PXG 0311 T GEN3 Irons Review

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The PXG 0311 T GEN3 irons are the company’s best yet.  Softer feel than Gen2 with significantly higher ball speed.  Impressive forgiveness in a compact club head.

Introduction

Bob Parsons, the founder of PXG, has a simple rule for introducing new golf clubs: do it when the new version is clearly better than the old one.  Given the performance of the original PXG 0311 irons and their sequel, the Gen2, improvement was a tall order.

I had the opportunity to test the PXG 0311 T GEN3 irons head to head with their older brother.  The results left me very impressed.

Looks

In the bag, PXG’s GEN3 irons are their best looking models to date.  The shape of the back calls to mind the PXG ST iron, so whether you’re playing the T, the P, or the XP, you have the look of muscle back.  Additionally, the mill marks across the entire back of the club look incredible.

At address, the 0311 T looks nearly identical to the ST.  The top line of the GEN3 has been beveled even more aggressively than the Gen2, so it looks very thin.  There’s very little offset, and the blade length is compact without being intimidating.

Sound & Feel

During my fitting at PXG Chicago, my fitter explained the evolution of the material that fills PXG’s hollow body irons.  In Gen1, the material was very soft – good for a soft feel, not ideal for ball speed.  In Gen2, the material was very hard – the feel became firmer and the ball speed went up.  For GEN3, PXG is using two different materials in the head, one soft and one hard.  They’re calling the core Impact Reactor, Powered by Xtreme DualCOR Technology.  The result is a feel that’s softer than Gen2 with incredible performance.

This not-too-soft, not-too-hard feel also provides the best-yet feedback in a PXG iron.  From the first few swings, I was able to easily identify impact locations based on feel.

Performance

With iron lofts continuing to get stronger and stronger, it’s easy to go numb to the boasting about ball speed.  “Cool, you got more ball speed…by turning my 6I into a 5I.  Woohoo.”

That’s what makes the PXG 0311 T GEN3 irons so impressive: they have significantly more ball speed without changing their lofts.  The specs on the Gen2 and GEN3 irons are exactly the same, but, per PXG, the Gen3 creates 2.8 MPH more ball speed.  In my testing, I gained 7 yards of carry and had a slightly steeper landing angle.

I can’t overstate the importance of getting more distance with ball speed instead of low spin.  In a driver, low spin is great because you want the ball to roll out.  With an iron, you want the ball to stop, so gaining distance with low spin is self-defeating.  Hitting a 7I 200 yards is only cool if the ball stays on the green.  Making double bogeys isn’t cool no matter what iron you hit your approach with.

The other impressive element of the 0311 T Gen3 irons is the forgiveness.  Compared to other similar sized irons, the 0311 T GEN3 is at the very top of the class in terms of forgiveness.  During my fitting, I hit several shots deep in the heel that still carried beyond my normal 7I distance.

There’s one more important benefit to PXG not strengthening their lofts: the long irons are more playable.  For someone like me – low launching, low spinning – an 18 or 19 degree 4I will never be in my bag because it doesn’t carry any further than that set’s 5I or even 6I.

With the crazy ball speed that these irons produce and the 0311 T GEN3 4I at 22.5 degrees, I can play the full 4-PW.  I saw meaningful gaps between each iron, all the way to the 4I.  As a player who loves hitting irons, this is an advantage because I don’t need to mix and match as many hybrids or utility irons.

Conclusion

While PXG does continue to push the boundaries on price, they’re also pushing the boundaries on performance.  There is not a single iron that I’ve tested – and I’ve hit them all – that performs quite like the PXG 0311 T GEN3.  To get this kind of ball speed without strengthening the lofts is remarkable, and to put this much distance and forgiveness into a beautiful iron is even more impressive.  Don’t be surprised if these are in my bag when my 2020 season starts.

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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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53 Comments

  1. I love the look of these. Great review, high praise for these irons, must be the real deal.
    Thanks for getting this out so fast.

    Would these be in the Ping Blueprint (size wise) or the Ping iBlade group. Just trying to get a feel for the size of these, or would they be T200 size? Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Will,

      Great question. I don’t have the clubs in front of me at the moment, but my gut feeling is that the T is very close to the iBlade, maybe a little smaller, but not as small as the Blueprint. I’ll update this comment tomorrow when I can look at all three next to each other.

