PXG 0211 Irons Review

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The PXG 0211 irons are a progressive set with a price tag half that of the 0311 irons.  Performance and feel nearly identical to the 0311.

Introduction

When I first learned that PXG was releasing a new iron, my first thought was, “So soon?”  The 0311 Gen2 irons were barely a year old.  Then I learned that it was an entirely new offering, and I started to wonder if PXG was going to push the prices to a new, even higher level.

I was very pleased to learn that the PXG 0211 irons are actually the company’s attempt to bring their product to a wider audience.  The claims behind the 0211 are bold: performance identical to the 0311 with a 50% price reduction.  Will the reality match the hype?  I tested a set to find out.

Looks

The PXG 0211 irons are a progressive set, meaning that the design of the club changes substantially from the long irons to the short irons.  In the long irons, the 0211 looks like the 0311 XF Gen2 irons – substantial offset and a little sole sticking out past the top line.  When you get to the scoring irons, the 0211 looks like the 0311 P Gen2 irons with modest offset.

In a broader context, the PXG 0211 irons straddle the line between players irons and game improvement irons.  The top lines are slim, but the soles are fairly wide.  Also, the blade length is longer than most players irons.  Overall, I find the 0211 very pleasing at address.

In the bag, the 0211 looks noticeably different from the 0311.  Most obvious is the absence of the weight screws around the perimeter of the head.  Having never been a big fan of the weights, I prefer the cleaner look of the 0211.

Sound & Feel

Most golf clubs want to give the player the sensation that the ball is being launched off the face.  In irons, that usually translates to a clicky sound and a firmer feel.  PXG’s unique iron construction yields a totally different feel that still communicates the idea that the ball is going for a long ride.

Centered strikes with the 0211 irons feel very soft with a springy sensation.  It’s that bounciness that makes you feel that the ball is flying off the face.  That feel is paired with a robust, mid pitch impact sound.

Performance

Having tested every previous PXG iron, I came into this review with solid expectations of what the 0211 irons should do.  I found that they met those expectations across the board.

What impresses me most about PXG’s irons is the forgiveness they get into an attractive package.  The thin face and COR2 inside the head create high ball speed across the face.  Also, the wider sole helps to make thin misses more playable.

The PXG 0211 irons are also long, a feature enhanced by the progressive design.  In the short and mid irons, the spin is a little lower than my players cavity back irons.  I emphasize “a little” because many irons chase distance by being so low spin that they won’t hold greens.  That’s not the case with the 0211 – it’s a difference of a few hundred RPM, just enough to add some length.

Where the progressive design shines brightest is in the 4I.  The extra offset and size help it to launch higher, more easily, and with some extra spin.  All three of those things give the 4I extra distance and make it a usable club for more players.  Many distance irons are longer in the 6 and 7 iron, but the 4I ends up being no longer than the 5I.  That’s not the case here.

PXG 0211 Irons vs. PXG 0311 Irons

With the price of the 0211 irons roughly half of that of the 0311 irons, it’s obvious to wonder, “What’s the difference?”  Here are the key differences.

  1. The 0211 is cast from 431 stainless steel, the 0311 is forged from 8620 carbon steel.
  2. The 0311 has adjustable perimeter weighting, the 0211 does not.
  3. The list price of the 0311 includes a wide variety of shaft choices.  The 0211 comes stock with two choices and others available at an upcharge.
  4. There are four different models in the 0311 line up.  The 0211 is one progressive set.

What both irons have in common is the COR2 technology backing up what PXG refers to as “the thinnest face in golf.”  Per PXG, the two lines perform almost identically, which is the same thing I saw in my testing.

Conclusion

PXG’s goal with the 0211 irons was to bring the performance and feel of their 0311 irons to golfers at a lower price.  They succeeded.

While the 0211 irons don’t give golfers the flexibility the four different 0311 models do, the progressive 0211 set is extremely well designed and will suit the vast majority of golfers.  If price has been keeping you from trying PXG irons, get to your club fitter to give the 0211 irons a test now.

