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The 2022 PXG 0311 Forged Wedge is a strong all-around performer and a great value. Full face grooves and a cleaner look in the bag highlight the changes from the previous generation.
Most gear heads are aware of PXG’s Sugar Daddy wedge [review HERE]. At over $400, it’s one of the most premium short game tools available. What many overlook is the PXG 0311 Forged wedge. With a retail price that’s actually below many of the other big names, it might be one of the best values around the green.
The first thing that struck me when looking at the new PXG 0311 Forged wedge is how clean it is. In the bag, the back of the wedge has a subtly textured chrome finish and a simple PXG logo near the toe. This is a stark departure from the last 0311 Forged wedge [review HERE] which had weights along the sole and more engraving.
At address, the dominant feature is the full face grooves. This is another notable change from the previous version. The 0311 Forged wedge is slightly compact with a shape that’s neither dramatically rounded nor iron-like. While the full face grooves may be polarizing for some, the size and shape make this playable for any golfer.
PXG offers the 2022 0311 Forged wedge in both Chrome and Xtreme Dark finishes.
Sound & Feel
Triple forged from 8620 carbon steel, the PXG 0311 Forged wedges feel great. Centered contact is very solid and satisfying with clear, precise feedback on strike location. This was not a wedge that I had to learn – it immediately felt like an extension of my hands.
In terms of sound, the 0311 Forged produces a crisp “snap” on contact. The sound gets a touch duller on mishits, which adds to the excellent feedback you get through your hands.
The 0311 Forged wedge is a bit of an outlier for PXG. Most of their clubs have a high tech look that is immediately recognizable as PXG and a list of features as long as your arm. The 0311 Forged wedge, however, is an understated, straightforward workhorse. And there’s not a thing wrong with that.
That straightforwardness starts with offering one sole design. At every loft, PXG puts a moderate taper on the heel to allow easy open-faced shots. The bounce is fairly high – 12 degrees at lower lofts, 9 at higher lofts – but the shaping of the sole keeps the leading edge near the turf. I found the sole to be quite versatile and easy to get along with. If you prefer simplicity to a menu of sole options, this is for you.
In terms of launch and spin, the 0311 Forged launches on a strong trajectory with spin that’s just below average. I found both of these statements true across a range of shots from pitches to full swings. While many golfers think “more is better” when it comes to spin, I think that more moderate spin can be a very good thing for some players. Players whose swings are naturally high spin or those who prefer a high spin ball may get more control and consistency from a slightly lower spin wedge.
The most significant change to the 0311 Forged wedge is the addition of the full face grooves. These are becoming more common as players discover the benefits of a larger hitting area, especially for open-faced shots. While no one plans to hit the extreme toe, having a little insurance is nice, especially from an unpredictable lie.
Overall, what I liked best about these wedges is the feedback and the weighting. As I said earlier, they felt like an extension of my arm from the first swing. I instantly knew the quality of each strike. I was able to control ball flight easily and manage all types of lies. This wedge doesn’t have any features that scream “Look at me!!!” but it’s a club I could easily put in my bag.
PXG is pulling off a feat I would have thought impossible. They are both an industry leader in technology and performance while also delivering some of the best value in the golf market. If you want a high quality wedge with all-around performance at a great price, the 0311 Forged is it.