PXG 0811X, 0811LX drivers

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PXG 0811X, 0811LX drivers

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PXG 0811X, 0811LX drivers

In the address position, the new PXG 0811X driver looks almost identical to the original 0811 driver that was released a year ago, but this 460cc design is a very different club because it incorporates two features that can’t be seen.

The first is a carbon-fiber crown that weighs 8.2 grams, almost 14 grams less than that of the original 0811. Many companies allow the woven carbon-fiber material in the crown to be seen, but PXG covered it with the same matte-black finish found in its original woods. The discretionary weight created by using carbon fiber allowed designers to shift extra weight to areas of the club that can improve performance.

One of those places is along the sole, inside the head. There, PXG added a 14-gram honeycomb-patterned thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) insert that performs two functions. First, combined with adjustable titanium and tungsten screws in the sole, it helps to drive the center of gravity down. PXG said the CG is 1 millimeter below the neutral axis, which is a straight line extending back from the center of the hitting area.

PXG 0811X driver

The honeycomb TPE insert inside the head of a PXG 0811X driver. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

The TPC insert, made from the same material injected inside PXG 0311 irons, also significantly reduces vibrations created at impact and enhances the sound. This is important because, in the past, many golfers have not liked the sound generated by drivers with carbon-fiber crowns. The insert wraps around the housings of the weight screws, and because it dampens vibrations so effectively, PXG designers did not have to add any sound-enhancing ribs or structures inside the head.

The 0811X has a variable-thickness face that is thicker in the center and thinner around the perimeter of the hitting area. That saves weight and allows the face to flex more efficiently across a larger portion of the hitting area, so ball speed is protected on mis-hits.

PXG 0311X driver

At address, the 0811X driver looks like the original 0811. (Parsons Xtreme Golf)

PXG said the 0811X produces about the same ball speed as the original 0811, but it creates 600-800 rpm less spin and launches the ball .25-.5 degrees higher. As a result, the company said, it produces 8-12 more yards of carry distance.

The original 0811, which remains available without a reduction in price, has 16 adjustable weight screws, while the new 0811X has 10. Still, adjusting the silver-toned tungsten weights to the back position creates a neutral weight bias and increases the moment of inertia for enhanced forgiveness. When the tungsten weights are in the forward area, backspin decreases and drives will have a lower initial launch angle. The 0811X can be set with either a draw or fade bias by putting the tungsten in the heel (draw) or toe areas (fade).

The adjustable hosel also allows golfers to increase or decrease the club’s stated loft by as many as 1.5 degrees.

Slower-swinging golfers who need a driver that helps increase clubhead speed may want to try the 460cc 0811LX driver. It has the same technology as the 0811X, but the 0811LX head weighs just 199 grams compared to 207 for the 0811X.

Both the 0811X and 0811LX are available in 9-, 10.5- and 12-degree options for $850.

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