In true Bob Parsons fashion, the second generation driver offering from Scottsdale-based PXG draws inspiration from something very fast, very custom, and VERY USA: the American hot rod. The 2019 PXG driver will be the company’s first driver offering that lives up to the performance of its irons. That’s right, PXG is a legitimate driver company now with a product that will hold its own.
PXG 0811 X Driver, PXG 0811 XF Driver
The PXG 0811 X and XF Gen2’s carbon fiber crown has the aggressive hood styling of a 500 horsepower Shelby Mustang. The sleek new multi-level crown not only packs a new-and-improved aerodynamic design but also provides structural support to the face where it’s most needed, according to the company. The resulting reduction in energy loss translates to a distance boost with enhanced control, as well as reduced drag.
The Hot Rod Technology-laden crown also acts as an alignment aid and reduces glare, says PXG, and it dampens vibration for what the company describes as “a pleasant and unique feel and sound, reminiscent of a persimmon driver head.”
As with the first generation of the 0811 drivers, Gen2 drivers again feature PXG’s proprietary thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) honeycomb insert. The TPE sole insert dampens vibrations and enhances feel, as well as the drivers’ acoustics. It takes a different form in the soles of the 0811 X and 0811 XF drivers, with the X having more TPE toward the face of the club.
With any top driver in this market, CG is a key talking point. The 0811 X features a very low CG that falls .160 below the axis line and even farther forward, which in turn reduces spin (which has always been the key criticism of the Gen1, i.e., that it spun too much) and enhances launch conditions.
Likewise, Chief Product Officer Brad Schweigert and his design team again include Precision-Weighting Technology. The weights are larger and heavier than those in the 0811 models but offer players the same ability to adjust based on a draw/fade bias and alter launch angle and spin. More specifically, the 0811 X has three 4.1 gram silver tungsten weights and six 0.8 gram black titanium weights. The XF has three of the silver weights and two of the black.
Early testing at PXG Headquarters, November 2018
GolfWRX Director of Content Johnny Wunder was on site at Scottsdale National to test the Gen2 drivers. Here are his initial thoughts.
“This driver looks fast, It looks solid and it inspires confidence. What more can you ask for? It’s a vast improvement from its predecessor. Interestingly, the crown looks much lighter in sunlight than it does indoors, as you can see in our photos.”
“The 0811X felt extremely solid across the face, now I will say that I lean more towards a dense feel in a driver and that’s exactly what this is. I found the earlier versions to feel a bit hollow but not anymore, it’s really solid. And my spin numbers were better in testing than with the Gen1.”
“PXG drivers have always looked and sounded great in my experience so this was already plus.”
“I think they did a fantastic job at acknowledging shortcomings from before and pushing to release a club that lived up to the irons and also one that would fly into tour player bags…mission accomplished.”
PXG 0811 X
- Weight forward design; distance-focused for high ball speed
- Smaller profile head shape
- Extremely low CG location — below the neutral axis approximately 0.160”
PXG 0811 XF
- CG is low and back to increases dynamic launch, promote mid-spin performance
- Designed at USGA MAX MOI 5900 g-cm2 for maximum forgiveness
- Larger profile head shape
- CG depth over 1/2” further back than the X Driver; CG designed on the neutral axis
- All PXG equipment is fit and assembled by an authorized PXG custom fitter
The Gen2 0811X and XF drivers will retail for $575, which puts them square in the major OEM price range.
PXG GEN2 fairway woods and hybrids
The PXG Gen2 fairway woods and hybrids will also feature Hot Rod Technology, and with the sleek carbon fiber crown, will offer an easy transition from the driver.
Truth be told, PXG has always done well here, the fairways and hybrids of the previous release received high praise for overall performance, due especially to the Precision-Weighting System. This system plays well in smaller-headed, higher-lofted woods due to the amount of customization that is available. The real win in this offering is the appearance of the golf club, like the driver, it’s visually appealing and an improvement from the Gen1.
According to PXG’s Brad Schweigert, one of the other main keys to dialing in the fairway woods was a stiffer crown and moving the CG down and forward, which not only improved sound and feel but also created noticeable gains in Tour staff testing.
In regards to sole design and turf interaction, the Gen2 fairway woods and hybrids will have a slightly lower profile than the Gen1 to ensure confidence off the ground and dig into the turf a bit better.
Early testing of the PXG 341 X Woods and PXG 0317 X hybrid
Again, Johnny Wunder…
“The new crown is a serious win here especially in the fairway woods, the ball frames up nicely and more than Gen1, I feel like I can go down and really get this club into the ground.”
“Overall it feels solid but I will say that it can be a bit dead on mishits, obviously that may be player specific. Out of the middle it’s really hot and very solid.”
“What I like the most about this new Gen2 is the overall sound across the board. Especially when you catch one, the sound is second to none.”
“This was already a category they figured out in my opinion so its more forward progress, and I think that players that are in previous offerings will switch, this Gen2 just look and feels better then an already really good golf club (Gen1). In regards to the hybrids, I tend to run from them BUT after messing around with the PXG fitter, my opinion has changed and a 22 degree may find its way in the bag.”
- Fairway woods: $425; hybrids: $375
*Official release date for all clubs is January 15
Coming in HOT: Tour Edge HL4 driver
When it comes to combining performance and value, Tour Edge is one of the leaders of the pack.
The company offers two distinct lines that push the boundaries of forgiveness and speed: Exotics, which is the premium line targeting total performance at a higher price, and then there is Hot Launch: a line designed specifically for the value-conscious recreational player. As golfers know, you can’t continue to lead without new innovation, and on that note, today marks the launch if the HL4 Driver.
