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PXG goes big with 0311XF irons

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There’s a new addition to the PXG iron family. The company’s new 0311XF irons use the same technologies as its 0311 and 0311T irons, but have larger club heads to offer golfers “Xtreme Forgiveness.”

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“We’d all love to hit the ball perfectly every time, but the truth is many of us don’t,” said PXG founder Bob Parsons. “Most players struggle with imperfect swings and for some playing a blade can be intimidating. So, we engineered a game-improvement iron that is even more forgiving than the original PXG 0311 irons and just as sexy. Trust me, forgiveness has never felt so good.”

0311XF Tech Specs

  • Blade Length: Approximately 0.173-inches longer than the 0311.
  • Club Face: Approximately 0.1-inches larger than the 0311.
  • Sole Width: Approximately 0.065-inches wider than the 0311.
  • Offset: Approximately 0.173-inches larger than the 0311.

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The 0311XF irons use the company’s TPE Core Technology, which our Andrew Tursky detailed in this must-read story. Like the 0311 and 0311T irons, the 0311XF club heads are triple-forged. Unlike most forged irons, however, they have extremely thin faces thanks to their hollow-body construction and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) filling, which dampens vibrations and improves energy transfer for added distance.

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High-density tungsten weights are also used in the 0311XF design, and in conjunction with PXG’s signature perimeter weight on the back of the irons they optimize each iron’s center of gravity (CG) location.

“The longer blade length and wider sole help increase the moment of inertia and drive the CG back to create greater forgiveness and more dynamic loft at impact,” said PXG Chief Product Officer Brad Schweigert. “As a result, the clubs are incredibly forgiving and deliver outstanding mis-hit performance.”

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While the 0311XF irons target mid-to-high-handicap golfers who need extra distance and forgiveness, the game-improvement irons can also benefit the best players in the world. Take Charl Schwartzel, for example. The winner of this year’s Valspar Championship and the 2011 Masters loves his 0311XF 4 iron, saying he can hit it 260 yards off the tee.

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“[my 0311XF 4 iron] blends perfectly with my 0311 irons,” Schwartzel said. “You would never know that it’s a game-improvement club – and I like that.”

The 0311XF irons (about $300 each) are available in two finishes, Chrome and an Xtreme Dark, which uses a black Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coating and carries an upcharge of $150 per iron. Full sets, as well as mixed sets of the 0311, 0311T and 0311XF are available for purchase through PXG’s network of authorized fitters.

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  1. Messico

    Sep 7, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Heard these were made just for Tigers come back. Also making him some sweet non riding underwear too.

  2. SNBD

    Sep 7, 2016 at 1:34 am

    I love the comments here referring to saving money and spending it on lessons for the “higher handicap” player. If you are buying PXG, you could give a shit how much it costs. That’s the beauty of having MONEY. A lot of people with massive amounts of disposable income buy expensive things just because they can, including clubs for $3k. They drive Range Rovers, wear Rolex’s, and live in overly priced zip codes…..don’t hate just because you aren’t in the same boat.

    • Lou Loomis

      Sep 7, 2016 at 5:48 am

      I didn’t say don’t spend the money, you twit. I said spend the difference on lessons and practice to become a better ball striker. You look like a fool hacking around the course with $3000 sticks.

      • SNBD

        Sep 7, 2016 at 10:15 pm

        An Acura MDX drives as well as a Range Rover and a Fossil watch keeps time as well as a Rolex, why doesn’t everyone just buy the middle of the road item? PXG is on par with other high end stuff, it’s part status and part performance. Let’s be honest, if you are hacking up a course, you look like a fool no matter what you’re playing. Again, don’t hate just because someone wants to drop $3k on a set of clubs. Besides Lou, if someone is playing PXG, I highly doubt they’re playing the same tracks as you so, you don’t have to worry about them hacking up “your” course.

        • SNBD

          Sep 7, 2016 at 11:38 pm

          Classic response from someone who has nothing meaningful to say….resort to name calling.