PXG 0211 Irons 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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58 Comments

  1. Matt,
    Any comment on the Mitsubishi MMT shaft that is available?
    Guy

    • Matt Saternus

      Guy,

      No, I didn’t test the MMT, so I don’t have any insight into it at this time.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Joseph Greenberg

    what is your take on the declining difference in loft as these irons’s numbers decrease? From 5 degrees between wedges and short irons to 2.5. degrees between 4 and 5 irons. Surprise that most mid level players have so little distance gap between longer irons?

    • Matt Saternus

      Jospeh,

      For me, the distance gaps between each iron are appropriate, 10-12 yards, so I’m not concerned about the lofts. The progressive design of the set likely allows for stronger lofts in the long irons.

      -Matt

  3. I really love the look of these irons. They have great eye appeal to me…However I was on the PXG website & was considering ordering just a single 7 iron to try them out (no PXG dealers near me) but was shocked at checkout to see at minimum a $60 shipping fee. That made me back out of the order & rethink my purchase. Why is shipping so crazy high?

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      I’m not sure. For what it’s worth, they do ship in a very nice box, but I wouldn’t pay $60 for that.

      Best,

      Matt

    • billy ballard

      I was on phone with PXG last night and was placing an order for 0211 5-pw. As he was giving my final stats, he told me the tax (nobody can anything about the taxes), but then told me it would be $60.00 for shipping. Now I know from experience it does not cost that much to ship a set of irons, and especially from a manufacturer that ships hundreds of packages a day, and receiving huge discounts from FedEx. So I told him no, cancel the order. This is nothing but a rip-off. They could ship these USPS for $10-15. My need to buy these is far less than their need to sell, so here we are.

  4. Thank you for the review. It is really hard to get any info on these clubs.

    Did you see a noticeable ball speed difference between the 0311 Gen2’s and the 0211’s? I am trying to decide between the two? I don’t expect the exact same forged feel of the 0311’s, but I am just wondering how much performance and forgiveness I will give up going with the 0211’s.

    • Matt Saternus

      Rob,

      I found the performance of the 0311 and 0211 virtually identical. I don’t see a compelling performance reason to pay for the 0311.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Outstanding! They are on order. You made my wife very happy, and I will be happy too in a couple weeks when they get in and I get them on the course.

    • I had a full fitting with all of the options available and I was very pleased with the experience. I said in the beginning that budget was not necessarily the driving factor so I was pleased that they actually recommended the best fit! In my case it was cheaper than expected as I hit the 0211 with a premium shaft better than any of the 0311 options. There was no marked difference between the 0311 and 0211 but I was a bit more consistent with 0211s. Perhaps due to the very helpful white line on the bottom groove in the 0211s!

      • That scoring line in white is fantastic and gets lost in all the noise. At first I thought it was a Ping thing that carried over but I’ve seen Cleveland irons with it and I’m sure theres a few others that do it. I wish my irons and wedges had that, its so helpful.

  5. Thomas Fallin

    Great review Matt. The common complaint I have heard regarding the PXG brand is that they are merely repackaged Ping irons with an increased price. Given this new iron from PXG do you still see and feel ping-related characteristics or would this iron qualify as unique in the market?

    • Matt Saternus

      Thomas,

      While I am not a particular fan of the price on the 0311 irons, I don’t think it’s fair to say they’re “repackaged PING irons.” While there is some visual similarity, PXG has their own technology/feel/performance story that’s unique from what PING does.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. David Downey

    Been playing Ping for years, I25 the last three. Ordered the 0211 and played enough to conclude they preform as advertised. Durning fitting found the Modus 105 S fit my swing best. I also experienced a more piercing ball flight with combination of C core insert and shaft. Gained a full club in distance with ability to move ball flight based on ball position. Excellent feel especially at impact. My handicap fluctuates between 0 and 2. Always concluded Ping engineering was the model to gage by. PXG 0211 meets all my requirements and expectations. Hope input helps someone. David, Columbus CC

  7. Gary Cottrell

    I purchased a full set of 0211 irons to replace my 4 year old Callaway RX irons. I am very disappointed in the 0211 performance. I cannot hit the 0211 irons as far with the same swing as my RX Callaways. About one club difference. Instead of hitting a 9 iror 120 yrds with the Callaway I have to use an 8 iron 0211. The same with all the irons. To get the same yardage I have to overhit. They look good but I do not feel they perform as advertised and regret getting them. I am a 9 handicap.

