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Less Spin, More Feel: PXG’s 0811X Drivers, 0341X Fairways and 0317X Hybrids

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Golfers won’t need a launch monitor to know something is different with PXG’s new line of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. While the new clubs look nearly identical to the company’s original line of metal woods, they don’t sound or feel the same thanks to a new technology that also offers performance benefits.

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It’s a situation described as a “twofer” in the design world. The addition of a proprietary thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) insert inside PXG’s new metal woods not only dampens vibrations at impact to create softer feel, but it also give the clubs a lower the center of gravity (CG) that will help many golfers hit longer, straighter shots.

Robot Results: Spin Reduction of PXG’s new Metal Woods

  • 0811X Driver: 600-800 rpm lower
  • 0341X Fairways: 300-400 rpm lower
  • 0317X Hybrids: 200-300 rpm lower

It was PXG’s Chief Product Officer Brad Schweigert who had the idea to use the TPE insert, which is made of the same polymer material the company uses to fill the inside of its irons. In designing the new metal woods, he and his team found that the more of the special polymer they used, the more successful the clubs were in testing. They could only use so much, however; otherwise, it would make the club heads too heavy for golfers to use effectively.

The bigger, the better. A honeycomb TPE insert improves the CG location and acoustics of the new PXG metal woods.

The bigger, the better. A honeycomb TPE insert was added to the soles of the new metal woods to lower CG and improve acoustics.

So Schweigert and his team went about finding ways to reduce the weight of the finished club heads. They followed the industry trend giving the metal woods carbon-fiber crowns, providing a savings of 10-14 grams of weight per club head compared to their all-titanium predecessors. Schweigert also had an idea to improve the TPE insert itself; he gave it a honeycomb structure, which added to its dampening properties while allowing it be made larger and lighter.

The TPE Structure "wraps" the moveable weights of the X line to soften feel at impact.

The TPE inserts “wrap” the sole weights of the clubs for a softer feel.

GolfWRX spotted prototypes of the 0811X driver being tested on the PGA Tour as early as last April, but PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons says his company didn’t release the clubs sooner because his team “kept finding ways to make it better.”

Speaking specifically about the 0811X driver, Parsons says, “This is going to be a spin killer that helps [golfers] completely.”

The new metal woods line has PXG’s signature moveable weights that allow golfers to easily adjust swing weight and trajectory bias. Moving the silver weights from back to front creates a lower-spinning trajectory, while moving them to the heel or toe can mitigate a slice or hook. The metal woods also have adjustable hosels with eight different settings that adjust loft as much as +/- 1.5 degrees and lie angle as much as -3 degrees.

Learn more about PXG’s new 0811X driver, 0341X fairway woods and 0317 hybrids below.

0811X Driver

  • Price: $850
  • Lofts: 9 degrees, 10.5 degrees, 12 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 57-60 degrees
  • Head Size: 460 cubic centimeters
  • MOI: 4800 g/cm2

The 0811X driver will be available in two different head weights: 207 grams and 199 grams. The 199-gram version, which uses a 6-gram lighter TPE insert, is called the 0811LX.

0341X Fairway Woods 

  • Price: $650
  • Lofts: 13 degrees, 15 degrees, 18 degrees, 21 degrees
  • Head Size: 151 cubic centimeters (15 degrees)
  • Lie Angle: 58 degrees (15 degrees)

The 0341 fairway woods have a thin, high-strength face design (0.075 inches) made from HT1770M steel. The targeted, assembled head mass is 215 grams (15 degrees).

0317X Hybrids 

  • Price: $550
  • Lofts: 17 degrees, 19 degrees, 22 degrees, 25 degrees, 28 degrees
  • Head Size: 106 cubic centimeters (19 degrees)
  • Lie Angle:5 degrees (19 degrees) 

The targeted, assembled head mass is 235 grams (19 degrees).

Join the Discussion: See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the 0311X/0311LX drivers, 0341X fairway woods and 0317X hybrids in our forum.

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  1. Stephen

    Apr 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I hit the new PXG driver with the Hazardous shaft and it is a spin killer. My launch numbers were better than anything else i have hit including the M1 and M2 with exotic shafts and the Ping LS. I need to hit the Epic SubZero but the new PXG driver is really good.

  2. Rod C

    Apr 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I’m curious to know why Cristie Kerr no longer appears to be a brand ambassador for PXG?

