First Look – The more affordable PXG 0211 Iron
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First Look – The more affordable PXG 0211 Iron

First Look – The more affordable PXG 0211 Iron

It’s not blowing even a little smoke to suggest there is a segment of golfers who are drawn to the PXG brand but find the current asking price for its irons a little too bougie. It’s not the kind of purchase that goes unnoticed on the home front. I mean, good luck getting your spouse to sign-off. And while it’s true a good number of PXG’s customers aren’t overly concerned (or any concerned) about the cost, there is an as yet untapped market of potential PXG customers who might be swayed by the introduction of a more affordable offering.

With that in mind, I give you the 0211 iron.

Given its significantly reduced price, the new PXG iron should reach more golfers, likely including some who, to date, have professed to despise the brand. Accessibility and something closer to affordability have a way of changing perceptions.

As you’d expect, a few trade-offs were necessary to hit 0211’s more consumer-friendly price point, but PXG didn’t give up much in the way of performance.  “It’s still really good,” says company founder and CEO, Bob Parsons. The company hasn’t abandoned its guiding principles of quality, innovation, and performance either. PXG has put a significant amount of effort into ensuring its new mainstream-ish iron offers performance on par with other PXG offerings.

With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that there’s a fair amount of overlap between the 0211 and the 0311, so it makes sense to begin by explaining how the two iron families are alike.

Construction is the same (Mostly)

We’ll get to what surely qualifies as a significant difference in a bit, but there are inarguable similarities in the construction. The 0211 features the same face material (HT1770 maraging steel) as the 0311 GEN2, which works in conjunction with PXG’s more responsive second generation COR2 polymer material – the goo filling that allows for the thinnest iron face on the market – to preserve ball speed across the whole of the face.

Like the 0311 GEN2, it offers an internal face perimeter cut-out. It’s a design which leverages an undercut cavity and moves the weld lines between the two pieces to the outer perimeter of the club (as opposed to on the face itself). It’s a forgiveness-boosting feature that makes for an effectively larger face without increasing the size of the clubhead.

Outstanding Sound and Feel

This one is admittedly subjective and certainly open to some personal interpretation, but PXG says the new model offers the same exceptional sound and feel as its GEN2 irons.

With the similarities covered, let’s dig a bit deeper into what distinguishes the 0211 from previous PXG iron offerings.

The Body Is Cast

Unlike the GEN2 offerings, which are forged, the 0211 features an investment cast 431 stainless steel body. The new-for-PXG material offers a solid feel, while bringing with it enhanced durability (less bag chatter) and corrosion resistance.

PXG describes casting as a more efficient process, and while that’s a reasonable assessment, in this case, efficient is mostly a euphemism for less expensive. The move from forged to cast is a good bit of why the 0211s can be offered at a significantly lower price.

Typically, golfers associate cast irons with inferior feel (relative to forged offerings), but Brad Schweigert, PXG’s Chief Product Officer, is hoping to shift the paradigm a bit. When it comes more complex, multi-piece (and material) constructions like the 0211, the grain structure isn’t nearly the factor it is in single piece designs. With the manufacturing method itself a smaller part of the equation, PXG believes feel differences between the two are essentially a push. As always, your mileage may vary.

No Weights

For as long as we’ve been writing about PXG clubs, I’ve been writing the phrase signature weights, and while I technically just did it again, this time around those weights are conspicuous in their absence.

By removing the weight screws from the 0211, PXG is giving up a bit of fitting versatility, though its fitters and builders are perfectly capable of achieving desired swing weights through conventional methods (e.g., tip weights). I suspect while some will be disappointed that the 0211 doesn’t look exactly like other PXG iron offerings, others will appreciate it for exactly that reason.

Progressive Head Design

The 0311 GEN2 iron family is available in 4 different models (T, P, XF, and SGI); the 0211 is offered as single progressive design. Think of it is a factory-designed combo set.

The long irons (more specifically the 4-iron) is most similar to the XF. That gets you a longer blade, more offset, and a wider sole to push the center of gravity back and promote a higher launch. The short irons are most similar to the 0311 GEN2 P. They’re more compact with more of a player scoring club look to them. The rest of the set is designed to provide a natural and smooth transition between the two styles.

