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The PXG 0311 GEN6 fairway wood combines high performance with high adjustability. Much tighter dispersion than its predecessor.
I noted in my recent review of the 0311 GEN6 driver that I had a certain amount of anxiety heading into my fitting at PXG [read more HERE]. It was February, so my driver swing – which is hit and miss at the best of times – was still in hibernation. When it came to filling the gap between the driver and irons, there was no anxiety: I knew that was going to be a mess. Could the PXG 0311 GEN6 fairway wood really be forgiving enough to end up in my bag? Let’s find out.
The PXG 0311 GEN6 fairway wood has a compact, round, symmetrical shape at address. Most of the head is black carbon fiber, but there’s a thin stripe of matte black steel from the heel across the leading edge. A small white “X” serves at the alignment aid, and there are very modest graphics and PXG branding around the edge of the crown at the heel and toe. Both GEN6 fairway woods use Squared Face Design which gives the face a more boxy appearance than other FWs.
Flipping the club over reveals two wide-set silver stripes that divide the three movable weights. With the exception of the stripes, “PXG,” and “0311,” everything is camouflaged in black-on-black. It gives the 0311 GEN6 FW a clean, streamlined aesthetic.
Sound & Feel
The feel of the ball colliding with the HT1770 steel face is very fast. It’s not a thin-feeling face, but the ball feels like it’s gone in a hurry. Through your hands, you’ll be able to locate impact with great precision, even if the head is weighted for maximum stability.
In terms of sound, the PXG 0311 GEN6 fairway wood falls between the traditional “tink” and a dull “thud.” It’s fairly close to the mid-pitched “snap” of the GEN6 hybrids with moderate volume. You get solid feedback through the sound as well: it becomes more dull as you move toward the heel or toe.
As with all of their GEN6 clubs, PXG has opened the books on what makes them better than GEN5. And as we’ve seen with the irons, drivers, and hybrids, the answer is that they’re both longer and straighter.
For GEN6, PXG made the face of their fairway woods thinner. They’re down to a razor thin 0.8″, 6% thinner than 0311 GEN5 fairway wood [review HERE]. This thinner face helps to fuel a small ball speed gain which, along with a small drop in spin, adds three yards to centered strikes.
*Launch monitor numbers above are from the 15 degree 3W. The 5W was just used for photos.
What is likely more important for regular golfers are the gains in consistency. Moving from heel to center to toe strikes, the launch and spin barely change. The ball speed is also extremely robust, allowing the 0311 GEN6 fairway wood to produce repeatable, predictable distances shot after shot.
The PXG 0311 GEN6 fairway wood combines that predictable distance with high MOI to produce a much tighter dispersion than GEN5. Some of this MOI boost is thanks to Squared Face Design which helps to push more weight to the perimeter. Comparing the two clubs, the GEN6’s shot pattern is almost a third smaller. On the course, that means having more confidence that your shots are going to go where you intend.
Want even more forgiveness? Check out the 0311 XF GEN6 fairway wood HERE
Like its big brother – the 0311 GEN6 driver – the 0311 GEN6 FW has massive adjustability. There are three weight ports on the sole, and PXG offers weights from 2.5 to 20 grams in 2.5 gram increments. This creates a wide world of possibilities for feel and performance. By pushing more weight to the rear port, you can make the club more forgiving. With heavier weight in the heel or toe, you can bias for a draw or fade, respectively. These ports are also a great way to cleanly adjust swing weight. On top of that, the adjustable hosel gives you the ability to add or subtract loft, change the face angle, and adjust the lie angle.
For me, the 0311 GEN6 provided a lot of versatility. I like the squared look and additional area of the face off the tee. The compact size made it inviting to hit off the turf, too. The only thing that kept it out of my bag was the 0311 XF hybrid [review HERE]. Being a low launching player – and one who’s more comfortable with hybrids – the fairway wood never faced an uphill battle for me, but those more skilled with FWs will love it.
While the PXG 0311 GEN6 fairway wood didn’t make my bag, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great option for most players. This club has plenty of forgiveness for the average golfer while also offering a world of adjustability. Dial in the best specs with your PXG fitter and you’ll have a club that can rely on across numerous situations.