    • Matt Saternus

      Gary,

      That’s interesting. Were you fit for the 0211s? Do the 0211s have the same shaft as the Callaways? Finally, are the lofts of the irons equal?
      Just a few things to consider that might explain the loss of distance.

      Best,

      Matt

  8. Wallace Fullerton

    Interesting. Your review is near identical with others around the Internet but the comments are helpful. I have a few observations:

    I’m a 16 to 18 handicapper, having started golf only after retirement. Been using Ping G5s with steel shafts from 2008 and, although tried many others, haven’t found any that offer enough improvement for the cost. I toyed with the idea of the 0311 Gen1 when PXG offered a hefty discount for military, veterans, and first responders (most likely a convenient way to keep the remainders off the discount market and get good PR at the same time). When the 0211 came out PXG offered a similar discount – nearly 50% – bringing the price to the level of Pings with my club member discount (if you qualify, you should look into the program). They included, at no cost, a Gen1 driver. So I bit, using the online fitting tool. Somehow I ended up with Mitsubishi MMT stiff shafts rather than my intended regular. I called them up, got a nice support person, and was sent a mailing label for a free return and reshafting. That was nice. What I didn’t particularly like was after i told other vets about the program and then revisited their website I discovered that they had reduced the discount substantially – I sorta felt that they were playing games.

    Having said all that, I love the driver – or at least I do now that I’m used to the radically different sound, similar to the new Taylormade drivers with plastic goo injection. I find the short irons quite pleasant to use, and very accurate cut have lost distance on full swings (compared to my Ping G5s and even though the lofts are a couple degrees less and the PXGs have graphite shafts). My first reaction to the long irons was negative – I lost a lot of distance and control, particularly on off-center strikes. I am getting better with practice but it was a real shock at first. I also use my long irons for punch shots from under trees or for running under the wind to the green (as one might do on a seaside links course) but found them much less reliable than my Pings – again, off center strikes tended to torque considerably so a firmer grip and more muscle control is needed.

    In any case, I feel a bit like McIlroy must have felt after he switched from Nike to TaylorMade and couldn’t do anything for quite a while (well, maybe I just wish I could feel like he did . . .) I’m sure I’ll recover my game but it’ll take some work.

    Oh yeah, they really do come in nice boxes! I only wish they had returned my iron box when they sent them back after reshafting.

    • Even the pro’s take some time changing manufacturers. I’m sure it will come around for you. I didn’t know they had another type of box to ship irons especially since they had yours to use, interesting. I got the KBS C-Taper Lite in my 0211’s, great combo IMO.

  9. Wallace Fullerton

    The irons and the driver arrived new in their own boxes, fitted with foam to hold the clubs apart. I thought pretty classy. I used the iron box when I shipped them back for reshafting. They were returned with rubber bands holding them together, a bubble wrap bag around each head for protection, and in a blah brown cardboard box like I see most clubs shipped in. At least I still have the original driver’s box . . .

  10. Jeremy Conrad

    I really appreciate the review. I am planning on getting fit in February (in a few months). Do you anticipate PXG to come out with a new model by then since most manufacturers tend to do club releases around then? I am excited to try out the PXG 0211’s. I currently game the the Callaway Epic Pro irons and am around a 5 handicap. I am interested to see how they compare.

    thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Jeremy,

      I don’t think the 0211 will be replaced, but I do think that there may be new version of the 0311 on the horizon.

      Best,

      Matt

  11. Matt, could you briefly compare the PXG 0211 to the TM 790? I game the 2017 version with the TT DG105 shaft. While I really enjoy the 790’s , a couple things I would like to improve. One, the feel to me is a little clickey. Two, I have experienced some flyers from time to time. I really like the look of the 0211. I have yet to see one live. Being a senior golfer I like the “players” distance Irons. I play to a 5 and hit my 7 iron 171 avg according to Shot Scope. Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Dave,

      They’re very similar irons. I prefer the feel of the 0211. Also, the 790 is very low spin, which is not a positive for me.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. Matt,
    What did you think of the 0211 SW & LW? Thinking of replacing Cleveland CG 14.

