What we say...
You’d need to be a pretty hardcore golf equipment nut to have heard much about Parsons Extreme Golf before January this year. If you’re not then the company was started in late 2014, it was the dream of entrepreneur Bob Parsons who started GoDaddy. His vision was to make the best golf equipment possible irrespective of how much it cost. Plenty raised eyebrows and chuckled at the idea of selling irons at £240 each and drivers for twice as much as the market leader and consequently few took much notice. That was until the company put its money where its mouth was and signed Open Champion Zach Johnson in January 2016 along with 4 other players in the worlds top 100, then the golf world stood up and took notice.
PXG are fiercely protective over what they’re creating, they use some materials developed exclusively for their own use, and because of this as Bob Parson’s dreamt at the outset they reckon their equipment will out-perform all comers…so long as you’re properly fitted. We put their claims to the test, and hit the clubs to see if PXG’s performance claims could be backed up by data.
The 0311 wedges like the irons are forged from soft S25C carbon steel to deliver excellent feel. A laser etched pattern on the face and wide grooves optimize friction for maximum control while an aggressive sole taper from toe to heel and 11 tungsten weights around the perimeter increase MOI. A narrower heel decreases bounce meaning it can be slipped under the ball more easily to maximize your shot-making potential.
Avid TG fans will know how picky we are when it comes to wedges. Like putters they’re personal pieces of equipment and even if a top brand has a great reputation for making wedges it doesn’t always mean you’ll love the head shape. For us the shaping of the wedge like the irons is absolutely spot on, so much so we had to wrestle the sample out of Chris’s hand after testing. Shots launched and flew a little lower with really aggressive spin numbers, which a lot of decent golfers will really appreciate. We also really liked how the head looks, a lot like the irons much more so than a specialist wedge, which really helps the flow of the set.
Hands up we loved these wedges, for us everything from the shape, to the laser etching, finish and feel was spot on, which trust us we don’t say too often. Chris reckoned the perimeter weighting raised the CG to lower ball flight and increased spin in the process. We reckon the performance has to be applauded, increasing spin numbers over the TaylorMade EF wedge which was the highest spinning wedge in our Top Gear test earlier in the year is seriously impressive.