      • Jim

        Sep 8, 2016 at 11:24 pm

        I love the videos of dipsticks crashing Ferraris & Lamborghinis – during routine driving – or losing control when showing off… F*k it…maybe if they spend the money on them & play more – there’s no where else to go on the ‘magic club ladder’

        maybe they WILL take lessons

  3. KK

    Sep 7, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Screws aren’t removable on the irons. So lame.

  4. Jim

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    We’re on same page…Shaft was actually 110gr Recoil…what I was saying is the combination of graphite & PXG’s already ‘muted’ feel gave me virtually no feedback – positive or negative…the heads feel so ‘soft’ – but not that ‘buttery’ yet solid Miura feel as described in the thread. So, UNLESS someone needed that level of ‘shock absorbency’ (IMHO) the graphite / PXG combo was ‘unsatisfying’ and most ‘forged’ players probably wouldn’t care for it either…

    Now if a person had some bad hand/wrist pain – even elbow pain (not caused by swing mechanics) there’s pretty much nothing more vibration reducing (or ‘soft’ on impact that I’ve hit (but he can cram the $150 black finish upcharge 😉

    • Jim

      Sep 7, 2016 at 11:10 am

      I hate it when this happens….write a reply, device says ‘server timed out’….page resets and wait. Still, later no reply appears – so write another one….then both appear – in this case hours later…. harrumph…

  5. Nate

    Sep 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    For a game improvement iron they look amazing. Looks wise nothing else on the market compares. Too bad they are $350 per club (from PXG’s instagram).

  6. Lee

    Sep 6, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    What a load of sh*te!

  7. Lester Diamond

    Sep 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I don’t see the purpose of mentioning Schwartzel’s length with this club. Like Desmond said, good for him, but for us mortals in means nothing. Should I go buy a Diablo 3-wood because Stenson can hit his 300 off the deck? Nonsense.

    • DeadFish

      Sep 6, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Yes you should because that is what drives club sales!

      A year ago someone won with an old TM Burner 9 degree driver. Every local golf shop was sold out within a day and no one could find one and if you did the price was higher than usual. Coincidence…I think not…

  8. msmizzllee

    Sep 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

    XTREME? Just like the Hammer X! The X stood for XTREME – I smell a billion dollar lawsuit!

    • desmond

      Sep 6, 2016 at 11:22 am

      You do know what the X stands for in “PXG”?

  9. OH

    Sep 6, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I love me some PXG but these are shovels. If you can’t hit the regular 0311 irons then you need to save yourself $3000 and go get some lessons.

    • Jim

      Sep 6, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Agreed!

    • desmond

      Sep 6, 2016 at 11:24 am

      I means Charl hits the 4i XF at 260 yds. So he has that going for him, and PXG has that going for them. I’d say if you can’t hit 7-PW in 0311, it’s not the club. For the longer to mid irons, some guys might prefer these in a liteweight graphite shaft over a hybrid.

    • KK

      Sep 7, 2016 at 12:06 am

      Yeah, Charl. What a scrub.

  10. Ace Edwards

    Sep 6, 2016 at 9:24 am

    They’re not just selling golf clubs, they’re selling status, like a Rolex. And for some customers, they’re selling hope.

    I wonder if they will sell putters. Probably $500 and up.

    • OH

      Sep 6, 2016 at 10:20 am

      They’ve been selling putters for a while. And, yes, they are crazy expensive.

    • LabraeGolfer

      Sep 6, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Yeah old models were $400 and new ones are $500. I would rather play a Bettinardi any day of the week they were very meh.

    • Jim

      Sep 6, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      When Big Bertha Putter, it was 249. Same price as the steel ‘woods’ with graphite shafts & people freaked!
      “249 for a PUTTER WT#&? €?*#!?!” – Same peeps had 3 or 4 Callaway metals in the bag, but back then no production putter on the market was > $100. Eli took a couple steps back and pointed out “It’s the most important club! The only one you use on every hole!”…

      And now, NO one complains about those $300 Ping design clones (with nicer finishes) – bought right off the rack – without ever being fit AT ALL from Snotty….

