PXG started out in 2015, the brands the brainchild of GoDaddy billionaire Bob Parsons, yet many industry insiders said the idea of selling super premium golf equipment to well healed golfers would never work.
Some gave PXG 18 months, others said it would take three years for Parsons to realise he’d burnt his fingers in golf, just like countless others before him.
But four years on PXG are thriving. They sponsor a solid stable of top tour players, sales are on an upwards trajectory and 2019 sees them as the makers of the most forgiving driver on the market (PXG chopped £300 off the drivers price so it's much more inline with the competition). So now seems like the perfect time to adapt their business model to go after the golfing masses.
If there’s been a criticism of PXG over it’s four year life, it’s been how at £2500 a set, their irons are probably out of reach of the majority of club golfers. Which is precisely why some find the super exclusive brand so attractive. But PXG are breaking with their four year tradition. They're launching the new 0211 iron for half the cost (£200 per iron) of the forged 0311 model (£400), which is the flagship of their business and the foundation stone of PXG. 0211 though are a significantly different iron to what's gone before them, this is their story.
PXG 0211 irons - £200 per club
What you need to know about the PXG 0211 irons
The major difference between 0311 and 0211 irons is how the new model is made using a cast not forged construction. Every other iron in PXG's history has been forged so there’s a significant change in thinking, which obviously affects price.
PXG say the body is cast from 431 stainless steel, just like you’ll find in other leading premium irons. There’s also a maraging HT1770M face to maximise face flex and ball speed, and it’s the thinnest constant thickness face in the game.
What’s really significant though is the 0211 iron has a hollow body construction, the same as previous PXG irons. Inside, there’s the brands COR2 material (the same as you’ll find in 0311 irons), which PXG insist makes the hollow body, fast-face design possible. COR2 supports the face, and rebounds quicker after impact too, raising ball speeds, it also improves distance control performance across the whole face and maximises sound and feel. And it’s this say PXG that separates the 0211 from the other unsupported face (cast) irons.
PXG are well known for utilising multiple weights to up fitting options in all their equipment designs, but the 0211 comes movable weight free. It means on centre hit performance between the 0311 and 0211 irons is virtually indistinguishable.Yet there’s a 7 - 10% drop off in MOI (forgiveness) performance with the 0211 on miss hits (as tungsten weights in the 0311s position mass for forgiveness performance). PXG though, always promised the premium 0311s delivered ultimate performance, and the lack of movable weights shaves further cost from the bill.
Are 0211 different inside?
With four sets of forged PXG irons in the range already, who are the 0211s aimed at? Well PXG say they’ve been designed to suit the widest audience of golfers possible. And that means they’ve created the brands first true progressive iron set. Long irons are shaped like the 0311 XF Gen 2 irons, with wider soles and very similar offset. Where the shorter irons (8 - PW) transition to more compact profiles and less offset, very much the 0311 P Gen 2 iron.
A further break with tradition see’s the new 0211 come fitted with 'stock shafts', as PXG usually insist on fitting golfers to their best option. True Temper Elevate 95 and Elevate Tour are the steel choice along with a new Mitsubishi MMT graphite, all other shafts incur upgrade charges.
PXG also answered the questions you're bound to ask:
Why did PXG decide to create a cast iron?
We've been incredibly pleased with the success of the 0311s (there's no doubt the triple forging is amazing but expensive), we realise though a large segment of golfers are not yet ready to step up and purchase them. For years these golfers have asked us to embody our technology in a more affordable, high performance club, designed just for them. The 0211 are the answer to those requests.
Why are the 0211s less expensive than the forged 0311s?
In short because they cost less to make. The 0311s are triple forged, and feature proprietary perimiter weighting technology. The 0311s come in four different head shapes and a wide array of shaft options. The 0211 irons come as one high-performance club, there's two premium shaft options, it's these factors that significantly lower price.
What materials are used to produce each club?
0311 irons are forged from 8620 soft carbon steel, the 0211s are investment cast from 431 stainless steel.
Why would someone buy 0311s versus 0211s?
0311 offer vast fitting options, exceptional workmanship, preference for forged over cast construction and some performance gains. These are the result of the embodied technologies , they're enhanced by the 0311s more precise fitting options.
Are the 0211 irons the future of PXG?
The 0211s will play a meanigful role in the future of the company, but they certainly don't define PXG. Our 0311 irons will continue to drive our R&D efforts and be our flagship product.
PXG 0211 iron specs
#4 - 21.5 #5 - 24 #6 - 27 #7 - 31 #8 - 35 #9 - 40 W - 45 G - 50 S - 55 L - 60
#4 - 0.235" #5 - 0.195" #6 - 0.165" #7 - 0.130" #8 - 0.095" #9 - 0.070" W - 0.050" G - 0.045" S - 0.034" L - 0.020"