The big picture design goal is, according to Schweigert, “to give you forgiveness where you need it, and playability where you want it.”

Length, loft, and lie specs are identical to the 0311 GEN2 P iron.

Offering a single progressive set is a more efficient design approach than offering multiple head styles.

Lower MOI

Sure, less forgiving isn’t exactly a selling point, but credit to PXG for not trying to spin that detail by claiming the 0211 is more workable. The reality is there is a bit of a relative MOI hit moving from the 0311 GEN2 to the 0211. That’s not to say the new model is unforgiving (it’s not), but because it lacks the tungsten weighting of the 0311, MOI is 7% to 10% lower than the 0311 GEN2 (depending on which 0311 model you compare it to). PXG believes with the benefit of COR2 construction, the new offering can hold its own against the competitive set.

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Stock Shafts – Upgrades Will Cost You

In a first for PXG, the 0211s have what amounts to a true stock shaft offering. True Temper’s new Elevate is the steel offering. The standard Elevate is a 95g offering (available in R and S flex) designed to promote a high trajectory for those who need to put a little spin back into their iron game.

The Elevate Tour (115g) is available in stiff and x-stiff flexes. It’s described as a mid-trajectory, mid spin offering.

Both Elevate shafts feature VSS (Vibration Suppression System) technology. A fresh take on the Sensicore principle, VSS reduces unwanted vibrations by 71% in the standard Elevate, while VSS PRO reduces unwanted vibrations by 56% in the Elevate Tour.

The graphite offering is the just-released MMT from Mitsubishi. It’s a low to mid-weight parallel tip offering described by Mitsubishi as mid-launch and mid-spin.

Fitters and buyers will still have access to PXG’s full shaft matrix, but there is a per club upcharge of $25 (both steel and graphite) to move out of the stock shaft offering.

It’s an understandable line given where the offering fits in the PXG lineup though it does run a bit counter to the message of a company whose sales have, to date, been almost entirely custom fit.

What Does 0211 mean for PXG?

In our previous story on the continuation of the PXG Effect, we surmised that long term growth for the brand could be dependent on its ability to exist on the periphery of the mainstream without falling into it. Given the per club price point – $195 steel, $210 graphite – it appears that’s precisely what PXG is attempting to do with this release.

How much demand is there for PXG irons priced similarly to JDM offerings from Miura, Epon, and others? Hell if I know, but I guess we’re going to find out.

I asked Bob Parsons about his vision for the long-term growth of PXG. How big can PXG get? “I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it. I really haven’t”, he told me. “I’m just focused on doing the right thing for golfers.”

If the response to previous PXG offerings has taught us anything, it’s that not everybody will agree that the 0211 is the right thing for golfers, but it’s inarguably a step towards increasing the accessibility of the brand and potentially putting PXG clubs in the bags of more golfers.

It’s reasonable to question whether a lower barrier to entry puts PXG’s status as an elite or aspirational brand in jeopardy. Parsons, says he doesn’t think so, while drawing parallels to Mercedes. Golfers are fond of car analogies, and while they’re often used in the context of release cycles, in this case, it might hold up. There’s not much evidence to suggest the existence of the A and C class has diminished the appeal of the Mercedes brand for the company’s more affluent customers. The S-class sells just fine, and I’m willing to bet it moves a few Maybachs too.

A less expensive PXG still isn’t cheap, though Bob Parsons is fond of saying, “We’re [PXG] a luxury, but we’re an affordable luxury.” There’s no reason why that luxury can’t coexist with an offering positioned slightly above the mainstream, though in cases like this I find it’s best to defer to one of Nike’s guiding maxims:

Ultimately, the consumer decides.

Retail availability of the PXG 0211 begins May 21st.

For more information, visit PXG.com.

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      Thomas DePolo

      3 years ago

      All I can say is BOOM Baby ! Nicest irons I’ve ever hit they are consistent, smooth and long I’ve had them all Calloway,Taylor made and Cobra not to mention Titleist these are the real deal try them if you get a chance ……. You’ll like m

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      Lynn

      3 years ago

      While many say these are not any better than other OEMs, let’s see at $700 for PW- 4 iron.

