PXG 0811XF Driver Review

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The PXG 0811XF is enormous and has a huge draw bias.  A terrible choice for all but the most vicious slicers.

Introduction

PXG is a well-marketed brand.  Very few people feel “meh” about PXG.  Like Big Baller Brand or Floyd Mayweather, most either love it or hate it.

As someone who tries to separate perception from performance, I have been on both sides of the PXG debate.  Their 0317 hybrid is a monster.  Other clubs in their line up fall flat.  The 0811XF driver is decidedly in the latter group.

Looks

All modern drivers are large compared to the old persimmons.  I get that.  But there’s big, and then there’s big.  The PXG 0811XF is the latter.

The XF is the kind of big that makes you appreciate the work other manufacturers do in sculpting their drivers.  This is a big, flat, matte black pancake on a stick.  I’m sure some will say it looks no worse than other modern drivers, but I can’t agree.  At address, this club has zero appeal.

Sound & Feel

While I just said that PXG doesn’t generate much in the way of “meh” feelings, that’s exactly my reaction to the sound and feel of this driver.  It’s not very loud, nor is it quiet.  It doesn’t feel very solid, but it’s not tinny and hollow either.  The sound and feel are right in the middle of the spectrum, and the feedback is decent.  Meh.

Performance

Fore left!  The PXG 0811XF is the most draw-biased driver I can remember hitting.  If you are slicing the ball off the planet 14/14 times per round, this is the driver for you.  If you have ever sniffed a fairway, get something else.

With the sweet spot buried so far in the heel of the club, I find it hard to say how forgiving this driver is.  If you live in the heel-side of the face, you’ll get decent ball speed and low spin.  Hitting it in the center or towards the toe results in unimpressive numbers.

The 0811XF does have some adjustability.  There are weight ports in the heel and the center of the sole to create what PXG calls “Neutral” and “Draw Bias” ball flights.  These would be better labeled “Extreme Draw Bias” and “Really Extreme Draw Bias.”  Again, if you’re not slicing every driver you hit, there are better drivers for you.

Conclusion

For those that are slow on the uptake, I’ll spell it out: this is my least favorite PXG club ever.  It looks terrible, feels bland, and is insanely draw biased.  The draw bias is so extreme that I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone except the guy who has completely given up on improving his swing.

PXG 0811XF Driver Price & Specs

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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7 Comments

  1. William Neal

    Thanks for such an honest review. Most people would be afraid of offending the maker of the product. We need more honest reviews, not a watered down version.

  2. So, Matt, you’re not putting that one in the bag then?! Great to see PIG keeping it real!

  3. But at least it’s only $850.

  4. Honesty is a Club review? Well, honestly!
    Brilliant work Matt.
    Thanks.

  5. Wow! Finally, a review of a PXG product without once mentioning the retail price in the body copy, (it is listed in the chart), or the relative inexplicable lack of price-value relationship. Congrats! To this day, I still have not read in any PXG ad, brochure or promotion, or read in any review, any logical and understandable rationale for PXG’s prices. Yes, I understand Bob Parsons says they’re the best and that they spend more time on design and construction. So? Without something substantially different and BETTER coming out in the final analysis, those statements fall flat and lifeless. It’s almost as if Parsons believes the price points themselves are reinforcing his hopeful image of supreme quality. With 45 years in marketing, advertising and promotion, I believe it’s no secret that first comes the quality, THEN comes the price. But the better quality and better performance has to be clear and undisputed before the higher prices become even remotely acceptable.

  6. Certainly is a plain looking thing.

  7. Hey Matt, great article using truth of the product. But lets face it, PXG is just another club maker, way over priced and satisfying the big oversized ego of the creator. Most, all but Tour people but it for the big show of having them with no game to enhance them, but they want to be seen. Money won’t buy a game, but it will buy lessons.

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