- The PXG 0211 Z is designed for less skilled or lower swing speed golfers.
- The new lineup includes a driver, fairway, hybrid and hybrid irons.
- Available now.
The pitch for the new PXG 0211 Z was simple and straightforward. “I would love to send you a set of clubs for someone in your life who is golf-interested and has a very low skill level,” the email read.
I had but one thought …
A little background here: My wife has been threatening to take up golf for a few years. A time or two, she’s asked me to get her clubs and, once or twice, I almost did. Ultimately, I didn’t and I’m none the worse for it. But when the opportunity arose to try clubs explicitly designed for the golf-interested with very low skill, something just felt right. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have said a word. I could have saved the clubs for her birthday. She’d never have known the difference. Total lack of foresight on my part.
The Reason for 0211 Z
The background info behind the new PXG 0211 Z golf clubs should be familiar. COVID has led to an influx of new golfers and a return of lapsed golfers. We’re talking about a collection of beginners, slow swingers and others who haven’t exactly mastered the game. The general health of the golf equipment industry suggests there’s a lot of new gear being sold but it’s also true that a significant number of beginners are playing hand-me-downs. It doesn’t have to be that way and, not for nuthin’, 30-handicappers bagging Top-Flite blades is something none of us should abide. The alternatives include cheap box sets and other assorted bits of miscellany which collectively haven’t been optimized for anyone.
That’s where 0211 Z comes in.
The PXG 0211 Z family is optimized for slow swing speed golfers and, yeah, golfers with lower skill levels. It’s a product designed to be easy to hit, make the game easier and maybe even enjoyable. If those objectives meant defying some traditional design conventions, so be it. You and I may obsess over forged irons with clean lines but there’s a large segment of new golfers and even potential golfers who don’t care. My wife certainly doesn’t.
With 0211 Z, there are no lofts stamped on the clubs. The idea is to keep it simple and intuitive. As the numbers on the soles get bigger, they don’t go as far. Golf is counterintuitive that way and I suppose the sand wedge is going to require some explanation, but it’s a sensible approach that every beginner should be able to wrap their head around.
With the basics out of the way, let’s dig into the individual clubs.
PXG 0211 Z Driver
It’s worth mentioning that while the new PXG lineup addresses the needs of less-skilled golfers, it doesn’t do so at the expense of technology. A good bit of what you’ll find in the metalwoods trickles down from the company’s flagship GEN4 lineup.
Beginners need all the help they can get. They shouldn’t be seen as an opportunity to cut corners.
With that in mind, the 0211 Z driver leverages the same TI412 face material as PXG’s more mainstream stuff. The 0211 Z features a carbon-fiber crown and while the stepped design is unique, it’s purposefully designed to allow PXG to make the 0211 Z’s footprint as large as possible, keep MOI high, the center of gravity low and still stay within the USGA limits. If you swing over 100 mph, you’re probably going to spin the hell out of it but not everything is made for you.
The look is unconventional but I don’t hate it.
Building on the idea of making 0211 Z clubs easy to hit, the driver offers a generous 16 degrees of loft. The stock length for men is 44 inches while women’s builds are 43. It’s a combination that should make the 0211 Z driver easier to launch in the air and consistently so. There is a bit of draw bias and the lie angle is more upright than a standard driver but PXG certainly didn’t overcook it.
MOI is nine percent higher than the standard 0211 which should translate to forgiveness on the golf course. It’s an unexpected engineering effort for clubs designed to service beginners.
The 0211 Z driver’s stepped crown design does present some acoustic challenges. PXG was able to mitigate the problem with a pair of honeycomb TPE inserts. Is it going to sound as good as a GEN4 driver? Probably not but unless you’re out there trying to go full Bryson, it should be acceptable.
As with other PXG drivers, you get an adjustable loft sleeve. The days of PXG lining the perimeter of its drivers with tiny weights are over. The 0211 Z’s single weight is for swing weighting purposes only. The stock weight is 10 grams but additional weights are available in 2.5 gram increments from 2.5 to 20 . That creates significantly more fitting options than you’ll get from a Nitro Blaster set from Walmart.
PXG 0211 Z Fairway and Hybrid
The story of the 0211 Z fairway and hybrid (one of each comes with the set) doesn’t deviate much from the driver. The fairway wood (labeled 4) is 18 degrees. The 5-hybrid is 25 degrees. They’re both large profile designs similar to what you’d expect from others that play in the forgiving fairway and hybrid space.