      With this new pricing, no one on here can complain about the pricing anymore. Lets see if they are better than my Rogue Pros, Fourteen LE-10, Ben Hogan PTX pro or Edge.

      I can honestly say they look better, but I need something that performs like the Rogue Pros and feels like the Fourteens.

      I’ll find out in a few days when they arrive. But now price is no longer the matter. Lets see head to head how good PXG really is.

      Btw I just got the 0811 x Gen2, it is different and feels different. Maybe a luxury brand or just a great performer. Sounds and feel is unique and performs better than my F9.

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      Jay

      4 years ago

      Sorry pushed send before I was finished… The 0211s were simply a pleasure to hit, even with the hollow gel filled centers and the cast back, I can feel these clubs and can move the ball just as readily as I can a classic muscle back. They look beautiful, with simple clean badging, and appealing to the eye at address. The distance is excellent, without being “crazy long” and as I said, very workable – and that’s something I demand from my clubs. I barely notice the offset, which is usually an indicator of a more GI type of club, and from what I’ve experienced, doesn’t allow for shot making. All in all, this club is beautiful in every aspect, playability, responsiveness, lively feel, aesthetically and well, okay almost affordability. I”m truly gratified, pleased, and content with these clubs, and can’t imagine anyone who played these things would feel any differently – if anything, these clubs are truly a ‘game changer’ in the true sense of that phrase. They’re an engineering marvel that has brought new technology to the golfing world in a way that was never seen prior to their unveiling (that I know of). When the other companies jump to new technology, it’s a pretty strong indicator that the golf world has changed for the better. The feathery, to the gotta percha, to the wound golf ball to the multi-layered urethane covered ball, from the carved wood shaft and head, to the steel shafted, persimmon wood, to the titanium oversized high MOI graphite shafted driver, the deep flanged soles/bounce of a sand wedge, and the ping putters, all technologies that we adapted as soon as the golfer saw the immediate and obvious benefit. By the way, the way these clubs were packaged and sent were a thing of beauty. The packaging is a real statement about what this company is all about. It’s a luxury club, no doubt, but what about golf says I have to slum it? I love playing the high end courses that are manicured to the last blade of grass, much more than I enjoy bumping around the cow pastures with rutted fairways, patchy greens and gravelly bunkers. I truly enjoy walking into a finely appointed locker room and club house that is filled with beauty and luxury, more than sitting at the greasy picnic table with a questionable hot dog. NO, I’m not above playing those goat tracks, they’re fun and they certainly make me smile, but I’m not bringing my good clubs to play them and I’m using my scuffed up ProV’s too. I can play my 50 year old Hogan blades with matching persimmon woods, Wilson 8802 putter and wound 100 compression balata ball, which keeps me honest about my game, but there’s nothing like teeing up a shiny high-vis Pro V1 with my TS2 driver fitted with an Oban or Graphite Design Shaft and putting it way down the fairway, then stepping up with these PXG irons and feeling that buttery soft contact, and putting with one of my favorite Scotty’s – they all tell me this is the 21st century and man we’ve come a long way. PXG is part of golf’s evolution and I’m enjoying it. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that because they’re high priced that they don’t have more value than just status symbols. Just because Porsche put out a more affordable version of the 911 didn’t mean they compromised their quality or name – hardly. And I agree with one of the opinions here, most players can’t break 100, then again, most players don’t own more than one set of clubs, most don’t clean their clubs after every shot, most don’t know what it’s like to work a ball left to right or right to left or how to flight a ball high or low, and most players can’t hit a 19 degree iron, most players will never go beyond their OEM shaft for an upgraded aftermarket shaft, nor have more than one putter. It doesn’t mean they enjoy the game any more or less than somebody that does, it only means they have a different take on what the game means to them. I love this game, every thing about it makes me smile, and these PXG clubs just added a new dimension to the game for me. They are fabulous., so thank you Mr Parsons, and in your words “Ka-Boom Baby!”

