- The PXG 0311 GEN5 iron family includes three models (0311 T, 0311 P, 0311 XP).
- According to PXG, GEN5 irons are longer and more forgiving than their predecessors.
- An all-black “Black Label Elite” version is also available.
- Retail price is $349 each for chrome and $449 each for Black Label Elite.
Technically, PXG doesn’t have release cycles but that doesn’t mean the company has ever been content to sit on what it has. Its GEN4 lineup launched about a year and a half ago. By industry standards, more than enough time has passed to justify the release of the new PXG 0311 GEN5 irons.
Those close to the development of the new irons believe GEN5 represents the biggest model-to-model advancement in the company’s history. And while that’s the kind of bravado that accompanies nearly every product release, the jump from GEN4 to GEN5 is certainly the most intriguing I’ve seen from the company to date.
Let’s dig in.
PXG 0311 GEN5 Iron Construction
It’s not the most fascinating stuff. It’s also not likely to be the reason you buy (or don’t buy) the PXG 0311 GEN5 irons but I wanted to start with an overview of the construction of the PXG’s latest flagship irons.
As with other 0311 irons, the GEN5 irons are multi-piece, multi-material forgings. The summary version is that while the faces are forged from HT1770 (PXG’s face material of choice since 0311 GEN1), the bodies are forged from 8620. Sandwiched in between is a proprietary PXG-branded XCOR2 polymer. Tungsten screws and a swappable (not by you) precision weight complete the package.
If that’s all the detail you need, feel free to skip ahead. You won’t hurt my feelings.
Digging deeper into the details …
PXG uses a five-step forgiving forging process, with each step requiring a unique mold. Using multiple discrete molds allows PXG to create a precise final shape while also slowly forming the internal cavity of the GEN5 irons that holds the XCOR2 polymer.
It’s an extensive process that significantly increases manufacturing costs. If you find that hard to believe, I’ll simply point out that mold costs are cited industry-wide as the primary reason why a healthy number of forged clubs aren’t available for lefties.
Milled back surface
While it has been toned down quite a bit from the GEN4 irons, PXG 0311 GEN5 irons still feature a milled back surface. Whether it looks cool (PXG believes 0311 GEN5 are the “coolest-looking irons ever”) or not is subject to one’s personal tastes (I legit love them), the design isn’t strictly cosmetic. The milling process precisely removes m aterial beyond what’s possible with forging alone. The specific objective is to reduce wall thickness and steal weight from where it isn’t needed.
XCOR2 is the latest generation of PXG’s polymer iron filling. The key performance attribute of the new goo is that it’s lighter and faster than the original XCOR—and presumably PXG’s previous three iterations of filler materials.
The lighter part is simple enough and plenty familiar. The XCOR2 material used in PXG 0311 GEN5 irons is less dense than the original XCOR. A lighter polymer means a bit of extra mass that PXG engineers were able to reallocate elsewhere in the head. It’s boilerplate MOI/forgiveness stuff.
The faster part of the XCOR2 story stems from the fact that the material has a higher COR (coefficient of restitution). Simplified, it’s more responsive. That said, we’re really talking about a material that’s faster insomuch as it slows down the face less than the previous material.
It’s a classic give-and-take situation. Iron fillers like XCOR2 and SpeedFoam allow for thinner faces (and PXG still has the thinnest iron faces in golf) but they also give speed back by limiting the face’s ability to flex. The faces on the PXG 0311 GEN5 irons aren’t hurting for speed so I suppose it’s a reasonable trade for improved sound and feel.
The Power Channel in the PXG 0311 GEN5 irons isn’t so much a feature as it is a necessity.
When testing prototypes of the GEN5 irons, PXG engineers found the new irons launched lower than expected (or desired). Through a bit of trial and error, they found a strategically placed channel on the backside of the iron face increased the launch angle of the irons.
Loft for loft, the data suggests the 0311 GEN5 will launch marginally lower than GEN4 but they’re well within a workable trajectory window.
When PXG says “precision weighting,” it’s talking about the large centrally placed weights/screws. They provide a simple means for PXG fitters to experiment with head/swing weight as part of the fitting process. For many, the stock weight will work just fine but, for others, going a few points heavier or lighter will provide better results.
