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PXG launches more affordable, cast 0211 irons

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PXG, a company known for pushing the boundaries of forged iron performance (and price) is pushing boundaries again. This time, however, it’s in a new direction. Thanks to some changes in the manufacturing processes, new PXG 0211 irons feature just as much of the high-performance technology embodied in the flagship 0311 irons, but at a more approachable price point.

PXG 0211 irons

Just like with the 0311 irons, the 0211s feature a large hollow body cavity filled with the company’s COR2 material. The difference being that this body is investment cast instead of being forged and milled like other models. And as you can probably conclude, every step the company can eliminate from the manufacturing process can help bring the cost down for the consumer. Attached to this cast body is a thin, high-strength 1770M steel face, (which at 0.058″ is the thinnest face in golf) designed to help increase balls speeds across the greatest area possible.

Fore those curious about investment casting, it is the process where metal is heated until molten and then poured into a mold. This mold is much closer to the final shape of the end product and that helps cut down on the number of processing steps. It’s used for everything from car and airplane parts to golf clubs.

According to PXG, the new irons deliver both unrivaled feel and performance compared to any other cast club, thanks to the COR2 material. Rather than use high-density weights around the head, you will notice that there are no screws like in the other PXG irons. There are strategic reasons for this: those housing for the weights take up a LOT of mass to keep them structurally sound. This means additional manufacturing. YES they help move more mass but you have to consider that for some players those few extra percentage points of MOI come at a price. By utilizing the precise investment casting technique, PXG engineers are able to achieve almost identical MOI numbers with maximum performance in a more cost-effective way.

What’s also different about the 0211 is there are official “stock shafts,” which include True Temper’s Elevate and Mitsubishi’s new MMT steel/graphite shafts. BUT just like any PXG club, there will also be a huge number of premium and exotic shafts available through an upgraded pricing structure.

The 0211s are a stand-alone product in the PXG line and at the moment there is no plan to offer variations on the design for different players like a P or XF model. To help all players looking at 0211s they are designed like a progressive a set, which aims to provide optimal playability, turf interaction, and forgiveness from the longest irons into more compact mid and short clubs without sacrificing forgiveness along the way.

 

The new irons can be purchased through a PXG Fitting Specialist in-person or over-the-phone with the company’s new Fit-Me-Now program. In-person fittings are available at PXG Fitting Studios, via their mobile fitting program and through select premium fitting partners.

PXG 0211 irons go on sale Tuesday, May 21, 2019. $195/club steel. $210/club graphite.

 

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Ryan Barath is a writer & the Digital Content Creation Lead for GolfWRX. He also hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on GolfWRX Radio discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club fitter & master club builder who has more than 16 years experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour professionals. He studied business and marketing at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop in Hamilton and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers, including True Temper. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, from course architecture to physics, and share his passion for club building, and wedge grinding.

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  1. PingZing99

    Aug 29, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    I currently play I210 which are excellent for feel and exact distances with each club. Played I20 for 7 years excellent also and Mizuno Mp32 prior to those. Before that Ping Zings. Got fitted for 0211 using my retired vet status which was nice at no cost and i have to say they look good, love the long irons. PXG fitting is excellent and its first class service….I’m a 4-5 HC and to me there kinda like the 790TM/I500Ping except I could not find any hot spots like the 790 which was a deal breaker. I500 clunky but super good looking. Love the 785 Srixon but long irons a touch hard to hit consistently but they look and feel fantastic. So the 0211’s are cast and at my cost of 95 a stick with Project X LZ 6.0 is fine but its still a cast iron and only should be priced with other top cast irons. At 195 a stick but a set of Mizuno/ping/Srixon etc.

  2. Jarn Mustafio

    May 16, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Waiting for one of their staff players to set the tour on fire before I purchase these beauties! But based on recent years I’ll be waiting for a very longtime!!!!

