PXG 0311 Black Ops Tour-1 Driver Review

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The PXG 0311 Black Ops Tour-1 driver is among the lowest spinning drivers in golf while also having elite forgiveness.  Compact footprint.  A game changer for high spin players.

Introduction

PXG wants to see more of their drivers in play on Tour.  They don’t have to say this; they showed it by placing three different Tour models of the Black Ops driver on the USGA Conforming List.  The version that’s coming to retail – and the one you can expect to see played by the best in the world – is the PXG 0311 Black Ops Tour-1 driver.  This is the model that’s most distinct from the standard Black Ops driver, and I’ll take you through all those differences in this review.

Looks

You don’t need a refined eye to see that the PXG 0311 Black Ops Tour-1 driver is a marked change from the standard Black Ops driver [review HERE].  The Tour-1 has a much smaller footprint and a more rounded, less stretched shape.  PXG kept the Tour-1 at the full 460cc, which allowed them to maintain a very large, tall face and a higher, more curved crown.

What the two drivers share is the gloss black crown, a big change from the matte black of the 0311 GEN6 drivers [XF review HERE].  They also have similar sole designs, both featuring a composite plate.  The Tour-1 does have a noticeably larger “pop out” on the sole, and the weights are positioned differently, which I’ll discuss more later.

Sound & Feel

While there are many big differences between the PXG 0311 Black Ops Tour-1 driver and the standard model, sound is not one of them.  Both drivers have primary natural frequency modes that are almost identical.  They share a strong, mid-pitch “crack” at impact that’s staccato and punchy.  I asked PXG’s engineers about their goals with the sound, and they said they wanted to remove the sustained, ringing tones.  Mission accomplished.

The feel of impact with the Black Ops Tour-1 driver is as solid as the sound.  Though the club face is incredibly thin, it feels very stout.  Feedback through the hands is clear and precise.  Deciphering between truly pure strikes and the merely good is easy.

Performance

I hate when companies fill up the shelf with different products that aren’t really that different.  Clearly PXG feels the same way.  While they’re powered by the same AMF Technology in the face, the PXG 0311 Black Ops Tour-1 driver and the standard Black Ops are miles apart in terms of the players that they’re built for.

The raison d’etre for the Black Ops Tour-1 driver is low spin, and it delivers.  In PXG’s testing, it was the lowest spinning driver by almost 400 RPM at 100 MPH club speed and by 140 RPM at 120 MPH.  That gap at 100 MPH is bigger than the one from #2 to #12 (last place)!  Comparing Tour-1 to standard Black Ops, the gap is about 400 RPM at 100 MPH and over 500 at 120 MPH.  That low spin is paired with low launch.  At both testing speeds, Black Ops Tour-1 was within 0.2 of the lowest launching driver.  For the high spin player, the Black Ops Tour-1 is going to be a missile launcher. 

What really separates the PXG 0311 Black Ops Tour-1 driver is not the low spin but the forgiveness.  Typically low spin drivers are demanding and more than willing to send mishits all over the map.  Black Ops Tour-1, however, has elite consistency.  At 100 MPH, it has better left-right dispersion than all but two drivers, both regarded as some of the most forgiving in golf and high spinning.  At 120 MPH, it’s even more impressive.  It maintained the same standing in left-right, but the total dispersion was better than every non-PXG driver.

This driver does all of this while also being the most customizable.  Like the 0311 GEN6 driver [review HERE] before it, the Black Ops Tour-1 driver has three Precision Weighting ports.  PXG offers weights from 2.5 grams to 20 grams, so you can make this club anti-slice, anti-hook, lighter, or heavier.  The weight ports on the Tour-1 are further forward and more centered than on the standard Black Ops driver.  This allows players to make this driver even lower spinning by putting more weight in the front.

As for my personal experience with the PXG 0311 Black Ops Tour-1 driver, it was short lived.  While we stress that you can’t fit golf clubs on paper, this is an instance where a club did exactly what it promised…which is not what I need.  I’m a low spin player, so with this ultimate low spin head, I hit nothing but knuckle balls.  I think some of the drives I hit are still rolling.  And while I love that this club is naturally anti-left (it has a flatter lie angle than the standard model), I was never going to turn away from the epic forgiveness of the normal Black Ops driver.

Conclusion

The PXG 0311 Black Ops Tour-1 driver is a low launch, low spin distance machine.  But you’ve heard that about other drivers.  What sets this one apart is the consistency.  If you’ve been holding out for a low spin driver that will still keep your misses in play, head to your PXG fitter to check out the Black Ops Tour-1.

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4 Comments

  1. I recently was fit for the “regular” Black Ops Driver and it is by far the lowest spinning driver I’ve ever put in the bag. Look at address, feel, dispersion, incredible all around.

  2. Based on your review, can I take it the the Tour-1 is similar to the Gen 3 Proto X in that it’s playable for someone with a negative angle of attack?

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