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      Jay

      4 years ago

      Now that some time has passed since this article was published, I have gone from being pessimistic, to curious, to a PXG owner. No, I didn’t pop for the 0311, they were just too much, in too many ways, mostly price. However, I did love the way they felt. I too, have played a multitude of better clubs, regularly upgrading and playing the latest, greatest clubs on the market because it’s part of the fun for me. Yes, I am a classic tinkerer. I work on the artistry of the game, just as much as I work at the craft of the tools. The more I invest in both sides of this equation, the more it shows in my game and scores. I play blades because they fit my game, most recently I have been playing the Srixon Z-Forged/ZU utilities, Titleist MB/T-MB, Ping Blueprint/G400 Crossover and Callaway MB irons. The Game Improvement, and Super GI clubs just don’t work for me, yeah, they fly far alright, but I can’t really feel them on the club face, and I can’t control the flight as I can with a blade. I did try the premium clubs offered by each of the aforementioned companies as well as Taylormade, Mizuno, Ping, and Wilson, but just didn’t see or feel anything that made me feel I had to have it, but the PXG’s did grab my attention, like none of the others.

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      Mike Oakley

      4 years ago

      I like the PXG brand due to their investment in top club designers and a staff who seems to be intent on making the best possible set of golf clubs available, no matter the cost. As a military vet I also like the fact that Bob pays homage to our military and never forgets his roots. Just because they are more expensive than many others doesn’t make them good or bad. Ultimately, the consumer decides.

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      Mikeburnzy

      4 years ago

      Well I’m a believer as I just traded for a set of 0211’s and I have to tell you they are the nicest, most forgiving iron I’ve ever hit now before I get bashed and lambasted that I’ve never tried mizzys or Japanese steel to compare these to let me list all the iron sets I’ve had/have Nike sasquatch sumo², vapor speed, Taylormade r11, rsi 1, m cgb, m3, m4, Ping g400, i200, iblades, Callaway epics, x forged 18’s, Bridgestone j15 CB’s [yes I know some of these are crappy, low end sets but some are not] and probably more that I can’t think of but the point is until last Sunday when I played these for the 1st time had I ever had goosebumps/smooth/easy feel/ing from any set listed above like I did with the PXG 0211’s (in 40° weather on December 8th in Michigan) I’m so excited to swing these in the spring and moving forward. Also, as far price point and being expensive or cheap whatever side of that coin that you’re on I can tell you that I traded 3 clubs and some cash (not a lot just a little) for a chance to try these and it is the best move I’ve ever made in all the buying and bartering, trading in, and trying to find the holy grail “for me” I may have just stumbled upon a miracle that could invigorate my game and make me reinvest in improving my “golf life” outlook! SOUTHPAW STRONG WE’RE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BALL BOYS!

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      ScottC

      4 years ago

      A fitting will answer my questions regarding these or any other club —do they help me play better gplf/score lower/play more efficiently. If the 0211’s are better then I will have to decide whether these are worth the money I am willing to spend. Simple enough.

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      Scott F

      5 years ago

      Also with Heroes you can get for $105 an iron and gor limited time get a gen1 driver for free thats a crazy deal.

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      Billy Murphy

      4 years ago

      I ended up ordering a set , was at the Greenbriar Classic and they have a fitter there the fitting fee was waived because I purchased the Irons , also chose the graphite shafts and different grips , I think that it was a good idea to have a different line of clubs , I haven’t been golfing for a lifetime, but I have to say a properly fit set of clubs do make a difference, I’ve tried 2 other sets before the PXG , Taylormade M6 and Callaway Big Bertha’s, I’m happy with these clubs , and I like the idea of him not forgetting his roots of being in the military, the model numbers on the clubs are designated Marine Corps job identification codes , it doesn’t feel like I’m hitting a Volkswagen instead of a Porsche.

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      Thanos

      5 years ago

      I’ve been playing the Gen 2 P’s for a year. No major handicap changes (7 to 6) but it’s nice knowing if you miss a little, you’ll still get there. No regrets. These new ones look like the Pings.