  3. Dave r

    May 9, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I think pxg is going in the right direction making a lower cost iron for the consumer. When you compare this new line it’s not far from the top lines Taylor made, ping , mizuno, . Never here any complaints about $700.00 drivers or $600.00 putters. I think that eventually the consumer will dictate the cost of these clubs by not buying off the shelf. You can buy what your looking for on line a year later for 1/2 the price so be patient and wait 1 year and purchase. Berating pxg does nothing for the price of golf equipment all the top lines prices are to high but they still exist and continue to sell their products.

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  4. JP

    May 9, 2019 at 9:35 am

    These are so innovative and filled with new tech. They have to make everyone better at scoring. I’m going to order mine from dhgate.

  5. Raptor Kawhi

    May 8, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Oooooh, poor Scott, you got your drawl’s in a bunch over my opinion? Poor guy. I bet you got fitted asap to land your brand spankin’ new BXG clubs!! Budget XG’s baby!!! You go Mr. Francis. I was always taught to never trust a akcufahtom with 2 first names. A well spoken clown that you are certainly can read that word backwards. Then again, your brain is prolly rattled with you trying to figure out how you’re going to pay for the NEW PXG’S!! Present us with a review after your “BXG Fanboy” experience!! I just farted!!

    • Funkaholic

      May 8, 2019 at 4:00 pm

      Raptor, you write and speak like a small, petulant child. Even if one was inclined to agree with the notion that PXG is more about image than substance, I would never take the side of such a dimwitted moron as yourself. I do not begrudge a man the right to spend his dollars however he sees fit, you are free to enjoy the game and equipment on your own terms.

    • BSDetector

      May 9, 2019 at 2:14 am

      Grow up little boy.

    • Dorsey Gray

      May 23, 2019 at 10:11 am

      Raptor, what an adolescent jerk you are…bet you can’t break 85

  6. Scott Francis

    May 8, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Raptor….youre a moron Mediocre golf equipment? No thats TM. Funny how the other OEMS are raising prices yet no one blasting them. You dont like PXG fine now STFU

  7. fairwayandgreen

    May 7, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    It strikes that each PXG intro comes with ever increasing justification for moving toward the mean. Less expensive drivers because manufacturing costs declining with volume. Now cast irons without customizable perimeter weights (basically, cast irons like the rest of the industry) for 50% premium over top tier competitors? Would it be so difficult to be transparent and say PXG identifies a market and means to supply it?
    Also, designers and engineers from Ping having a deleterious effect on delivering a distinct looking product.
    Lastly, it seems unfair to characterize Golf Galaxy fitting as buying off the rack while PXG offers to fit its customers with a 5-10 minute online questionnaire. GG offers custom fitting that last 30-45 minutes; most irons are sold this way without added cost.

  8. Tony Lynam

    May 7, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    0211 is the military occupation speciality identification for Counter-Intelligence Specialist.

  9. David Aceto

    May 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    its about time mr parsons you revolunized the fordged iron market now its time to do the same for the cast iron market way to go i just wish the were priced along the lines of ping titleist and mizuno irons you couldnt build them fast enough

  10. Scott Francis

    May 7, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Totally agree Dave lot of visceral hate on here for PXG. Frankly they make quality stuff even their apparel and other gear is all high quality. Parsons is a multi billionaire and a self confessed club ho. Frankly Id rather buy products from him than another OEM and CEO who doesnt have any skin in the game. The stuff coming from Callaway and TM is kinda lame IMHO. Flash face and screws?

    • M

      May 7, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      Those screws helped somebody win the Masters.
      When was the last time PXG won anything big

  11. Swirley

    May 7, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I wouldn’t want to be the guy at the club with the POOR MAN’S PXG’s. Just saying.

    • Funkaholic

      May 8, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Especially when they cost more than a nice set of forged Mizunos.

  12. Pelling

    May 7, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    How is Taylormade’s lawsuit going?

