Gear: PXG 0211 driver
Specs: Ti811 titanium body with Ti412 titanium face, carbon-fiber crown, internal TPE insert and adjustable hosel. 45 inches long. Available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees.
Since day one, PXG has been known as an ultra-premium brand, taking a cost-is-no-object approach to making woods, irons, wedges and putters. Exotic materials, check. Unique designs, no problem.
When it comes to drivers, that has meant features and technologies that deliver more distance, forgiveness and customization with a high sticker price. However, with the release of the new 0211 drivers, PXG is trying to bring its performance to a larger audience by making more affordable drivers.
The hitting area of the 0211 driver is made from a Ti412 titanium alloy that PXG said bends more than other alloys but has a high yield strength. For golfers, that means it can flex more at impact and produce more ball speed without breaking, making it ideally suited for use in a driver’s face.
PXG has created a multi-material crown atop the club that blends titanium over the heel and toe areas with a large carbon-fiber panel fanning over the center. This design is lighter than a crown made exclusively from titanium, but it shifts more overall weight to the perimeter of the club. That not only helps lower the center of gravity, it also makes the 0211 driver more stable on off-center hits.
On the bottom of the club, golfers will see a pair of rails fanning outward from behind the leading edge to the back of the club. The rails were designed to stiffen the bottom of the club, which PXG said will improve sound and feel. It also provides PXG with a place to position more weight to encourage a higher launch and more forgiveness.
While the adjustable hosel allows players and fitters to increase or decrease the stated loft by as many as 1.5 degrees, the circular weight in the back of the sole is not designed to be adjustable for consumers. The club comes standard with a 10-gram weight in that spot, but with weights available from 2.5 grams up to 20 grams, it lets fitters increase or decrease the spin rate and change the club’s swing weight to maximize performance.
Inside the head, PXG added a thermoplastic elastomer structure and affixed it to the sole. Shaped like a honeycomb, the TPE soaks up excessive vibrations at impact to create a softer feel and better sound.
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