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-millimetre 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.
7-iron loft 28 degrees pw loft 42 degrees
“These are brilliant. Ideal combination of trajectory control and distance, which isn’t always easy in a category where there’s so much help.”
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