In the past, it was difficult to discuss PXG without at some point referencing price, but with the all-new 0211 line, which goes beyond irons to feature a new 0211 driver, fairway woods, and hybrids, the only discussion relating to PXG and price in 2021 will be about their affordability compared to other OEMs in the market.
From the start, designers and engineers at PXG, which include Mike Nicolette and Brad Schweigert, had very specific goals with the 0211 line
- Create a comprehensive set of clubs to fit the largest demographic of the golf population when it comes to skill and handicap.
- Offer every conceivable amount of proven technology.
- Provide a premium option at an affordable price point for both right and left-handed golfers.
To these goals and more, PXG can say “mission accomplished!” But how did they do it?
The key to designing any specific club or line of clubs is understanding the target player, and the PXG 0211 line does this by focusing on the biggest portion of the golf skill bell curve—while also not isolating players that on the steeper sides of the curve looking at the clubs.
This is possible thanks to modern hosel and center of gravity adjustability, which allows the 0211 line of clubs to be built for almost any player looking for advanced performance.
PXG 0211 Driver
The new 0211 driver is all about forgiveness, and compared to the 0811 Gen2 models currently available in the PXG lineup, it fits comfortably in the middle for spin and center of gravity location with the weights in the stock configuration giving golfers and fitters a lot of options for dialing in optimal conditions.
The technology found in the new driver is constant with the entire line that creates continuity and options for golfers.
Starting from the sole and working our way to the top, the first thing you will see is a rail system that strategically reinforces the driver to allow engineers to create strength where it’s needed and remove weight from where it is not. This rail design also puts more mass low and towards the rear of the head to boost MOI and increase launch.
The crown features a similar look to the sole—to position mass and reduce weight—but engineers took it a step further by removing titanium from the top middle section and replacing it with carbon fiber. This carbon fiber section continues the theme to lower the CG and also has a secondary effect: creating a form of perimeter weighting.
When we get to the internals of the driver, we are greeted with the familiar honeycomb TPE insert to dampen sound and increase the feel, which brings us to the final part of the puzzle—the face!
The new PXG 0211 driver uses an exclusive high-speed titanium 421 face, which allows the engineers to push the envelope of variable thickness to save mass and increase the COR outside of the sweet spot.
“The Ti412 is the perfect material for a driver face.” -Brad Schweigert
The reason it works so well is the material has a high yield strength with low elastic modulus—in layman’s terms, that means the Ti412 is extremely strong when placed under stress to hold its shape but is also springy to create ball speed.
PXG 0211 fairways and hybrids
When it comes to the 0211 fairway woods and hybrids, they feature much of the same technology as the 0211 driver, but in a smaller package, and with additional features to make them easy to hit in almost any situation.
Technology and design
Both the fairway woods and hybrids use the same concept from the crown of the driver to lower the center of gravity by removing the middle steel section and replacing it with a carbon composite. Even though the carbon section of the crown is smaller compared to the driver, the steel it replaces is almost eight times heavier, which makes it even more effective for saving weight to be repositioned around the heads.
Speaking of the heads, there have been some changes made to the fairway wood and hybrids that make them unique in the PXG line compared to the 0341X fairway and the 0317X hybrid, most noticeably the railed sole and aggressively curved leading edge.
The curved leading edge makes them extremely playable for all and offers extra playability for those that require either a more upright or flat lie, and the rails play a dual purpose by lowering the CG relative to the face and reducing turf interaction.
This lie variability makes the PXG 0211 fairways and hybrids completely unisex, which is something PXG has been about since the beginning and is an often overlooked part of their design philosophy. From the club designers all the way to PXG fitters, they don’t believe in “men’s and women’s” clubs —they believe in golf clubs designed to fit any player and the entire 0211 line continues to reinforce that philosophy.
The soles also have PXG’s recognizable moveable weight system but since they are single weight ports, they are used more for dialing in swing weight vs creating a major change to CG.
Fairway wood specs
PXG 0211 irons and wedges
The 0211 irons are where all of PXG’s technology has come together to create a set to fit any golfer looking to maximize performance and distance with a progressive design that includes matching wedges all the way down to a 60-degree lob wedge.
The progressive attributes of the set include bounce, blade length, and height, along with offset to create a performance-matched set that creates height in the longer clubs and greater control with the shorter ones.
Technology and materials
The body of the 0211 irons is cast from soft 431 stainless steel, while the face is made of the same HT1770 high strength maraging steel as the fairway woods and hybrids to take advantage of the PXG-patented DualCOR system hidden inside the hollow heads.
