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2021 PXG Gen4 drivers and fairway woods: More technology, greater adjustability, improved performance

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After some serious teasing, PXG is delivering all the tech details of its new Gen4 metals series featuring the 0811 XF, 0811 X, and 0811 XT drivers, along with the new Gen4 0341 X fairway woods, and 0317 X hybrids.

Gen4 series goals

  • Utilize all available technology to improve performance
  • Offer greater adjustability
  • Make the clubs easier to dial in for each individual golfer

PXG Gen4 driver technology

The Gen4 series of drivers have been re-engineered from the top down to boost MOI and ball speed with the most noticeable change being the two-tone crown comprised of carbon fiber with an aluminum vapor (AV) coating.

This AV process has been used in the past on a select number of high-end shafts to increase material stiffness—most notably, the Mitsubishi AV Raw series—but in true PXG fashion, this is the first time this type of material and process has been used in clubhead design.

“The AV technology (in the crown)adds a big performance element thanks to the stiffening of the carbon fiber and mass savings.”  –Brad Schweigert, Chief Product Officer

This AV carbon fiber panel is stronger and lighter than traditional carbon fiber and helps lower the center of gravity. It also serves the secondary purpose of creating perimeter weighting like a cavity back iron, since the crown features titanium on the heel and toe sections.

For the internals of the driver, we are greeted with the familiar PXG honeycomb TPE insert to dampen acoustics and increase feel, which brings us to the final parts of the puzzle—the face and sole.

The new PXG Gen4 driver uses an exclusive high-speed titanium 421 face, which allows the engineers to push the envelope of variable face thickness to save mass and increase the COR outside of the sweet spot. This material was first introduced in the 0211 driver and has carried forward into Gen4.

“The Ti412 is the perfect material for a driver face.” -Brad Schweigert

The reason this titanium material works so well is that it has a high yield strength with low elastic modulus—in layman’s terms, the Ti412 is strong when placed under stress to hold its shape but is also springy/elastic to create ball speed.

Now to the sole. Much like the Prototype drivers that came before it, PXG is officially ditching the smaller adjustable weights in the Gen4 in favor of larger, more condensed points of mass adjustability. This makes adjusting the driver faster and easier and helps create more discretionary weight to be positioned around the driver’s head since the smaller housing (places within the head that hold the weight) are now much lighter.

Driver Models

PXG 0811 XF

The 0811 XF is the largest profile from address and is longer heel to toe to increase stability in the hitting area, making it the most forgiving driver in the PXG line.

The available lofts are 7.5, 9, and 10.5 degrees (right and left-handed)

PXG 0811 X

The 0811 X has a taller face height and shortened length from front to back. This helps lower the CG relative to the face to help produce higher-launching, lower-spinning shots, while still maintaining forgiveness. This is the lowest-spinning driver in the new Gen4 lineup and spins on average just over 400 rpm less than the XF.

The available lofts are 7.5, 9, 10.5, and 12 degrees (right and left-handed)

PXG 0811 XT

The 0811 XT is the “outlier” compared to the other drivers in the Gen4 line because it has been completely optimized for golfers who swing the driver over 105 mph. It offers a more aerodynamic shape, along with a smaller profile to increase workability.

The available loft are 9, 10.5, and 12 degrees (right and left-handed)

Order date and price

The Gen4 0811 series drivers are available for order now through PXG.com and are priced at $549.

PXG Gen4 fairways and hybrids

The PXG Gen4 fairway woods and hybrids feature much of the same technology and design philosophies as the Gen4 driver, but in packages optimized for their unique functions using materials better suited for the job—the most noted being HT 17170 maraging steel face inserts.

Technology and design

The fairway woods and hybrids utilize the same concept from the crown of the Gen4 driver to lower CG and boost MOI by removing the middle section and replacing it with the new AV carbon composite. Although the carbon panel on the crown is smaller compared to the driver, the steel it replaces is almost eight times heavier, which makes it extremely effective for saving weight.

The 0341 X fairway woods feature a deeper face design with a low center of gravity to help optimize spin performance. For a fairway wood that means creating a stable flight that is also stoppable in the higher lofts since those clubs are used more often from the rough and to approaches greens.

The hybrids feature the same construction of the fairway woods, but unlike PXG hybrids of the past that are traditionally more rounded and “wood” shaped, the new 0317 X have a longer look from heel to toe with a deeper squared-off toe profile to make them appear slightly more iron-like from address, which helps increase high-low MOI (which is the measurement of forgiveness up and down the face).

