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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. 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!!!!

  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Tony Lynam

    May 7, 2019 at 7:26 pm

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Pelling

    May 7, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    How is Taylormade’s lawsuit going?

  12. 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!

  13. 2putttom

    May 7, 2019 at 11:14 am

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. dat

    May 7, 2019 at 9:17 am

    LOL, those are i500s for more money.

  18. 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?

  19. Craig Loftus

    May 7, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Ping copies

  20. Ty Lou

    May 7, 2019 at 3:02 am

    bad joke

  21. 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!

  22. 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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WRX Spotlight Review: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

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Product: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

Pitch: The TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3 is a stronger-lofted version of the standard TaylorMade M5 3-wood. The Rocket is 14 degrees. The standard M5 is 15.

Our take on the TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3

“WOW, you really hit that 3-wood like a rocket!”

” Not like a rocket… an actual Rocket!”

The beloved 3-wood. A favorite club of both average golfers and pros alike, a club that many will hold onto well after what some might consider their “best before” date. But with new options and improved technology, these old faithfuls are getting the boot quicker for a lot of reasons including the ability to better dial in a fit and help minimizing misses.

Since making a club faster off the middle is becoming more and more difficult thanks to the limits set forth but the USGA, OEMs are changing the way we think about clubs and putting a greater focus on decreasing dispersion and optimizing misses. TaylorMade is doing this with TwistFace, which was originally introduced in drivers a generation ago, and has now been included in the M5 and M6 fairway woods.

I got to spend some time with the knowledgeable crew at TaylorMade Canada in their new indoor facility just north of Toronto (lets call it Kingdom North) In that time, we went through a driver fitting, and then to the new M5 fairway woods to try and replace one of my oldest faithfuls: a 14-degree SLDR Tour Spoon. To say I have a unique ability to elevate a fairway wood is something that even my fitter was a little surprised by. My numbers with my cranked down to 12 degree (measured) fairway off the deck were good but could be improved. I can hit it both ways (as much as a 6-handicap can actually claim that) but my trusted go-to shot is a slight fade with some heel bias contact because of my swing. I am willing to sacrifice some distance but usually hit it where I want.

What I saw at the end of the fitting was a club that produced longer shots along with a tighter dispersion without having to make or to try and make any changes to my swing. The final fit was a 14-degree “Rocket” M5 fairway set to 12 degrees. It beat out my SLDR by a total of nine yards, which is an increase of just over a total of three percent, including an additional six yards of carry.

To say I was honestly surprised would be an understatement. The SLDR TS is a club that the first time I hit it I went WHOA! Low spin, workable, looks exactly how I want that club to look (small and compact). You can see from the numbers below when it works it works.

Why does TwistFace work?

Let’s explain and get a little deep in the technology weeds for a second. Bulge and roll is not a new concept. In fact, it would be a lie to claim that all OEMs haven’t done something similar to this is the past or played with these two variables to help golfers hit better shots. Fact: Every OEM optimizes the bulge and roll on their clubs to increase speed and maximize performance. Tom Wishon actually had a line of woods at one point that went the other way had VERY limited roll from the top tine to the sole. With this design, more loft on the bottom of the head helped players who miss low or need help elevating the ball off the deck increase launch and spin. It worked. Cobra also has what it calls E9 technology to tweak bulge and roll to help maximize the speed and forgiveness of their woods. It also works.

What makes TaylorMade’s TwistFace different is that it is the most aggressive iteration of this bulge and roll tweaking yet, and by introducing it into the fairway woods and hybrids, it’s proving to be a winner — even for this now-proven wrong skeptic.

At the end of the day, the M5 Ti “Rocket” was a measurable improvement over my previous 3-wood. Now it would be disingenuous to say “if you aren’t using TwistFace in your fairway woods you’re not maximized,” but if you are someone that struggles with fairway wood dispersion and looking to find some extra distance for taking on par-5s, taking a look at the new M5 and M6 fairway woods as part of your next fitting should be very high on your list.

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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WRX Spotlight: Stitch headcovers

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Product: Stitch headcovers

Pitch: From Stitch: “Your game should match your style. At Stitch, we aim to merchandise our line of products so you can easily put together items that not only match your bag and what is it in it, but also match your style and personality. We want to make it easy for you to have a unique and color-coordinated golf bag. We have designed unique products that have defined color schemes so that choosing which items to put in your bag becomes easier. We aim to provide you with various looks, mixing and matching our head covers to give you confidence that the purchase you make for your bag will take you to the course in style. Let us help you dress your game.”

Our Take On Stitch Headcovers

Stitch is a relatively new company – founded in 2012. The company initially only created premium headcovers but has grown into so much more, with all sorts of golfing accessories now on offer on their site StitchGolf.com. Their bags, in particular, are now some of the most popular amongst golfers, with the quality and uniqueness provided leading multiple Tour players to sport them in tournament play.

That sign of quality in the bags bodes well for what the company was founded on – their headcovers. Stitch provides both leather and knit headcovers in a variety of designs that do as good a job as any in covering the needs of all golfers.

Stitch describes the companies Monte Carlo headcover as being their “classic, timeless design”, and for those looking for that vintage style to add to their set up then they can’t go wrong with this headcover. A mainstay in the likes of multiple tour winner Paul Casey’s bag, the Monte Carlo headcover, as with all of the companies leather covers, is hand-crafted from 100% leather and is both water and stain resistant. The cover comes in four color codes: Black, White, Navy and Red, and at $68 is the most affordable of all their leather headcovers.

Other options in the leather department range from their intricately designed Camo cover which comes in a multiple color design, as well as Stitch’s tribute to “The King”, through their Arnold Palmer headcover.

The AP cover comes in a minimalist black with white stripes for a classic feel, but it also comes in a white color code decorated with red, white and yellow stripes which, for myself at least, looks even more alluring. Part of an exclusive collection, the only issue with the AP cover is that only those located in the U.S. are currently eligible to get their hands on one. But for those in the states, the company is now offering a set of three AP leather covers for $128 instead of $298 should you use the code APLEATHERS on their site.

From their Tour Racer, USA, Shamrock and Bonesman editions, Stitch provides a great choice when it comes to their leather covers, and as previously mentioned, all are hand-crafted from 100% leather, water and stain resistant and will assure an excellent fit on your clubs.

Stitch also provides knit headcovers which contain not only excellent designs but also the same quality which has gone into their leather covers. All of the companies knit covers are made from Techno Wool, which is 100% acrylic and designed in order for your clubs to stay entirely dry. Another feature of the knit covers from Stitch is their smart fit design which ensures all of the covers retain their shape over a long period, as well as providing for a cover that will reliably stay on your club.

The knit covers from Stitch cost $68 ($72 for the limited AP cover), and there are currently seven different designs available to choose from over at StitchGolf.com. The leather covers are, unsurprisingly, a little pricier, but still very affordable, ranging from $68-$98. The covers deliver in both style and performance, and for a relatively new company, it speaks volumes that the likes of Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and many more tour pros are now sporting the company’s creations.

 

 

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