PXG Driver and Iron Review: the best golf clubs in 2017? | GolfMagic Club Test

PXG Driver and Iron Review: the best golf clubs in 2017? | GolfMagic Club Test


We’re here at the Shire in north London to
test out PXG’s latest range of golf clubs. Let’s see how we get on. So we’re here with
Matt from PXG – if you could just give a quick background to the brand in case people don’t
know much about the brand. OK, PXG – Patsons Extreme golf – are out there to make the best
possible equipment in the golf industry known to man, so like we were discussing earlier,
when we go to make a product we have no time restrictions, we have no cost restrictions,
it just has to be out there, it has to be better than anything on the market but also
should we release something new down the line it has to be X amount better than what we
have already produced and that’s the hard part because our equipment is already so good,
how do we then better that? And that is why we have the top guys in the industry working
for us to produce those products. We were talking about Bob Parsons and his background
in the Marines – that’s quite interesting too. Absolutely – so Bob comes from an amazing
background, and if you’ve got time to spend a few minutes looking over his background,
it’s fantastic. Bob is a very inspirational man, but also very good at what he does. A
few years ago Bob spent al…over $350,000 on golf equipment – so should a new shaft
come out, he would have that shaft put in, a new head comes out he needs to try it, try
it in this specification. He started playing around with ideas, and then one day on the
golf course meets Mike Nicolet – head designer for PING back then – and starts throwing around
ideas. And then down the line he goes to Nico let’s start a golf brand, let’s make something
that’s better than anything out there and he says, Ok i want to make a club that looks
like a blade but is as forgiving as anything out there, more forgiving than anything out
there and Nico says ‘you do realise they are complete opposites?’ and he says ‘that’s not
my problem brother, that’s yours’. So he has to go away and find a way to do this and it
has to be the softest and most incredible feeling club out there while looking sexier
than anything out there. So that’s where we came with our 0311 iron. The guys went away
and designed it and like i said, no cost restrictions, no time restrictions, they just went out there
to make the best possible iron they could and that goes over our whole brand whether
it’s wedges, drivers, putters to irons everything we do is the best it can possibly be. We were
talking about the shafts and saying there are hundreds of options people can go for.
Absolutely – so when i pull up to an event like i did with yourself, i have over 350
shafts. If i wanted i could carry even more than that but like i was saying you start
crossing over, two shafts do the same job.We take a look at our shaft matrix and make sure
there is a shaft in there and a weight category and a profile that works for every golfer
just to make sure the golfer walks away with the best possible spec for their game and
their happy with it – like you did. Absolutely! So, onto my fitting, with the irons the biggest
thing for me i think was the forgiveness compared to my set massively i was hitting quite a
few shots on the toe and low down on the face. We’re looking back at the numbers, i think
it was 12 mph loss in ball speed just when you catch it fractionally thin which for an
iron is a huge amount.When we looked at when you were catching the 0311Ts a fraction thin
you dropped 3mph. That’s absolutely nothing. Which is the difference i think looking at
the data you were dropping four, five yards on what you would class as a bad shot. For
your mates standing behind you and you hitting they would look at your ball flight and think
you’ve just striped that. With your iron your bad shot would be 15 yards short which is
the difference to being i dunno round here, water, bunkers everything, whereas the difference
dropping 3mph is now i have a couple extra feet on my putt, I’m still putting for birdie.
I was finding it confusing because i was hitting the ball and thinking that’s hardly going
to get off the ground but it was still going. With the centre of gravity being lovely and
low in the irons what you find with our weight ports, where we’ve saved the weight internally,
that’s where those weight screws really drop the centre of gravity, when you’re catching
it thin, that means the ball is still launching high, and that really just comes down to the
TPE – TPE is the magic word you will hear when it comes to PXG. TPE is thermo plastic
elastomer which is the substance put behind the face of our product – so we have the thinnest
face possible to put on that irons there. If it didn’t have the TPE put behind it, that
would collapse. Imagine if you are swinging at 90 mph and the ball is compressing against
that face and against that, it’s where you get that lovely feel. It’s running right down
to the base of the club, so if you catch it thin you will still keep ball speed. From
a fitting point of view it’s great to have a club you can do anything with. Trackman
delivers so much information, so many numbers for a club fitter that those numbers are useless
if you can’t dial them in so it allows us from a club fitting point of view to look
at 350 shafts, x many heads, different lie angles, different weights of heads, different
shaft flexes, profiles, grips, lengths, the lot. You name anything you need to do on a
golf club and we can build it for you. With the driver we’re seeing similar technology
regarding the weights? Absolutely, within the weights in our driver we have got both
tungsten and titanium weights. So your tungsten will be more dense, heavier, so for yourself
what we did there we could see from the Trackman data the face just wasn’t squaring up before
impact so it was just slightly open every single time which is good because it’s consistent
but we wanted it consistently square so we moved the tungsten weights towards the heel
of the golf club while keeping a few of them forwards to keep the spin down. By doing that
we could see the face was becoming more square. The we could see once the clubface was square
at impact you were striking it a touch towards the heel which creates gear effect, and you
were saying ‘ i get all these spinners and i leak it out to the right’ straight away
we start putting a shaft profile that you really like and you could feel load throughout
the swing was giving you really good numbers and all we did was take it down to a Tour
length – a 45.5 inch – and then you were striking clean out the centre and we got a neutral
ball flight and the spin rate dropped massively which is a huge one for you, we were hitting
into a pretty serious headwind today you could see the ball flight was much more penetrating
much stronger, opposed to the one that would just climb and see it almost come back to
yourself, so it’s good from a fitting point of view we can move those weights around as
we can with out other woods so we can dial the CG for the golfer and different trajectories
and different shot shapes left and right. That’s great thanks very much for coming all
and spending the day with us here at the Shire. Stay tuned for further tests.

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