Parsons Xtreme Golf 0311 Irons Review
15 Dec 2015
by AmateurGolf.com Equipment Panel

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Parsons Xtreme Golf 0311 Irons (courtesy PXG)
Parsons Xtreme Golf 0311 Irons (courtesy PXG)

By Sean McCauley

Recently, I decided to get fitted for irons for the first time in my life. I went to see Joel Bush at an independent club fitting operation called Club Champion, in Plano, Texas. Prior to the fitting, I played a combo set of forged blade short irons and cavity back long irons. And while I was looking for Club Champion to make a recommendation, I came in with my eye on the Parsons Xtreme Golf PXG 0311 irons, even though I knew the price tag was as high as some country club initiation fees!

Joel first had me hit shots with my irons on the Trackman with the KBS Tour X-stiff shafts I was used to. We then cycled through every type of iron in the warehouse – Edel, Ben Hogan, Titleist, Ping, Miura, Fourteen, etc. I was hitting my existing 6 iron 183.8 carry on average – the PXG 6 iron gave me an average of 195.6 carry with the same lie/loft specs. The PXG irons came out more like a shotgun shell – the spray of shots was very tight. On mis-hits it felt like I was catching it in the center of the face – BUTTER. Parsons Xtreme Golf irons are definitely different – but I decided that different is what I needed for my game. As for specs, I came into the fitting playing irons that were 2 degrees flat because my golf coach thought that was best for me. I left the fitting with a standard or 1 degree upright lie – huge difference!


I first read about the PXG irons online and knew that Ryan Moore was not on staff with anyone due to the fact he wanted to just play the best equipment no matter what brand that fit his game. Ryan puts the PXGs in his bag and hasn’t thought twice about signing with PXG. Ryan Moore is in the top 5 for greatest amateur golf careers and gave me the intrigue to try them out myself.

Best golf iron ever created? I was skeptical at first but I think so! Online the PXG irons looked like pure blades but they are much thicker when you see them in person. The first thing you notice is the high-density tungsten alloy weights that are positioned around the edges of the iron – you can feel the maximum forgiveness factor due to the perimeter weighting. The different design than the usual iron equates to more distance (you can see in trackman results), more forgiveness (can see by tighter spray of miss hits), and better feel. The head looks a lot like Ping irons – probably because the head engineer came over from Ping.

MY SHAFTS: SteelFiber Aerotech i125

I have not had graphite shafts since I was 12 years old. These shafts come with an up charge but worth it. Joel at Club Champion gave me every shaft to try with the PXG’s and these SteelFiber Shafts felt the best. The SteelFiber shafts look sleek in their greyish tint which makes them look more like steel than graphite. I got them with grey Pure grips to match the grey shafts – overall a different look and different feel.

I picked up my new irons just before the Texas Mid- Amateur qualifier. I recently lost the weekend before in the Round-of-16 of the Texas Mid-Amateur match play and wanted to just get a new feel in the bag. I didn’t hit one practice shot until the morning of the qualifier – put up a 68 (-4) the first time using the new irons. I hit 14 of 18 greens and felt more confident knowing these irons fit my swing.

Recommendation – First of all, if you have never been fitted, do it. I was a golf club junky before getting fitted. It might seem expensive but it will save you a lot of money in the long run if you buy clubs that fit you best. If you are willing to spend the extra $200 + per iron – you should give PXG a try. I am a fan of the company now and don't see myself changing anytime soon.

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