PXG 0311 XP GEN5 Iron Review

Our verdict on the 0311 XP GEN5 iron, a new game-improvement release from PXG

PXG 0311 XP GEN5 Iron Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

If your game is steady – even as a mid- or higher handicap – and you want a good pick-me-up in a sleek-looking iron every time you get to the course, this iron is for you. Stepping up to this model may well help you step up your iron game.

Reasons to buy
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    Great looks

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    Large clubhead

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    Super forgiving

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    Long distance

Reasons to avoid
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    If you’re still learning to play golf, you need to get fitted for these

PXG 0311 XP GEN5 Iron Review

Mid- and high-handicaps need help from their clubs – in terms of performance and forgiveness. And the new-for-2022 GEN5 0311 XP delivers on all fronts. You’ll find your target line more often than not, and will see exceptional distance through the bag, with fast ball speed and ultra-soft feel. The impact sound is satisfying. And as you stand over the ball, the look of the large-headed, offset, thick-topline iron behind the ball begs you to take a hefty cut.

Like its sister models for better players, the XP has a proprietary, light-and-fast polymer core system directly behind the very thin clubface. But in this case, it’s bigger and wider – translating to more clubface deflection at impact for better energy transfer into the ball, higher ball speed and more distance.

PXG 0311 XP GEN5 Iron

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Plus the power channel boosts the deflection on balls you strike off the top half of the clubface, resulting in a higher launch angle and more ball speed. It’s a win-win for golfers who aren’t the most consistent with their irons. Each blade length is also longer than the sister models, so there’s more face area for you to play with. And the wider sole helps the club negotiate turf like it’s butter. 

Lofts in this set are roughly two degrees stronger than the comparable clubs in the P model, and the shafts are slightly longer. This helps you achieve longer distances. But the way the club is weighted and structured, you’ll still get all the trajectory you’re looking for.

In our testing, it was a piece of cake to lock in a nice draw flight with a lot of oomph into each shot. It gave us the sensation that we were either bionic or perpetually playing with the wind. And feel was awesome, as well.

Scott Kramer is a freelance writer based in Southern California. He carries a 5.2 index, along with a hacker's short game. Yet the former Senior Editor of GOLF Magazine always tries to bring his "A" game to his writing. 

Here's what's in Scott's golf bag: Driver: Callaway Epic Speed driver Fairway wood: Titleist TSi2 4-wood Hybrid: Titleist H1 hybrid Irons: Titleist AP1 irons Wedges: Vokey wedges Putter: An old Odyssey Versa putter that's been refurbished twice!