Welcome to GOLF.com’s ClubTest Proving Ground, where Equipment Editor Jonathan Wall and Equipment Editor Ryan Barath put the latest groundbreaking designs and technologies through their paces. equipment on the field and on the course.
The tools: PXG 0211 XCOR2 Irons (4-PW; True Temper Elevate 95 Shafts)
When PXG first introduced their 0211 irons in early 2019, we were surprised to see a company known for producing premium, premium golf equipment make an iron that was priced well below its high-end iterations. And for what it’s worth, the original 0211 iron exceeded expectations, proving that PXG not only knows what accomplished golfers want, but also what most weekend warriors like you and me need when playing golf. t’s all about exceptional performance at a price that won’t break. the bank.
Parsons and Co. did it again in 21 with an update that made the DualCor infused irons even better, promising huge distance and even more forgiveness – again, at a price you’d never expect of what we still consider a premium brand.
Logic would point to a 0211 redux coming in 2023, but come on now. It’s PXG, and they do things their way in Arizona. In just one calendar year, PXG has delivered a slew of new innovations in the all-new 2022 edition of the 0211 XCOR2 irons.
I had the chance to try out a custom set for my game and record time on the course and a quick session on a Toptracer launch monitor system using the 0211s. Here’s how it went:
At first glance: These irons might be my favorite iron out of all the PXG irons to date. They look way more expensive than they are and come with bits of chrome decals amidst the muted matte finish. It’s both PXG-only (flashy but classy), and also fresh enough to stand out without being too garish.
And I love the brushed metal/chrome and black aesthetic. At address, they have what I would call a mid-rise, aesthetically pleasing topline. The thicker they would be, the bigger they would be, the thinner they would be, it would be a blade. Longer clubs have more offset, but it’s not as distracting as I thought.
Technology: What makes the 0211 more affordable than PXG’s more premium options (like the venerable 0311 GEN5 irons) is the fact that they are cast, not forged. And although cast irons tend to be cheaper than forged irons, remember that most irons are still made that way and some of my most favorite irons of all time are cast iron models. .
Second, there are no weight ports or three versions of the same iron to choose from (like PXG in the 0311s). What the 0211s have that their more beloved siblings also have is new XCOR2 polymer technology encased in the hollow cavity of each iron. Not only does this push the weight more towards the perimeter and lower into the head, but it also increases the MOI of the iron for more forgiveness.
The 0211 also has an ultra-thin maraging stainless steel clubface, which when aerated, the XCOR material improves COR for increased face deflection for faster ball speeds. Additional features include progressive offset and rebound, Power Channel technology behind the face for more ball speed, and an angled top rail that helps position the center of gravity in the middle of the clubface.
Distance: I had suspected that the 0211 would play a bit longer than my player irons set. For reference, I usually play forged blades designed to control distance, so I was prepared to see a small bump in overall distance across the set.
Or so I thought.
The 0211 XCOR2 irons were like absolute cannons compared to what I’m used to. To give you a benchmark, using Toptracer I was hitting my 6 iron anywhere between 15 and 22 yards farther than normal when using the 0211s. And it only got longer with longer clubs. The 4 iron flexed (and I’m not exaggerating) up to 25 yards more than my own 4 iron. (In case you were curious, I was hitting the 0211 4 iron from around 230 yards. .)
I’ve also seen added distance with shorter clubs, ranging from 5-10 yards longer depending on the type of swing I’ve made. On the golf course, my numbers stayed about the same, and it took a long time to get used to more firepower. Also, it should be noted that the 0211s have much stronger loft than my player irons, 2-3 degrees per club. Even still, with the lower launch, the added weight lower in the clubhead still produced what I would call a mid-height trajectory.
Forgiveness: When you hit the ball a mile in the first place, it’s easy to forget that these irons are also designed for extra forgiveness. When I miss, it’s almost always towards the toe, and I rarely catch one from the heel.
As with any club, I noticed a reduction in trajectory and saw some distance loss when I missed towards the toe, but was pleasantly surprised to see the ball n It didn’t veer far to the right (as it usually does.) During the course trial golf, I hit two 9-irons on a par-3. I missed the first but hit the solid second. The misshot landed short and to the right of the green about a yard; the solid shot landed in the middle of the green.
I then hit two more, and my shot spread was remarkably straight. I happened to hit the last hardest and stole the green, which makes me think I could get away with a stiffer shaft using these irons for better distance control. Or, I might consider taking PXG on the custom loft options and going a softer degree on each club. Still, for steep swingers, the noticeable bounce angle will help avoid digging and reduce big hits.
When I hit one of the solid 0211s, the ball flew out of the face like a rocket. In fact, I tested a 5 iron at around 230 yards (I normally hit a 5 iron at around 190 yards). I took a big tear and according to the shot tracking on The Grint app, I shelled it from 221 yards. It was the longest 5 iron I’ve ever hit and it was flying high with a boring trajectory. Again, when I missed the sweetspot, the ball flew a bit lower, but the shots still managed to produce reasonable distance. As for left or right misfire – for me it’s a function of my swing, so I don’t really count that much.
Handling/playability: Usually, irons designed for big league forgiveness and power aren’t the kind of sticks that offer a lot of room to shoot. With the 0211s, it’s a mixed bag. Longer irons have more offset, making strikes that bend on demand a bit more difficult. But with shorter clubs, there’s less lag, making it easier to craft trick fades and draws on command. On one hole, I hit a 145 yard pitching wedge (that’s crazy!) with a small draw. Back at the beach using Toptracer, I put ridiculously large swings on it and was able to hit it 150 yards straight as a rope. Thanks PXG for the ego boost!
One more note on maneuverability. The set I tried came with a 60° corner lob. It was lighter than I’m used to and it had a wide 13° bouncy sole to prevent digging. This meant that it was difficult for me to hit my low flying/high spinning lob shot that Stan Utley taught me to hit, and I had to hit high lobbers pretty much every time. This means that the 0211 lob wedge is for lob shots and soft sand shots only, not finesse shots around the green. That’s certainly not a bad thing – most golfers should use a lob wedge like this. For shallow swingers like me, the extra bounce was a bit of a hassle.
Feel: The 0211s don’t have the buttery smooth feel of a forged wedge, nor the metallic hollow feel of a hollow cavity iron. The 0211 have XCOR2 have a polymer core that gives them a unique firm feel for a pleasant click at impact. I would go so far as to say these irons have one of my favorite feels for 2022.
Surprise : Without doubt the distance is what surprised me the most. I hit them a mile, in some cases two clubs longer than my clubs. Plus, I liked the progressive nature of the set, making the short irons surprisingly nimble to hit a variety of shots with. The only complaint, if you can call it one, is that having a set like this will skew the rest of your set, probably requiring you to carry an extra spacer wedge in the bag in favor of carrying around. a hybrid or a wood.
Also, if you are not used to higher bounce angles, you may find that higher lofted clubs jump off the turf more than you are used to. But if you’re a player who needs an extra bounce, this is the ticket for you.
Conclusion: The 0211s are my favorite PXG irons this year, and among the few sets I would happily wear full time. The mondo distance produced by these clubs makes hitting the irons much more fun. I can’t help but say it’s pretty awesome to show up to the teebox with at least one less club than my par 3 playing partners – which if you’ve been in that position is a hellish way to intimidate your buddies and earn a few more skins.
The 0211 XCOR2 irons are available in 4-LW ($129+/ea), five loft options, five lie options, and a variety of steel or graphite shafts. It is available in two finish options (Chrome or Xtreme Dark). The irons tested come with True Temper Elevate steel shafts.