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      Scott

      5 years ago

      100% agree about the ping look alike. Anyone else think theses are a result of the settlement with Taylor made, joint licenses, etc…

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      Jay R Murray

      5 years ago

      These 0211’s look like my Ping G700’s. I’ve played Ping for decades. This is just a back and forth between PXG and Ping. I’ll stick with what I have. I am not pleased with the entire PXG marketing. They should build a very inexpensive set for youngsters and show they are not like the big drug companies. Does paying the exorbitant PXG 0311 gen 2 price make your game that much better, or is it a supposed status symbol?

      Phil

      5 years ago

      Here’s my take I hit these irons and played a round of golf with them, they are nice and have great feel and forgiveness. I don’t score any better with them than the last two sets of irons I game. Currently playing new C way Apex iron and also played the p790’s. I play to a 3.8 and I would be happy to play them as they are a great set of irons. That’s my opinion and I’m not concerned with the cost.

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      Kevin

      5 years ago

      I just tried these irons today. Off the 4 I tried (Mizuno Hot Metal, both Callaway Apexs the other) they were the longest and most accurate by far. Top line was thinner than I thought, given the fact I looked at the sole first. The sole felt wide….which on the 6 iron you can kind of see. I prefer a much thinner blade at the top (too bad my game sucks and I can’t hit them anyore). Not a done deal I I get them but the feel, distance and trajectory were clearly better than the others.

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      John

      5 years ago

      @ Jeff N – your comment was hilarious. You must be the only person playing the game who thinks cast irons get beat up quicker than forged. You weren’t being serious, were you?

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      Vince L

      5 years ago

      God, I have to get off these review sites, more crap about who has the best this that or the other or the most/least expensive. These comments sections seem to be heavily populated with people that are more obsessed with what amounts to a “look what I bought” peeing contest than actual golf. To the guy that bought his nine months ago and claims they are the best thing since sliced bread – you could have gotten fitted properly by just about any other major mfg clubs and got the same result. Better yet, spent the 1500 on game inprovement lessons.

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      John J.

      5 years ago

      These comments just prove that no matter what you do, there will always be those who disagree with your marketing and others that will think it’s ingenious. Personally, this is the first PXG iron that has intrigued me enough to make an inquiry. If they can fit me over the phone, then I may take the plunge. I have a lot of respect for Bob Parsons and what he has accomplished and especially the way he has treated the military/vets. Go Army!

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      AZstu324

      5 years ago

      Lovin all the comments on this one.. IMO PXG’s “cheap” clubs are their best looking.. i.e. 0811 X Gen2. On the website it lists them as “PRICED WITHIN REACH” which is probably my most favorite slogan.. of NO golf club ever made. It’s like they’re saying.. “hey, we know y’all are poor and can’t afford our stuff, so we’ve found it in our merciful hearts to bless you broke bastards with these” I’m quite content with my “anti” PXG’s (Maltby DBM) but thanks anyway.

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      Rob Brown

      5 years ago

      In the article, including the header there are 5 photographs of the product.

      4 of these are of the back of the club while the 5th is a long range bag shot.

      It would have been nice to see the front of the club in detail.

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      Tony Covey

      5 years ago

      This one is a special case. In every scenario, we prefer to take our own photos and make sure we capture all the angles golfers want and the little details we think are interesting. It wasn’t possible with the 0211. This may one day become a piece of PXG trivia or history, but there was a nearly literal last minute change made to the badge design. The original (and nearly retail) design used a black PXG badge instead of a silver/chrome one. From what I’m told, less than a handful of sample sets with the black badge made it out the door, so in this case, we’re entirely reliant on the manufacturer to provide the photos.

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      Tom D

      5 years ago

      One of those black-badge sets is currently on eBay. I was wondering about that, and found my answer here.

      Stuart Macpherson

      5 years ago

      Does anyone think that Bob Parsons isn’t anything but a buisnessman… (This is a rhetorical proposition).

