PXG 0311 P GEN3 Irons Review

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The PXG 0311 P GEN3 irons pair industry-leading ball speed and distance with excellent forgiveness and good looks.  A clear improvement over PXG’s Gen2 irons.

Introduction

There’s a huge percentage of golfers who want a great looking club but don’t have the time to get their ball striking to an elite level.  Every year, the industry pushes to pack more forgiveness and performance into an attractive package, and the new high water mark in that arena is the PXG 0311 P GEN3 iron.  With its new Impact Reactor Powered by DualCOR Technology, it gives golfers loads of ball speed and forgiveness in a club that with tremendous visual appeal.

Looks

The PXG 0311 P GEN3 irons are the middle child of the GEN3 line, but they resemble the T more than the XP.  In all the key elements – offset, blade length, top line and sole thickness – the P has more game improvement character than the T, but not by a lot.  To my eye, these are still very clearly players irons, but the look won’t scare off a 12 handicap.

For the GEN3 irons, PXG chose to offer a satin nickel finish.  Even in harsh winter conditions, this finish reduces glare, and PXG promises that it will have a long life.

Finally, in the bag, the 0311 P GEN3 irons have PXG’s signature look with some added player appeal.  The nine weights at the edge of the club immediately signal that it’s a PXG iron.  What’s new is the shape of the back – borrowed from the PXG ST (Super Tour) iron – which gives each iron the shape of a modern blade.

Sound & Feel

The tech inside the PXG GEN3 irons has a big name – Impact Reactor Powered by DualCOR Technology – but the idea is simple.  Rather than use one material, they use two: one to create a soft feel, one to provide more ball speed.  This gives the PXG 0311 P GEN3 irons a softer feel than Gen2 but with more ball speed.

As I mentioned in my review of the 0311 T (review HERE), I also found that the GEN3 irons have the best feedback of any PXG irons.  Though mishits don’t sting, I was easily able to feel the location of contact on every shot.

Performance

According to PXG’s testing, the 0311 P GEN3 is longer and more forgiving than the T.  Given how similar they look, the differences in performance are impressive: 13% higher MOI, 2 MPH more ball speed, and 5 yards more carry distance.  These improvements are fueled by lofts that are 1 degree stronger throughout the set and a significantly larger Impact Reactor (internal cavity) compared to the T.

My testing of the PXG 0311 P GEN3 irons was an interesting example of the importance of being fit.  While I have no doubt that the P is longer and more forgiving for the majority of golfers, I got my best results from the T.  My fitter, Nick, said that he had similar results because of how he delofts the club at impact.  Additionally, I think my preference for the look of the T gave me more confidence and led to better results.

While the T was slightly better for me, my results with the 0311 P GEN3 still place it among the elite irons in golf.  My 7I was carrying about 10 yards further than my gamer but still landing at a very steep, playable angle.  The importance of this can’t be overstated.  PXG’s new irons get their added distance from more ball speed, not lower spin.  This means that your shots will still hold the green, which, of course, is the point.

Conclusion

PXG states that they don’t release new clubs unless the new one is superior to the old one.  That’s definitively the case with their GEN3 irons.  Thanks to unparalleled technology inside each iron, these clubs create huge ball speed and offer plenty of forgiveness.  While the price is undeniably high, you’re paying for performance that is unlike anything else currently on the market.

PXG 0311 P GEN3 Irons Price & Specs

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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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14 Comments

  1. In 30 years of playing golf, I’ve found that the irons I have in the bag have almost zero effect on my scores as long as the shaft fits my swing to a reasonable degree. I’ve played everything from super game improvement irons to blades, and the only things that cause my scores to change are keeping my driver in bounds and not chunking chips. I feel this is the case for most amateur golfers, as no iron will help when you are hitting hosel rockets and tossing 18 inch beaver pelts. What is your take on this?

    • Matt Saternus

      Brandon,

      I hear this sentiment rather frequently, but I don’t agree. Playing a game improvement iron is not going to turn a chunk into a shot that scares the flag, however it can turn a shot that would be short in the bunker into one that safely finds the green. If a player kept an honest accounting of every shot, they would see the impact of that forgiveness over the course of several rounds, but A) many people don’t keep an honest score and B) most people are looking for their 92s to turn into 75s overnight, and nothing is going to do that.

      All that said, people should play what they want to play.

      -Matt

  2. Great review. I also was slightly better with the “t” irons, but it doesn’t always translate the same way to varying course conditions. That’s why I decided to blend the “t” (7 to Gap) and the “p” (5 & 6). I’ve considered the “xp” 4, but I’m happy with my Srixon 4 iron hybrid. Totally agree with you on the looks, feel and performance. Can’t wait to get them! The other thing too is the fitting process was fantastic. They have all the shafts and weights and my fitting to place at a range where I could see the flight…helps.

  3. As a member of the PXG 1000 club, I’ve had ’em since the first week of December. They are AMAZING!!! Difficult to believe PXG can keep getting better but they do. I’ve now had all 3 Gens and each one is superior to the last.

  4. could you please email me all the prices also photos of each club and driver if available of the PXG 0311 P GEN3.
    Cheers

    • Matt Saternus

      Wayne,

      We do not sell PXG, or any other, clubs. If you’re interested in purchasing clubs, you can contact PXG or Club Champion.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. I went for a PXG fitting today and tried everything. To my surprise, the most consistent club for me was 0211. The CG on the T and P was too high on the face for my strike point with my swing, the XP was too low spinning (but it did go a mile!). You can’t discount the value of getting fit. PXG does such a good job and all their irons feel amazing. In my opinion, definitely the best irons I’ve ever hit.

  6. A very honest review as always Matt. I’m not a PXG hater and feel they are always trying to improve their clubs. I just wish they would make a nice club for the retired Social Security golfer. That said I’m very happy with my CBX irons and will be looking at the UHX & HB Turbo irons later this year.

  7. Do you notice any difference in distance and/or feel in the 3rd Gen irons vs the 2nd Gen 0211 irons?

  8. Adam Miller

    When can we expect the MIURA tc-201 review!!!!

    • Matt Saternus

      Adam,

      Thanks for your interest. These are on our list, and you can expect to see something in the next couple months.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. dennis lathouwers

    Matt, do you also make a review of the PXG Gen 3 XP irons serie?

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