The weights aren’t intended to be user replicable and are fixed in place with a tamper-proof secure Torx screw.
Like that’s going to stop me.
The other five old-school-PXG-looking weights (three in the toe, two in the heel) are fixed tungsten screws. They serve as mass plugs to help improve performance on off-center strikes but they’re not part of the swing-weighting equation and aren’t intended to be removed and swapped.
Model to model, the heel and toe weights boost MOI by roughly five percent over GEN4.
The larger black portions surrounding the tungsten screws that look like large weights aren’t actually separate pieces. The aesthetic is the result of some clever milling and a couple splashes of PXG’s black DLC (diamond-like carbon) finish.
When developing the 0311 GEN5 irons, PXG made a few prototypes with what I guess can be described as separate weight chunks. Ultimately, they didn’t perform as well but the two-tone look stuck around for the final design.
Before we jump into the individual model breakdown, I wanted to touch on the mostly subjective concept of feel. Since GEN1, PXG has claimed its goo-filled hollow-body irons provide a single-piece forged iron feel. To be sure, it wasn’t the first to make the claim, it won’t be the last, and, frankly, plenty claim the same and deliver far worse.
With the allowance that there’s plenty of variety in forged iron feel, I’ve always found PXG irons to feel significantly better than most castings but a step below the best feeling forgings on the market and, yes, that is absolutely code for Mizuno.
With GEN5, my opinion is that PXG has narrowed the gap to the point that it may not even exist anymore. I hit the GEN5 side by side with the Mizuno Pro line (with real golf balls) and was shocked by how similar they were.
Am I saying that PXG 0311 GEN5 irons feel as good as Mizunos? Oooh … That’s dangerous. At the risk of stirring up an angry mob, I will say they’re close enough that most won’t notice and even more won’t notice enough to care.
Bottom line: PXG has been telling me for years that its irons offer a premium forged iron feel. This time around, I finally agree.
PXG 0311 GEN5 Irons – 3 Models
As has become its tradition, PXG is launching the 0311 GEN5 iron lineup with three models: 0311 T, 0311 P and 0311 XP. If history is any indication, we’ll eventually see a 0311 ST GEN5 blade but officially that’s TBD.
PXG 0311 T GEN5 Irons
The T is the Tour model in the GEN5 family. As the name suggests, it’s the most compact iron in the current 0311 GEN5 lineup. PXG describes the 0311 T as a forgiving, blade-style design. That’s a fair description, though I wouldn’t classify the T as one of the most compact player’s iron designs on the market.
A fair size comparison is probably the TaylorMade P770. It’s a small-ish iron but not necessarily to a frightening degree.
By comparison with the other irons in the PXG 0311 GEN5 family, the 0311 T has a thinner topline, narrower sole, less offset and a shorter blade length. All of that is to be expected with the blade length, in particular, being the reason why the T is described as workable.
It should go without saying that the 0311 T is the least forgiving of PXG’s GEN5 irons but I’d wager it’s among the more forgiving irons in its category.
Since GEN2, I’ve been fitted into combo sets. With GEN3 (and GEN4), I had a couple of Ts at the short end of the bag. With GEN5, I found my way into a full set of Ts and while that was surprising, I suppose, it also speaks to the value of fitting, making no concrete assumptions and making sure you have the opportunity to try everything before making your decision.
0311T GEN5 Performance
By the numbers, PXG says the 0311 T GEN5 is one mph faster than GEN4. In testing, it launched .4 degrees lower with an additional 100 rpm of spin. Total distance is only 1.3 yards longer than GEN5 but distance isn’t really the point of a Tour iron, is it?
The disclaimer for those and the other numbers I’ll share is that the data comes from PXG’s own robot testing.
0311 GEN5 T Specs
As you can see, 0311T GEN5 lofts are reasonably traditional. For everyone other than Tiger Woods, the 48-degree pitching wedge is all but dead. Given how much mass is being dumped into the soles of modern irons, a 32-degree 7-iron and 46-degree pitching wedge are sensible for the Tour/player’s iron category.
