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The PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy II is the Bentley of wedges. A more practical vehicle will get you where you’re going, but why not go all out if you have the means to do so?
Matt raved about the performance and feel of the original 0311 Sugar Daddy wedges (review HERE) and rightly so. They feel incredible, look great, and spin like crazy. The Sugar Daddy II keeps a lot of what made the original a success and adds a few new twists, including custom weighting and full face grooves. I gamed the 0311 Sugar Daddy wedges last year to great effect. Will the new version make it into the bag this year?
Cosmetically, you’re looking at something that is beautiful and bold. The milling is intricate and detailed. The matte silver look is set off the by the black accents of the tungsten weights and PXG branding. The playing shape is compact and traditional. The toe may be a touch higher than the original but it is by no means a “high toe” wedge.
Two areas where the looks diverge from the previous iteration can be found on either side of the club. At the back of the club, you’ll see a large circular weight that can be changed to dial in swing weight during the fitting process. This Precision Weighting Technology is the same tech that was introduced last year with the GEN4 irons. Now PXG has added it to its flagship wedge. Take note that this is a one-time deal. The weights are locked in and not able to be changed after fitting/purchase.
The other change, and the biggest one in my opinion, is the addition of full face grooves. We’ll talk more about this in the Performance section below. To be clear, the Sugar Daddy II is only available with full face grooves. It is also available in the Xtreme Dark finish.
Sound & Feel
The sound and feel of hitting the Sugar Daddy II is an extremely pleasurable experience. It’s somehow soft and firm at the same time. Especially on shorter chips, you get this “clippy” sound that is borderline addictive. I’m not saying you’ll miss greens on purpose, but you might feel a little less aggrieved when you do. I say “clippy” because “clicky” sounds a little more firm than I think would be an accurate descriptor here.
When struck towards the toe, the sensation is slightly dulled, as you might expect. The feel is noticeably more solid than it would be on the original, or on another wedge without full face grooves.
The Sugar Daddy II bites and checks almost on command. Especially on shots around the green, it is an exceptional performer. I felt confident opening the face or hitting a square-faced chip, whatever the situation called for.
Full face grooves is a performance feature, not merely a cosmetic one. The idea is to improve results on less-than-precise strikes or shots hit out of dicey lies where imperfect contact is likely. This was worked into the design in the form of High Toe Weighting, moving the CG to account for shots played with an open face.
Ultimately, full face grooves isn’t a look I want to see on full shots from 50+ yards. I like the sense of alignment provided by that straight line running parallel to the leading edge. Around the greens, it’s a different story. I think the look provides a sense of confidence and willingness to open up the face and try a variety of shots. This confidence and creativity tends to lead to more success around the greens, for me.
The 0311 Sugar Daddy II is available in two grind/bounce options. The C Grind offers a narrow sole with aggressive taper from heel to toe and 10 degrees of bounce. It will be the likely choice for better players and was designed for firmer turf conditions. The BP Grind offers a wide sole with slight taper from heel to toe and 13 degrees of bounce. It also has a slightly larger profile and will be the likely choice for higher handicappers and those playing with lush turf conditions. I tested the C Grind.
Like its predecessor, the 0311 Sugar Daddy II is an exceptional wedge. Hitting it is an absolute pleasure, whether it’s on chips, pitches, or bunker shots. To me, the full face grooves is an acquired taste and one I found confidence in around the green. I think it’s worth noting that, while still extremely expensive, the price actually has come down since the original. And hey, if you can swing it, why not?