Like the driver, the PXG 0211 Z fairway and hybrid feature a stepped crown. Both also have a dropped heel and toe as part of the design. The idea is to drive the center of gravity low to make the clubs as easy to launch as possible.
To that end, centers of gravity are lower than they are in the standard 0211, though I suspect the target buyer isn’t going to care about that, even if they’ll appreciate the benefits. The design is a bit like the new Adams Tight Lies (though not to the same extent) in that the faces are taller to give golfers a bit more room to miss high.
As with the driver, a honeycomb TPE insert helps keep sound and feel pleasant without the need for rib structures.
The fairway and hybrid are loft adjustable and offer a single swing weight-tunable weight port.
PXG 0211 Z Hybrid Irons
As we transition to the six hybrid irons (6-iron through sand wedge, 27 to 55 degrees) that make up the 0211 Z set, things really start to get interesting.
Before we get into that, I’d ask you to take a moment to ponder what a golf club might look like if it was purpose-built without the need to navigate the obstacles put up by golfers who have preconceived notions of what a golf club is supposed to look like.
We’re talking about a blank slate here and while that isn’t going to work for established golfers, I’d wager that a lack of experience makes new golfers more open to function over form.
With that said, allow me to state the obvious. The PXG 0211 Z hybrid irons are big and bulky but that’s the cost of a club designed to be easy AF to hit. If you’ve never hit golf balls with any regularity, that last bit should prove to be the most important.
Like most other PXG irons, the 0211 Z hybrid irons feature hollow-body construction. While there is a bit of goo for swing weighting and sound dampening, you’re not getting the full polymer-filled PXG experience. To be clear, it’s not that PXG is cutting corners or scaling back tech to save a buck. The reality is that the 0211 Z irons are so big that air is about the only filling that doesn’t make the weight untenable.
To be sure, the 0211 Z hybrid irons don’t sound like other PXG irons and this is perhaps a case where I might even advocate for a softer golf ball but, again, the target audience for this lineup isn’t the person trying to decide between Left Dash and Chrome Soft X LS.
When it comes to the look at address, what you see is, more or less, what you get. The PXG 0211 Z hybrid irons offer a deep body, wide soles, a square face, significant offset and a stepped-back design. That last bit serves the need to push centers of gravity low and back. Again, we’re talking about doing everything possible to make the clubs as easy to hit as possible.
Knocking them around a bit, I’ve come to believe it’s near impossible to hit them fat. It’s a fascinating experience that led me to ask myself, “Could I …?” Probably not. But maybe.
PXG isn’t the only brand to try a two-toned silver-and-black combination with irons in the extra-super-duper-game-improvement space. The idea is to use the black PVD back to hide some of the bulk or at least blend it in. At address, I suppose one could argue it looks a bit like a shadow but at the end of the day, it’s a big iron and no amount of visual trickery can change that.
The PXG 0211 Z hybrid irons look big at address—and probably in your nightmares, too—but dare I say the finish does perhaps make it look just a bit smaller than it is? More importantly, the bulk in the design should serve beginning and low swing speed golfers exceptionally well.
“This isn’t a club for everyone,” says Brad Schweigert, Chief Product Officer at PXG. “What makes it great for new players with not a lot of speed doesn’t make it great for a lot of players.”
If it’s not for you, it’s not for you, but if you’re anything like my very low-skilled wife, maybe.
PXG 0211 Z Fitting
Where fitting is concerned, you absolutely can go to a PXG fitting location and be fitted for the 0211 Z. It’s an option PXG fitters will be able to offer their customers but PXG is also aware that there can be an intimidation factor to club fitting and that’s especially true for new golfers. Golfers who haven’t developed a repeatable swing may not want to get fitted.
To best serve those golfers, PXG has developed some basic fitting logic. By understanding your height, age, gender and dexterity, PXG can probably do a better job of fitting you online than the kid working in the sporting goods section at Target.
There are several options for buying PXG 0211 Z golf clubs. For golfers who just want to dip their toes in a bit, you can buy a three-piece wood set or a six-piece hybrid-iron set. If you’re ready to go all in, the not-a-box-set option includes three metalwoods, six hybrid-irons, an 0211 putter, a bag, a hat and maybe a bowl of soup.