The face is a remarkable .058″ (1.5mm) thick, which is possible thanks to the DualCOR and by pairing the thin face with the supporting material. By also using the strong maraging steel, and working within tight manufacturing tolerance the engineers are able to expand the area of the face that actively rebounds by creating small undercut channels where the face meets the top line and sole—every little bit counts when it comes to performance.
“Okay, so all this talk of technology, how can PXG offer irons with all this technology at half the original price of the Gen3 irons?”
This is where we get into the nuts and bolts of the 0211 iron’s construction and to be frank it’s actually a lot easier than you might think. First off, at this point, all of the technology built into these irons exist in the line, and existing technology becomes less expensive to reproduce over time.
Secondly, it comes down to the manufacturing processes. The Gen3 irons are forged and milled vs precision cast, this little change to the way the body of the iron is constructed saves a lot of processes during production and fewer processes means a lower cost that can be passed onto the consumer.
And finally, simple design changes help reduce cost, without costing the golfer performance. The one thing that has always separated the 0211 iron line from the 0311’s is the machined-in adjustable perimeter weighting. With the 0211 series, the design team opted for using the internal geometry of the body to optimize CG positioning rather than the adjustable weights. This saves more cost in the production process while still producing an iron that goes farther, flys higher, lands softer and in more forgiving than most irons in the market.
PXG 0211 iron specs
Pricing and availability
The entire 0211 line with be available in the coming weeks through PXG.com
- The driver will be priced at $375
- The fairway woods will be $325 each
- The hybrids will be $275 each
- The irons will be priced at $195 each/$1,365 for a 7 piece set.
Best utility iron of 2021 – GolfWRXers discuss
In our forums, our members have been discussing 2021 utility irons. WRXer ‘Krod10359’ kicks off the thread, saying:
“Just want to know your opinion on what new utility iron you have hit this year. Looks like a lot of solid offerings out right now from Ping, Srixon and Callaway. Let me hear what you have to say about these clubs.”
And our members have been 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.
- hypergolf: “This…(photo above)”
- TigerInTheWoods: “Sim Udi is a beauty. Launches a bit higher and is a bit more forgiving than the P790 UDI which was really the benchmark for this kind of club.”
- craz-e: “Hard to go past the Srixon for performance and value. The current offerings from Titleist (u500 & u501) and Mizuno (HMB) are also great options and worth trying.”
- Golfingfanatic: “The new Callaway one is pretty good.”
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2021 Callaway Epic driver: Epic Speed, Epic Max & Epic LS drivers
Callaway Golf introduces new Epic driver lineup for 2021—Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS drivers—giving us the best of everything.
When it comes to a hot face, Callaway Golf has been at the top of the heap since its introduction of Jailbreak Technology back in 2017. In simplest terms, Jailbreak allowed Callaway to vertically stiffen the face, which allows the face to absorb a ton of energy and release it right back into the golf ball.
When Epic hit the market, it was instantly the driver of that year due to its ball speeds and forgiveness across the face, but most importantly for Callaway, it gave the company a strong foundation to build from for models to come.
In 2020, with the help of artificial intelligence, Callaway engineers were able push that idea a bit further with the successful Mavrik line. This time, artificial intelligence took Jailbreak and found ways to make it even more efficient with the addition of the Flash Face.
Now, in 2021, using every piece of tech at its disposal, Callaway officially launches the new 2021 Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS drivers.
The new AI-designed, carbon-loaded, MOI machines are the culmination of now four iterations of Jailbreak technology, and in my opinion, Callaway has its fastest but more importantly—most golf-course friendly—driver ever.
Let’s dive in…
The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver
The Epic Speed is the fastest swinging driver Callaway has ever made. The elevated Cyclone Aero Design gives players a clubhead that gets through the air and down into impact faster creating even more ball speed opportunities.
In addition, the AI-designed Flash Face SS21 and the new look Jailbreak Speed Frame create stiffness not only vertically across the face but east and west as well. The result? Speed, stability, and a ton of forgiveness.
“Spin robustness” is another key term in the 2021 Callaway campaign. What this means for us is giving players spin where we need it (i.e. off the heel spin stays down, off the toe spin stays up, out of the middle the ball goes forever).
Another key aspect to notice across the line is the enhanced composite crown. The new 2021 Callaway Epic Speed driver has a triaxial carbon crown that covers even more real estate allowing Callaway to redistribute 16 grams of discretionary weight. The larger carbon surface area also innately created a way for Callaway R&D to make the Epic Speed a bit more draw friendly without having to add external weight to the heel.