Having said that, I’d remind you that stock lofts should be treated as nothing more than a starting point—suggestions, perhaps. As with drivers, there’s no iron loft spec that’s right for everyone. I’m a classic example of that.
In trying the PXG 0311 GEN 5 irons, I was inarguably making better, more consistent contact with the Ts than the Ps and XPs but they were launching a bit high with too much spin (not an uncommon occurrence in my world). The solution? PXG built my set two degrees strong. That leaves me with a 30-degree 7-iron and a 44-degree pitching wedge. That’s typically a good place for me. I’m still making good contact but now I’m hitting ideal trajectory windows and adding distance as well.
It’s a classic win-win made possible through fitting.
To reiterate: When it comes to iron lofts, there is no right or wrong. There is only what works for you and what doesn’t. There’s no reason why a bending machine can’t be part of the iron fitting process.
PXG 0311 P GEN5 Irons
The 0311 P GEN5 occupies what I call the Goldilocks position in the PXG lineup. Sitting between the T and XP in nearly every way, it’s the model that the majority of golfers are likely to find just right. If PXG only made a single iron, the 0311 P GEN5 would be it.
With that comes moderate blade lengths and offset and a mid-width sole, topline and a midsized blade length. Your market comps are somewhere in the vicinity of the TaylorMade P790 and Callaway APEX.
The 0311 P is more forgiving than the T and not as hyper distance focused as the XP.
If you want to call it an iron capable of meeting the needs of a wide range of golfers, I wouldn’t disagree.
0311 P GEN5 Performance
According to PXG, compared to the 0311 P GEN4, the new irons are 1.4 mph faster. They launch half a degree lower with about 375 rpm less spin. That nets out to just a bit less than 4.5 yards of increased distance over GEN4. While the added distance may or may not be important to you, it’s worth mentioning that length and loft specifications haven’t changed from GEN4 to GEN5.
0311 P GEN5 Specs
With a 30-degree 7-iron and 44-degree pitching wedge, I’d describe the lofts as sensible for the category. Perhaps there’s a slight distance slant but they’re not outside the realm of playable for average golfers. The lower launch and spin may be of concern to some so, as always, I’d recommend keeping a close eye on descent angles and getting fitted if possible.
PXG 0311 XP GEN5 Irons
The 0311 XP GEN5 is the (E)xtreme performance iron in the 0311 GEN5 family. Simplified, it’s the longest and most forgiving.
As you’ve no doubt figured out, the 0311 XP GEN5 is the largest iron in the PXG GEN5 iron family. The topline is the thickest. The sole is the widest. Blade length is the longest and offset is the most generous.
Don’t let that turn you off. The XP isn’t a particularly clunky-looking iron. One of the things PXG has always done well is hide the bulk in its designs. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say it looks like a blade, the XP looks smaller than it plays which can be a desirable attribute in an iron.
On paper, the 0311 XP GEN5 reads a bit like an iron for higher handicap golfers but I’d wager there are more than a few mid-handicap golfers who could benefit from the XP.
If nothing else, golfers who struggle with long irons might want to consider the XP at the scary end of the bag.
0311 XP GEN5 Performance
Looking to PXG’s numbers one last time, the company says the 0311 XP GEN5 is 2.5 mph faster than its GEN4. It launches .7 degrees lower but spin only dips by 90 rpm or so. PXG puts the total distance gain at five yards (with tighter dispersion) and, again, that’s at the same length and loft as the GEN4.
0311 XP GEN5 Specs
With a 27-degree 7-iron and 41-degree pitching wedge, the 0311 XP GEN5 irons offer up the kind of loft (or lack thereof) that makes me nervous. On one hand, there’s a healthy amount of mass low and deep and that does mean higher launch (PXG’s XP irons have typically been among the highest launching in the category). On the other, it can take a little bit of speed to turn that low static loft into playable dynamic loft.
The reality is that some golfers are content with distance any way they can get it. For the rest of us, I will again defer to fitting and a bending machine.
PXG 0311 GEN5 Chrome irons retail for $349 per iron. They’re also included in PXG’s full bag deal (14 clubs) for $4,599.
