50 Words or Less
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.
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.
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.
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.
- The 0211 is cast from 431 stainless steel, the 0311 is forged from 8620 carbon steel.
- The 0311 has adjustable perimeter weighting, the 0211 does not.
- 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.
- 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.
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.