Both the soles of the fairway woods and hybrids now use the larger weights to make adjusting faster and rely on a dual weight system to create either a neutral or draw bias. In the fairway woods, this is an evolution from the earlier released Prototype which featured a third toe weight port but based on player testing and feedback it was felt that the extra weight saved from the third weight port could be better utilized to optimize spin versus offering a rarely used fade bias.

The change in the weight system came directly from our fitters. The previous system was underutilized and we wanted golfers to see as much benefit as possible and the larger weights offer greater CG customization. -Mike Nicolette

Although not a technology feature, one key thing to point out about the Gen4 lineup—along with all PXG clubs—is since every club is custom built from scratch, they are completely unisex. This is a design characteristic PXG has had 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 Gen4 reinforces that philosophy.

Fairway wood specs, price, and availability

The fairway woods will be available in the lofts of 13, 15, 18, and 21 degrees (right and left-handed), and are available now for custom order – they are priced at $429 each.

Hybrid specs, price, and availability

The hybrids will be available in the lofts of 17, 19, 22, 25, and 28 degrees (right and left-handed), and are available now for custom order – they are priced at $379 each.

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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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Bridgestone launches special First Tee edition e6 ball

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Bridgestone Golf has launched a special First Tee edition e6 golf ball, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to First Tee, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf.

The special First Tee edition ball is available now exclusively through PGA Tour Superstore and comes in both white and optic yellow color codes.

“We’re very pleased to offer this special First Tee edition e6, exclusively at PGA Tour Superstore. For decades, First Tee has done very fine work, helping young people learn and grow through the game of golf, building strong individuals and communities. It is an honor to create a dedicated product where the proceeds from the sales will bolster their charitable endeavors.” – Dan Murphy, President and CEO, Bridgestone Golf

As a reminder, the e6 is the longest-running model in Bridgestone’s current lineup. The latest model, new for 2021, features a larger, softer core in design for a more responsive feel added distance for moderate swing speed players.

The new design, which is specifically tailored to modern players who value a ball that provides a very soft feel at impact, retails for $21.99 per dozen.

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Adidas unveils new Stan Smith golf shoe in classic colorway

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Adidas Golf is bringing the classic Stan Smith colorway to the course, with the new unmistakable white and green golf shoe.

Building upon the new PimeGreen upper made with high-performance recycled materials1 as part of Adidas’ mission to End Plastic Waste, this version is also waterproof (one-year warranty) to help keep golfers dry both on and off the course.

The new Stan Smith golf shoe features a PU cushioning in targeted areas in the midsole to go alongside a PU die-cut sockliner in a bid to provide maximum comfort.

The shoe also contains an adiwear spikeless outsole that features lugs inspired by the shoe’s original sole design, offering some added traction for all course conditions to go along with their style.

“When we were talking about bringing this shoe into golf, the original white and green colorway was a must-have as part of our planning. The Stan Smith silhouette is known throughout the world for being so versatile from a fashion standpoint, so we’re excited to give golfers that same style and versatility for when they head out to the course, now in a more sustainable way.” – Masun Denison, global footwear director, Adidas Golf.

As an ode to the traditions of the past, Adidas has also included a removable white kiltie to provide players another way to wear their shoes and give off some added flair for their round.

This classic white and green colorway of the Stan Smith Golf will be available on adidas.com, through the Adidas app, and at select retail partners worldwide beginning Saturday, May 1.

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Lob wedge or no lob wedge? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the necessity of a lob wedge. WRXer ‘rickybooby25’ kicks off the thread, saying

“Do you use a Lob wedge in your current set-up or not? Players nowadays immediately default to using a LW when playing a chip shot around the greens. I currently have a LW in the bag but have been debating on taking it out completely because it creates bad habits when facing a chip shot. What are your thoughts?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the subject in the forum, with some very interesting responses.

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.

  • Chadwickog: “I am in the NO lob wedge camp, it simplifies the decision making when it comes to wedge play, and all shots are still possible if you know how to hit them.”
  • jholz: “I’ve always looked at the lob wedge as a specialty club for special situations. Lower lofted wedges (54* or 56*) are the ones I use for the vast majority of generic chip shots.”
  • timmekang: “I’ve mentioned this in prior posts, but I carry 2 lob wedges. Not all lob wedges are created equal to don’t be afraid to bring more than 1 out on the course with different bounce/grind/etc. and see what works best depending on your lie and circumstances.”
  • lefthack: “I bought one, learned to hit it, but didn’t find a need for it in my bag when there are other clubs I would use more.”

Entire Thread: “Lob wedge or no lob wedge?”

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