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The PXG 0811 X GEN4 driver is the max distance product in PXG’s GEN4 line. Bold, unique looks. Long and forgiving with good sound and feel.
PXG has never been known for its drivers. It has been the company’s irons that have won it the majority of its devotees. But with GEN4, the company set out to change that and create a stable of drivers that could perform up to the standard set by its irons. GEN4 offers three distinct drivers for three different types of players.
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The 0811 X has a tall face and deep clubhead. The face is the tallest of the GEN4 line. The clubhead is similar in size to the XF [review HERE]. The design is meant to lower the CG relative to the center of the face in order to maximize high launch and low spin. While the AV carbon fiber tech presents a completely new visual at address, I felt like it influences square contact, too.
GEN4 is a bold looking bunch of clubs as a whole, but the woods and hybrids stand out the most. The silver material you see on the crown is carbon fiber coated with a thin layer of Aluminum Vapor (AV). While part of the purpose of this material is to make a bold visual impact, it also has the performance benefit of removing weight from the crown by using carbon fiber and adding strength to that material without adding any appreciable mass by coating it in a thin layer of AV.
Sound & Feel
Put a good strike on the ball, and you’ll hear a solid mid-range, slightly metallic “crack”. It sounds very good, and I have to assume part of that is the result of the Honeycomb TPE insert inside the clubhead, which dampens vibrations around the weight ports. Stray from the middle of the clubface and that sound will diminish slightly.
I think many golfers who get fit for a new PXG driver this year will be choosing between the X and the XF. I think for most the decision will come down to a preference between more distance or more forgiveness. In my testing, the 0811 X launched a little higher, spun a little less, and carried a few yards further. I found more fairways with the XF.
The three weight ports mean that performance can be customized to suit a golfer’s needs. The factory setting is with the weight in the forward position, which maximizes the clubhead’s potential for high launch/low spin. With the weight in the heel, it becomes draw biased. With the weight positioned back, it increases forgiveness and creates higher launch.
The 0811 X GEN4 is billed as the max distance product in the lineup, but it really performed well across the board for me. The XF is a stout offering, but I could easily see the X being the most popular among the new crop of PXG drivers.
The PXG name conjures up images of beautiful irons more than it does bombed drives. Will GEN4 be the product line that changes that? While its unique looks will certainly grab headlines, the performance of the 0811 X GEN4 stands on its own and shows PXG is capable of a lot more than just great irons.