. We had seen people on GolfWRX saying “oh man that is cool but we are never going to get it!” and we said you know what, if you’ll pay for it and if you want it, come and get it.”

And make no mistake. These Artisan guys have worked with the best players in the world. And they still do. When you walk into the Artisan facility, one of the first things you see is a big wall full of signatures from some of the greatest players to ever play the game. Tiger Woods, Ben Crenshaw, Rory McIlroy, and a ton more are all on the wall. Even George Strait has been in for a club fitting.

I went to Artisan headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas to start my relationship with Hatfield and Artisan. To this day, the company is still housed in the old Nike building, nicknamed “the Oven,” which comes complete with a practice green, driving range space and a wedge fitting area. I was there for a personal putter fitting. Having worked for Ben Hogan Golf and Nike, Hatfield has been in the club making business for over 30 years. The man is passionate about putters. But when it came to this fitting, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

The fitting took place outside on Artisan’s practice green. And that is by design.

“We like to fit in the dirt. I don’t understand being indoors on a flat putt,” Hatfield said.  “That’s not natural. When you get outside with undulations and trees. This is real. This is how you play golf. I want to see what you are doing on real greens.”

And when Hatfield says he wants to speak with every person that he makes a putter for, he means it. My fitting took two and a half hours on the practice green, hitting putt after putt with different models and weights. Throughout the process, we made some adjustments on my stroke and the ball’s position in my stance but only minor tweaks. It felt like a putting lesson without completely getting away from what I was comfortable with. Hatfield wasn’t there to change the way I putt. He was there to get to know me so he could build the perfect putter for the way I putt. To Hatfield,  that all starts with look and sound.

“The number one thing is that it has to look good,” he said. “It needs to give you confidence. If you set something down and you don’t like to look at it, how long are you going to play it? Then after that it needs to sound good. That audible sound has to give you good feedback or you aren’t going to play it. The different mill depths can give you the different sounds that you need.”

And throughout the entire process, he didn’t write down a single word. It was all in his head and in his hands. Hatfield would adjust the weights on a putter and hand it to me. While I used it, he would observe the stroke, ask me questions, adjust a different putter and then hand that one to me. Then Repeat. Different lengths of putts, different lines and reads and speeds. For over two hours. We were narrowing down our options and Hatfield was building my putter in his mind. And at the same time, he was giving me tips on how to better put the ball in the hole.

I came to realize that there was probably no one who understood putting better than Hatfield. Sure, there are his equals. But this guy has spent the last 30 years building putters and fitting them for players. He knows what he is doing. And he wants to use his experience to make you a better golfer. He can talk to you and explain things in a way anyone can understand.

At the end of the fitting, we went back inside and filled out the Artisan putter order form with my specs. We picked out a grip that felt good in my hands but also weighed the appropriate weight for my stroke. I ended up going with the 0217 midslant because it fit my eye the best of the four putter models. The “bluebonnet finish” with a sight circle top line also looks phenomenal in person. I was hooked when I saw it. The full custom fitting and build ended up with a $975.00 price tag.

Each artisan putter comes with a serial number that is assigned to that particular customer. That way, Hatfield will always be able to look back and see exactly what was built for you. And if you want to change your grip or head-weights, that’s fine with him but he wants you to call him and let him know so he can update your file. If your putting turns south, Hatfield wants to know why and he wants to fix it. It really is all about the relationships and making you a better golfer.

The putters aren’t cheap but you are getting personal attention and a relationship with the guy who is making your putter when you spend the money. That is worth a ton, in my opinion.

The headcovers are custom as well. When you end up making your putter purchase, an online headcover creating form is sent to the customer so they can customize the color and stitching. The customer’s input is included in every aspect of the putter purchase.

And if you aren’t able to make it to Fort Worth, Texas for a personal fitting with Hatfield, that is perfectly fine. He still wants to spend a considerable amount of time with you on the phone, talking about your game. He even loves it when you send him videos of your putting stroke and the specs on your current putter. If you go somewhere local for a fitting, he wants to know about that too. The more information, the better. Hatfield wants to get to know you. It’s all about the relationships. He gets to know the player in order to build him the perfect putter.

And that is the thing that impressed me most about Artisan Golf. They care about your score. They want you to improve and if you shop with them, they are going above and beyond to put you in the right equipment to improve your game. If that means spending close to three hours on a putting green with you, Hatfield will do it. If that means giving you his cell phone number so you can call him to tell him you want to change the grip on your putter, Hatfield will do it. If that means taking time to watch videos of your putting stroke and then talking to you on the phone to make sure you get exactly the putter you want, Hatfield will do it.

Artisan cares about lowering your score. Plain and simple.

“We are focused on making products and improving your game,” Hatfield said. “We aren’t focused on all that other pizzazz.”

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Product: Quick-Up driving range

Pitch: Via Quick-Up: “Using our UT-TEC TM rapid hub deployment system and hanging net impact absorption technology, we created the most unique and functional Golf practice net ever…It’s fast easy set-up and convenient storage and mobility make it an ideal anytime/anywhere practice range. In seconds you can easily have your personal driving range. It’s a powerful, functional and sturdy golfer’s practice tool. Practice all Woods, Hybrids, and Irons with a real ball…”

Our take on the Quick-Up driving range

Avid golfers are seemingly always looking for an easy, convenient place to practice. Of course, a full range is ideal, but we don’t always have the time. The Quick-Up Golf Driving Range tries to provide an affordable solution for us junkies out there to get in our daily dose of practice.

The Quick-Up Driving Range definitely fills a need in the marketplace. Its strength is its portability and doing what its name implies: It sets up in moments and can be taken down in nearly as quickly. It comes with some nice extras such as short game targets and a “shank guard.”

Still, if you are looking for a foolproof option – meaning near-zero chance of a ball missing the net and destroying something that shouldn’t be, you should look elsewhere in the marketplace. Even the fairly pricey Quick-Up Deluxe in not very wide at 10 feet. Set it up in your house and you may eventually have some drywall repairs to do.

While its light weight keeps it portable, it doesn’t’ feel as sturdy and durable as we’d like it to be. Outside, stiff winds can blow it around and the manufacturer recommends using the stakes included for safety. And while initial folding is quick, getting it back in the carry bag may be another story.

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