PXG 0311 GEN5 Black Label Elite
All three 0311 GEN5 iron models will be available in what PXG is calling Black Label Elite. Black Label Elite irons feature PXG’s signature Xtreme Dark Finish. The black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) is significantly more durable than PVD which means you’re not spending extra for an iron that’s going to look like crap after a dozen rounds.
As part of the Black Label Elite package, PXG is offering a blacked-out Steel Fiber Private Reserve shaft. It’s available in i110-S, i95-S, i70-R and i60-A. As fitting is an integral part of the PXG model, if the Steelfiber shafts don’t work for you, you’re free to choose anything else in the matrix. No upcharge.
PXG 0311 GEN5 Black Label Elite Irons retail for $449 per iron. They can also be included in a 14-club full bag purchase for $5,599.
PXG 0311 GEN5 Driving Iron
Rounding out the 0311 GEN5 iron family is the 0311 X GEN5 driving iron. PXG’s single-loft utility offers the same features as the rest of the GEN5 lineup in a slightly larger package.
The face is taller and the blade length is longer but, not to be trifled with, offset is minimal. We’re definitely not talking about a lower-lofted XP iron.
Use cases vary but PXG says the 0311 GEN5 driving iron is an alternative to a stronger lofted hybrid or as a specialty iron to meet the challenges of certain courses or conditions.
It’s available as an 18-degree 2-iron only. However, as with other GEN5 irons, it can easily be bent to meet your specific needs. Given that the bounce is only two degrees, I wouldn’t go nuts bending it stronger.
Retail price for the 0311 GEN5 driving iron is $349.
PXG 0311 GEN5 Irons are available now. For more information, visit PXG.com.
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Tim G2 weeks ago
Had a set of Gen 4 P for about 3 months. Sold them and went back to Ping i210’s and have never looked back. Pro Clubs in Scottsdale just took in a truckload of used PXG irons. 60 day money back guarantee was a poor business plan. People basically used irons while out for Superbowl and golf vacation and returned them. PXG couldn’t sell them so they off load them to try and recoup what they can. If they were that good more guys would be using them on tour. $3 million for an elevated event is worth finding the best fit. Obviously it’s not PXG. Kaboom baby.
Michael8 months ago
Traditionalists will whine, newer generation golfers will love them. To eachthier own. My I’m 42, 9hcp and I did a free fitting at an event. The weight screws as we know aren’t for looks the are for ultimate customization to Taylor the headlight to your swing exactly. Also swing weight. you order a P790, Callway Apex etc, if you put in an 85g shat, a 100g shaft or 120 gram shaft the swing weights will be way off and diff. These weight screws allow someone who need extra or less iron length, light or heavier shat the ability to have their ideal swing weight without going up into the D6-E2 or down to C8-D0.
Say what you will but they are the most fitted iron on the market. Expensive yes but take price out and just look at it iron for iron.
Luckily I am a veteran and get their Heroes Pricing so I got the Gen5 0311p irons for $214 each. Most better players clubs are $185 per like the P790, Apex, Mizuno Pro 225. So if you are military or a first responder, the hero pricing IMO put this as the iron you can get best fitted in.
Off the rack fold will be diff of course, its all the mindset of what you want. I like the industrial look of these but also a clean iron. Don’t knocked until you try them.
Tom S.10 months ago
Bought the Gen4 black full bag deal recently. Took delivery on May 7th. By May 14th PXG dropped the full bag price of Gen5 by $1,000. No exchanges though the price would be equal. Might be something worth reporting on, why a price slash 2 weeks into launch. Not a happy customer
Rick F10 months ago
Why didn’t you go back to PXG? They offer a 30 day price guarantee and would have refunded or credited the difference.. THAT might be something worth reporting on.
Dick A.11 months ago
Way too expensive for my taste.. Yes, I paid around $389 for my bag and am looking at some Calloway’s for $1,200+ tax, and a bunch for my Ping driver but come on, get real!. The $349 per club is just plain nuts. These are club for the guy that wants to show off his money and not his skill. Why aren’t the pros using them. I haven’t seen a bag review with one of them in the slots. Will you play better with them. Some say “the game of golf is mostly in your head” and now to some it is in their wallet too..