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      Johnny Penso

      5 years ago

      Looks like there are a lot of experts in golf marketing here in the comment section. I wonder how many of you would have said that PXG had a chance at success with their price points and marketing strategy since launch. Very few I’d gather. Most luxury brand that are still accessible to relatively common folk, will usually have more budget-oriented options. Not every Mercedes is $100K plus and that’s the type of brand positioning I’d put PXG in, whereas I think a lot of you put them in the Rolex category where prices start at many, many multiples of what relatively common folk would drop on a watch.

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      Rodney

      5 years ago

      Not every Mercedes is $100k, but there are still expectations. Benz took a beating when they launched the CLA and MBA in the States. They were perfectly fine products … if they had been launched wearing a mainstream badge. They did not meet expectations of Mercedes owners who thought they were getting a smaller version of the cars they loved, however. And don’t discount the importance of exclusivity to some shoppers, or the snob factor. “The service waiting area just hasn’t been the same since …”

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      Bob D

      5 years ago

      Let’s see the average US golfer plays at a level of approximately 110 strokes per round. So there is no real advantage to buy golf clubs this expensive. It’s just a chunk of metal on the end of a stick. If you are that poor a money manager knock yourself out but hock the clubs before you apply for welfare.

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      Pete Turner

      5 years ago

      You guys don’t realise how lucky you are! I got fitted and purchased 0311XF clubs 9 months ago and the improvement to my game has way exceeded my expectations through feel and consistency. Believe me, the price in Australia is way beyond what you regard expensive but I looked at as an investment I could (just) afford and would no doubt see my golfing days out. Although the 0211’s come in cheaper, I wouldn’t compromise quality. I still want the Rolls Royce.

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      Christopher

      5 years ago

      They look nice, but for some PXGs charm is their exclusivity through their high price, they know they’ll be one of the few gaming the clubs. So these may actually hurt their brand. Some will jump on-board and some will jump ship, it will settle down …

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      Mike

      5 years ago

      Appreciate the update guys!

      So, from what I read, I’m getting a club that is ‘sorta’ like a PXG regular-priced iron (which is over-priced to begin with). For those old enough to remember, I feel as if I’m being sold a Cadillac Cimarron! I get it, you want to play “PXG”, the “sexiest” clubs out there but you don’t have the dough (& I never understood that “sexy” crap). From the review it sounds like these irons are sorta good but not as good as “real” PXG irons. Huh? WTF? So I couldn’t afford the real thing but I’m playing these! As they say, fools & their $$$ are soon parted! But it’s cool to let the consumers decide that.

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      RP Jacobs II

      5 years ago

      First, motor vehicles, time pieces, zip codes and country clubs are luxury

      A friggin set of golf clubs????

      Okey Dokey??

      Secondly, to compare an approximately $1550+ set of cast irons to either Miura’s or Epon’s best forged offerings at the comparable price is ?’s to ?’s, lolol.

      Also, $1550 for a set of cast irons is more than the best forged irons that Mizzy, Titleist, TBaG, Cally or Staff(ya know that I’ve gotta include Staff?) has to offer.

      A ? with lipstick is still just a ?!!

      Nice article Tony!

      All the Best,
      RP

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      Dorsey Gray

      5 years ago

      You miss the point entirely. Yes they cost more than Mizuno’s but not Miura’s (comparable shafts and set make up for miura’s run around $1900) Secondly, those are very unforgiving Forged Irons which i bet you couldn’t hit on your best day whereas the PXG’s, while cast still offer forgiveness, feel and distance in addition to a much wider variety of shafts and fitting options that Mizuno does not as their clubs are massed produced unless you are a PGA professional. So unless you’ve hit these clubs, which i have, shut the hell up with your criticism

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      Regis

      5 years ago

      Great looking irons. For me part of the attraction of PXG is that they must be fitted. So if I were in the market I’d go to a trusted fitter and spend a couple of hours trying out a variety of options. Forged offerings from Miura, Mizuno, Srixon etc. with a variety of shaft options . If the caste PXG head with its stock shaft is my best fit so be it. But for this price point I’d spend. time with a good fitter before dropping that much money

