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The PXG 0311T irons are solid players irons, but not hugely impressive. Unique feel.
While their clubs in other categories are solid (more than solid when it comes to the 0317 hybrid), PXG has really made the biggest impact with their irons, and the Tour version of their 0311 irons is a verifiable hype machine. The gear heads on the forums, already frothing at the mouth over the 0311, could not wait for the “better player” version. In this review, we break down whether or not this set is worthy of the hype and the price tag.
The PXG 0311T is designed to be the Tour version of their 0311 iron. This means less offset and a thinner top line and sole. They definitely deliver on the promise of less offset, but there’s a little sleight of hand with the top line. The top line is actually rather thick, but it’s rounded dramatically on the back edge so that it looks thin at address. Overall, these are fine looking players irons, very comparable to the PING i Series, but guys who want rail-thin butter knives are going to want to look elsewhere.
Sound & Feel
The thing that really stands out about the PXG 0311T compared to other premium players irons is the feel. Where most aim for that soft, buttery forged feeling, the PXG 0311T has a hot feel off the face more like a game improvement club. The sound – which I can best describe as a “snap” – enhances the hot feeling. As with anything that cuts against the grain, the sound and feel will be polarizing: some players will love the sense that they’re flushing everything, others will want the more traditional characteristics.
Let’s keep this short and sweet: are the PXG 0311T irons more forgiving than any other players iron? No, or at least not by any measurable amount. Are they forgiving for what they are? Yes, they will absolutely help you out on small mishits, but it’s not as if these will magically fix a near-shank. If you’re playing a Tour-style iron, you know about how much forgiveness to expect, and that’s what you’re going to get.
Are the 0311T irons longer than any other players iron? Again, no. They are long, certainly in the upper end of the players iron category, but they’re not crazy rocket launchers like Callaway’s Apex irons.
Overall, this is a very solid club – longer than average and more forgiving than average – but not a category leader in either area.
As with all things PXG, the price tag is going to be an immediate deal breaker for many – a full set will cost around $3,000. While I don’t think the performance justifies the price – you can get the same or better from clubs that cost much less – these are solid performers with a unique feel, and there’s an undeniable status associated with playing super premium clubs.