Gear: PXG 0341 XF GEN4 fairway woods, 0317XF GEN 4 hybrids
Price: Fairway woods, $249 each at pxg.com; hybrids, $249 each at pxg.com
Specs: Stainless steel bodies with carbon fiber crowns featuring aluminum vapor coating. Lofts: 16, 19 and 22 degrees (fairway woods); 19, 22, 25 and 28 degrees (hybrids)
PXG was founded eight years ago and made its mark by developing irons that looked like a better-player’s muscleback blade but performed like a game-improvement club. To make that happen, the company’s designers hid technologies inside the hollow-bodied heads to increase ball speed while adding the company’s now-signature weight screws around the head to boost forgiveness.
Drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, wedges and putters soon followed the irons, and then PXG started developing different types of clubs to address the needs of different players.
Last February, PXG launched the 0811 GEN4 family of drivers, which includes three models, the low-spin GEN4 X, the tour-inspired GEN4 XT and the ultra-forgiving GEN4 XF. At the time, fairway woods and hybrids were also released that matched the GEN 4 X. They were ideally suited for golfers who wanted a lower, more-piercing ball flight.
Now, PXG is releasing the GEN4 XF 0341 fairway woods and GEN4 XF 0317 hybrids for golfers who want more forgiveness. While the clubs are designed to do different things, they share several technologies and features.
When you set either a GEN4 XF 0341 fairway wood or GEN4 XF 0317 hybrid down in the address position, the first thing your eyes will be drawn to is a silver-toned piece in the crown. The club’s top is made from very lightweight carbon fiber, but the bright area has been given an aluminum vapor treatment that adds extra strength without increasing weight. It is the same technology used in the GEN4 drivers.
Opting for aluminum vapor-reinforced carbon fiber helped PXG designers lower the center of gravity location in both the GEN4 XF 0341 fairway woods and GEN4 XF 0317 hybrids, which should encourage a higher launch angle and more spin.
The XF in GEN4 XF 0341 and GEN4 XF 0317 stands for extreme forgiveness, and by making these clubs larger, both from heel to toe and front to make, PXG designers were able to increase the moment of inertia (MOI) and make them more stable on mis-hits.
The 0341XF fairway woods and the 0317XF hybrid have been designed with a high-strength HT1770 stainless-steel face that flexes easily to enhance ball speed. The clubs also feature an internal, vibration-dampening thermoplastic elastomer piece that has been bonded to the sole. It helps to improve sound and feel.
Both the fairway woods and the hybrids have adjustable hosel mechanisms that can increase or decrease the stated loft by up to 1.5 degrees, and they have a pair of adjustable weights in the sole of the club, with one weight being in the middle, behind the leading edge, and the other in the heel area. The weights are not designed to be adjusted by golfers, but fitters can change them to create the ideal swing weight and enhance the GEN4 XF 0341 and GEN4 XF 0317’s draw bias.
Golfers looking for forgiving fairway woods and hybrids, clubs that are usually hit off the turf, often struggle with hitting fat shots, making contact with the ground behind the ball instead of hitting the ball first. To help those players maintain speed and allow the GEN4 XF 0341 fairways and GEN4 XF 0317 hybrids skim over the ground, PXG has added a pair of rails to the sole of each club. They are designed to elevate the leading edge slightly, so it does not dig.
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