With its simple, refined aesthetics and impressive overall all-round performance, PXG’s new 0211 driver has to be one of the best value for money products on the market right now.
Simple but attractive aesthetics
Improved acoustics and distance
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PXG’s 0211 family of metalwoods has caused something of a stir over the last few years. By offering aspirational aesthetics and solid performance at a more affordable price, the Arizona-based brand has certainly piqued the interest of golfers around the world.
We were particularly impressed by the playability of the original PXG 0211 driver. It was easy to launch and forgiving. It also had a stealthy, premium look and the sort of varied fitting options you’d expect from a more expensive model. This combination made it a formidable contender on our list of best golf drivers. When we heard that a new version was set to launch, we were keen to see how PXG would move things forward without driving the price tag upwards.
I recently tested the new 0211 driver on TrackMan at Kings Golf Studio and on the golf course. I hit it up against the previous generation as well as my current gamer - the TaylorMade Stealth Plus.
The first thing to highlight is the change to the look of the driver. Gone is the two-tone crown with the triangular alignment aid. You will also notice there is no changeable weight in the rear of the sole. Instead, what you get is something more stripped back. The distinctive PXG sole logo remains but the shape is more classically rounded. There is less going on on the crown with the modern matte black finish contrasting the white alignment aids. At address it looks a little more compact behind the ball. Some golfers may prefer the more generous, confidence-inspiring footprint of the old driver but for me, the aesthetics have been neatly refined. There is no doubt this is an aspirational, inviting-looking driver.
It is a similar story with the feel too. The previous version had a fairly loud, high-pitched impact sound. That’s been toned down here which creates a more powerful sensation through impact.
For my launch monitor testing, I had both generation PXG drivers set up exactly the same (10.5˚ with a Diamana Black X flex shaft). I hit both drivers, plus my current TaylorMade Stealth Plus using Titleist Pro V1x golf balls. The data is shown below.
The first thing I noticed, before going through the data, was the lower flight from the new model - the peak height was around 5 yards less and much closer to what I’d expect from my TaylorMade Stealth Plus. As you can see it was launching 1.5˚ lower and spinning a fraction less. And yet, I was getting five yards more carry distance from the new model. My hunch is that the new shape moves a little faster through the air (you can see a bump in clubhead speed).
Ultimately what impressed me most about the PXG 0211 2022 driver was how close it was in performance to my gamer. The TaylorMade Stealth Plus has been a superb performer for me this year and there really is very little to choose between the two. That the PXG is around $300 less would suggest there is some serious value for money to be had.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning how it performed on the golf course. I used it on a typically wet and windy autumn day in the UK. It wasn’t the distance that impressed most here but the amount of control I had. Whilst the new 0211 might not be quite as easy to launch as the old version, it is still easy to hit and the stronger ball flight helped me in the wind.
Given the improved aesthetics and performance, it is fair to say the new PXG 0211 driver, coming in at $299, represents even better value for money than its predecessor. It might not have the bells and whistles tech of some of the more premium models you’ll find on the market but the overall performance makes it a serious contender.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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