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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.