JasonA11 months ago
Dear PXG engineers, the reason the launch is low is because your 6 iron has the same loft as my 4 iron.
Not to be the loft police but sometimes, well, duh
Mike11 months ago
IMHO, all this loft nonsense started about 12 yes ago w/ a set of TM irons. Nick Faldo was in a commercial where he hit a new TM 7i & said “wow, it’s going as far as my 6i”. As we later found out, that 7i had basically the same specs as his previous 6i.
Who falls for this dumb increased distance crap? I’ve always kept my irons based on loft degrees, not the stupid number on the club.
Buck11 months ago
J-full of himself! 😝. Only when they come out with the hot pink pearlized bumper pads, would I ever consider!!!
Lefthack11 months ago
Way too steampunk for my taste. I love what they did with the 0211 ST’s, but they are polar opposites to these in pretty much every way.
RON ANTHONY11 months ago
Not a fan of all the screws around the perimeter of the club head on the irons. I understand their purpose, but don’t like the look. That being said, all the woods and hybrids of this new generation look great. All the business is on the sole so it is not visible. I personally would not buy PXG irons. I also do not like the commercials. I cannot stand Bob Parsons screaming all the time. Why can’t he just do a regular “calm” voice commercial so everyone can see and hear the person he really is?
Robert Ham11 months ago
Agree that the commercials sound like a used car dealer.
Chris C11 months ago
100% agree. I mute the TV when the PXG commercials are on. Why does he have to scream at me? Are PXG customers required to scream during their back swings? Scream while putting? Scream when filling out the scorecard? It never ends. Maddening.
bob11 months ago
Looks like something Darth Vader would play. A person who relies on technology and tries to look the part but doesn’t have the ‘force’ to actually play golf will really love these irons.
Steve Dodds11 months ago
I currently play Gen3 XPs.
What I like about them is that due to strong lofts I can cover the range of 27-28* to GW with one fewer club than the P or T. I don’t have gapping issues.
This frees up a spot for extra hybrids, wedges or driving iron.
Plus the offset is actually less loft for loft on the XP than the P.
I didn’t see the value in moving to Gen 4, and I can’t see it in Gen 5, but value is in the eye of the beholder.
JJ11 months ago
I completely agree on not seeing the value in upgrading to the Gen 4’s or Gen 5’s. I currently play the Gen 3’s as well and am completely content with the distance, gapping and forgiveness. What I can’t wrap my head around is $350 for a single iron. That’s more than I spent on my Stealth Plus Hybrids…
Joe11 months ago
I like my PXG’s Gen4, but the Gen5 looks like someone bolted a wing on a Honda Civic!
Richard Caponetti11 months ago
Just my personal opinion, I never cared for the appearance of irons that have ports, screws and shafts with notches cut out near the hosel.
Dave11 months ago
I am a player iron man- these are plain ugly something that tinker toy would thought off-and the price is way out of line even for the best players
Gary B.11 months ago
“Broke boys.” Haha! I haven’t heard that one before, lol. PXG really has a thing, with all the screws and weights and stuff. I think they look a little strange. I guess I’m just a traditionalist. Plus, I love my Mizunos 😉
I’ll give the PXGs a try though. It’ll be fun to see what all those gizmos on the clubs do. Good article, thanks Mgs!
James C11 months ago
Longtime Mizuno player, current PXG player here. The 0311T Gen 3 look a lot like the Mizuno T-Zoid. I’ve been very happy with them. My initial reaction to these is “yuck” but these things have a way of growing on you over time and all of them look better in person.
Dave11 months ago
Love the black but I’ll have to wait until these are on sale when Gen6 is released 🙂
Dean Greene11 months ago
I have the Gen 3’s!!! So damn good I Love Them. If the new ones are better all I can say is WOW!!! Great job PXG!!!
Thomas A11 months ago
Cobra MB and CB irons are also 5x forged, so….
If you like these and can afford them, then go for it. It’s like buying a BMW. Most people buy a BMW so they can be seen in a BMW. A Honda will still get you to work on time.
