Which PXG iron suits me?

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

Most major brands have five, six or even seven irons in their 2019 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.  

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

So as 2019’s irons hit pro shop shelves, we felt the time was right to show how a brand’s whole iron range compares against each other.

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

PXG 0311 Gen 2 T iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 32°; Offset: 1.9mm; Forged carbon steel 8620 hollow body with ultra-thin HT1770 maraging steel face

Iron forgiveness rating

PXG 0311 Gen 2 T iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 120.3 MPH Launch Angle:19.8° Backspin:6205 RPM Peak Height: 36 Yards Descent Angle: 49° Carry Distance: 168 Yards

Who are they for?

T stands for “Tour” performance, but don’t think all PXG pros use them. Zach Johnson does, but Pat Perez plays the bigger and more forgiving XF. PXG like to fit on attack angle so the narrow-sole T is well suited to those hitting down and engaging the turf, whereas wider soles can be a better match for shallower attack angles.

We love how all PXG’s iron models are forged and made in exactly the same way. It means no matter what your ability you get the same tech, sound and feel, something which no other brand’s iron line-up can offer right now.

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At a glance comparison

PXG iron comparison

PXG 0311 Gen 2 P iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 31°; Offset: 3.3mm; Forged carbon steel 8620 hollow body with ultra-thin HT1770 maraging steel face

Iron forgiveness rating

PXG 0311 P Gen 2 iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 123.9 MPH Launch Angle: 18° Backspin: 5969 RPM Peak Height: 36 Yards Descent Angle: 48° Carry Distance: 176 Yards

Who are they for?

Pulling a players’ iron from the bag gives golfers a certain kudos, particularly when playing among those in the know. By putting “P” in play you get all that kudos, without putting your game under pressure by compromising forgiveness.

When PXG started in 2015 owner Bob Parsons asked his designers to create an iron that looked like a blade, but played with the forgiveness of a cavity back, and the “P” delivers that in spades. It is an excellent blend of great shape and size, reasonably strong loft, forgiving hollow body construction and just the right amount of offset.

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How do they compare - Handicap Guide

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PXG iron comparison

PXG 0311 Gen 2 XF iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 30°; Offset: 3.8mm; Forged carbon steel 8620 hollow body with ultra-thin HT1770 maraging steel face

Iron forgiveness rating

PXG 0311 XF Gen 2 iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 124.1 MPH Launch Angle: 18.1° Backspin: 5536 RPM Peak Height: 36 Yards Descent Angle: 48° Carry Distance: 178 Yards

Who are they for?

The XF is exactly what wasn’t available in the forged iron market before PXG came along. The head’s oversized and stretched from toe to heel, but golfers who want forged iron forgiveness will love how good it looks at address.

Our data across all four PXG models gives an excellent indication of the effect changing loft, head size and offset have on performance. We reckon you might choose “XF” over the “P” iron if your game demands putting a premium on additional forgiveness over the necessity of using a more compact head design.

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PXG 0311 Gen 2 SGI iron

7-iron specs:

Loft: 29°; Offset: 4.2mm; Forged carbon steel 8620 hollow body with ultra-thin HT1770 maraging steel face

Iron forgiveness rating

PXG 0311 SGI Gen 2 iron

The numbers:

Ball Speed: 125.9 MPH Launch Angle: 17.7° Backspin: 5402 RPM Peak Height: 36 Yards Descent Angle: 48° Carry Distance: 182 Yards

Who are they for?

Anyone looking to have fun on the course. The SGIs have wide, low-profile heads which makes them really easy and fun to hit.

For golfers who want a friendly premium forged iron (which has exactly the same forged feel, sound and technology as PXG’s Tour irons), to hit towering shots, the SGI certainly delivers. On each occasion we’ve hit PXG irons the SGI, thanks to its powerful loft, has been consistently longest, but without launching, flying, and spinning shots at ridiculously low rates.

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How they compare in data

PXG iron comparison data