      Best,

      Matt

      • Thanks so much, I appreciate it. Also can you comment on the Gen3 irons vs iBlade (or i200) irons in terms of forgiveness (as you have d a lot of experience with the Pings). Great review and thanks in advance.

        • Matt Saternus

          Will,

          Looking at all three 6Is next to each other, I’d say that the iBlade has a longer blade than either of the other two, the 0311 T is very close to the Blueprint in that dimension. The top line of the Blueprint is far and away the thinnest, and the 0311 T is actually a little thicker than the iBlade but it’s really well beveled to hide the size. Big picture, they’re all pretty close.

          I’m going to be running the iBlade against the PXG extensively this spring. Off the cuff, I’ll say they’re close, probably an edge to the PXG.

          Best,

          Matt

        • Speaking of t100 I play 718 ap2 3-pw and I find the previous pxg irons to be a bit chunky for me but looking at the pictures the t’s look right up my ally. Are they more forgiving than an ap2 (that would be awesome) and obviously faster ball speed I would assume? I just wonder would you see that same jump all the way down to a pitching wedge. An extra 5 yards in a pw with out strengthening the loft would be huge for me. And could I see a little decrease in spin because I’d like to see my ball release more (it’s a preference thing I get a 5 iron to almost stop on a dime and I hate it). Also just guessing from the lofts I wonder if you would see a bigger gapping which would also be nice. I’d like to get fit for those but. That’s the thing about getting fit that sucks you typically go and hit like a 6/7 iron and have to try to guess if you’d want a blended set. I have more questions but that’s enough. Thanks

          • Sean,

            Yes, these are more forgiving and have more ball speed than the AP2. Spin might be a touch lower in the PXG.

            Best,

            Matt

  2. Adam Miller

    Wow! Never seen you so high on a PXG product!

    To think these could go in the bag is wild.

    • Matt Saternus

      Adam,

      With a brand like PXG everyone has their opinions, but the performance of the GEN3 irons is simply undeniable.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. How do the T’s blend with the P’s this year? I have the swing speed to game long irons this year, but debating making the game “easier” by swapping in more forgiving long irons (or even hybrids!)

    • Matt Saternus

      There’s no reason you can’t do that. You’ll need to be aware of the slight loft difference, but that can be adjusted if you want. As always, my suggestion is to get fit. I was surprised to find that the T was better than the P for me in every way. If I was going to combo, I’d probably go all the way to the XP in the 4I and adjust the loft as needed.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Would these be closer to the T100 or T200 in terms of head size?

  5. Lawrence Williams

    How would these compare to the Z785 irons?

    • Matt Saternus

      Lawrence,

      The Z785 is a very good iron, but it’s a very traditional design. In terms of ball speed and forgiveness, it’s not in the same league as the PXG.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Donn Rutkoff

    What about compare to Ping I 500?

    • Matt Saternus

      Donn,

      The i500 is very good in terms of ball speed, but nothing is on the level with the PXG with equal lofts. In terms of forgiveness, it’s probably close, but I haven’t run them head to head to say for sure.

      Best,

      Matt

  7. So… you throwing them in the bag??

  8. Nice write up. Been following PXG for some time. Recently upgraded to mizuno mp 20
    Last year. Love the look. Love the feel. Not crazy about performance. How would you say the gen 3 compares to the mizuno mp 20s? I’m going to schedule a PXG fitting by live in northeast. Waiting for warmer weather so I can really test apples to apples and see ball flight and action outside.

    • Matt Saternus

      Geoff,

      There’s no comparison between the GEN3 and the MP20 (assuming you’re talking about the blade). The PXG is going to be much longer and much more forgiving.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Jeff Thames

    $425 a club! They better come with a remote control that’s ludicrous!

  10. Wow — what a flattering review, Matt! Bob Parsons should send his private jet to get you out of those Chicago winters for a trip to Phoenix. Gotta admit, this surprised me and tweaked my interest, PXGs pricepoint duly noted. Probably the two most surprising reviews I have read by you were the “meh” for the new Mizunos (especially the HMBs) and the high praise for the PXGs. Hey, it’s why we read this and subscribe to your site. Thanks.

  11. Charles Johnson

    How does the PXG 0311T compare to the 0211 model? The cost difference right now is huge. Is it worth it?

