Are wooden golf clubs really as good as (or better than) modern metal clubs?

Are wooden golf clubs really as good as (or better than) modern metal clubs?

Since 2003, Persimmon Golf has led the persimmon revival in Europe, proving to thousands of golfers that our clubs have the power to revolutionise their performance, and above all their enjoyment of their game.

But as Michael Moore, tour professional, admits, “the golf world has been led to believe that wooden heads cannot compete with technology-led metals”.

So how well do traditional persimmon clubs really perform against their modern metal equivalents?

Apart from the superior feel of persimmon heads - and the satisfying ‘thwack’ of a well struck drive - one great advantage of using a persimmon head over a metal one is the famous gear effect. While you can experience this with a metal club, the effect is much less than that of a persimmon wood. The pronounced gear effect of a persimmon head ensures superior accuracy, and the deeper centre of gravity you get with a persimmon head allows for greater correction on a mis-hit shot. A reviewer at the National Club Golfer maintains that “with a bit of skill [persimmon] clubs can make the ball go round corners. Hit one out of the meat and it will go as well as your best shot with a 460cc titanium”

With persimmon you get an elusive balance of accuracy, distance, feel and consistency. Persimmon fairway woods get the ball airborne and keep it in play, whilst getting the distance you need. A persimmon head with the same loft and shaft configuration will propel the ball as far as a head made from any other material; and when struck well the flight is low and powerful, the feel is sensational.

With a persimmon head you can genuinely control the shape of your shot; their playability and control are legendary. In fact, Marc Amort, of Amort Golf Academy, says that they allow players to “shape the ball in a way that is impossible with metal drivers and fairway woods”.

Michael Moore goes on to say that “Persimmon drivers are competitive off the tee, whilst the shape and dynamics of the fairway woods cut through the rough better than any metal equivalent”, while Nick Pateman, of the Elite Golf Organisation, tells us that his clients “are always surprised at just how easy it is to strike the ball [with a persimmon driver]... and how much more explosive they are away from the rough.”

So if you’re worried that you’ll lose performance with persimmon golf clubs, don't be.