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PXG 0311 SGI Gen2 Irons Review

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The PXG 0311 SGI Gen2 iron is enormous.  The largest iron I can think of.  Forgiveness is unremarkable.  Very strong lofts.

Introduction

The one new model in the PXG Gen2 iron family is the SGI.  It may be the biggest iron ever – it dwarfs most driving irons.  Does its massive size come with performance benefits?  We tested it to find out.

Note: As you can tell from the pictures, this review is based on our testing with a demo 6 iron.  We contacted PXG about submitting product for a review, but they were not interested.  We did use more testers than normal to offer as much insight as possible.

Looks

Humongous.  Gargantuan.  Colossal.  Pick your synonym for huge, and it fits.

There are soles that are wide, and people say they’re big enough to eat off of.  The 0311 SGI Gen2 has a sole big enough to feed a family of four.  The picture does its size no justice.

Similarly, the top line is thick, though, like the other Gen2 models, it’s beveled to appear a bit thinner.  There’s a lot of offset, and the blade is extremely long and shallow.

Sound & Feel

With a larger hollow body and more COR2 filling than the other PXG Gen2 irons, the 0311 SGI has a feel that’s different from the rest.  When you strike the center, you don’t get the springy elastic feel.  Instead, the feel is softer and duller.  This extends to mishits as well – everything feels a little dull.

The sound, similarly, is muffled.  As you would expect, feedback on the SGI is very limited.  There’s a difference between pure and off-center, but everything else feels about the same.

Performance

One thing to note as we begin: the lofts of the 0311 SGI Gen2 irons are the strongest in the PXG line up.  They’re 3 degrees stronger in the 7I compared to the 0311 T (29 degrees versus 32), and the SGI 4I is 19 degrees whereas the T’s 3I is 20 degrees.  I make no judgement on iron lofts – it makes no difference to me what you call a 30 degree club – but it’s important that you realize the lofts are different if you’re testing them.

With the exception of the strong lofts, our testing showed that the SGI is remarkably similar to the other PXG irons in many performance categories.  In our test group, the forgiveness of the 0311 SGI, based on average smash factor, was roughly equal to the other PXG irons.

We were also surprised to see that the SGI launched the lowest of the four new models.  While this makes sense given the strong lofts, my expectation was that the enormous sole would counteract the low loft.  On average, the SGI actually produced the second-lowest peak height of the four PXG irons.  For those that hit moon balls, this will be a good thing.  For those that need more stopping power on the greens, less so.

Finally, among our test group, the offset created accuracy issues.  Our group was consistently hitting pulls and hooks.  For a chronic slicer, all that offset could be very helpful.  If you hit a straight shot already, prepare to see your dispersion move left.

Conclusion

There’s no doubt in my mind that the PXG 0311 SGI Gen2 iron is a love it or hate it club.  If a big head and tons of offset turn your stomach, don’t even bother hitting this.  For a select few, however, that look is going to inspire confidence.  Throw in the fact that their 7I is going to be longer than ever, and they’ll be over the moon.

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17 Comments

  1. Who in their right mind would pay $400 per club ? Beyond my comprehension. The face of these look like one of the original Gear Effect Wilson 1200 GE clubs which I played in the mid 80’s . I have a grandson who plays with them now with Rifle Shafts. I paid $425 for the set 2- PW. They were an excellent club .
    No doubt you can get length from these PXG’s but $400 per is out of site.

  2. Let’s stop complaining about the cost. They are over the top expensive. It’s their marketing strategy. Tell people they are exclusive and “might not be for you” only makes some people want them more. Judging by the number of irons PXG is selling, I’d say their marketing is working. Now….do they perform, as advertised??? Maybe, but no more so than any other super game improvement iron with jacked-up lofts. I’d argue not many people need a 19* iron, but that’s neither here nor there. More often than not, it’s the Indian not arrow.

    • Beth Bruegger

      The 0311 SG1 were a gift. I am a lady 69 y/0 with a handicap of 19. I have the recoil ES 450/F1. I hit them pretty good but can’t seem to get through the ball on the 6 and 5 iron. Not sure these are best for me but I hit them pretty well! Any suggestions ?

      • Matt Saternus

        Beth,

        Are you looking for a recommendation for a different iron altogether or just a shaft change?

        -Matt

  3. Clubs looked so ugly, I had to read the review (as always “no-nonsense, this is what I think”). But it is the comment “offset helps the chronic slicer” that caught my attention. I always thought offset was there to help ‘hit the ball first, divot after’ but never realised (or simply forgot) that it would promote a draw.

    As 25HC I have clubs with considerable offset (Cleveland CG16) and I mostly draw-to-hook them (as I did with previous clubs – all with offset), while my woods, hybrids and driver are pretty straight to fade. Now realise that perhaps I should try some irons with less offset. So another worthwhile visit to this website, thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Piter,

      Glad to help! Check back in a couple weeks, we’re doing a Golf Myths Unplugged all about offset.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Loved being fitted with the 7 iron. I hit it long but understand the strong loft – traveled like the 5 irons of my youth. I’ve been playing Pings for years & the big club head looks fine to me but I started hitting “tiny, little” persimmon drivers too😉

  5. How would you compare this to something like the Ping G410 Crossover?

    • Matt Saternus

      Will,

      They’re similar designs – big, slightly low profile, a good amount of offset. Without having both in front of me, I’m not confident offering much beyond that, though I would say that the PXG is much softer feeling.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Debra A Anderson

    Boy, you really hate PXG for some reason, have they snubbed you? Every other review of these clubs speaks to feel and forgiveness. Maybe you ego gets in the way. At least 60% of golfers would benefit from clubs like this and shoot lower scores. Guys like you are all about the “looks” that scratch golfers want and project that to the masses. The masses NEED clubs like these.

  7. Britton Munoz

    We will see (lol) , i’m A competitive blind golfer just ordered a set because being blind , I need forgiveness. So we will see. I don’t take much on reviews. Because being blind it’s all about feel for me. I use whatever I have to, so I can continue to bring my handicap down 20.1 that way I can compete at the highest level. That’s why I don’t even use a traditional Putter. I use the L2 Putter. You should check that out it’s phenomenal

  8. I’m a late 50’s golfer and have never been one to get good compression. I caught these SGI’s on a COVID deal at 129 per club, now 149. My game has really come back to life with these irons. I absolutely love the distance, and forgiveness. There is nothing that plays and feels like a forged club, which you not find in any other game improvement iron. I have he full set up to the 4 iron, of which I hit like a hybrid.
    Not sure why this is such a negative review, as my experience with these irons have been very positive.
    I am a 16 handicap, and I think I am exactly the golfer this club is geared toward, which is the majority of amateur golfers.

  9. I was recently fitted for the PXG 0311 irons. I really love them. It’s not the distance but the consistency and dispersion. I’ve always liked the oddball irons I used zing ping 2 for a long time and still have them. I put ping ultra shafts on them. I’ve always had a problem following through with my golf shot. But the SGI‘s work for me.

  10. Sorry PXG 0311 SGI irons.

  11. Beth Bruegger

    Looking to know if PZG graphite shafts and gen 3 would be better. I am getting a golf fitting from PXG

    • Matt Saternus

      Beth,

      Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with PZG graphite shafts. Was that a typo for PXG? If so, PXG does not make any shafts, but they offer a variety of graphite shafts from other makers. I’m sure your fitter can help you find the right combination.

      Best,

      Matt

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