PXG 0311 Irons Vs. PXG 0211 Comparison And Review

The PXG brand of golf clubs have become something of a boutique items. They tend to be pricey but well worth the price when it comes to performance. The only problems is: how do you decide which PXG irons to buy?

PXG is a brand known for performance. They usually aren’t for the feint of heart – meaning beginners. With the 0211 irons, PXG seeks to make their clubs more accessible to both golfers on a budget and beginners.

The 0311’s on the other hand are more your traditional PXG irons. They feature a 5 times forged design that low and mid handicappers will love. They are also loaded with performance features that the company promises will give a little bit of everything to the player.

PXG 0311 Irons Overview

Lots of construction innovations went into the making of the PXG 0311 irons. They are a premium set of irons made for players with discerning tastes.

The PXG 0311 irons are certainly impressive. You usually hear of a milled face but the backs of these irons have also been milled. Why? To create a thinner wall to help keep weight down more than forging alone could.

There is also a weight behind each of these clubs placed near the CG to help with swing comfort and distance. However, it should be noted that these weights can’t be adjusted after a fitting.

PXG 0211 Irons Overview

The 0211 irons were designed after the basic blueprint of the 0311 irons. They have some of the same features but were made to be more forgiving and accessible to new players.

The 0211 irons have one feature that we found to be very unique. The top edge of the head has a bit of an angle that moves away from the face, essentially angling the crown. PXG did this to position the CG towards the center of the face.

This does a moderately good job of increasing MOI and forgiveness. What does a bit more is the 360 degree undercut which increases flex across more areas of the face.

PXG 0211 Irons

Category – Game Improvement Irons

PXG 0311 Irons

Category – Premium Players Irons

PXG 0211 First Impressions

We didn’t think that the PXG 0211 irons were going to perform much differently than other PXG irons we have tested based on the muscle back design.

However, they did. There was a slight improvement in overall feel and forgiveness. We tested the 4 and 5 irons first and found that we were getting better ball speed on shots around the crown and sole than with other models.

The vibration dampening properties of the COR2 insulation also made the long irons more comfortable on full swings. The PXG 0211 irons also produce pretty good launch angles thanks to moderately generous loft.

The short irons didn’t offer much in the way of workability though. Although, that might not be such an issue for beginners and high handicappers. Still, this is something you may want to consider if you plan on investing in the PXG 0211 irons as a long-term set.

PXG 0311 First Impressions

We won’t lie. We were already taken with the reputation of PXG irons and our personal experiences with testing former models. We were excited to test these and right out of the box, they looked amazing.

While it’s debatable what milling the back of the club head does for performance, the aesthetic appeal cannot be denied. The rear head milling makes these irons look beautiful and the stepped muscle back design titillates the imagination.

The PXG 0311 irons share a couple of common features with the 0211 irons. One of them is the polymer core material (called Xcor technology in the 0311 irons).

This material ensures a soft feel at impact but it also enhances distance right off the bat. Players will be able to feel just how explosive the 0311 faces really are after the first swing.

The PXG 0311 irons had an unbeatable feel thanks to the unyielding forging process. They created good distance but left something to be desired in terms of short game accuracy.

PXG 0211 Irons Selling Points

  • The faces are made from incredibly thin and strong miraging steel
  • They do actually play longer than the PXG 0311 irons
  • They have a soft feel thanks to the vibration-insulating liner
  • The long irons produce very low spin
  • The PXG 0211 irons have a slightly larger sweet spot than other PXG irons
  • They have a premium muscle back head shape and hollow-body design

PXG 0311 Selling Points

  • Ultra thin maraging steel face
  • Forged 5 times
  • The back of the club heads have been milled
  • Precision weighting near the CG of every club in the set
  • Carbon finish that increases durability
  • Progressive toprail thickness to balance out the heads

Who are the PXG 0211 Irons for?

While the PXG 0211 irons are billed as forgiving game-improvement irons, we have our doubts.

Yes, high handicappers and beginners will love the soft feel of these irons. Additionally, the low spin rate in the long irons means that high handicappers will be able to get down the fairway quicker.

However, these irons won’t do much for a high handicapper in terms of accuracy. If you are struggling to produce straight shots with your irons, don’t expect much help from the PXG 0211 irons.

In reality, the PXG 0211 irons would actually be better-suited to mid-handicap players.

If you aren’t having much trouble finding the sweet spot with your irons then the PXG 0211’s would be worth a look.

The 0211 Family

Included in the 0211 series of irons from PXG are the 0211 DC and 0211 ST sets. The 0211 DC irons feature a dual layer of polymer inside the head which helps preserve the maximum amount for energy. These are most certainly distance irons for high to mid handicappers.

The 0211 ST irons on the other hand have a solid-body design and have been triple forged for exceptional feel and enhanced workability. These blade irons feature a muscle back design and offer exceptional greenside spin control which makes them ideal for low handicap players.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Feel & Control: 92/100

Overall Rating: 93/100

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Who Are PXG 0311 Irons For:

The PXG 0311 irons were designed for mid to low handicap players who want irons with a premium feel.

The PXG 0311 irons are billed as clubs that do a little bit of everything. However, we found that what they mainly offer is incredible feel and distance.

You simply can’t beat the feel of an iron that was forged 5 times. Of course, this tireless process inherently gives these irons great feedback and some short game accuracy.

The 0311 Family

The 0311 family includes the Tour Performance version which were by far the most workable, the Player version which sacrificed some distance for the sake of forgiveness and the XP version which produced long, straight shots.

PXG 0311 Final Assessment

Distance: 93/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 90/100

Feel and Control: 98/100

Overall Rating: 94/100

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