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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.