  13. HKO

    May 7, 2019 at 11:18 am

    1. hatred to PXG on this site is just incredible, on somehow ridiculous level. it’s like, hate first then see what it is.
    2. thos ppl responding with same tune “ping copy” to everywhere… hopeless.

    other than that.

    3. these irons don’t seem as sleek as other PXG offerings. but making sense if they also target ‘lower’ market. (relatively)

    • dat

      May 7, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      or, could it be that these clubs are not a good value, or offer anything of difference for the average or skilled player that another more affordable club doesn’t?
      ?
      that we see through the marketing BS and design elements that mimick other brands?

      • Brandon

        May 7, 2019 at 2:48 pm

        You aren’t offering anything of difference than the average PXG hater. The cycle continues. You could do something more crazy and I don’t know, maybe…. Test them?

        • dat

          May 7, 2019 at 9:54 pm

          I have tested them. No difference between many other OEMS on a trackman. Why pay more? This isn’t a luxury car. It is a governed body of equipment manufacturers who have to stick to limits. If you want to pay more for the same results, by all means, waste your money.

          • Funkaholic

            May 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm

            It isn’t wasted if they enjoy them, it isn’t as though they are paying extra for inferior gear. It may be marginally better or worse than what you bag but, it isn’t your money. Go look at the JDM market if you want to see what “luxury” costs. That is truly an image driven market.

          • BSDetector

            May 9, 2019 at 2:19 am

            May the lack of difference you found is because your swing and game scuks. Ever consider that Einstein?

          • Dorsey Gray

            May 23, 2019 at 11:07 am

            so how do you test a set of clubs that isn’t being released until this Friday the 24th? me thinks you are full of sh*t as Club Champion and other club builders don’t even have them to test yet either.

      • acemkr9

        May 20, 2019 at 4:43 pm

        Are you the club guru who all should listen to? Say I can’t or won’t afford them and good luck to anyone can or will!

  14. 2putttom

    May 7, 2019 at 11:14 am

    wonderful ! we’ll see a lot of these in bags after initial purchase and resale

  15. dave

    May 7, 2019 at 9:57 am

    This company is doomed on this website. However, this is branding brilliance. You get the “thinnest” face available in golf, you still get the goo inside to help with the mis-hits, you still get the free fitting as opposed to just rack shopping at Golf Galaxy. The military discount alone is worth giving them a little respect. Loosen up folks…this will fit a new demo for them and the clubs actually look clean.

    • Robin

      May 8, 2019 at 7:02 pm

      You mean veterans discount to an old marine like Tour Edge does.

  16. Brandon

    May 7, 2019 at 9:44 am

    It’s worth noting this iron is taking over the Gen 1 forged as the discounted iron through their First Responder/Military program. It will sell for $145 a club with the discount.

    • dat

      May 7, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      So, you’re saying that if I enlist in the military, these become affordable? Sign me up for the draft!

  17. Bradley Baker

    May 7, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I din’t think this is a good strategy. Unless the pros are playing them, they will be viewed as a ‘secondary’ offering. Most golfers attracted to this brand do so seeking aspirational benefits in addition to playability. The criteria for purchasing extends beyond functionality.

    • WangoTango

      May 7, 2019 at 5:08 pm

      ^This When businesses go outside of thier A.O.I. bad things usually happen (endless case studies on it). In life and business you cant be everything to everyone… Lucky for them PXG is just a hobby for Mr. Parsons and i get the feeling like this is just a fun retirement project for him. Id guess PXG is just an excuse to use w/Mrs. Parsons to play more golf. Haha gotta salute the man for that!

  18. dat

    May 7, 2019 at 9:17 am

    LOL, those are i500s for more money.

  19. DB

    May 7, 2019 at 8:29 am

    What is with the blurry picture showing the specs? That’s actually the picture they sent you?