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      gunmetal

      5 years ago

      Interesting strategy. I’m not sure it’s the right strategy. No doubt the club is terrific and will perform wonderfully, but the reason PXG is PXG is because of the price point. I have seen posts from people on other forums (maybe here, too???) who say the reason they wanted PXG irons was because other people couldn’t bag them. Sort of a “statement” club if you will. A buddy of mine who has more money than he can spend, got fit for an entire setup because…well yeah why not?
      PXG runs the risk of losing that cache in my opinion. Maybe they don’t need to anymore, but the only people who are going to choose this “budget” offering from PXG over anything from Callaway, Titleist, Taylormade, Ping, or Mizuno are those who actually believe that there is some magic sauce in PXG that will make them better. I’ll be interested in how this plays out for sure…

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      daviddvm

      5 years ago

      Sounds like MyGolfSpy is gonna need to test out a set of these clubs. Would Bob Parsons like to donate a few sets for unbiased testing?

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      Rodney

      5 years ago

      It’s always a risk when a premium brand elects to go downmarket chasing volume. Not only is the exclusivity factor diluted, but there is also the potential for existing customers to go shopping at the lower end of the lineup rather than returning to the flagship line when they’re ready for a change. Consumer behavior is a tricky thing, so I won’t pretend to what the overall impact will be on the PXG brand’s image, but I assure you there were plenty of conference room discussions weighing the pros and cons of this move. What I do know is that PXG’s overall volume will increase dramatically.

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      Tim May

      5 years ago

      $1550+ set is now “downmarket”?

      Wow, people have bought into this crazy-expensive club thing to a level I had not expected.

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      Rodney

      5 years ago

      It’s downmarket for PXG. And yes, the market has bought in. I think the exclusivity is as big a draw as the product itself. Which is why I’m not so sure about this move. It’ll help profits, but what will it do for PXG’s image?

      fleeter

      5 years ago

      Great news for golfers! For those of us that can’t afford throwing $5000 or so down on a set of irons, these PXG’s will be worth a try and right in the price point of AP2’s and such. I have a friend that has a set of the pricey PXG’s and after trying them I can honestly say I’ve never hit an iron that felt better. Thanks MGS for always bringing us the jist on gear first!

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      Jeff N

      5 years ago

      These clubs are not for me but my uncle loves the PXGs. If you golf everyday you will find a off the shelf set of cast irons will get pretty eat up and maybe last a year. The forged head of the 311 is what makes them worth paying more for. Dare to compare a cast set bs forged after a year of play. You will be buying cast 2 to 1 for sure.

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      Steve S

      5 years ago

      I like the term affordable luxury. At $200 a club it’s really not affordable for most but will get the folks that want PXG clubs but can’t justify the 0311’s. Just like Mercedes it’s more of a status symbol than anything else, IMO. PXG makes good stuff but hardly worth it unless you are a low single digit handicap.

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      Ryan Moszynski

      5 years ago

      Personally, if I were getting fit for these and there were any “traditionally priced” pxg’s on the wall, i’d both know that I wanted to hit them and know I couldn’t afford them, so a part of my brain would be convinced I was missing out. This isn’t like Shimano bike parts, to me, where the cheaper models have most of the features of the expensive ones, to the consumers great benefit.

      In a way it’s comforting to me that the most expensive Calloway irons, those hideous green $2k epic irons, were terrible. Makes me feel smart for finding the Apex cf-16’s that I love. I think having the “only” cheap PXG’s would just make me feel poor.

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      Jason

      5 years ago

      I dont rag on PXG for price. I also wouldn’t rag on someone whi can afford them. I laugh at the hackers who buy them thinking theyll drop 10-12 shots.

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      Doug

      5 years ago

      I’m with you Jason… I’m not gonna tell someone how much to charge for their stuff, and I’m not going to fault anyone with means for paying for whatever they want. I’ll say that the equipment companies in general are losing a “little” touch with the broad market and the amount of disposable income amongst the cross section, but the market eventually corrects these things… there’s a reason why there’s a healthy market for used equipment. The bottom of my bag is definitely on the expensive side compared to most people I play with, but it’s what I want to play, I like my equipment for what it does for me, and I have no fantasies that it’s turned me into pro material. It’s my fit and feel within what I’m willing to spend on my golf “luxury”.

