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
WRX Spotlight: AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones
Honestly, this is not a review we intended on doing. Wireless headphones were not on our radar for 2019, and certainly not on our list of “golf essential” equipment. But an ad for Aftershokz headphones caught our eye. Sleek. Lightweight and “Open Ear”? We needed to check them out in person. With that, here we are.
Product: AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless open air headphones
Basically, this is a wireless headset with bluetooth connectivity with and open ear design. You can still hear your music AND the world around you at the same time. It’s a bit of genius. If you like sports but are one of those “one earbud in, one out so you can hear your surroundings” people, AfterShokz is marketing to you.
Pitch: From AfterShokz: “The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside our lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. We cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too. Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.”
Our take on the AfterShokz Trekz
While the AfterShokz Trekz Air are not golf specific, they are a nearly perfect accessory for your range practice time. They are comfortable, sweat and water resistant and have very good sound. The open air nature is a huge plus, so you can still hear the world around you while listening to music, a recorded lesson, or a golf tempo trainer. Aftershokz claims up to a 6-hours of continuous use on a single charge. We found that to be fairly accurate.
While the $149 price point is not small change, these are not golf specific and can be worn daily. We found them to be plenty comfortable jogging, biking and just running errands. Some reviewers on the internet claim they weren’t as comfortable on the ears over a long period of time, but we didn’t experience it. We were able to wear them comfortably for extended periods with and without glasses or with or without a hat or helmet.
One criticism is we felt the mic functionality was a little spotty. The users on the other end had some difficulty hearing us on the phone. It works in a pinch, but for longer conversations, we thought it was just easier to disconnect the device and put the phone to our ear.
While AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones won’t make your golf game better, their one of our favorite golf accessories of 2019 so far.
WRX Spotlight Review: Miura KM-009 putter
Product: Miura KM-009 putter
Pitch: From Miura: “A rolled top line and a tapered heel help to deliver a putter head which is both pleasing to the eye and easy to square to your putting line. As is the case with our other putters, the milled face is extremely forgiving and produces a strike which transmits to the feel, distance control and in achieving the truest of rolls from reduced skid. This classic putter design goes through the same forging process as our irons.”
Our take on the Miura KM-009 putter
When you hear the name Miura, you think of forged irons, forged wedges, and tales of Tiger’s old clubs. Rarely do we think of putters when we hear that legendary name. Like the classic, legendary name’s wares, the KM-009 putter has a classic shape and great lines.
The Miura KM-009 is a chunky looking version of the classic Anser blade putter in a brushed white chrome. From address, it has a thick top line and looks a little shorter heel to toe, with slightly rounded bumpers. Almost like a Newport and Newport 2 had a child!
The flange seems to be a standard length with a single thin sight line. From behind the flange and bumpers are thick and hefty, giving you the look of being really solid. I am typically not a blade putter guy, but I like the thicker look of the KM-009, as other blades can get to small and thin for my eye. The face milling looks great going from shallow at the top of the putter to deeper near the bottom.
On the green the white chrome color contrasts well and I personally like the shape. I know shape is personal and how it looks to your eye could be drastically different. With the thicker top line I think the heavier bumpers help frame the ball well and focus your eyes more towards the sightline. Again, putter feel and sound really depends on the player and to me the KM-009 is a great feeling and sounding flatstick. The thicker face provides a really solid feel, responsive but without any unnecessary vibration.
Even putts off the heel and toe have a solid feel with just a slight bit more vibration to them. The distance on those mishits was actually better than I thought. For a putter that doesn’t have touted technology in the face the rollout was really good. Now those same mishit shots did travel farther offline, missing the cup by more than a couple inches each way.
The sound of the putter to me was perfect, with just the light click on impact.
The only negative to the putter is that the milling on my head wasn’t flawless. Inside the logo on the sole and near the model number you could see some milling that shouldn’t be there, something that shouldn’t be an issue on a $400 putter. From images on the web I haven’t seen other heads with similar issues, so it is probably just this one.
Overall, the KM-009 is for the player who wants great feel and sound, without caring about tech. Miura club users will find themselves in familiar territory with the KM-009: phenomenal feel and sound in a traditional package.
Forum Thread of the Day: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”
Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from keithrichards, who is looking to add a 5-wood to his bag. Good elevation off the deck is a crucial requirement in his search, and ignoring the latest lines, our members discuss what 5-wood they believe is the best option.
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.
- uwhockey14: “Sonartec, 19* is an awesome club with the right shaft in it. Excellent off the deck! Only 5-Wood I’ve been able to be somewhat consistent with as I played 2-Iron for years and years and struggle with hybrids!”
- mwink822: “I like my Titleist 917 F2 from all areas (tee, fairway and rough). The Ping G400 was also a good performer, but I hated the way it looked behind the ball. The Callaway Steelhead XR is also a good option, but I elected not to go that avenue myself as the 5-wood has a slightly closed (to my eyes anyway) appearance at address.”
- mowakebum: “G400 5 wood, easy to hit, put it in the bag last year and it’s in no danger of being replaced. Point and shoot full send.”
- Mitchell: “In a 5-wood, still very difficult to beat a V steel with the appropriate shaft for your stated needs in a non-adjustable.In adjustable, the various Cobra clubs with baffler rail system would be a great place to start, f6 baffler is phenomenal out of rough.”
News2 weeks ago
Justin Thomas rips USGA for new rule, which saw yet another Tour pro controversially penalized
Whats in the Bag3 weeks ago
Justin Rose’s Winning WITB: 2019 Farmers Insurance Open
Whats in the Bag2 weeks ago
Rickie Fowler’s Winning WITB: 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open
News2 weeks ago
Sergio Garcia DQd for “serious misconduct” after damaging greens at Saudi International
Whats in the Bag2 weeks ago
Dustin Johnson’s Winning WITB: 2019 Saudi International
Whats in the Bag3 weeks ago
Bryson DeChambeau’s Winning WITB: 2019 Dubai Desert Classic
News18 hours ago
Kuchar defends caddie payment: “For a guy who makes $200 a day, a $5,000 week is a really big week” (Update: Kuchar to pay $50K)
Whats in the Bag5 days ago
Phil Mickelson’s winning WITB: 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am