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.

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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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15 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?

  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!

  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

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