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The PXG 0317 T irons use hollow body technology to give better players more forgiveness. High spin and excellent distance consistency. Extremely solid feel.
While most of the OEMs are coasting into the offseason, PXG is giving golfers something new to get excited about. Their popular T iron – absent from the 0311 GEN6 launch earlier this year – has moved to the 0317 line geared toward better players. In this review, I’ll explain how the new PXG 0317 T is unlike any previous T iron and why it deserves a look from all skilled golfers.
In the bag, the look of the PXG 0317 T irons is in line with the 0317 ST [review HERE] and 0317 CB. It’s actually closer to the ST, though it is slightly thicker, particularly at the top of the blade. The back features PXG’s Precision Weighting Technology and the myriad of milled surfaces that PXG has become known for.
The PXG 0317 T irons are available in two finishes: chrome (seen here) or Xtreme Darkness.
At address, the 0317 T is slightly larger than the 0317 CB [review HERE], but it’s still a compact iron. The top line is thin and gently rounded to appear even smaller. Interestingly, the offset specs of the T irons are the same as the CB and ST in the 6-8 irons, there’s slightly more in the long irons, but there’s actually less offset in the scoring irons.
Sound & Feel
Going back to the first generation, PXG’s hollow body irons have always had a signature bouncy feel off the face. That feel is still present in the 0311 XP GEN6 irons [review HERE], but it’s absent from the 0317 T irons. The reason is a new polymer inside the head. Where the P and XP irons use XCOR2, the PXG 0317 T irons are filled with S COR material. That S stands for stability, which is evident in the feel.
At impact, nothing about the feel of these irons would let you know that they’re hollow. The feel is solid and connected, just like a traditional forged iron. Also true to their mission, these irons deliver a superb, rewarding feel on center. There is good feedback through the hands, though it doesn’t scream out for your attention.
Striking a Tour-quality ball with these irons produces a quiet “thud” that complements the feel. As with the feel, you can hear some differences between pure strikes and mishits, but they’re not glaring.
Since its introduction, hollow body iron technology has given players more forgiveness and more distance. The PXG 0317 T irons mark the first time that it’s being used purely to boost forgiveness and consistency. What drives this performance change is the material inside the head. PXG’s 0311 GEN6 P and XP irons [review HERE] use XCOR2 which is designed to make the club face more explosive. The 0317 T uses S COR to stabilize the face and improve consistency.
In my testing, the PXG 0317 T irons produced very consistent distances. Unlike the current P and XP irons, they’re not longer than my gamers, but they more frequently produce the result that I want. Also, unlike some hollow irons, I didn’t get any jumpers – those perfectly struck shots that end up flying beyond their expected distance.
Per PXG, the 0317 T irons have an MOI that’s 14% higher than the 0317 ST and 11% higher than the 0317 CB. This is due to the hollow body design pushing more weight to the perimeter of the club. The MOI is further boosted by a 15 gram internal tungsten weight. I noted in my review of the CB that it is noticeably more forgiving than the ST, and the 0317 T is a significant step up from the CB.
Another notable feature of the PXG 0317 T irons is their high spin. I saw mid-iron spin rates about 5% higher than average in my testing. Higher spin is part of what keeps the distances in a more traditional range. It’s also essential for holding firm greens and hitting controlled shot shapes.
If you’re thinking of building a combo set with two or three of the 0317 models, it’s important to note that there are some loft differences. The 0317 CB and 0317 ST share the exact same loft structure. The PXG 0317 T irons have the same length and lie specs, but the lofts are one to two degrees stronger throughout most of the set.
Finally, the 0317 T irons feature PXG’s Precision Weighting Technology. The weight in the center of the club head allows PXG fitters to dial in your swing weight. While finding the perfect swing weight is very important on its own [learn more HERE], PWT allows this to be done without moving the center of gravity. Club builders often modify swing weight by adding weight in the hosel, but this can drag the sweet spot toward the heel. PWT allows you to have a centered sweet spot and the perfect feel.
It’s unlikely that the PXG 0317 T irons will eclipse the 0311 P and XP among recreational players overall, but for highly skilled golfers, this is the most exciting application of PXG’s hollow body iron technology. Golfers no longer have to choose between forgiveness and a more traditional loft structure. If you’re ready for the best of both worlds, visit your PXG fitter to give these a try.