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The PXG 0311 XF GEN5 hybrid is forgiving, long, and accurate. Jam-packed with updates.
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The 0311 XF GEN5 hybrid is one of the two hybrid offerings in PXG’s GEN5 lineup. If you haven’t read my review of the 0311 (find it HERE), I’m about to spoil the ending for you. It is in my bag for the 2022 season. So, needless to say, it’s good. How does the XF version stack up? Who would it be a good fit for? What’s new in terms of looks and tech? I’ll answer all those questions and more in this review.
The PXG 0311 XF GEN5 hybrid features a bit larger footprint than the standard version. Compared to the standard 0311, it is larger from front to back and heel to toe but not dramatically so. The face is slightly larger as a result, but, again, it’s not a huge difference. Compared to some other hybrids on the market, it doesn’t look large at all.
Its color scheme is distinctive. PXG introduced its silver AV carbon fiber crown material in GEN4. For GEN5, they have expanded its surface area and dimmed its brightness considerably. Both are welcome changes as the contrast in GEN4 was jarring, and the irregular shape was a bit awkward to my eye. Overall, it’s a unique and cool looking club that could only be PXG.
Sound & Feel
Balls struck on or near the sweet spot produce a pleasant metallic ‘crack.’ It’s a great sound. Compared to the XF fairway wood (review HERE), it sounds a bit more dull with less ‘ting’.
Balls struck further towards the heel or toe sound noticeably flatter. Feedback through the hands is evident on mishits. I didn’t notice any discernible difference in sound and feel between the 0311 XF hybrid and the standard 0311.
In terms of performance, there isn’t a lot to separate this club from the standard 0311. In OEM testing, ball speeds and launch angle were virtually identical. The XF spins just a little more and as a result, carries a couple yards less. In my own testing, there wasn’t any noticeable difference between the two.
Compared to the 0317 XF GEN4, the GEN5 spins a bit less and carries a few yards further. You could make an argument that this trade off is less than ideal in irons, but I don’t think that holds water when it comes to hybrids. I am fine giving up a little spin if I can squeeze out a couple extra yards on a shot into a long par 4 or par 3. PXG measures an 11% increase in MOI over the previous version.
The 0311 XF GEN5 hybrid delivers on the promise of forgiveness (XF stands for Xtreme Forgiveness, after all). Unlike the standard version, the XF features a Railed Sole to promote low friction interaction with the turf. While not a dramatic difference, it seems likely this feature adds a little bit of help where the rubber meets the road.
So, who should game this? Honestly, it could be a fit for almost anyone. Those looking for extra forgiveness should definitely consider it. For me, it came down to visual preference more than anything. I prefer the slimmer look of the standard version. The 0311 XF GEN5 hybrid is available in lofts all the way up to 7 iron (31 degrees).
The PXG 0311 XF GEN5 hybrid is a standout performer. Slightly larger footprint but will work for a wide variety of players. As a long iron replacement, it’s going to do the job of flying higher and longer with more consistency and forgiveness for most players. Those in the market for a new hybrid should find a way to get to a PXG location and give it a shot.