PXG ‘Proto’ driver releasing in limited numbers

PXG has announced that a limited number of its PXG 0811 X and X+ Tour Prototype Drivers are being made available for purchase.

Golf fans started to take notice of the 0811 Proto Driver in February of this year, when it first appeared in the bags of Ryan Moore, Wyndham Clark and Pat Perez. PXG openly tests prototypes on Tour to ensure top performance under the most challenging conditions.

Ryan Moore has been one of the founding PXG ‘Troops’ on the PGA Tour and is known to lead the way when it comes to testing prototype products in actual play. Here he is with the 0811 Proto Driver at the Genesis Invitation in February this year.

The limited release is designed to filter feedback from amateurs in addition to the PXG tour players who have it in play. The emergence of a product on tour does not mean the company is close to a full release. Not all prototypes from PXG make it into production. James Hahn’s PXG prototype driver he used to win the Wells Fargo Championship in 2016 was never released to consumers, as it did not meet all of PXG’s performance requirements. In the words of company founder Bob Parsons:

“It may have been good enough to win on tour, and it went like hell for James, but I didn’t think it was ready for our customers yet. We wanted to work on the sound. The final design, featuring the introduction of PXG’s honeycomb TPE insert, was ultimately released ten months later.”

 

Ticking all the boxes

The PXG 0811 X and X+ Proto Drivers appear to tick all of the boxes for PXG’s tour pros – distance, dispersion, sound, feel, looks and forgiveness. By making a limited number of both models available to PXG’s customers, the company will further expand its opportunity for performance feedback.

“We’re excited to offer a limited number of our 0811 X and X+ Tour Prototype Drivers to PXG’s customers,” Bob Parsons shared. “We believe we’ve created something special and are looking forward to getting feedback from average golfers, like myself, in the coming weeks.”

The 0811 X provides a low centre of gravity; lower spin option for players with more level or downward attack angles. The 0811 X+ provides a mid-centre of gravity, mid-spin option for players with upward attack angles. Both models are engineered to deliver faster ball speeds, more distance and more forgiveness.

The 0811 X Proto driver is available in a 9-degree loft option and the 0811 X+ in 10.5-degrees. Only right-handed club heads are available for the tour prototypes.

First Impressions

The PXG Gen2 driver still remains my favourite club in the bag. It continues to look great, which is more than be said for the cream head cover it came with. The sound and accuracy is the main reason for not changing it and though it’s fairly long a few more yards would not hurt.

If the prototypes deliver the same tight dispersion as the Gen2 with more speed then I might be interested in upgrading. In America they are retailing at $695 but the price will be higher in the UAE and getting your name on one will be a challenge.

 

Reach out to PXG directly to find out more regarding availability and pricing . But be quick as I’m trying to get my hands on one!

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