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The PXG 0311 P GEN4 irons offer incredible levels of performance and forgiveness in a player-friendly package. Unparalleled looks and feel.
Since its inception, PXG has kept golfers on their toes with each new release. The only thing you know you’re not going to get is more of the same. So whether it’s a whole line of affordable clubs like the 0211s [reviews HERE] or a new generation of the company’s flagship 0311 series irons, there is going to be something notable. I got up close and personal with the company’s new irons to find out what exactly that is.
Check out the PXG 0311 P GEN5 Irons HERE
PXG’s new marketing tagline is “the Science of Sexy.” Whether or not that gets your juices flowing, I think you’d have to admit that the irons are really, really, ridiculously good looking. The satin finish looks clean and does a great job killing glare.
At address, the 0311 P looks very similar to the T [full review of the T irons HERE]. A barely perceptible increase in blade length and offset are the only differences. As far as “game improvement” irons go, you aren’t going to find something that looks more player-friendly. The topline is quite thin, and there is no chunky tech protruding out of the back of the club.
One of the new features on the GEN4 irons is the milled back surface. In the bag, this adds considerably to the beauty of the clubs. You may also notice a different look to the back weighting, with one large weight now present in the center. More on that below.
Sound & Feel
One of the big upgrades of GEN4 technology is the new proprietary XCOR System. While the GEN3 irons had two materials injected into the clubhead, XCOR is the result of a multi-year R&D project with a goal of creating the perfect injectable polymer that would increase ball speed and enhance feel. Though I haven’t hit the GEN3 version [review HERE] I can say the sensory experience of hitting GEN4 is an absolute pleasure.
The other big change for GEN4 is the large changeable weight at the back of the clubhead. This precision weighting system allows PXG fitters to dial in swing weight to better suit the player’s preference. This is a new innovation in the world of irons and gives fitters more options for getting players into the ideal iron setup. The weights are not meant to be changed after the fitting process.
I’m going to stop short of saying the feeling at impact is better than a high quality, single piece forged iron, but I will say the feel is equally pleasurable. What I will confidently state is that a ball struck somewhere other than the sweet spot feels worlds better than it would with a traditional forged iron.
The extremely thin face coupled with the XCOR polymer interior makes for what amounts to a controlled explosion at impact. It feels powerful but soft and responsive at the same time. While mishits won’t punish you, you’ll still know where on the face you missed it.
In PXG’s testing, GEN4 gained over 2 mph ball speed versus GEN3. With the same club head speed, that resulted in more than 7 yards of additional carry and a slightly lower spin rate. In terms of ball speed, spin, carry, and peak height, the 0311 P comes in right between the T and the XP.
If you’re a player who can work it either direction on command, the T offers more workability. If you’d like your ball flight to be a little more predictable, the 0311 P can help. It (along with a fitting, stay tuned for my upcoming feature) helped me go from fearing a hook to taking dead aim and ending up close way more often.
So, let’s recap. From a performance standpoint, the 0311 P offers better distance, higher flight, ideal spin rates, and sublime feel. They won’t be coming out of the bag in 2021 [check out my WITB HERE].
Players seeking more forgiveness should check out the 0311 XP GEN4 irons HERE.
PXG has been making good looking, high performing golf clubs since its inception. With GEN4, its irons have taken another significant leap forward. Visually, the irons are as stunning as it gets. The new XCOR material delivers in terms of performance and feel. Bagging a new set isn’t cheap, but the experience of hitting them is very persuasive.