PXG 0317 T Irons Review

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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.

Introduction

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.

Looks

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.

Performance

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.

Conclusion

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.

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18 Comments

  1. Wow. I’m playing the CB’s now and love them. Are the T’s producing higher ball speeds off face? More distance than the CB’s? There’s mention the T’s are slightly more forgiving than the CB’s, this accurate? My thinking is to head to my PXG location, go through the motions. Perhaps blend 6-7, maybe 8 iron in the T’s and stick with the CB’s 9-PW. I don’t want/need a super hot face in my approach shorter irons. Nice review.

  2. Matt, how was the gapping on the long end? I see PXG has just a 2.5 degree loft difference between the 4 and 5 iron, and just 3 degrees between 5 and 6 — but they seem to have tried to offset that loft bunching by going with longer-than-usual differences in the lengths of those clubs. I think that’s an approach PXG takes with lots of their irons. And if I remember correctly, you praised the gapping of the Ping i525s, which took a similar approach. Just curious if you noticed any bunching or anything that would concern you?

    • Matt Saternus

      Eric,

      Good question. On quality strikes, I had no issue with the distance gapping. I think some players may see bunching if A) they have a bit less speed B) they don’t get fit or C) they’re borderline in terms of their ball striking.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Did you think these played/felt much different iron to the GEN3 that you gamed

  4. Great write up, Matt!

    I’m currently gaming the Cobra King Tours, which are really playing like a bigger iron for me. How would you compare those to the 0317T in terms of feel, forgiveness, and playability ?

    Thank you!

  5. Thanks for another great review Matt. I recently bought the CB’s and find this a weird realease pretty quickly after.

    Would you say the T’s are targeting the same players as the CB’s?

  6. I currently play Srixon Zx7’s.
    How would you describe the soles of T’s? Did you like the turf interaction?
    You commented on increased spin, were you satisfied with the spin and flight of the long irons (4 & 5)?
    Would you place these irons in the same category as a Zx7 a zx5 or somewhere in between?
    Thanks!!

    • Matt Saternus

      Rudy,

      The soles are fairly thin; I liked the turf interaction, very player-ish.
      Yes, the flight of the long irons is excellent.
      These are easily as compact as the ZX7 and as forgiving, possibly more forgiving.

      -Matt

  7. Matt, for those who keep their clubs for 8-10 years at a time before changing them out how would you compare the forgiveness of these irons to a set of better-player irons from 5 years ago/10 years ago/20 years ago/30 years ago? This may seem like a dumb question to many but I suspect there are quite a few of us who have a 10-year-old set of irons that even though our games may not be quite what they were could still play a set like these T’s due to the increase in forgiveness in modern-day clubs. Say an old set of AP2’s compared to the PXG T’s.

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      Comparing the T to a similarly sized iron from 10 years ago, you’re going to notice a significant jump in forgiveness.

      Best,

      Matt

  8. Hi Matt,

    Is there any similarities between the T and p790s? I last played the gen 4 p model as well but went to the p790 due to head size. Felt the p model was a little chunky.
    Thank you

    • Matt Saternus

      Curtis,

      “Any similarity” – yes, sure. Do I think they’re similar clubs? No. The P790 is built for distance, the 0317 T is not.

      -Matt

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