      Scott F

      5 years ago

      Well they have all the tech of the Gen2 and have sane exact face so diff is a cast body or forged most wont be able to tell difference.

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      Vince Schiavo

      5 years ago

      Nice article, Tony!

      These irons look great and, if they perform like a premium iron, I predict they’ll do well against other premium iron offerings.

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      Jon M

      5 years ago

      I see and understand their game plan to bring in more money and take more marketshare but the testing numbers will have to convince me otherwise. That market is FULL of excellent clubs from Mizuno, Srixon, TM, Callaway, Ping, titleist, etc. Is this truly an expansion in the market or is PXG suffering from lower than expected sales of “luxury’ clubs that they need people to buy less expensive irons to bring in some cash.
      When MGS puts them head to head with the others will the truth come out!

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      Brian Cass

      5 years ago

      Jon M nailed it…..PXG insane prices don’t appeal to the masses and the masses are who move the needle in terms of sales. This is an effort to sell more golf clubs that aren’t filled with 15 screws per club……….hard to imagine that Hogan, Nicklaus, Woods, Nelson, Snead, Bobby Jones, Palmer and countless others could play golf with inferior “screw-less” clubs…………….PXG is a passing fad that won’t be around in 5-10 yrs imho.

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      Spitfisher

      5 years ago

      So bullet Bob is slowly but surely finding out he can only sell so many
      over priced iron sets…….these at 1600 for steel are only slightly more than than the likes of TM , ping, titliest and Callaway in same market segment. This could fail. There isn’t much brand loyalty to “me too” products.

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      Chris K

      5 years ago

      It is odd that PXG has been so loud about being the “luxury club” and now they come out with something that isn’t. I always thought Bob Parsons was too wealthy and too proud to put out anything he considered inferior :)

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      DB

      5 years ago

      Where did it say that Bob Parsons felt this offering was inferior? That’s a bold leap to make there. This is just an extension of a line of products. While other brands are going “upmarket” to try to tap into PXG’s market, PXG is expanding their offerings to further establish itself in the mainstream market. PXG proved there was a market in the upper stratosphere, and within a year or so every major brand had a line of clubs approaching their price range… just in case someone wanted to spend that much on a club. Believe it or not, they’re out there. Just because the PXG crowd doesn’t spend a lot of time of the interwebs whining about golf club prices doesn’t mean they don’t exist. What you’re forgetting is there are hundreds upon hundreds of high end private clubs out there with folks with serious coin, and they like to golf just like the next guy, but they like to do it with very expensive clubs, because they can. Just because you don’t see them at your local muni or browsing the used club bin at the golf shop doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. Not to mention the uber-rich in Asia and the Middle-East who would scoff at set of irons under $3000. Believe me, the market is there and PXG is doing just fine in volume, and they make a very, very good product to boot.

      And for those making the Mercedes comparisons, I think some of you are missing the point Bob was trying to make. I have two AMGs, and both will stomp the crap out of most production cars on the road, and a lot of “supercars” as well. The fact that Mercedes makes a $30K A class car doesn’t diminish that fact, nor does it mean the A Classes are inferior cars… and it certainly doesn’t make me want to “jump ship” from AMG because its now somehow associated with a MB car that is cheaper than some Toyotas. I will agree that for some folks out there an AMG is a status thing, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t extremely high performing vehicles.

      This whole subject and some of your arguments are the same tired, old griping that its always been. You can’t afford a certain golf club, so out of envy or whatever it is in your consumer-brain that makes you want things you can’t or shouldn’t have, you instead bash its price-point and make unfounded comments on its performance and blah-blah-blah. I can’t afford a new McLaren but I don’t go around on car forums and whine about them either. Maybe someday I’ll be able to afford a used one, but someone has to buy it brand new first, and so god bless that guy!

      Give it a rest, PXG is here to stay. They make high-end products for high-end consumers, and now they’re tapping into the rest of us… how is that a bad thing?

      Scott F

      5 years ago

      Youre wrong highly doubt theyre hurting tgey just opened up 2 more retail locations in Seattle and a 35,000 sq ft facility in Scottsdale

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