PXG burst on to the scene less than a decade ago with a number of bold claims about the performance and manufacturing process behind their golf clubs, along with some pretty eye-watering prices.
Over the last couple of years things seem to have calmed down a little, and a change of strategy has also seen them introduce some of the most affordable equipment on the market to their offering.
This year marks the sixth generation of their 0311 Irons and PXG claim that they are the longest and most accurate that they have produced.
The main tech story with these new irons is that they boast a clubface that is 15% thinner than the previous model, making it the thinnest face in golf.
The milled HT1770 Variable Ultra-Thin Face is designed for precision and saves weight that is repositioned low and further back in the club head. This feature increases the MOI and improves the CG, making the clubs more stable and forgiving.
In addition, the face and milled Power Channel Technology work together to increase face deflection, resulting in optimal launch and improved performance on mishits. This innovative technology is complemented by PXG's XCOR2 material on the back of the clubface. The high-speed resin core is injection-molded into the cavity of the clubhead, providing more stability to the clubface and enhancing ball speed performance.
Golfers can also benefit from the large weight located near the CG at the back of the clubhead. Fitters can use this to customise the swing weight for each player, delivering a tailored experience to suit their unique needs.
The PXG 0311 GEN6 Irons come in two different models - Players (P) and Xtreme Performance (XP). The 0311 P irons provide a balance of workability and forgiveness, with a moderate offset and mid-size head design.
On the other hand, the 0311 XP irons are designed for mid-to-high handicappers, featuring a larger head with more offset for a soft feel, extreme distance, and excellent forgiveness.
PXG 0311 GEN6 Irons Review
To get the lowdown on the new gear I headed to PXG's new Super Hub at The Drift Golf Club, testing the new GEN6 Irons and experiencing a full fitting for the 0311 P irons.
I really enjoyed going through the fitting process to get a specific iron setup which is best suited to me and my game.
PXG like to claim that they do things differently and I was really impressed with the swingweight fitting process. It's amazing to see how such small tweaks to the head's overall makeup can improve performance. After just a few minutes I saw instant results as my usual toe-strike moved more towards the centre of the face, giving a little more distance and stronger flight.
The irons themselves are said to be PXG's low-to-mid handicap option which I would agree with, although the large footprint at address and slightly boxy shape probably pushed them more into the 'mid' range for me.
They definitely give you confidence at address and eventhough I was just hitting off a mat I did see decent forgiveness levels, which was shown by the consistency of the numbers.
The head design looks pretty futuristic to me and if you're a traditionalist it might take a bit of getting used to, but I don't mind seeing a bit of 'visible tech' on my golf clubs as it reminds me that the manufacturer is helping you out where they can.
I would say that the lofts of these irons are pretty strong, with a 7 iron coming in at 30 degrees, which probably went some way to explaining why I saw a decent increase in distance.
The feel of this golf club seemed to match the head shape well, it was strong, solid and felt pretty powerful which gave you confidence that you were going to be able to get pretty decent distance.
PXG 0311 GEN6 Irons Verdict
I enjoyed testing the 0311 P irons and found that they pretty much delivered everything that PXG claimed, with good distance, plenty of forgiveness and a bit of workability too.
I also think it was a big win for the fitting process at PXG too. At Golfalot we always like to champion fitting as it's a great way to get a personalised experience to find the best clubs and setup for your game, and PXG's approach was both interesting and useful.
As I mentioned earlier this iron is pretty large and friendly down by the ball, with a generous sole, so if you're a low single figure handicapper who may have been used to using a blade or compact iron, these may seem a little big for you.
The 0311 P's will set you back £209 per iron which is not cheap, and shows that PXG are still very much at the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to their headline product, despite the fact that they do offer cheaper alternatives these days.
Who Are They Aimed At?
PXG suggest that these irons are suitable for low to mid-handicappers and I do agree, although I think you'll see more mid-handicappers than low single figure golfers using them. They reminded me a little of the TaylorMade P790 or Ping i525.
Would I Use Them?
I would, although I'd also like to see the irons out on the course where you can get a better idea of true yardages as I'd also be a little worried about that hot shot which flies over the back of the green when you least expect it.
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