Which PXG iron is best for me?

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Which PXG irons should I buy? Your guide to each iron in PXG's 2021 line-up and who they are aimed at.

Most major brands have five, six or even seven irons in their 2021 line-ups, which shows the importance of having solutions for all golfers, irrespective of ability or personal preference. Choices range from slimline musclebacks to hollow heads and cavity backs, and while some are forged, others have springy faces just like a driver.  

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So with such a huge amount of choice out there, we felt it was far too easy for golfers to get confused about which iron best suits them.

PXG founder Bob Parsons.

Even golfers who have a good idea of which iron suits them probably don’t realise what they put on the line in terms of ball speed, carry and forgiveness by choosing a set above their station.

To help you choose the right PXG model, we will show you how the brand’s whole iron range compares against each other.

As well as launch monitor data from our pro, we’ve given every PXG iron a forgiveness rating (1 = least forgiving, 5 = most forgiving) and a handicap guide to spell out simply what sort of players should be considering what sort of models, and why.

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Neil Wain is the Today's Golfer PXG irons tester.

How we tested which PXG iron is best for you

We asked PXG to submit their entire 2021 irons range for testing.

We created a controlled test environment indoors at Keele Golf Centre and used premium golf balls.

We collected a ton of data from every iron shot hit, using a Foresight Sports GC Quad launch monitor, all of which can be found further down this piece.

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PXG 0311 T Gen3 iron

PXG 0311 T Gen3 Iron

RRP £135 per iron
Category
Players
Forgiveness rating
2
Handicap range
6 and below
Construction
Forged 8620 hollow body with HT1770 face
Availability 3-GW
Stock shafts True Temper Elevate 95g (s), Mitsubishi Golf MMT 70g (g)
7-iron loft
31º

Some golfers will argue players irons shouldn’t have hollow bodies or fast face tech, but apart from PXG’s two muscleback blades (0311 and 0211 ST), that’s the brand’s signature construction method.

The T in the PXG 0311 T Gen3 irons stands for Tour, which gives a good indication of who this iron’s aimed at. It is more compact with less offset than the P, and our data has the pair pretty evenly matched, so golfers are likely to choose on the look they’re after, or match the T’s short irons with slightly more powerful P mid- and long irons.

See the T as a brilliant alternative to Callaway’s Apex 21 Pro and TaylorMade’s P770 and you really won’t go too far wrong. Especially when you know the T was the longest iron within our recent players iron test.

BUY IT NOW: Get the PXG 0311 T Gen3 irons from Scottsdale Golf

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PXG 0311 P Gen3 iron

PXG 0311 P Gen3 Iron

RRP £135 per iron
Category
Players distance
Forgiveness rating
3
Handicap range
12 and below
Construction
Forged 8620 hollow body with HT1770 face
Availability 3-GW
Stock shafts True Temper Elevate 95g (s), Mitsubishi Golf MMT 70g (g)
7-iron loft
 31º

The PXG 0311 P Gen 3 iron is a brilliant mix of distance and forgiveness along with a great looking head, all in one package. If you’re willing to give up a little in terms of head size and offset and play the XP, it’s possible to gain 11 yards of carry with very little trade-off. But only you can decide through a proper fitting which is more beneficial to your own game.

Thanks to PXG launching their Gen4 irons very recently (they can be tailored to your weight preference), the Gen3 models now cost less (they used to be £440 per iron). We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t mention the new Gen4 P model has 1° stronger lofts across the set, which PXG say added a further 7.7 yards of carry during their robot tests.

BUY IT NOW: Get the PXG 0311 P Gen3 irons from Scottsdale Golf

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PXG 0211 iron

PXG 0211 iron

RRP £80 per iron
Category
Mid-handicap
Forgiveness rating
3.5
Handicap range
8 and above
Construction
Cast 431 hollow body with HT1770 face
Availability 4-LW
Stock shafts True Temper Elevate 95g (s), Mitsubishi Golf MMT 70g (g)
7-iron loft 28º

PXG are on an all-out assault to get your attention in 2021, so they’ve created the brilliant 0211 iron to hit a price point, and appeal to everyone from 0-24 handicap golfers.

The price reduction against the Gen3 irons is down to the 0211 being cast, not forged, and because the 0211 doesn’t have expensive tungsten perimeter weighting. You do get PXG’s hollow body and DualCor tech, but PXG say no weight tech means you give up about 10% in terms of MOI versus their very best irons.But the strong and long 0211 is a brilliant option to any other game-improver iron you may be considering this year.

BUY IT NOW: Get the PXG 0211 irons from Scottsdale Golf

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PXG 0311 XP Gen3 iron

PXG 0311 XP Gen3

RRP £135 per iron
Category
High handicap 
Forgiveness rating 3.5
Construction
Forged 8620 hollow body with HT1770 face
Availability 3-GW
Stock shafts True Temper Elevate 95g (s), Mitsubishi Golf MMT 70g (g)
7-iron loft
 31º

Fastest, longest with the smallest amount of carry distance drop-off of the 14 mid-handicap irons we tested this year, the PXG 0311 XP Gen3 really is that good.

XP stands for Xtreme Performance and for anyone who wants a trifle more iron distance with extra forgiveness, but also desires a great looking head shape, this is a brilliant option. At our test pro’s speed, from the same loft, the XP is five yards longer than the 0211, but it was also 3.5% better at protecting carry distance drop-off – all without compromising on shot height, backspin or descent angle.

Thanks to a new XCOR material inside the just-released Gen4 XP head (with all other specs remaining the same), PXG reckon they’ve added another 5.6 yards to the XP’s 7-iron carry distance at reasonable swing speeds. Seriously impressive.

BUY IT NOW: Get the PXG 0311 XP Gen3 irons from Scottsdale Golf

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