  20. Craig Loftus

    May 7, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Ping copies

  21. Ty Lou

    May 7, 2019 at 3:02 am

    bad joke

  22. Raptor Kawhi

    May 7, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Hahahaha!!! That’s pretty hilarious, these jokers have back peddled to create “affordable” gouge irons to accommodate little ‘ol us that neither can nor care to shell out thousands for mediocre golf equipment! Really, affordable? Why would anyone want buy an alleged budget Rolls Royce? Just stay in your lane and continue creating 4th tier unaffordable golf gear!

  23. Scott Francis

    May 7, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Dont know they just didnt keep the Gen1 has their cheaper entry point iron. Well now we know why no more Gen1 irons.

    • Strokes Gained Breakfast Ball

      May 7, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      It’s the Tesla 3 of the PXG Lineup.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Oldest club in the bag that you use regularly?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 14max who asks WRXers what’s the oldest club in the bag that they regularly use. Our members list the clubs that have been playing the longest and their reasons why – with trust often playing a significant role behind their decision.

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.

  • el_rousso: “I’m still regularly playing an old (about 25+ years old) American Open 56* wedge, the grooves on it are likely too worn to be of any use but it’s still pretty much the club I trust the most around the greens, the rest of my bag is around 2005ish (irons) or 2011ish (woods and other wedges), but I recently pulled the trigger on a driver upgrade…”
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  • James the Hogan Fan: “Putter- 65ish years old, Irons from 2003, Woods from 2008, Driver from 2014, Wedges from 2016, but, one from 2002. Quite the mix I’d say.”
  • ChipNRun: “A few years ago, it was a Ping Pal putter from circa 1973. I sent Ping a photo of the clubhead for verification: they said it was legit, they just couldn’t tell what batch it came from due to primitive data markings. Until about a year ago, I played Callaway X20 Tours (2008 origin); CPreO sold me a display set in 2011. Right now, the Tour Edge XRail 7W (2012) – and sometimes its brother 4W – hold the record.”

Entire Thread: “Oldest club in the bag that you use regularly?”

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2020 Odyssey Golf launches new Bird of Prey and Stroke Lab Ten putters

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Odyssey Golf is taking Stroke Lab technology and innovation further with the release of the all-new Stroke Lab 10 putters along with the introduction of the Bird of Prey putter for 2019 and 2020.

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2020 Odyssey Bird of Prey, Stroke Lab Ten putters: The details

To say Odyssey Stroke Lab putters, along with the revolutionary mass-shifting Stroke Lab shaft, have been a success both on tour and with regular golfers would be a huge understatement. On the professional side—since their introduction at the beginning of 2019 as a prototype product, Stroke Lab putters have become the number one putter on all tours and won more professional tournaments (65 to be exact) than any other brand on all tours combined.

Now, Odyssey’s General Manager Sean Toulon and his design team are looking to advance designs again with what many would call familiar shapes but with unconventional advantages.

Odyssey Stroke lab ten putter golf 2020

First off, we have the Stroke Lab Ten. And, yes, even Sean Toulon himself is willing to admit it shares similarities to a particular arachnid-style putter that he helped originally design at another OEM many years ago. But, as a modern equipment historian, I believe it’s important to point out that as much as the “arachnid” style has been popular for quite some time.

There was another putter that predates it (released in 2005), which offered an extremely high MOI design but without the catchy name: the Ping UG-LE. The UG-LE pushed mass way back and to the corners of the head to create (at the time) the highest MOI putter on the market.

But here’s the thing: Putters and material design have come a long way since the introduction of the UG-LE and the original arachnid designs, and Odyssey is here to prove golfers just how much better with the Stroke Lab Ten.