  3. Desmond

    Mar 31, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    When you see PXG clubs reviewed on Forbes.com, you begin to recognize their market. They are good looking clubs – I’ve got irons and hybrids and enjoy them. The XF irons are great for lower to mid lofts. I can find similar performance in other clubs but tend to get clubs that are different. Enjoy.

  4. Fat Perez

    Mar 31, 2017 at 4:19 am

    A six hundred and fifty dollar fairway wood! 6 fitty?! 6 FIFTY?!! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

    As Iron Micahael Tyson would say, “Thass Ludacrith, ya nah I mean?!!”

  5. moses

    Mar 30, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    James Hahn
    291.7 and #100 in driving distance as of March 30,2017
    290.9 2016 #88
    295.1 2015 #50

    Didn’t do squat for James Hahn

    Zack Johnson picked up about 6.5 yards which is huge.

    • Jim

      Mar 30, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      Maybe he just hits it more consistently or confidently – years ago when I was playing mini-tour & weekly section events, I took an avg 25 yd loss switching from the original 975 6.5 driver to a 7 degree Ping ISI but it went dead straight – and shaping was easier… the 975 too easily ended up left of Nancy Pelosi when trying to curve it a little…..285 on fairway is better than 310 up against a tree…

  6. golfraven

    Mar 30, 2017 at 7:35 am

    If money is no question then why not. However, those sticks still need to perform otherwise where is the point of having those blings in the bag.

  7. memphys7

    Mar 30, 2017 at 6:38 am

    lie on the hybrid looks way too flat

  8. Dan

    Mar 30, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Golf Club prices are starting to remind me how expensive prescription drugs and health care is getting. Pretty soon we’ll have 24 million less golfers.

  9. BD57

    Mar 29, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    IMO, GolfWrx would do well to get rid of comments on articles – far more snark than light ….

    It’s a shame, really.

    • Jim

      Mar 29, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      PXG or Tiger – biggest click bait topics on here…shame… there were two interesting and appropriate topics last few weeks I really hoped to see a lot of responses to – one was about “Why are practice swings so good” – an eternal question I have my opinions on but wanted to see some discussion on and there were three replies to that one…

  10. westphi

    Mar 29, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    When it looks like hotmelt, acts like hotmelt, sounds like hotmelt…is it hotmelt??? Selling snow to eskimos Bobby…

  11. Barry S.

    Mar 29, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I’m not rich but I’m extremely handsome, I would be concerned with liability issues if one of the screws came loose and put someone’s eye out.

    • Jim

      Mar 30, 2017 at 9:39 am

      As opposed to the sliding weights on other clubs?…not gonna happen…

  12. Mr Muira

    Mar 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Mr Parsons, this technology is old. Back in the day we used to spray foam into the heads and knew this was the result. We just kept it to ourselves. Now you are charging a premium for 20 cents worth of material..lol…good luck to you for fooling the public.

  13. Wayne

    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    These clubs are a price joke for the everyday golf enthusiast. At 5000.00 dollars a set lot’s of luck selling them. So far all the PRO players that are playing these clubs have not won a tournament. Lidia Ko played Callaways last year and was number 1 in the world. She switched to PXG clubs and didn’t even make the cut in her last outing. What does that tell you?

    • E

      Mar 29, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      forget the week before she also played had over 20 birdied and no bogie’s. So what does that tell you?

  14. Wayne

    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I haven’t seen any PRO players that play the PXG clubs win a tournament. Lidia Ko switched from Callaway to PXG and missed the cut in her last outing. I guess her new 5000.00 clubs didn’t help her very much.

    • brian

      Mar 30, 2017 at 12:57 am

      james hahn won wells fargo, ryan moore won john deere, patrick reed won using just the 3 iron, pat perez won using the irons out of contract, rocco mediate won senior pga championship. brittany lang us womens open. Also two staff players playing on the ryder cup team. For a company only 2.5 years old to have the success it has had, including now having 10% of the iron market share in the US is flat out impressive. People might not like them or the price tag, but cant say they haven’t been successful

      • Jim

        Mar 30, 2017 at 10:02 am

        BOOM!