    Thanks

    CJ

    • Matt Saternus

      Charles,

      First and foremost, the 0311 GEN3 allows you to choose your model where the 0211 is one progressive set. It’s a very good set, but have options is worth something. In terms of raw performance, the GEN3 is going to be faster and forgiveness will be similar.

      As for what the difference is worth, I can’t answer that because I don’t spend other people’s money, ever. For me, as good as the 0211s are, I wouldn’t game them because of the size and offset (admittedly a preference, not a need), so if I had to go PXG, it would be the 0311 T.

      Best,

      Matt

  12. I love your news letter, like reading them and look forward to a new one But you have lost your minds.
    How many of your readers can afford $4000 clubs? Thats them sticking it to a select few dummies that have the coin to afford them and he hides behind his service in the military doing it. Those are going to improve the games of us regular joes like a man in the moon.

    • Matt Saternus

      Ken,

      I’ve certainly spilled plenty of “ink” talking about prices, and it remains a major concern for me as it relates to golf growing and appealing to a wider audience. All that said, these clubs perform like nothing else I’ve tested and that deserves to be said as well.

      Best,

      Matt

  13. Hi Matt,
    These must be really good!
    I have the Gen 0311P (7-A) and 6/5 0311 XF with a Steelfiber shaft. And for me they are worth every Euro.
    Having said that since I tweaked my swing a bit I find the XF harder to hit then the P. Is this something you heard before or this not really possible ?
    Are these the best irons you tested so far in terms of distance, forgiveness and looks .

    Thanks as always for a genuine honest review!
    Best,
    Bas from Holland

    • Matt Saternus

      Bas,

      Yes, it’s entirely possible that someone will hit the “less forgiving” option better than the more forgiving one. That was the case with me and the T vs P, which I discuss in my upcoming review of the P.

      These are the best irons I’ve hit in terms of distance relative to lofts, and certainly at or near the top for forgiveness relative to size.

      Best,

      Matt

  14. What are your thoughts on this vs the Cobra Forged Tec that you just reviewed and also liked quite a bit?

    • Matt Saternus

      Tomas,

      I’ll say it like this: the Cobra is a great, great iron, the PXG is the absolute top end in terms of performance. Is that difference in ball speed worth the price gap? That’s for every individual to determine for themselves.

      Best,

      Matt

  15. Hi Matt, i play currently with the PXG 0311 P Gen 2 irons. In comparison with the new Gen 3 0311T irons is it an option to change to ? Do you recommend this? Should you stick to my current irons or is it a serious option to change to 0311T Gen 3? Please inform, thanks.

    • Matt Saternus

      Dennis,

      It looks like your message got clipped, so I’m not sure I’m understanding completely. There are T, P, and XP options in the GEN3 line, and each will get its own review in the coming weeks. If that doesn’t answer your question, please let me know.

      Best,

      Matt

  16. Hi Matt, what i meant was the following: i’m currently playing the 0311 P – Gen 2 pxg irons. If i decide to buy one of the new Gen 3 series what would be your advice? Myself i should prefer the Gen 3 – T version because of your very positive review and the ‘growing’ options for my own game. Or should i stick to the P version and should i go for the Gen 3 – P version? And is this new Gen 3 – P version similar to the Gen 2 – P version, or is the new Gen 3 -P version now more a game improvement iron than a player iron which the Gen 2 – P version is?

    • Matt Saternus

      Dennis,

      I would suggest hitting both and being fit. To answer your second question, the GEN3 P is very much in line with the GEN2 P in terms of size and forgiveness. It’s really a question of A) what fits you and B) what you’re trying to do with your game. I love the T for me, but the P is great, too (full review will be up 1/28).

      Best,

      Matt

  17. I have the Gen 0211 irons with Modus 105 shafts. I like the clubs but they have a bit of a hard feel to them on all but the most perfect of strikes. Would consider the new P or XP irons if the feel is better without sacrificing distance or forgiveness. What are your thoughts?

    • Matt Saternus

      Steve,

      Feel is subjective, so I can’t know which will feel softer to you. For me, they’re all quite close.