Club designer David Glod has again gone out of his way to improve on the previous version while offering a bevy of options in a mid-tier driver. From David
“This is an early release to a product line that we developed for 2020. We have spent the last 18 months looking at how to improve the best performance value drivers in the game and the end result is an all new shape that has an MOI that rivals that of a $500 driver. It’s an extremely forgiving design that all levels of players can benefit from.”
Speaking to the shape David goes on to say
“The HL4 driver features an all new sloped crown design that is deeper from face to back. N0 skirt where the sole plate meets the crown equates to a 12% increase in MOI over the previous Hot Launch drivers.”
Now, speaking to forgiveness, one of the other options the HL4 offers is an offset version — something you don’t find very often anymore because of the adjustable hosels found in most modern drivers. Those parts and additional SKUs add up. With the HL4 being a fixed hosel club, the cost savings can be passed to the consumer. This also opens the door for adding more actual versions of the driver. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know an offset driver is kinda ugly BUT you have to remember, it’s designed with a very specific player in mind — and speaking for a lover of offset drivers (my dad), this feature is a game changer for some players.
Since so much talk of 2019 is about face technology, it has to be pointed out that Tour Edge is not being left behind in this category either. The HL4 features a deeper cup face design and a rounder face shape than previous models for exceptional power and vastly improved acoustics, according to the company.
Combine the newly shaped Cup Face technology with Variable Face Thickness technology and you have a club that provides greater distance from more contact points on the face. All of this plus a Power Channel on the sole delivers amplified ball speed and less spin, as well as added forgiveness on shots struck lower on the face.
Price and options
The straight-neck HL4 driver comes in 9.5, 10.5, and 12-degree lofts, while the HL4 Offset driver will be available in 10.5, 12, and 13.5-degree lofts. The 10.5-degree HL4 Offset will be available in a left-handed model.
The HL4 series also features an upgraded UST Mamiya graphite shaft that offers enhanced tip stability. The drivers are available in ladies, A-flex, regular, and stiff shafts ranging from 48 to 60 grams.
The line has also been upgraded to a Lamkin Z5 multi-compound grip that features distinct hand-placement zones.
Both drivers will be available August 1 at authorized Tour Edge retailers and will retail for $199.99.
Confirmation (sort of): PXG 0311 ST irons coming soon
I guess it was just a matter of time, but we have some confirmation from the man himself (thanks to an Instagram post) that the irons we spotted a little while back in the bag of Ryan Moore will be coming to retail.
Details are slim to none, but we do have some information that we can share based just off of the Instagram post:
“Please meet our new 0311 ST irons. The ST stands for Super Tour. We couldn’t help ourselves. We just had to make a pure tour blade. But instead of forging it, us being PXG, we took it up another big level. Our pure tour blades, like our wedges are 100% milled, The result is precision exemplified. To this add our proprietary weighting system and the result is something only PXG would make. For those of you who have the game, we will be accepting advanced orders in the next few weeks for fulfillment in 60 days. PXG. Nobody makes golf clubs the way we do. Period.”
So there we have it. The 0311 ST (Super Tour) will be 10o percent machined from single blocks of steel just like the wedges! This is big news because the only time we ever saw fully milled iron sets was back in the day of “peak tour issue” and TaylorMade RAC Milled Protos — a set or irons almost as rare as rocking horse poop.
WAIT, WAIT, WAIT…Pump the breaks for a moment.
OK. So I’ll correct myself quickly: Yes, there are a couple of JDM brands that do apparently mill iron sets from single blocks of steel, but I have never seen them in person and I have no idea of their availability or how limited they are. BUT the PXG’s are speculated to be a full-blown North American and World Wide release which is a 100 percent FIRST in the industry.
When reached for comment PXG has yet to officially confirm the potential release schedule for these new 0311 STs, but since we have already seen these in the bag of a PGA Tour Pro and in the light of day, it means a LOT of time has been spent on CAD, and we should know more soon.
All-new Srixon Q-Star: Spin where you want it!
If there is anything I have learned in the past year about golf balls, it’s that they are packed with more technology and chemical compounds than most people can comprehend. A lot of premium boundary-pushing technology is found in, as the name states, the premium ball category, BUT Srixon is bringing the same tech found is the Z-Star line to the masses with the fifth-generation Q-Star, priced at $26.99 a dozen.
So, what am I talking about when I say chemistry? How about Spin Skin with Slide-Ring Material (SeRM for Short). SeRM is a urethane coating with flexible molecular bonds (how many times do you think about molecular bonds when talking golf ball?). This flexible coating digs deep into grooves for more control and more stopping power.
When we say “control” we mean friction. Friction is extremely important in golf is because the more you can create with your scoring clubs, the more control you are going to have around the greens. Where does all this chemistry come from, you might ask? In case you didn’t already, know Srixon is owned by Sumitomo Rubber Industries — a world leader in rubber technology including tires. Hmm…I think if a company can find ways to increase friction on a tire on a car going 100+ MPH, there must be some type of parallel there…
When you consider that most average golfers miss a LOT of greens, and often times in the wrong places, having a ball that offers a bit more control than the standard two-piece ball means you can (hopefully) stop it closer to the hole. And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times: The closer you golf ball end up to the intended target, the lower your scores are going to be.
Another way of getting the ball closer to the hole is distance, and the Q-Star isn’t lacking in that department either. By utilizing Fast Layer Core Technology, meaning the core is softer in the middle than around the outer layer [think of it like a symmetrical round muffin top (drool…mmm…muffins)], they can create a ball that is lower compression, feels great, and spins less off the driver without sacrificing the oh-so-important distance. Don’t forget that less spin off the driver ALSO means less axis tilt (often wrongly communicated as “side spin”) creating shots missed left and right.
All off this technology wrapped up in 338 dimples, available in both white and yellow.
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