PXG 0311 XP GEN3 Irons Review

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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.

PXG 0311 XP GEN3 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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  1. They certainly don’t want the average golfer to buy these clubs. Besides with all the great choices out there for less why would the average golfer even look at these. At 425 dollars a club what a joke if these clubs don’t automatically lower your score by 10 strokes or more it really be waste lol

  2. I got fitted by a PXG master fitter and these were crazy long! I was hitting 7 iron 185 yard plus. Ultimately, they were too low spinning for my swing and I went for the 0211 but if you want to impress your Sunday foursome, definitely get these irons. Regarding the feel, what can be said that hasn’t been said before, PXG make the best sounding and feeling irons. I’m really surprised companies like PING, Mizuno and Srixon haven’t copied the recipe… maybe they truly are a lot more expensive to produce.

  3. Lord Montague

    A 7 iron with 28 deg loft. Sorry I’m not buying that nonsense. I prefer actual golf clubs. Not this equipment for golf player impersonators.

  4. How do these compare to the 0211 for forgiveness, the 0211 are on sale, high handicapper interested in the comparison.

  5. Great and fair review! I think they’re a great offering and will find there way into plenty of golf bags. I’m putting a 4 iron to my blended set of “t” and “p” irons. The fact that the spin is similar to the other iron offerings and height is good with feel is a winner in my book.

  6. Your reviews are always wonderful- thanks! I recently did a fitting with PXG, and the Gen 3 XP was longer and definitely more forgiving than my current Ping G410, which I had been fit into. Is there any other club on the market that you would recommend that could compete with the XP for forgiveness and length, or is it the gold standard currently?

    • Matt Saternus

      Thanks, George!

      For ball speed and forgiveness, I think the XP is the current high water mark. The Callaway Epic Forged is good, too, but the lofts are a touch stronger.



  7. How would you compare the XP irons vs the Cobra Forged Tec in terms of distance, feel, forgiveness – and of course ability to hold greens.

  8. I see the note about the review of the Cobra King Forged Tec irons – but I didn’t see an answer to the question of how the PXG XP irons compared in terms of distance, spin, forgiveness, and playability?


    • Matt Saternus


      The XP is a larger iron with better tech in it, so it’s more forgiving and probably slightly lower spinning. Distance will depend on fit.



  9. I have tried many sets of irons over the past 20 years and the PXG GEN3 XP irons are so easy to hit that I cannot describe it in words . I will keep my current set of Callaway Apex 19s to travel with, but my every day irons are now the GEN3 XPs. I’m 59, still involved in competitive softball, cycling and golf. Do people pay extra $$$ for a Lexus that is a nicer Toyota, $400 for a composite baseball bat, $250 for your son’s Wilson A2000 baseball mit, or $48 for a dozen golf balls? Yes, they do! Why bash expensive golf clubs? These clubs just make the game easier and more enjoyable. Treat yourself to the best…

    • Well put. I don’t understand the hate for PXG. People are talking about them, they are selling clubs, there was/is a space for it in the golf market for ‘luxury clubs’ and they filled it. And the numbers back up the performance. I will one day buy these clubs. They won’t make me a pro, but I want to spend my money on that. I can’t wait to have the best clubs and get fit like a pro for them.

  10. Okay, so here is a possibly dumb question: the stock shaft is described as 1/2 ” longer than the rest of the line. While I presume this is to create a slightly larger swing arc, it doesn’t make much sense to me – especially for us mere mortals under 6 feet tall. I would think a standard size shaft can be ordered…..considering the price for PXGs? We’re not talking about Drivers here.

    • Matt Saternus


      Yes, you can order the shafts at any length you prefer.
      Making the shafts longer to promote distance is certainly not unique to PXG. If you look across OEMs, you’ll see all different lengths for any given iron. This is yet another reason we harp on the importance of fitting.



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