      Best,

      Matt

  18. Great Review!
    I was considering the calloway epic forged but now might have to steer towards the 0311 genes.

  19. Matt I just want to thank you for your reviews on PXG clubs. I was looking to upgrade last year, and and couldn’t wait for the Mizuno HMB to come out. I was so disappointed with them I hit the ping I Tuten much more consistently and ended up purchasing them. They are just a little too tough to hit for me and a little too clicky I’m a big feel player. Your review of the 0211 convinced me to bite the bullet and give it a try when the price dropped before Christmas. I couldn’t be happier they feel amazing and are so forgiving. The long irons are the easiest I’ve ever had, and that says a lot as I am constantly tinkering with my clubs. I usually start getting nervous with a six iron and have zero confidence below that, but I absolutely love the six and five on the 0211 set they go forever, and I even purchased a four iron based on your recommendation and I’m hitting it as far as May 19° hybrid. Great marketing by PXG because I would’ve never tried the clubs otherwise without the price drop. I’ll keep these out to 11s for the next few years and then upgrade to generation four!! Already bought a 17° hybrid to balance out the set.

  20. Great review! I recently went through a PXG fitting and it was outstanding. Do to previous sporting injuries I play graphite shafts and the choices during the fitting process was amazing. I’m use to having to dig in a barrel only to find at most 2 option. The fitter had me try a bunch of different graphite shafts at different weights. Makes a big difference! The Gen 3 heads are soft and solid. Really can’t go wrong with any of them. The 0211 is also i great iron at a great price. I personally ordered the t irons and got the p in the 5 & 6. Can’t wait for those bad boys to ship!!!

  21. Steve Fletcher

    Great review, I have played the original PXG 0311 irons since they were introduced and love them. I recently went to be fit for the Gen 3 irons and was put in the XP’s. The difference in distance was incredible 10-12 yards. How much of this would you attribute to stronger lofts. Thanks for the review.

    • Matt Saternus

      Steve,

      I don’t have the lofts of the Gen1 irons available at the moment, but I know the lofts did not change from Gen2 to Gen3 and I saw substantial distance gains there.

      Best,

      Matt

  22. Matt,

    Great review. I bought the Gen2’s last year – T in 7-PW and P in 4-6. Was generally underwhelmed and ended up buying Apex Pro toward the end of the season which I love. I actually saw slightly higher ball speeds with the Apex Pro even though the lofts are 1* weaker than the PXGs. How would you compare the Gen3 T’s to the Apex Pros? Worth a look at the Gen3s?

    • Matt Saternus

      Brian,

      I didn’t run them head to head, but the GEN3 gave me more ball speed, especially relative to loft, than any other iron. If distance is a foremost concern, the GEN3 is definitely worth a look.

      Best,

      Matt

  23. Hey Matt, how do they compare to the Titleist CNCPT CP-01 irons?

    Thanks so much,

    • Matt Saternus

      Jonathan,

      I was not impressed with either of the CNCPT irons (I will have a full CP-01 review out at some point), particularly with their feel. I would take the PXGs by a mile.

      Best,

      Matt

  24. Hey Matt, great review and really impressed that you’re thinking of putting these in your bag. I currently have the Gen1 0311Ts and absolutely love them. My only issue would be that I hit it plenty far and don’t need anymore distance with my irons. What would be the negative aspect to weakening the lofts 1* on all the gen3 Ts other than adding bounce? Thanks and always enjoy reading your reviews.

    • Matt Saternus

      Sam,

      You nailed it – you’re just changing the bounce and the way the sole interacts with the turf. In my opinion, that one degree shouldn’t change much for you unless you have otherworldly sensitivity.

      Best,

      Matt

  25. Hi Matt,
    Another solid review,
    Will you be testing the ST model at any stage? definitely moving from the Gen2 to these or the ST.
    Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Dan,

      We don’t have any plans to review the ST at this time, but if there’s enough demand, that can change.

      Best,

      Matt

  26. Hi Matt,

    Once again I go to you first for a club review. Thank you for the informative review! Sometimes I worry a club may perform well on trackman with good numbers but how are they to hit 3/4 shots or play different types of shots from bad lies for example. Knowing you haven’t played these on grass or out on the course yet, do you feel these T’s have a good sole and leading edge to be play all types of shots?

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      The sole is similar in size and shape to other irons I like, so I’m not worried about how it will perform on grass. It’s not very wide and the bounce specs are fairly standard.

      Best,

      Matt

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