The 0211 Z offering speaks to the idea that just because you’re new to the game, you don’t have to play hand-me-downs or box set garbage. New golfers can want nice things, too, and, presumably, they want something that’s going to make the game more enjoyable out of the gate.
To be sure, the PXG 0211 Z is one of the more expensive offerings for new golfers and I would think that anyone jumping in either has money to burn or is fully committed to forging a lasting relationship with the game. In either case, we’re talking about a segment that expects a quality product designed with them in mind.
If nothing else, it’s always good to have options.
Pricing and Availability
The PXG 0211 Z is available as a 10-piece set ($1,695 including a bag and hat), a 3-piece Woods set ($795), or as a 6-piece Hybrid-Irons set ($795).
For more information, visit PXG.com.
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Peter Langan7 months ago
I’m 84 j play to a 12 and really respect PXG.. I’m thinking of these clubs because they well might help keep me competitive for a few more years.. Those who don’t understand the concept of the design are missing out the results.. Having played for 73 years, and once played St Andrews 3 times and my highest score was a 77, I’m just judging clubs by their potential at this time in my golfing life and PXG is now the most popular for a reason..
MW11 months ago
I am still a beginner golfer, having started playing about three years ago at the age of 39. I’m a small female, 48 handicap, with a slow swing speed. I played the Cobra FMAX ladies set until I ordered these a few weeks ago. I absolutely love them. I definitely lowered my handicap by a few strokes, but the most important improvement I’ve seen is consistency. I am able to trust my swing more and I’ve seen better results staying in the fairway, getting out of bunkers, and longer distance on my second shots with the 4W. I have the Gen4 0811 XF driver, which I do like better than the one that came in this set. I do not give a flying flip about how “ugly” these irons are. Maybe people are talking behind my back, but no one has said a word about them to me. My playing partners are noticing that my pace of play has improved and that I’m better able to keep up with the group without picking up. I wasn’t all that concerned about the price since it was still less than getting a whole back from the top OEMs. I highly recommend these clubs for high handicappers and beginners. I have so much more confidence that the ball is going to do what I’d like it to do. I think PXG nailed it on these. And yes, my husband who plays PXG, saw these and immediately said we needed to replace my Cobras. So I pretty much have the whole marketing demographic covered here….
AJ Patel1 year ago
As a golfer who played 60 Rounds in 2021 and Handicap of 10.7, I was looking to improve my ball striking. I purchased these Nontraditional 2011 Z irons.
I have a driver swing speed of 94 mph. I usually hit 11/14 fairways. 34 putts per rounds. With these Irons I have gained 6 yards per club. GIR has improved and scores have dropped by 2 shots per round.
These irons are for the weekend warrior who is looking for consistency in their Irons.
Richard Campbell1 year ago
I just got Gen4 PXG driver, woods ,hybrids and Gen 3 irons. Love them, but as over 70 years old golfer, any way to hit my irons higher and more consistent is welcomed. Have played Cobra T Rails , Cleveland Hibore and Wilson LaunchPads in past with fairly good results and realize the benefits of the hybrid-iron approach for older slow swing speed golfers. Have hit the PXG 0211 Z 7 iron and it felt great and longer than my GEN 3 0311 XP 7 iron. Unsure if I will add them to my collection because no Gap wedge available, but as you get older and slower sometime you have to check your ego at door and do want works. Don’t think these irons are just for beginners , seniors can benefit as well. Anyone else agree or what t comments?
Steve (the real one, pithy and insufferable)1 year ago
Great idea on the “wood” lofts. Most beginner/recreational golfers don’t play enough loft. [That low bullet off the tee might look okay but it’s costing you distance.] The black contrast on the aft of the irons is also good design along with the wide soles. We’re talking beginners here, people. Getting the ball in the air is a heart-warming accomplishment.
And start with some lessons – not your (I mean you husbands) jacked up ideas. Get grip, alignment, balance and tempo ingrained. Short practice sessions instead of tedious mat pounding. Have fun.
