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The PXG 0311 Milled wedges are exceptional. Extremely high spin, great feel, and versatile soles.
The PXG 0311 Milled wedge is a heat check. It’s a litmus test for your feelings about the brand. If you’re a fan, it’s the epitome of cool, something you can’t wait to have in the bag. If you’re at all lukewarm about the company, the price tag is going to have you running to the comments section to rant and rave.
Oh yeah, the 0311 Milled wedge is one other thing: a damn good wedge.
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It’s impossible to start a discussion of the 0311 Sugar Daddy with anything other than the in the bag look. This wedge is so far from the norm that only a company like PXG could have made it. The weights alone shout “This is a PXG wedge!” but the 0311 Sugar Daddy goes beyond that with insane mill marks and varying thicknesses in the blade.
As I said earlier, this wedge is a love it or hate it club. Nick Jahnke, my fitter at PXG, says it’s by far his favorite club, referring to it as “golf jewelry.” I’ve heard the opposite reaction as well. As someone who writes about virtually every wedge made, I’m just appreciative of PXG taking a shot and doing something wildly different.
At address, the 0311 Milled wedge is traditional and geared toward the better player. It’s compact, definitely one of the smaller wedges on the market. The leading edge has a gentle roundness which complements the overall shape of the head.
The PXG 0311 Milled wedge is available in two finishes: Chrome and Xtreme Dark.
Sound & Feel
The 0311 Sugar Daddy feels as sweet as the name implies. This wedge is made of triple forged 8620 carbon steel and is 100% milled. The result is a feel that mixes soft and solid in an extraordinary way. Often a club will feel soft but impact isn’t satisfying, it doesn’t have any “oomph” to it. The 0311 Milled wedge has both the buttery softness and the “oomph.”
In addition to having a sweet feeling on center, the Sugar Daddy has excellent feedback. You can feel the impact location precisely through you hands, and the bass-y “click” of a pure strike gets dull on misses.
Before I took a swing with the 0311 Sugar Daddy wedge, I gave it a thorough spec check. Every single spec I requested – loft, lie, length, swing weight – was perfect. This is far from the norm and deserves to be recognized.
My next step was some launch monitor testing to check out the spin. PXG touts their CNC milled grooves as being exceptionally consistent and at the very edge of USGA conformity. My testing showed that the 0311 Milled Wedge spins like a top. In fact, it’s the highest spinning wedge I’ve tested. The gap between this wedge and #2 isn’t huge – a couple hundred RPM – but winning is still winning.
Now let’s talk about the weights. They’re not just there to look cool, they serve to pull the center of gravity up and toward the toe. This gets the CG centered (instead of in the heel, like many wedges) and higher (for improved consistency in ball speed and launch angle).
At 58 and 60 degrees of loft, the Sugar Daddy wedge has two grind options – the 07 and the 09. The 09 Sole is billed as being “traditional and versatile.” It’s a fuller sole with a little more bounce. The 07 Sole, seen above, is a narrower sole with less bounce. The relief in the the trailing edge and heel make it perfect for opening the face to play high, soft shots.
I opted for the 07 Sole and tested it in highly unfavorable conditions – sloppy, muddy March in Chicago. The design showed its versatility and performed brilliantly. Even on soupy lies, the sole worked up and out of the turf. When I did find a tight spot on the course, the relief allowed me to open the face without any concern about the leading edge.
After all my testing, can I tell you that the PXG 0311 Milled Wedge justifies its price by being three or four times better than wedges from PING or Titleist? No. That said, it’s an amazing wedge, easily one of the best I’ve ever hit, and it will see a lot of time in my bag this year. If you have the means to put a set of these in play, you should absolutely check them out.