Nov 22nd, 2015
The Sunday Driver: PXG 0811
First design from new brand
Words: Daniel Owen
It’s the Sunday driver, where we find you a driver that you may never have heard of but that won't stop it from being a rocket launcher. This week we take the PXG 0811, the first driver from the super ambitious golf equipment startup.
PXG. Parson’s Xtreme Golf. While you may not have heard of it yet, you’ll probably start seeing lots of their products on TV next season as rumours abound that this fledgling start up has big tour plans for 2016. Already in play on the PGA Tour with Ryan Moore, and GolfPunk favourite Swingin’ Siren Anna Rawson is also using this new brand out of Arizona.
Only available through elite custom fitters, the PXG product released earlier this year. The company has been set up by Bob Parsons, an American Billionaire who made his money founding GoDaddy.com. He’s a golf nut and wanted the best equipment money can buy. So rather than designing clubs to price points the designers are just tasked with producing the best products they possibly can.
PXG clubs are named after numbers that reference references the Marine Corps’ Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) system and is a tribute to the brave men and women who serve in the United States Marine Corps. The Driver is the 0811 and named after the MOS 0811 Field Artillery Cannoneer. When you read the description of their job it makes sense that they represent the driver. ‘As a member of a field artillery howitzer battery, cannoneers prepare artillery pieces and equipment for movement, combat and firing.’
The matte black finish and curved soles of the driver might remind you of another brand, Ping. Which makes sense considering their club designers were formerly two of Pings lead club engineers. But PXG do a lot of things totally uniquely with their driver.
Chief among these is their Precision Weighting System. 16 movable weights on the sole allow the driver to be totally customisable for swing weight, shot shape, and spin rate. These 16 weights are made from aluminium and tungsten. Put the tungsten weights towards the front for low spin, towards the back for high spin. Towards the heel for draw bias and towards the toe to encourage a fade. By having many small weights, PXG’s argument is you can fine tune your driver to a greater degree and really nail the level of help you need.
The driver features an adjustable hosel that allows for 1.5 degrees of loft change either way. The head is made from Ti 8-1-1, an expensive titanium alloy that allows for a thinner walls so they can make the head more forgiving, and a thinner face for faster ball speeds.
Each driver is custom fit, and priced accordingly, but these are not cheap. But how often do you ever find anything truly special that is?
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