You might think that because we reviewed the irons, we were done talking about the PXG 0311s. Well, sorry to go on and on about them, but the wedges are distinct enough that we decided they were worthy of a review of their own.
Visionary Bob Parsons (PXG stands for Parsons eXtreme Golf) also founded GoDaddy, so it’s fair to say that he knows a thing or two about a successful brainchild. Unlike GoDaddy though, his golfing products cost an arm, a leg, and then another arm and another leg. But, sweeping that aside, his assault on the luxury equipment market has made a lot of waves, and the 0311 wedges are no exception.
Here’s a taste of what they entail. We’re pretty sure that, by the time you’ve finished reading our review, you’ll have acquired the thirst for more…
We reviewed the PXG 0311 Wedge as part of our Best Golf Wedges, check it out here.
If you already own the PXG 0311 Wedge please leave your review in the customer review box at the end of this article.
PXG 0311 Wedge
As with the irons, the 0311 wedges are a cut above the rest in terms of feel and playability, with more than just a dash of user-friendliness thrown into the mix too. With pitch shots, the trajectory is unrelentingly consistent, and the level of spin you can generate – both from distance and around the greens – is exceptional. We continue to be hugely impressed with the design. The tungsten weights are an unusual feature, but, whatever your thoughts on them, this club looks like the bees’ knees at address. And in the bag. As for better players, the 0311T wedges offer a variety of bounce options to suit your highly-skilled needs. Excellent stuff all around. The only drawback, as ever, is the money. In this case, it’s a bit of a mind-boggler.
Pros and Cons
- Lower, predictable trajectory helps with pitching consistency
- Tremendous spin on pitches, and even more so with chipping
- Tungsten alloy weights make a significant difference to feel and forgiveness
- The 0311T wedges offer greater bounce versatility
- To coin the song name from ABBA: Money, money, money
|Product Details||PXG 0311 Wedge Review|
|Gender||Men’s & Women|
|Handicap Range||Low – Mid|
|Hand Availability||Right & Left Hand|
|Length||35″ – 35.5″|
|Lofts||50°, 52°, 54°, 56°, 58°, 60°|
|Bounce||12° – 14°|
|Swing Weight||D2 / D4 / D6|
|Shaft Type and Name||True Temper Dynamic Gold|
PXG 0311 Wedge Detailed Review
As with the irons, the 0311 wedges are forged from soft S25C carbon, with the 11 tungsten weights dotted around the perimeter of the club to move mass away from the centre.
This enables PXG to lift CG, and also boost MOI. This MOI is further enhanced by a sharp drop off in the trailing edge of the sole.
There is some difference in the grooves, which are a bit wider by virtue of a laser-etched pattern on the face. As you may have guessed, this is done with optimising spin control in mind. The clubhead also narrows at the heel in order to minimise bounce.
The 0311T milled wedges are manufactured from a softer 8620 carbon steel, which not only enhances the look of the overall design, but improves the longevity of the grooves.
Each wedge undergoes CNC milling to ensure precision across the sole.
Better players will also be interested to note that there are four different wedge types within the 0311Ts (Sugar Daddy, Zulu, Romeo and Darkness), all of which incorporate varying levels of bounce to make the fitting process even more exact.
Control & Performance
The level of spin is remarkable, most notably around the greens. PXG use the term “aggressive” to describe the level of spin that is imparted, and we’d go along with that.
Their engineers put this down to laser etching on the face (to boost friction), along with a wider groove pattern. However you may feel about such gimmicky claims, it’s hard to argue with the results.
Key to the quality of pitch shots is the trajectory. Relative to loft, it was a bit lower than average for us, but, in conjunction with the potent amounts of spin, you feel very much in control, and it is easy to churn out consistent distances.
That naturally goes hand-in-hand with feel, and your confidence grows all the more as you hit more and more balls. It also helps that they’re quite forgiving on mishits, which means distance control is even more precise.
Of the 0311T range, the Sugar Daddy is the most user-friendly, given that it has a high degree of bounce. It’s also best suited to a wider variety of shots, and the 60-degree club was especially nifty out the sand.
Design & Appearance
The tungsten alloy weights are one of the more eye-catching features of the 0311 wedges, although by no means is this their lot.
The wedges actually come in two signature finishes; namely the stock chrome, along with the Xtreme Dark, which is harder and more resistant to wear.
According to PXG, their use of the black diamond-like carbon – which is used in fuel injection systems – is a first in terms of golf club coating.
It was the chrome version which we sampled though, and the overall look is exceptional. The flatter face sits nicely at address, and really feels like you can manoeuvre the ball – either by opening or shutting the face a bit, depending on what shot you’re trying to play.
They also have a very agreeable shape which suits the eye. They don’t differ greatly to the irons in this respect, which is a good thing as it maintains the seamless flow if you were to buy the whole set.
Looking across to the 0311T range, the Sugar Daddy, Zulu, Romeo and Darkness are all available in the Chrome and Xtreme Dark coatings.
There are differences in terms of sole design, leading edge, initial angle and even size (the Darkness is slightly bigger) across the four, but the cream of the crop for us was the Sugar Daddy, which tapers off more at the heel side of the sole.
It also has the most bounce, which will be more suited to a wider band of player.
Value for Money
Plainly, wedges which cost this much are not for the faint of heart. You can buy premium wedges for less than half the price, so, respectfully, PXG is targeting people who have more than a few dollars in the bank.
In that sense, it is difficult to score these clubs highly in the “Value for Money” criterion. But, as was the case with the irons, this blend of playability, feel and control is about as close to perfection as we’ve seen.
It blows most mainstream competitors away. And there are also the 0311T wedges to cater for the expert shot makers.
It’s difficult to really put a market value on all of that. PXG have deemed it to be in the region of 300 bucks a pop. Take it or leave it. If it’s within your financial ball park, we think you’ll be tempted to do the former.