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The PXG 0317 CB irons offer surprisingly high levels of forgiveness for a traditional cavity back. Ultimate combo set flexibility with the 0317 ST. Great feel.
Check out the more forgiving PXG 0317 T irons HERE
Last fall, PXG released the 0317 ST irons [review HERE]. A mixed set of cavity backs and blades, they were a perfect complement to PXG’s high tech 0311 irons, but they left many golfers asking the question, “Can we get a set of all cavity backs?” PXG was listening, of course, and new for 2023 is a full set of 0317 CB irons.
The PXG 0317 CB irons strike an attractive balance between traditional forged cavity backs and PXG’s 0311 irons. These irons ditch the two-tone back and small tungsten weights of the 0311 GEN6 P [review HERE], but they do have the larger Precision Weighting port in the center of the head. For me, the mill marks that radiate out from the weight port are the highlight. They speak to the extreme precision that goes into crafting each head.
In the address position, the 0317 CB irons have a classic players look. They have minimal offset (the exact same as the 0317 ST) and are compact from heel to toe. One thing you’ll notice in the picture below is that the leading edge starts out very straight in the long irons and becomes more rounded in the short irons and wedges.
For players thinking about a blended set, PXG’s website lets you see the CB and ST at four different lofts. The differences are minute, so I would strongly encourage you to let performance drive the decision more than aesthetics.
The PXG 0317 CB irons are available in Chrome and Xtreme Dark finishes. In the Xtreme Dark finish, the entire iron – including the weight port – is black, save the PXG logo.
Sound & Feel
The PXG 0317 CB irons are traditional, solid body, forged irons that deliver the wonderful impact feel that so many players want. On center, they’re so soft that you barely feel the impact. It’s almost like a phantom strike. That sensation is only found on truly perfect swings, which sets up very clear feedback. Missing the center doesn’t sting, but you feel the contact more when it’s off-center.
This traditional, soft feel is paired with a very quiet impact sound. Often the sound of impact overwhelms the feel, but that’s not the case with these irons. In the short irons, there’s little more than a “thud.” The longer irons get closer to a “snap,” but it’s never more than average in volume.
With all of the amazing tech that GI and SGI irons have – AI-designed faces, hollow bodies, multi-material construction – it’s easy to forget how impactful a simple, well-made cavity back can be. The PXG 0317 CB irons are a great reminder. Testing these on a launch monitor, I was stunned at how forgiving they are. Are they they equal of PXG’s 0311 XP GEN6 irons [review HERE]? No. But compared to a blade, they’re worlds more consistent. A bad strike might lose five yards instead of ten. A thin strike still launches reasonably with good carry distance. If you want to move to something more player-ish but don’t want to completely abandon forgiveness, these irons are perfect.
Speaking of player’s club, the 0317 CB irons are just that. That starts with higher spin. Extra spin means more stopping power on the green and more ability to work the ball left and right. These irons also afford the golfer tremendous trajectory control. Most importantly, they don’t produce any unexpected results. Good swings produce the same shot time after time.
One thing that separates the PXG 0317 CB irons from other high quality cavity backs is the Precision Weighting Technology. As we showed in Golf Myths Unplugged, swing weight can have a major impact on a club’s performance [learn more HERE]. With PWT, your fitter has the ability to find the perfect swing weight for you without moving the center of gravity. It’s a major fitting advantage that, at this time, only PXG is offering to golfers.
Finally, PXG is giving players ultimate combo set ability with the 0317 CB and ST irons. Both sets are available from 3I through Gap Wedge, so you can transition at any point. Additionally, the specs are identical – even the offset – so you don’t have to massage the lofts to get perfect distance gaps. This is one more way in which PXG is offering players the ability to design their perfect iron set.
Since the birth of the company, PXG has been at the forefront of iron technology. With the new 0317 CB irons, they’re showing that they can elevate a more traditional set, too. Whether you want all blades, all cavity backs, or a mix, PXG’s 0317 irons are a must-try for the skilled ball striker.
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