P.J.1 year ago
That’s a pretty big investment for someone who may/may not like golf. I applaud PXG for building a set for the new golfers, but at $1700 for 10 clubs – yeah, don’t think I’d spend that much on someone just starting out and not ever sure they’ll continue. If their interest and skill level picks up, they’re likely to outgrow these clubs fairly quickly.
oldguy1 year ago
Might as well use croquet mallets……..
mackdaddy91 year ago
They look very forgiving.
CoryO1 year ago
Looks like this is going to be my wife’s new set as well. I’m completely fine with the looks, anything that makes the game a bit easier is beautiful IMO.
(and you can bet that I’ll play a round with them as well once they arrive).
R. Edwards1 year ago
Good for Pxg, a company that sponsors the LPGA and loads of up and comers is trying to encourage more people to try the sport we love…bravo PXG. The cost is only a problem for peeps that would never purchase any way…by the way MGS should not review or educate based on price ever.
Mike1 year ago
For someone new to golf, there’s the ~$300 Top-flite starter set vs the PXG $1,700. So price shouldn’t be mentioned??? That’s nuts. Tell 100 new golfers that, hey, welcome to the game, your 1st set of clubs will cost you $1,700. Probably 98% will say, WTF & walk away. Unless you’re wealthy, price (along w/ the value associated w/ that price) is nearly always a consideration.
Jon1 year ago
There are plenty of wealthy people out there. Have you ever perused the buy/sell forum at GolfWRX ? ,,💲💲💲
Mr Realist1 year ago
The look of the irons have genuinely made me feel sick. Even if they were free nobody gifted with sight would ever use them.
Mike1 year ago
Wow, let me guess, you’ must be a really, really, really good player. And a snob.
greg p1 year ago
Not for me either. But looks do exude quality, and I can see where they might benefit/help many.
Initially, I was not a fan of PXG. I’m still turned off by the premium pricing, but starting to come around and find their marketing strategy very interesting.
Keith Finley1 year ago
We need a head to head vs the Clevelands, Wilson Launchpads and Cobras!
Mark1 year ago
Tony, you didn’t answer the most important question posed. Does your wife like them? It matters not what they played like for you.
Gary Dulin1 year ago
I think these are great for a beginner who won’t think or care what they look like. My wife threatened to take up golf & I hooked up some one length Pinhawk irons which are all hybrid looking. She has had modest success with them & never once mentioned ugly. They provide as much help as she can get which is exactly what these PXG’s will do at a better quality point albeit with a pricier purchase point – but consider bag, irons, woods Hybrid …$1700 ? PXG ? Good deal I say.
Hunter1 year ago
While I don’t like the look of these irons, I will defend PXG on two points. One, they look and sound like they would be great for a beginner to hit. When you are just starting out, looks should not be the most important thing to you. And two, the price is spot on. The above post saying the pricing is a non-starter is inaccurate. Ping, Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade all of their beginner clubs are priced in the same range as these clubs. Usually I rip PXG over their overpriced clubs, but in this case they are right in line with other club manufactures offerings for beginners/game improvement clubs.
Michael C.1 year ago
I think these are terrific. I’ve been trying to get my step son to play for years. His girlfriend has the desire to play and he’ll go along with it. With Christmas coming up these and some lessons could do the trick. I play PXG irons and a hybrid. They’re great.
The kids would care less about the top line or what Cleveland did 10 years ago.. There’s a market for these like there was when PXG started out with the same people saying the price is out of line for golf clubs. The minute I read this article I saw the value in these clubs and a need it could fill.
If the kids are serious about giving golf a shot, I’d Oder two sets as I see the value in these. Again, these is a market for these.
Kevin1 year ago
They’re not for me, but I don’t hate them. When I need clubs like these I’ll probably look to Cleveland or Tour Edge, but if I’m driving an S Class then maybe these.
Luis Ramirez1 year ago
I see, they see = Cleveland all over it. But for a different customer.
Brendan1 year ago
PXG still making the ugliest clubs in golf…. Nothing to see here
DJ1 year ago
Training wheels aren’t pretty, but they help teach a lot of kids how to ride a bike.. Who cares? If their ugly, their not for you. If it brings more people into the sport and they become better golfers more quickly – which means they’re less likely to hold you up if your behind them, then that’s a good thing. We were all new at this game once.
DPavs1 year ago
Cleveland stopped making the Hibores so I guess somebody had to pick up the slack. That said the design, while ugly, really seemed to be work for those with slower swing speeds and who need help launching the ball… can you say many/most beginners?