J-Full11 months ago
I switched from a Honda Accord coupe to a Mercedes AMG coupe, and while they both will get me to work on time, one looks sexier and is WAY more fun to drive 😂
Marq11 months ago
From your posts, sound like you’re hung up on “sexy”. This is the mygolfspy website, not pornhub, right? We’re talking about golf clubs, right? Wow, me & my boys’ definition of “sexy” is a whole lot different than yours.
G. Sa11 months ago
Any shaft besides the stock offering is going to be a hefty upcharge for any gen 5 except the black model. Not sure if he mentioned that “I might have missed it” so potentially $400 apiece unless you stick with the shaft they offer for every release now “TT Elevate/MMT Graphite.
Kerry11 months ago
They sound awesome but way too pricey for my palate!
Cecil Jansen11 months ago
If I could afford them, I would hit these woods & irons – just to find out what all the fuss is about i.e. why these clubs have their prices. I’m not a lover of the busy, overweight looking irons.
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door? No, this will never happen at all – except that there will probably be some “snob appeal” to playing these.
Also, who’s playing these in high level competition? Are their staff players doing better than the guys at that level playing TaylorMade, Titleist, Sxrizon or Ping? Not to my knowledge.
Emer11 months ago
My experience with PXG does not qualify as the best clubs in golf, period. The club builder couldn’t get the swingweight correctly as specified in the order form. Different clubs weighed differently getting only 2 correctly at D3 and tried to argue over the phone even though I have the all the tools in my garage to check swingweight, loft/lie as a master club repair guy. What a joke!
Mark Kuyawa11 months ago
My exact experience. I’ve ordered irons 3 times and specs always way off. From shaft lengths to swing weights and grips are the worst but easiest to fix. If the builds could be perfect I’d be much more inclined to try one more time.
MIGregB11 months ago
Honestly, I’ve always liked the design approach of PXG. Start with a clean sheet of paper, make no design decision based upon manufacturing cost/complexity, make the very best playing iron/driver/putter you can possibly make. When that all works, the cost is just what it is. I have no doubt that when properly fit, these are excellent playing products. But they have yet to crack the top 5 in the Most Wanted Testing which means they are little more than a “prestige” buy for the vast majority of us. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a prestige buy! And there’s lots of disposable income out there to make this viable. It’s just that I prefer over-spending my money elsewhere, especially when getting fit with other better Most Wanted performing clubs are mush less expensive.
J-Full11 months ago
Not sure if my original comment posted…
Before you Broke Boys start complaining about the price, just remember YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY THEM!
I’m gonna cop the all black. Those are sexy as f***
Rob11 months ago
Maybe I don’t get it, but I can’t get excited about irons that are “almost as good as a Mizuno” for only double the price! Maybe I have a tight budget compared to most but how can they sell these clubs at this price point? It’s like the complete opposite of Sub 70.
Mike11 months ago
The article said about how they feel like mizunos not perform or “almost as good”
J-Full11 months ago
How long before the broke boys jump in the comments complaining about the price?
I’m really curious to try these irons. I think the black ones look especially sexy.
And remember guys, if you think the clubs are too expensive, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY THEM!
Stage135011 months ago
This “broke boy” will stick with Miura and Mizunos. They know how to forge an iron to spec without having to mill away excess weight. They also know to use 1025-1020 steel for their forgings, not 8620 for faux forging.
Somebody Else11 months ago
9 times out of 10, me and my “broke boys” with our “budget” sticks will golf you and your richie boobs into oblivion.. Why is it that anybody that I’ve ever seen on the course with PXG’s has NEVER had the game to match what they paid for their clubs? Respect on the course is earned and not bought.. yet anybody who I’ve seen play PXG’s seems to think that’s how the game works. Sinto muito home slice
Also, just when I though the PGX was starting to get things right with their more simple designs, they go and do this.. (SMH)
James C10 months ago
You’re behind. This all changed with them offering older gens at lower prices. A lot of my low handicapper friends are playing 0311 Ts. My friend just ordered the gen 4 T in black. The prices are fine unless you want the newest thing right after release. Even the gen 5s will price drop sometime this summer.
Golfinnut11 months ago
I just can’t see myself ever paying that much for golf clubs. That’s an insane amount of money to go out & shoot the same scores I can with a set that costs half as much.