0311 XP GEN4
WHAT IT DOES: On the surface, this iron would appear to be a logical successor to the 0311 XP Gen3 because it’s somewhat similar in appearance. It’s beneath the surface, however, where the biggest difference lies. The material inside the clubhead came from years of research and was designed for application in a golf club. The key: It’s more compressible than previous materials, giving the ultra-thin 1.55-millimeter face plenty of room to flex and rebound for increased ball speed and providing the kind of cushion at impact the company’s irons have become known for.
WHY WE LIKE IT: The clubhead is larger and has more offset than the 0311 P and T models. That’s comforting to middle- and high-handicappers. The forging process is intricate, with five steps requiring five sets of tools to produce just the right shape. Even then, a milling process also is used to remove material from the back of the club, making it thinner than what is possible through forging. For those preferring a black clubhead, an Xtreme Dark version is available. The finish uses a diamond-like carbon coating that increases the surface hardness of the finish, so it stays intact longer. Read more >>
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"A very appealing look, not too thick. All the help is hidden at address. Distance was absolutely perfect, whatever you wanted out of it, it was going to give you the maximum distance. Even mis-hits were respectable."
“These are brilliant. Ideal combination of trajectory control and distance, which isn’t always easy in a category where there’s so much help.”
"The ball jumps off the face with reckless abandon. For a solid ball striker, these clubs could be a transitionary set between game-improvement irons and a players club."
7-iron: 28 degrees; PW: 42 degrees
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