Mark R1 year ago
Looks a lot like the Cleveland Launcher hybrid irons, but Cleveland costs less.
I don’t envision PXG is going to be successful with this line – price point is too high for the beginner golfer. Most beginners willing to spend real money on clubs will buy above their ability and expect to “improve” into their clubs.
Nice idea, but the beginner golfer is not willing to drop $1,695…even if it comes with a hat. If the price was $995 all in, I’d say “maybe”.
Jon1 year ago
The guy that already plays PXG will absolutely buy these for his wife who wants to take up the game……
Brian1 year ago
I can tell you…my wife would be in on these (and a trip to Scottsdale for a fitting!). She does fall into the aforementioned demographic…but she has a Callaway set that she is happy with. So let’s just not tell her about these!
The irons do have the aesthetic of the bull’s nuts you might see on ridiculously jacked up pickup trucks.. I had a set of Biomech clubs about thirty years ago. Same design concept. And after using them for years, I struggled for consistency with blade irons for a long time. Thank god that has passed!!!
Neil1 year ago
Oh my God, I nearly threw up! Those irons are fugly! I wouldn’t be seen dead with them even as a beginner which I’m not. If there was ever an image / threat to encourage more practice at the range, or we will make you use these…!
There are better looking beginner irons than these…. The woods look OK.
Glenn1 year ago
Who cares what they look like if they do the job?
Neil1 year ago
Golf shop owners, it’s call shelf appeal. And who says they work?
Mike1 year ago
Who cares what they look like??? These are designed for NEW players who don’t have a clue what an iron should look like & probably don’t give a crap either. And exactly what should an iron look like??? Ask 100 different golfers (of all skill levels) & you’ll get many different answers.
Tee Lassar1 year ago
concept is great, price is a complete nonstarter for beginners and “non skilled” or infrequent casual golfers unless they happen to have six figure incomes
Steve S1 year ago
First, let me say I like PXG stuff. But basically they’ve done what Cleveland did 10 year ago with drivers, fairways and hybrids and what Tour Edge did with their “iron-wood” lines. Both of which have been copied previously by others.
Jonathan1 year ago
Agree Steve. I’m glad PXG is doing this – I mean, why not? This kind of design is obviously better for slower swing players (not just beginners). but, it’s not revolutionary by any means – you mentioned Cleveland and Tour Edge, and there are also the Cobra T-rails. And, one that I want to mention is Thomas Golf, which has a complete set of clubs that are all fairway wood design all the way up through wedge-lofts. Moon-Woods are another interesting option. As my dad has aged, he has struggled more and more with irons to the point it’s not fun for him anymore. He still has a good swing with his woods. I set out on a quest to get him a set of clubs he could enjoy the game with more that would take advantage of his “still-decent-wood-swing”. First we tried going the Club-Champion fitting route and ended up with a set of Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo hybrid-style irons. But, those ended up not working out well at all because the higher degree irons are still pretty much normal irons – which he just can’t hit. So, we’re selling them, and over the past several months , I’ve pieced together a set of clubs that include fairway woods (Callaway and Tour Edge) all the way up to 27 degrees and then a ping G-425 6-hybrid at 30 degrees and a Callaway Mavrik 8-hybrid at 33 degrees, then I got 3 Thomas Golf single clubs (7, 8, 9) on ebay all the way to 42 degrees … And, that’s about all he needs. The Thomas Golf clubs have been impressive and are perfect for him. He now hits every club in his bag pretty darn well and has a chance on every shot now. He keeps a “traditional, game-improvement” 7-iron, PW, and SW for the around-the-green stuff. It’s been a very rewarding experience/quest to get him this set that helps him to perform, score, and enjoy the game again.
Greg Miller1 year ago
I’m even a PXG fan (driver and fairway wood) but oof, those iron/hybrid tings are painful in the top-down view.
Rob W.1 year ago
Is it better than the Cobra Fmax airspeed set?
Sure doesn’t look better., but most super game improvement clubs look awful..
Duane Baker1 year ago
I agree. Would love to see how these stack up against the Cobra Fmax and the other clubs in your Most Wanted Super Game Improvement. Looking for a set for my wife and the Cobra Fmax airspeed seems to be the way to go for a full set.