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The PXG 0311 XP GEN3 irons are longer than ever with excellent forgiveness. More ball speed without stronger lofts. Great look in the bag.
In our previous reviews of the PXG GEN3 irons, we’ve discussed how the 0311 T (review HERE) and 0311 P (review HERE) use technology to pack traditional looking iron with distance and forgiveness. In the 0311 XP GEN3 irons, PXG’s technology is given a larger platform to work in and the results are nothing short of amazing. Read on to find out what PXG’s innovations, led by Impact Reactor Technology, Powered by a DualCOR system, can do in a game improvement iron.
The XP irons are the most forgiving model in GEN3, so they are also the largest. They feature the largest internal cavity, the thickest top line, the widest sole, and the most offset. Compared to the other PXG GEN3 irons, they are noticeably larger. In a wider context, they slot nicely into the game improvement category, from a visual perspective.
In the bag, the 0311 XP GEN3 irons are largely indistinguishable from their smaller brothers. The back of the club has the same milled shape that looks like the PXG ST blade. PXG’s signature weights line the perimeter of the club giving it a clear identity.
Sound & Feel
With the largest internal cavity and the most Impact Reactor Technology, I found the PXG 0311 XP GEN3 iron to be the softest and springiest of the group. That said, the difference wasn’t stark, and I won’t rule out the possibility that it was all in my head. Pleasantly, despite the head being larger and the MOI higher, I still got plenty of feedback from the 0311 XP.
The 0311 XP GEN3 irons live up the “Xtreme” name. They have the strongest lofts, the longest stock shaft (+1/2″ compared to the P and T models), and the largest Impact Reactor (interior cavity). All that adds up to outrageous ball speed and distance.
In my testing with all three GEN3 models, the XP was the longest and the fastest by a considerable margin. The XP gave me 4 MPH more ball speed (4.5 MPH with the extra 1/2″) and and 8 yards more carry distance (10 more with the extra 1/2″).
The 0311 XP was the lowest-spinning GEN3 iron for me, but the gap wasn’t huge. Compared to my favorite, the 0311 T, the XP averaged 250 RPM less which is still extremely playable. Additionally, the landing angle was still greater than 47 degrees, so those long shots will hold all but the most devious greens.
While distance is great, the 0311 XP GEN3 is really about forgiveness and ease of play. Despite a longer shaft and a head shape that I was less comfortable with, the XP produced more consistent ball speed than any other GEN3 iron. There was only a 12 yard gap between my worst swing (my first with the longer shaft) and my best swing. If you can play within that margin on the course, you will be piling up the greens in reg.
If distance and forgiveness are priorities one and two, you’ll be hard pressed to find an iron better than the PXG 0311 XP GEN3. The technology inside this club delivers real, measurable, noticeable results, and it does so without compromising on great feel.