      I got putter fit back when it was just taking off – black tent, HS camera – all based on getting the best roll on the ball – with ‘your stroke’….blah blah – shorten the story – I’m 6’2, bad back, stand tall and putt open. Playing mini-tours, Monday 4 spots, etc. Legit 1.2 hcp. Playing with lotsa injuries. Could go 5 under or 6 over same week. Anyway, we got the loft right but I had Liprosy for years. I would lip out 1-3 putts almost every round. Cost me several checks. So much so, it was a standing joke with the other guys “if he ever got ’em to go in” – etc.. Because all my clubs are 2up, with my stancen @ 35″ the putter felt good, eyes over ball etc… Center shaft face balanced half mallet style.

      Ten years later, when training to use the SAM Put Lab, I went through an extensive fitting session – it spit out so many numbers, Peltz would flip!
      ANYWAY, it said my putter should be 3 FLAT! A net 5 degree change NO ONE could have possibly told me that without me cracking up….So, we bent the stick and I rolled 10/10 in (FIRST TIME EVER!) from 12′ on our (flat as can be built) putter fitting surface…unfortunately, a bit late for my mini-tour days, but much knowledge was gained and no more liprosy!

      We sell beaucoup Edel & Machine custom made putters and will sell PXG’s if they work for the customer.

      BOTTOM LINE – I tell all my students – go start swinging every putter on the rack. If it doesn’t look right, or on the take away it doesn’t feel like it’s swinging nicely for you – put it down and try the next one. As big an equipment freak as I am, if the $9.99 discount rack zink POS works for you- BUY IT!

  11. Scooter McGavin

    Sep 6, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I don’t understand the hype over pxg clubs. They don’t look that good and they can’t feel any better than the other premium forged offerings on the market.

    • desmond

      Sep 6, 2016 at 7:34 am

      They have a unique feel – none other like it. No, it’s not Miura-like dense yet soft. PXG feels soft and vibration-free. If you want less wear and tear on the body, going with graphite shaft and with generous bounce, you get irons that are easy on the body, forgiving as heck, and perform well with a unique feel.

      • Scooter McGavin

        Sep 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

        Maybe I’ll just have to hit them. I like the way you describe Miura’s feel. Seems accurate. But my experience with Fourteen is they have that feel-nothing-at-impact softness. Which is actually why I tend to like Fourteen more than Miura…

        • Skip

          Sep 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm

          I experience the same thing. Anything Endo Forged, some Kyoei offerings, and definitely the Miura Giken stuff give you that soft, buttery feel at impact. The North American Miuras are firm and dense.

        • Jim

          Sep 6, 2016 at 3:17 pm

          Miura is more traditional – not ‘teched out’ like Epon…least “forgiving” of the three, if you add PXG.

          I prefer the Miura feel. No major OEM’s BEST Forged irons are as good. Period. No one’s hosel is as tight – Miura says it’s the most important part of the club for creating their superior feel & distance…

          The first PXG O swung – happened to have had a graphite shaft. There are people who would benefit from ZERO shock / sensation @ impact – I’m not there YET.

          Felt like hitting marshmallows with a swimming pool noodle….just not right –

          Unless there’s a pain issue, stick w/steel – even 90gr – if it’s a strength issue as well – buy Fourteens. Nothing better @ those weights

          • desmond

            Sep 6, 2016 at 5:34 pm

            I’ll disagree as to graphite iron shafts if marshmallow means soft or torquey. Try Aerotech if you want less torque than some steel. Recoils have more “feel.” For long term longevity and to lower the probabilty of shoulder, arthritis and other issues, find some heavy graphite if you need them, or the lighter stuff when you need it.

