PXG 0311 XF Gen2 Irons Review

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The PXG 0311 XF Gen2 irons perform well, but don’t stand out.  Hard to differentiate from the 0311 P Gen2 irons.

Introduction

One of the complaints from certain quarters of the golf world is that OEMs put too many irons on the shelf.  With four models in their new line up, PXG would seem immune to such criticism, but have they don’t enough to differentiate the XF from the P?  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

The PXG 0311 XF Gen2 is very, very similar to the 0311 P Gen2.  There’s slightly more offset (0.02″ in the 6I), but I doubt the average golfer would notice if it weren’t pointed out to them.  The top line, sole, and blade length are all very similar as well.

In our test group, the XF was given the backhanded compliment of being “surprisingly attractive.  Our testers heard the name “XF” and assumed it would be huge, but found it very similar to the “Player” model.

Sound & Feel

The 0311 XF Gen2 is a hollow body iron that’s filled with a material that PXG calls COR2.  This creates a soft, elastic feeling when the ball is struck perfectly.  The accompanying sound is crisp and satisfying.

When you miss the sweet spot – which is surprisingly small – the feel gets substantially firmer and the sound becomes dull.  Feedback is average.  It’s easy to know when you missed, but pinpointing the location can be difficult.

Performance

The PXG 0311 XF Gen2 irons look like the 0311 P and they feel like the 0311 P and the performance…that’s about the same, too.

The XF irons have lofts that are one degree stronger throughout the set, but that difference is negligible.  In our test group – which included some very good players – the launch angles, spin, and distance were nearly identical.  If distance is your focus, take the XF over the P, but don’t expect a noticeable difference.

As with the other PXG Gen2 irons, the forgiveness is good.  Smash factor stayed fairly consistent on flush shots and small mishits.  The dispersion was consistent with what we expect from a good game improvement iron.

Conclusion

The PXG 0311 XF Gen2 iron seems to be a redundant member of the new line up.  With specs and performance that are extremely similar to the 0311 P Gen 2, I’m not sure what the need for the XF is.  Looking at the market more broadly, I’ll state again that PXG has made a quality iron, but the performance doesn’t justify the cost.  You can get irons that are just as good or better for a quarter of the price.

PXG 0311 XF Gen2 Irons Price & Specs

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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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10 Comments

  1. I appreciate your honesty when it comes to PXG. There’s nothing special about these clubs other than cost. There’s more forgiving, better feel, and longer irons for less.

  2. I never tried a Pxg iron . To me it looks like this iron would make the best fit ,with all the weighting you could do to this iron.

  3. Robert Cangey

    Dude you should not be allowed to test irons. Once again way off….

    • Matt Saternus

      Dude, you should offer some data or at least your personal experiences. Once again, worthless comment.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. John Scott

    I’m a 10 capper looking to go from players irons to a game improvement set. Which ones would have the largest sweet spot?

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      If you’re going toward more game improvement, I would look at the TaylorMade P790, the Callaway Rogue or Rogue Pro (depending on the look you prefer), and the PING i200, G400, or G700, again, depending on the look you want and how far you want to go toward the “GI” look.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. John Scott

    Thanks Matt. Currently gaming the Ben Hogan PTx and looking for a larger sweet spot without giving up too much on the top view. My bad strikes tend to be closer to the heel. Would an iron with a hollowed out hosel help (center of gravity moved out)?

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      Hosels are, by nature, hollowed out. If you’re looking for a club that would allow you to shift the CoG slightly, the PXGs would fit the bill.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. John Scott

    Lol, yes hosels are hollow. This was a comment you made on the CBX iron that intrigued me: The seemingly expanded sweet spot may be attributable to what Cleveland calls Feel Balancing Technology, where a microcavity was created in the hosel to move the center of gravity closer to the center of the face.

  7. I’m so glad not everyone can afford PXG it gives me a huge advantage over everyone the clubs are in credible Bob Semper Fi brother Semper Fi

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