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GolfWRX Spotted: PXG Gen4 drivers on conforming list

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Last week saw a flurry of new clubs listed on the joint USGA and R&A conforming clubs lists from both Callaway and TaylorMade—now it’s PXG’s turn.

The newly updated January 11 list includes three new models, two of which are shown as being available left-handed: 0811XF Gen4, 0811X Gen4, and the 0811XT Gen4.

It was only last week that PXG launched its more affordable 0211 line of clubs, and with the Gen2 driver getting closer and closer to being 24 months old and the Proto drivers only being a limited release, it’s no surprise to see a PXG Gen4 driver have the potential to be released before the spring.

A closer look at the PXG Gen4 driver models

0811XF Gen4

All the new Gen4 drivers, including the XF, share a similar look to the PXG prototype drivers released in 2020 except instead of using four weight ports to optimize trajectory they have gone with three—I guess that part of the reason they were considered prototypes.

The XF metal woods from PXG have always stood out as the most forgiving model in the lineup, and based on the available images, the 0811 XF Gen4 has a more round profile with mass positioned in the heel. The driver also looks to be longer front to back which would aid in MOI—remember, geometry is a cost-free way engineers can alter a golf club’s mass properties and increase forgiveness.

The last part of the puzzle is what the “AV Carbon Fiber Tech” on the skirt of the driver means. If the progression is moving as you would expect then this most likely means PXG is using more carbon fiber in this driver than ever before including on the underside of the head.

0811X Gen4

The 0811X Gen4 driver shares all of the same technology as mentioned above but the biggest difference appears to be the dimensions of the head. Judging by the sole, you can see that not only is the angle greater from the hosel to the heel side of the head—indicating a more pronounced pear shape—but using the weights are reference the head also looks to be shorter front to back.

This once again falls in line with PXG’s naming which would place the 0811 X Gen4 as the middle option designed to fit the greatest amount of golfers.

0811XT

This is the wildcard of the three new heads. “XT” has never been used to denote a driver in the PXG line, but I would conclude based on names within the rest of the PXG line of clubs that T stands for “tour” and the 0811 XT Gen4 is going to either be a smaller or deeper head shape based on the images.

Just like with the 0811X the angle from the hosel to the rear of the head towards the heel is thinner and comes off at the larger angle indicating an even more pronounced pear shape—usually reserved for lower handicap focused models. The overall dimensions of the sole also look more compact than the 0811X to also indicate an overall smaller footprint.

Whether all three models make it to full retail release has yet to been seen, but don’t be surprised if we hear more about these drivers very soon.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. bj

    Jan 13, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Why weight in the heel side dang it

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