            • Jim

              Sep 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm

              No – I’m with you on all that – it was actually a 110 gr Recoil…what I meant is the PXG feel is so ‘muted’ anyway, good graphite (no one would put cheap ones in such expensive heads) is pretty much unnecessary and (IMHO) would provide virtually no physical feedback – good or bad 🙂

              Someone with severe arthritis, carpal tunnel or other hand/wrist pain or neuropthy may benefit from such minimal vibration/shock transmitted during impact…even some elbow pain (not caused by the swing action itself). 🙂

              • desmond

                Sep 6, 2016 at 10:49 pm

                I’m with you, but I’ve had friends with bad shoulders and arthritic fingers, and it’s possible that less vibration could help. I’m the guy with liteweight graphite and PXG, and it took me 2 months to figure out where I made contact without looking at the head. It can be done, it just takes time.

                • Jim

                  Sep 7, 2016 at 11:13 am

                  🙂

    • TF

      Sep 6, 2016 at 10:10 am

      I was a skeptic as well… But I had a chance to hit a PXG 6-iron while I was being fit for a driver back in January. It was a legitimate “oh wow” moment after the first swing. I wasn’t on a launch monitor so I can’t speak to the performance, but the feel was out-of-this-world. Was it worth the ultra-premium price? Probably not (for most of us). But it was definitely worth hitting a few times to see what else is out there!

  12. DevilDog18

    Sep 6, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Triple forged? … ooooh ok then, here are my next 3 mortgage payments

  13. Y. Wurry

    Sep 6, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Xtreme? Did we time warp back to 1995? The implosion of the golf equipment market can’t come soon enough.

  14. Lou Loomis

    Sep 6, 2016 at 5:52 am

    High handicappers would be better off using that money for lessons and range balls, instead of buying clubs that are no better than ones that can be bought for a 1/3 of the cost.

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to an interesting experience WRXer ‘LongJohnPeter’ had when testing out blades for the first time. ‘LongJohnPeter’ writes:

“For reasons unbeknownst to myself, I have been obsessed with playing blades lately. So I took a trip to my local range today and picked out an old Lynx USA 7 iron blade from the rental rack (I don’t own a blade and had never hit one previously). While I did see a reduction in distance (more of a result of EXTREMELY crappy range balls and a 50 degree day), I couldn’t believe how much more consistent my face contact was, compared with my Ping Zing’s I currently use. And even on the few mishits, they weren’t punished nearly as bad as everyone and their mother said they would be, and I knew exactly what had happened and could adjust accordingly.

Anyone have a similar experience? Is this just a honeymoon phase? Or is the golfing elite trying to preserve the sanctity of blade irons?”

And our members have been reacting to the post and sharing their thoughts in our forum.

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.

  • uglande: “I switched back to blades this year (had not played them in decades), and I will never give them up. They are so pure and consistent and easy to maneuver. I prefer the thinner soles, which give me better turf interaction. Blades will never produce those nuclear shots that go 15 yards longer than you expected. And, yes, GI clubs help retain ball speed on mishits, but I would rather be 10 yards short of the green than in the bunkers or other garbage on either side of the green. And I certainly don’t want to torpedo one (happened frequently with my P790s) that goes over the green, which is always where the worst hazards lie.”
  • NotTheGuyOrAmi: “I ’m far from a technical expert, but I have concluded that increased MOI may give some incremental benefit, and of course less loft means clubs with a particular loft might hit father, but the point of most of the “improvement” in-game improvement irons is to allow people who hit the ground before the ball with a slow swing speed to get a better result from a lower center of gravity. This, by the way, is not a good thing.”
  • CCTXgolf: “For some people a smaller club makes them concentrate a little harder, and that extra little bit of concentration can certainly help you find the center of the club face more often. Problem is it’s tough to keep that going for 18 holes. Much less day to day. I just went to blades in my short irons (8-P) and don’t really find that much difference in those shorter irons. They sure are pretty though.”

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