2021 Callaway Epic Max driver
Yes, the new 2021 Callaway Epic Max driver is a heater, but more than anything, it’s forgiving. Using all the tech bells and whistles from Epic Speed (AI-designed Jailbreak and Flash Face), Callaway made the Epic Max crown with even more triaxial carbon, saving 19 grams of discretionary weight, which allows them to create an even deeper CG and higher MOI. A rear sliding 17-gram weight in the trunk to tune in launch and shape and the OptiFit hosel provides up to 20 yards of shot shape correction.
2021 Callaway Epic Max LS
Incorporating the AI-designed Flash Face SS21 and Jailbreak technology, Callaway has created a new more forgiving profile in a players driver.
Initial Tour Reaction
I had a chance to chat with Callaway’s PGA Tour Manager Jacob Davidson on the early response and this is what he had to say.
JW: In early testing, what is the first thing players are seeing with Speed and LS?
JD: Early feedback from the tour guys has been a noticeable difference in an increase in ball speed across the face but more importantly the dispersion has tightened down range. Many guys have also quickly fallen in love with the sound of the new metal woods.
JW: What most excited you with the new line?
JD: We knew early on with this product launch that we had an exceptional driver. To start- the look of the heads and the shaping allows the clubs to sit beautifully at the address position. From there the overall feel and sound matches exactly what tour guys prefer. The guys we have worked with have converted into the new woods extremely quickly with very positive feedback. For us, we are excited to have some great starting lines, a competitive ball speed advantage, and an increase in forgiveness.
We are constantly studying what makes world class drivers of the golf ball world class. After much research, we determined the ideal spin/ degree of launch and worked closely with our R&D team to reach these numbers. We were absolutely amazed to see what they came back to us with. Using AI they were able to figure out how to increase the MOI in this line of drivers while also focusing on more ball speed. It truly is remarkable the new frontier of technology we are using in our drivers to help our players play their best golf.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Epic Flash (acoustics), and Mavrik was solid but didn’t blow me away. This new 2021 Callaway Epic line of drivers is exactly what players want: a golf club that is playable all while providing the distance and performance we have gotten used to over the past few years. It’s a new trend in the market that I’m loving. Drivers are becoming golf course friendly again. We tried to kill spin—when ultimately it was our best friend in the long run.
At Retail: 2/18
Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees (Epic Speed) 9, 10.5 degrees(Epic Max & Epic Max LS)
Stock Shaft Offerings
- Epic Speed Driver: Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L). Smoke IM 10 (50g – R,S. 60g – S)
- Epic MAX Driver: Project X Cypher 40g (WMS, L). Smoke IM 10 (50g – R,S. 60g -S)
- Epic MAX LS: Mitsubishi MMT (60g – S,X. 70g – S,X)
Callaway unveils new 2021 Epic Speed and Epic Max fairway woods
Callaway Golf has introduced its all-new Epic Speed and Epic Max fairway woods that contain the brand’s Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades.
2021 Callaway Epic Speed Fairway Woods
The 2021 Epic Speed fairway woods feature the brand’s new Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades. Callaway engineers used A.I. to design a completely new Jailbreak system which spreads and angles the Jailbreak blades. The result? Along with stiffening the body, the new design allows the forged face cup to flex more in design to provide exceptional ball speeds all across the face.
The A.I. Designed Flash Face SS21 across the brand’s Epic Speed fairway woods are uniquely designed using advanced A.I and are designed to put an even greater emphasis on center and off-center ball speeds.
The Epic Speed fairway woods contain a forward center of gravity (CG) combined with a new leading-edge. This pairing aims to provide a strong ball flight, spin robustness, and consistent shot shape dispersion.
In addition, the new fairway woods from Callaway feature a forged C300 maraging steel face cup. The C300 maraging steel is engineered to offer maximum strength and flexibility, while the steel face cup is designed to provide speed and spin consistency across the clubface.
Specs, Pricing & Availability
Lofts: 3+, 3, 4, 5, 7
Availability: February 18
2021 Callaway Epic Max Fairway Woods
Just like the brand’s new Epic Speed woods, the Epic Max line also features the company’s new Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades in design to provide increased ball speeds as well as a club that is easy to launch.
As well as containing an A.I. Designed flash face SS21, the Epic Max fairway woods are engineered with a forged face cup to give golfers increased speed and spin consistency across the face.
The oversized head on the new Epic Max woods combines with a shallow face to make the clubs extremely easy to launch from the fairway while also offering added forgiveness.
The Epic Max line also offers adjustable weighting allowing golfers to adjust launch and spin using two and 14-gram weights. The added weight in the rear provides more forgiveness while more weight in the front offers lower launch and spin.
Specs, Pricing & Availability
Lofts: 3+, 3, 5, Heavenwood, 7, 9, 11
Availability: February 18
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