        PXG absolutely out perform virtually every single major OEM on off center/not perfect impacts….Measurably longer & way less dispersion…witnessed & measured hundreds of times on Trackman at our indoor outdoor facility. MY personal opinion is they have no ‘feel’ compared to Miura, Apex, or other ‘quality’ forged heads…

        I and many of our ‘good stick’ customers who gave them a serious workout – willing to buy them – ended up with something else BECAUSE they feel like hitting marshmallows, not cause they didn’t perform.

        Therefore, I’m not surprised more tour players aren’t playing them. After developing the feel and connection to the tool over the course of a lifetime – to play at that level, changing to something that feels so dramatically different isn’t something I want to do.

        Remember, Parsons didn’t set out to build clubs for the tour….and, for the most part tour players aren’t rocket scientists. There’s a bunch of folks outside the top 50 that are more concerned with superstition than facts

    • ROY

      Mar 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Perhaps if you followed golf you would have noticed??

  15. riff raff

    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    just tried out all PXG gear while getting fitted the other day, they were the worst clubs of the bunch.

  16. John

    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    All you haters crack me up. Just mad because you cant afford them and wish you could. PXG doesn’t appeal to masses. They are a top end brand. If you cant afford them that sucks. That doesn’t mean Ferrari’s suck just because you cant buy one…. You all need to get over yourselves. Maybe if you spent less time on GolfWRX and worked harder you would be able to afford them.

    • Bob Chipeska

      Mar 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      I’m so rich, I could buy 50 sets with cash right now. However, I don’t spend my hard-swindled money on overpriced junk.

    • riff raff

      Mar 29, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      no, they do suck. i can afford them, tried them out and they were laughable. taylormade out performed them and they are the lowest on the totem pole for me.

    • setter02

      Mar 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Oh John… You do realize for many of us, its not about money at all, and can easily afford to drop that coin on a set. If I’m going to buy a Ferrari, I know that it will get me from A to B, just like pretty well everything else, but you can clearly see/feel/hear the difference from an Aveo, to a LaFerrari. Can the same be said for PXG against a fit set from 5 to 10 years ago, let alone everything else on the market today?

    • Tiger woods

      Mar 29, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      You are just plain stupid. Ferrari can sell their cars because they perform at a different level than other sports cars that normal people can afford, like a Ford Mustang for example. But what happens if that Mustang starts going just as fast and handles just as good, if not better, but sells at a third of the price of the Ferrari. Then Ferrari just looks stupid (kind of like you). That is the same as the PXG. They don’t perform at a different level, like a Ferrari. They can’t because the usga won’t allow it.

    • Dat

      Mar 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      I’ve seen this comment before. Golf is an artificially capped industry by the USGA. Cars aren’t nearly as capped in terms of their potential performance. Stupid comparison.

    • Huh?

      Mar 30, 2017 at 9:17 am

      I apologize everyone. While going over the travel logs of my autonomous vehicle, I discovered that it posted all of the comments above while it was forced to sit idly for several hours at a defective traffic light. I suppose it’s further evidence that artificial intelligence has an unexplainable attraction to golf and I had to wait three and a half hours for my ride.

  17. KJ

    Mar 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    The prices are laughable

    You can only do so much with a technology………and there is only so much of a premium you can charge

    here today…..but wont be around in 203 years when the money runs out

  18. Mark

    Mar 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I hit the 0311T irons in Az and the Apex Pros, the PXG’s were 2 yds longer, same shaft. Dispersion was within a yard.
    I was told to hit the Steelhead irons (GI) and they were the longest irons I have hit to date but not ready for a GI iron, I like a thin top line with no offset.
    PXG’s are nice but not
    I currently play:
    Adams CMB’s with Matrix Program shafts (daily set at club)
    Yamaha Inpres V Forged with AeroTech Steelfibre I95 shafts (travel set)
    Adams aTour Reds with Matrix shafts – in Arizona (gamer)
    Yonex ADX tours – in Arizona (these were/are great irons, never had the heart to get rid of them)
    Anytime I have visitors and they play these irons there first reaction is wow, and then they want to buy them.

  19. Bill

    Mar 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

    We are to promote the great game of golf with one club that is worth $600. PXG will have to come up with a ‘consumer grind’ that doesn’t take away our sons and daughters University funds.

  20. Leon

    Mar 29, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Use some hot glues and melt them into your driver head. The same effect but cost you only a few cents. You are welcomed.