The Stroke Lab Ten’s frame is made from ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene…don’t worry, I had to look it up too). Here’s a further explanation

“It is an amorphous polymer comprised of three monomers, acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. ABS is most commonly polymerize through the emulsification process or the expert art of combining multiple products that don’t typically combine into a single product. When the three monomers are combined, the acrylonitrile develops a polar attraction with the other two components, resulting in a tough and highly durable finished product. The different amounts of each monomer can be added to the process to further vary the finished product. The versatility of ABS plastic properties contributes largely to its popularity across several industry sectors.” (Thanks, Adreco plastics)

According to Sean Toulon, what the ABS material allows is maximum distribution of metal (heavy) mass parts to the back and extreme perimeter of the putter to blow past other putters’ MOI (Moment of Inertia: a measurement of forgiveness) but also in sound and feel.

“The sound and feel of this putter is special (thanks to the material advantage of ABS)”  Sean Toulon, Odyssey Putters General Manager

Beyond just the shape of the putter, the sole has been meticulously crafted to help the head aligned square when grounded towards the target in the playing position. Sean continues

“We got these putters to the point where ( with the alignment on top ) they have become point and shoot” 

There truly is a lot going on to make sure these putters do everything they can to help both regular golfers and touring professionals align properly and get the best possible result when putts are not hit absolutely perfect.

The Stroke Lab Advantage

Considering the MOI of these designs, you would think that the highest of high handicappers would be the target market, but in that assumption, you couldn’t be more incorrect. The designs of both the Stroke Lab Ten and the Bird of Prey were entirely driven by the tour and player desire to get every last bit of performance out of their putting games.

These putters will all come stock with the Stroke Lab shaft, which pulls mass from the shaft and redistributes it under the grip and into the head for even greater stabilization. Odyssey has proven that the shaft alone can help stroke consistency across the board, and the most notable stat is the 13 percent increase in face angle delivery at impact. This increases the make putt percentage, which when you think of a round of golf, equates to strokes saved.

If there is one more thing Odyssey knows about putters, it’s roll and inserts. With the new Stroke Lab Ten and Bird of Prey designs, the company is using an all-new Microhinge Star insert to increase the sound for better player feedback. Generally, inserts are used to decrease the sound, but in the case of the New Microhinge Star, engineers at Odyssey wanted to recreate more of the original sound and feel of the White Hot putter but with the added benefit of the Microhinge to increase forward roll.

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This new Microhinge Star insert improves the correlation between the sound and expected distance a player will hit the ball—firmer means further. This is just another step in the design process put in place to help players of all abilities putt with greater consistency since without audible feedback, all players will have a more difficult time controlling distance.

The new Stroke Lab Ten and Bird of Prey putters will be available starting November 1. For more information check out OdysseyGolf.com

 

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New for 2020, the Cobra Golf T-Rail (Transitional Rail) super game improvement iron—the company’s first all hollow iron hybrid set.

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According to the company, the hollow body construction creates a lower, deeper CG than traditional cavity-back iron designs. The lower, deeper CG aims to aid golfers in getting the ball in the air and on line easier than conventional cavity-back irons.

Speaking on the new T-Rail irons, Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D, Cobra Golf, stated

“T-Rail irons make it easy for beginners and golfers who have lost some distance and control to gain the confidence needed to play better and have more fun. Players who need max forgiveness and are looking for more distance will be amazed at how far and straight they hit these, even being able to get them airborne from tough lies.”

The irons feature the brand’s Baffler Rails technology which seeks to provide players with more speed and stability out of every lie through its turf interaction.

The irons also contain a high-strength, forged steel face designed with E9 technology, which includes a thin pocket from heel to toe which is intended to offer maximum ball speed and forgiveness on off-center hits.

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The new additions from Cobra arrive in a hollow, iron-hybrid construction in the 5-PW with a 4-hybrid to make a 7-piece set. The irons, which come in a black/blue colorway for men and black/lilac colorway for women, come equipped with Cobra Ultralite 50g graphite shafts (Stiff, Regular and Lite) and Cobra Lamkin REL midsize grips.

Both the Men’s and Women’s T-Rail sets will be available beginning November 1, 2019, and cost $899.

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