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The PXG 0311XF irons aren’t worth the premium price. Weird, inconsistent feel. Good forgiveness and distance but not at the top of the category.
It’s impossible to deny that PXG has made an impact on the golf industry in their first couple years of existence. Some of the hype has been well-deserved: their NUMBER hybrid is exceptional. In the case of the new 0311XF irons, however, the performance does not match the price tag or the promotion.
As you would expect, the PXG 0311XF is the largest iron in the PXG 0311 family, and the look is typical of an SGI iron. There’s quite a bit of offset, the top line is thick, and the sole is huge. The marketing talks about how this is an SGI iron that looks like a players iron, but let’s cut the bulls***: sealing off the back of the iron doesn’t make this look like a blade.
Sound & Feel
All of the PXG irons have an unusual, springy feel as a result of the TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) that’s injected into the cavity, but that goes way too far in the 0311XF. As PXG shows in their marketing, the cavity of the 0311XF is huge, and the result of having that much TPE is a feel that is squishy and inconsistent. I found myself having no idea whether I hit the ball flush or barely missed the hosel.
Compared to an average iron, the PXG 0311XF is long and easy to hit. However, it’s not impressive when compared to its peers. I found that on well-struck shots, the ball speed was very high, but it fell off substantially on mishits. The Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal that I reviewed recently was much more impressive in terms of both top end distance and consistency.
Compounding the problem is the fact that the 0311XF irons don’t have a particularly strong desire to go straight. Many SGI irons give you the feeling that all but the worst swings will end up right on target. The 0311XF, however, is happy to go left and right.
At $350 per club (more with the black finish), PXG’s irons should be category leaders. The 0311XF simply isn’t. Is it forgiving and long? Yes, in the grand scheme of things, but pitted against other top SGI irons, it fails to impress. Both in consistency and top end performance, it falls short of other irons like the Mizuno JPX 900 Hot Metal.