  21. Tom

    Mar 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I know what ya mean DAT, I feel the same way about Cameron putters.

  22. Desmond

    Mar 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I don’t see anything groundbreaking here, but am willing to test them outside on a LM and on the course.

  23. Dat

    Mar 29, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Does PXG offer financial assistance for those who qualify or payday loans?

    • Joe

      Mar 29, 2017 at 11:21 am

      only real things one should finance are cars and houses. Anything else, if you don’t have the cash then you shouldn’t buy it. But what do I know? Debt is America’s middle name.

      Show me 95% of the people’s spreadsheets who complain about gear being too expensive/can’t afford it and I will show many things that are too expensive and things they cannot ‘afford’.

  24. Tourgrinder

    Mar 29, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I’m wondering if this company ever releases hard data sales figures. It’s a privately owned company, I believe, so they don’t really have to do that. I realize Parsons has landed a collection of pros to play the clubs and endorse the brand. I have not tested or played any PXG equipment, but the real question is not the inherent quality as much as whether or not the typical 5- or 10-handicap golfer is buying the Parsons sales pitch with enough conviction to fork over $850 for a new driver, or $550 for a new hybrid. Not to mention in my case, a sales tax of 9%.

    • Blade Junkie

      Mar 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Golfwrx – please ignore the “Report Comment” … hit accidentally thinking I was hitting “comment” not “report comment” … the Reply bit in light grey does not show up very well on my monitor !

  25. ooffa

    Mar 29, 2017 at 8:19 am

    PXG’s are the clubs to have. If you don’t use them you are not going to play your best golf. If you are happy being second best there are a lot of choices for you. There is only one best and PXG equipment is it.

  26. The dude

    Mar 29, 2017 at 8:11 am

    That price……oy!!!!

  27. Jim

    Mar 29, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Hopefully they do improve, but the above comment is correct – there needs to be some independent reviews. I’m sure there will be eventually. But the real point is the price. Who would pay that much for a driver when the results are the same as one costing almost half as much?

    • Jack

      Mar 29, 2017 at 8:16 am

      I guess people who want to. I know I don’t but I am not their clientele.

  28. sumsum

    Mar 29, 2017 at 3:42 am

    800 Rpm less,
    600 Rpm less,

    … See I can shout out numbers too and sound intelligent.

    Bold claim for not having any evidence to support. No data, no independent study.

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What are SQAIRZ golf shoes and can they really help you hit the ball farther?

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SQAIRZ golf shoes are the sport’s latest footwear designed to provide golfers with the one thing every player wants: the ability to hit the ball farther.

The brand’s shoes have been independently scientifically tested by numerous organizations, including Golf Laboratories Inc. and Terry Hashimoto, Co-founder of BodiTrak, (who are one of the top golf pressure mapping manufacturers), with the results showing that SQAIRZ help golfers excel in a number of key areas.

SQAIRZ golf shoes: The data

There are two connections in golf; your hands to the club and your feet to the ground. Your feet and the interaction of the shoe on the ground provides the energy to produce swing speed. Arguably, the feet to the ground is most important connection when considering balance, stability, and swing speed.

Terry Hashimoto tested the performance of over 200 golfers of all experience and levels for months wearing their current brand and then wearing SQAIRZ golf shoes. While using some of the top swing analysis software and devices such as BodiTrak, SwingGuru, and Ernest Sports, the data showed that SQAIRZ shoes have the most surface area connection with the ground of any golf shoe on the market, and this increased surface area resulted in a greater energy exchange with the ground, better balance, and weigh distribution/transfer, the key to generating more swing speed and distance.

What results did that increased surface area in connection with the ground yield? Vast gains for all wearers of SQAIRZ shoes in vital areas pertaining to distance in the game, including swing speed, carry, ball speed, and smash factor.

The average gains for those 200 golfers wearing SQAIRZ shoes compared to other brand’s footwear was an average of an 8-yard extra carry distance, 13mph increased ball speed, 11 degree increase in hip rotation, and a greater smash factor of 7%.

SQAIRZ golf shoes: The technology

At the heart of the design behind the technologically advanced shoes is the patented squared toe.

The interior design of the square toe allows the golfer’s toes to sit comfortably in the shoe, with a wider base and a heel stabilizer designed to provide enhanced balance and stability. The square toe also allows golfers a unique freedom for their toes to sit naturally with a full range of motion and noticeable feel for the ground.