    • Matt Saternus

      Craig,

      I didn’t test the 0211 SW or LW. I would guess that they’d be more forgiving than your CG 14s but less versatile due to the wider sole.

      Best,

      Matt

  13. Wallace Fullerton

    Followup to my earlier comments:
    Yes, my game is slowing coming around with my me 0211s. Have had some lousy rounds but had one excellent (for me) round but that was at least partially attributable to not mucking up my 3 wood shots.

    One thing that I quickly observed: I question the quality and durability of the finish. The irons are cast stainless steel and should not show wear quickly. In just a few weeks the sand wedge, however, already shows heavy wear on the bottom flange – it looks like the chrome finish is worn through – almost looks like brass underneath (roughly the color of the oil finish Vokey wedges). I compared it with my Ping G5 wedge – the Ping shows wear as it should but it’s had ten years of use and is not near as obvious as on the 0211. Photos available . . .

  14. Just got back from Phoenix and ordered a full bag of Gen 3 woods and irons. Pic’s on Monday

  15. Matt – recognizing that you haven’t seen me swing, do you think a guy with a 20 index could play these successfully? Just wanted to get a sense of it before scheduling a fitting in Northbrook. Thanks.

  16. Me and a friend are going for a fitting on Friday, February the 7th. My friend is buying a set of irons, driver and putter. I’m ordering a driver, putter and maybe a wedge. We are both looking forward to it. TPC San Antoinio

  17. Matt, this is more of a fitting question, but I ordered a set of the 0211 based off my past specs and the ball flight is lower than desired with the graphite MMT 80 stiff shaft. I am 2hndcp, shallow with low spin. Previous clubs were Titleist TMB with Aerotech SF 110cw, and ball flight with these was noticibley higher. Stock lofts with PXG 0211 are 2 degrees stronger than TMBs. Generally speaking, would getting the lofts on the PXGs bent 2 degrees weaker solve the issue or would a shaft change to a heavier higher launch shaft also be needed? Thanks for the great reviews.

    • Matt Saternus

      Odie,

      Bumping up the lofts to match your old set would likely address this issue. With regard to the shaft, it’s certainly possible that a change could improve things, but without testing them first, there are no guarantees.

      Best,

      Matt

  18. TODD BARROW

    Matt, What do you think of the online fitting aspect. I know my specs. I currently play ping g25 irons 2.25 degrees up. should I feel comfortable ordering the 0211 online. The price is soooooo good right now

    • Matt Saternus

      Todd,

      Online fitting is better than nothing, but it’s not a substitute for in person fitting. When buying clubs (or paying for fitting, more specifically), I’m believer in the idea that “the quality remains long after the price is forgotten”.

      -Matt

  19. CarterDog350

    Hi Matt:
    I’ve been a Mizuno guy for quite some time. Wanted to try something different and went with the 0211’s. (I was fit @ No Bogey’s Golf….fantastic job by the way!)
    Went with soft step Fujikura shafts….6-L. Play Gen 2 5 Hybrid which is incredible!
    I typically don’t play same wedges as irons. In this case, I went with all wedges. Best sand wedge yet. Overall, I would say that the wedges are very versatile. Flop and drop, low spinner ….Irons are solid coming from a mid handicapper…..7.8 index…
    Keep up the good work.

  20. Hani Elnaggar

    Matt – Great review! Very much appreciated. I play to a 12 and have gamed Callaway XR Pro’s with Ozik Matrix Program F15 (S) shafts for the past 3 years. I was fit for Srixxon Z585’s with MMT Tour Taper 85’s (R) recently but was reluctant to pull the trigger a month ago. Never tried the shaft with the 0211 head due to prior sticker shock, though. With the 0211’s now priced in a manner that makes them a competitive alternative, I’m considering leveraging my shaft fitting along with the PXG heads. Thoughts?

    • Matt Saternus

      Hani,

      Fittings at PXG are free, so I would go for another fitting to make sure that shaft/head combination works as well as you hope it does. But generally speaking, I think that’s a fine idea.

      Best,

      Matt

  21. Norman Sykes

    Matt,
    I just purchased the 0211’s 2 deg up with the TT Elevate Tour shafts at 1” over std. My current set are Wilson D7’s cast model with KBS Tour 105 stiff. How do both shafts compare? I think the KBS is 114g and the TT is 117. The lofts in the D7’s are stronger. I just don’t want to lose a lot of distance. What’s your view on my shaft set up?

    • Matt Saternus

      Norman,

      Those are both fine shafts, similar in weight and feel, at least to me. Were you fit for the 0211s? Did you compare them against your D7s?

      -Matt

  22. Thanks for the review! How do you think these compare to the Ping G410 and i210? Looking for size comparison and performance. Thanks!

  23. Thanks for the review! I also read your review of the Ping i500. If you were down to these 2 sets and price was the same, which one would you go with and why? Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Jonathan,

      For me that’s a tough call because I prefer the look of the i500 and the feel of the 0211. It’s been a while since I’ve hit either, but I think I would opt for the 0211 as I recall the i500 being a little low spin for me.

      Best,

      Matt

  24. Great reivew and great site! I am torn between a new purchase, I have Ping i irons(CFS Distance Steel/Stiff) from 2015 and want to get something new and more forgiving. I like the Wilson Staff D7 Forged and the PXG 0211. What are your thoughts between the two and in relation to my current clubs?

    • Matt Saternus

      Garrett,

      If you’re buying for performance, you need to take your current clubs to a fitter and compare them with the current offerings. There’s no other way to know if something new will outperform what you have.
      If you’re buying just to have something new – and there’s nothing wrong with that – I prefer the 0211 over the D7 Forged.

      Best,

      Matt

  25. Have the 0211’s with MMT regular shaft and 1 degree up,. Replaced my tour edge Exotices with regular project X steel regular. I absolutely love the overall club design and looks. However after doing on line fit process, present set up seems to have increased my draw and shaft seems to stiff. 18 handicap, considering going back to standard lie and possibly reshafting to senior flex, your thoughts on either regarding increased draw and present shaft stiff feel? Want to get it right this time.

    • Matt Saternus

      Don,

      All else equal, flattening the lie should move your dispersion a bit to the right, but I don’t think 1 degree is going to change that much. I’d put more stock in the increased draw being a result of the different shaft.

      Best,

      Matt

  26. Which do you think is a better overall iron, the PXG 0211 or the Cobra SZ?

  27. Andrew Foot

    O211 irons are a fantastic price at the moment and I am considering ordering these with the S taper shaft. However was going to order regular but without testing I am now thinking S taper lite shaft. Swing speed for a 6 iron 80 to 85. Thought I could order stiff in the lite version? Also soles look thick – any issues on turf interaction?

    • Matt Saternus

      Andrew,

      Those are very specific questions that I can’t answer confidently without seeing you swing. I don’t know where you’re located or what the local policies are at the moment, but I would suggest trying to get in front of a fitter to try some things out before you spend the money.

      Best,

      Matt

  28. Doug Ward

    Matt- I was just fitted by Tru Spec and they recommended a bag full of Callaway Mavrik. Do you think I can take their shaft recommended and apply those to the PXG 0211 irons and the driver?

    • Matt Saternus

      Doug,

      I think that would be a fairly expensive gamble. Different heads will interact differently with a given shaft. The difference may be small, it may be substantial. I would suggest getting fit for the best shafts for the heads you want to play.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Bob Morrissette

        Matt, I have the 0211 irons 6-pw with the MMT regular shaft and the lofts two degrees strong. I’m hitting them great, love the trajectory and getting good distance (9 iron about 130, 7 iron about 150). The ball is going further than my Callaway Rogue X irons even though the Rogue X is still about 2-3 degrees stronger after my loft adjustment on the 0211. A soft feel on impact with the 0211, more pleasing than the Rogue contact. Currently playing to a 12 handicap.

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