SQAIRZ testing found that added flexibility in competitive sneaker-like golf shoes promoted inversion, the foot (weight) moving to the outside of the trail foot. This is when the golfer gets stuck on the right side (for right-handed golfers) and not being able to shift the weight back to the lead side.

With the SQAIRZ golf shoe, golfers are provided with a structured upper material often used in sports such as football and soccer to provide structure for sudden weight shifts. Along with this upper material, the outsole and midsole have been optimized for the right amount of flexibility to promote efficient energy exchange and stability. In addition, SQAIRZ has engineered a heel stabilizer that keeps the heel down throughout the swing and prevents ankle roll-over injuries on all types of lies.

There are 6 removable cleats on each shoe of which 4 red cleats target the area where the greatest amount of pressure is exerted on the bottom of the feet through the swing. 

The spikes are strategically place under these pressure points for optimum connection in the areas that require it most.

SQAIRZ shoes also feature the widest base and greatest amount of ground coverage of any golf shoe, which is proven to provide better balance and stability as well as offering an efficient braking power. 

Braking occurs towards the end of the backswing and immediately before the ball is struck. Golfers shift the weight from the trail to lead side and this optimized braking at the right time allows for increased swing speed.

SQAIRZ developed Sta-Put laces that don’t loosen or come untied during the round, with the laces containing silicone nubs printed on the top of the lace that are designed to make the “Sta-Put” once laced.

The laces feature a durable polyester material and raised silicone squares printed down the lace in a bid to comfortably form the shoe to your foot and lock it in place.

The soles of SQAIRZ shoes also contain Circular Traction Lugs designed for proper rotational movement of your feet, and the shoes are 100% waterproof thanks to a synthetic leather material that keeps your feet dry in all conditions.

In addition to the durable material, a gusseted tongue design aids at keeping water, sand and other debris out even in the worst of conditions.

Performance Conclusion:

As outlined in the independent tests, there are several notable performance highlights:

  • SQAIRZ allowed pressure to get to the trail heel portion of the foot faster during the
    backswing, generating more acceleration to the lead side quicker and creating a much
    greater “brake effect”, generating more vertical power on the lead side prior to impact
    with impressive distance gains.
  • SQAIRZ’s greater balance and stability translated to less sway and better accuracy and
    energy transfer.
  • SQAIRZ resulted in a significant increase in hip and shoulder rotation.
  • SQAIRZ eliminated inefficiencies witnessed in sneaker like golf shoes.

So, can a golf shoe really help you play better golf? The data says yes.

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Switching from blades to game improvement irons – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing moving from blades to game improvement irons.

WRXer ‘PlayIt’ is interested in hearing from those who have made the switch and what their experiences have been, with WRXers sharing their thoughts on the transition 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.

  • lefthack: “I am waiting on my GI irons (Takomo 101’s). I have a blade set and am currently playing split cavities. I prefer the blades but am enjoying my SC’s. I want to see what difference, if any, it makes. I will likely upgrade my blades when the Haywood MB’s come out in lefty. No idea what my handicap is, but I shoot close to par most days (I don’t really keep score).”
  • bladehunter: “Eh. It’s a rabbit hole. Don’t expect lower scores. Will always come down to what you think feels best. It’s only going to lower your scores if you are the player who can’t get a 5 iron airborne and is afraid of a 7 iron over water. If neither of those worries you, it’s not going to lower your scores. Edit. On the flip side. It shouldn’t raise scores either. I’m not against trying it. Heck, I’m playing a set of GI irons now ( t100 ). Somebody will chime in and tell you they’re not GI. But they’re wrong. So try it and get it out of your system. I just feel like you should know that expecting to buy strokes isn’t realistic. There’s not that much difference.”
  • DeCuchi: “I’ve tried multiple times; I’m more consistent with blades. I do hit GI’s further my distances are less consistent, and the long and left miss shows up more often, though. I still have hope of one day finding a GI set that works well for me.”

Entire Thread: “Switching from blades to game improvement irons

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/18/21): Piretti Proto putter

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Piretti Proto putter

From the seller (@Bradh972): “Piretti prototype 62 of 100 with stability tour shaft new Piretti grip plays 35” with 1” extension comes with cover $600.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Piretti Proto putter

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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