Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Q: Why don't tour pros play persimmon?
A: Major manufacturers spend huge amounts of money
getting their equipment into the hands of the top tour pros. Metal
woods are much cheaper to produce than handcrafted persimmon ones
leaving a large margin for promotion, advertising and sponsorship. To
take maximum advantage of a high COR metal driver (conforming to USGA
standards) you have to have a very high swing speed and hit the club in
the centre of the face. There are not many golfers who can generate this
speed with the necessary control. We believe there are many positive
reasons for the majority of golfers to play persimmon - they should hit
the ball just as far but with greater accuracy.
Q: What is the difference in loft between persimmon and metal drivers?
A: Due to its Centre of Gravity being very close
to the face, a metal driver launches the ball at a steeper trajectory at
impact. With the COG of a persimmon driver deeper in the head, the ball
flight of a persimmon driver tends to be lower than metal in the same
loft. Our drivers are therefore available in three lofts to suit all
Q: How do the weight of persimmon driver heads compare to titanium or other materials?
A: Most driver heads are of similar weight
regardless of what material they are made from. The typical weight of a
driver head is 195 - 200 grams.
Q: Is it true that the lower the loft on my driver, the further I hit the ball?
A: Many drivers have too little loft or shafts
that are too long for the average golfer. Actually, a golfer with a
clubhead speed less than 85 mph will lose distance with a driver that
has too low a loft. At lower clubhead speeds you need a greater launch
angle to gain carry distance. Also, for every degree of loft you remove
from a clubface you add 5 to 6 yards of sidespin. A shot that fades 10
yards with a 15-degree 3-wood, can slice an additional 25 yards if hit
with a 10 degree driver. Hitting a higher lofted driver or 3-wood off
the tee can result in longer, straighter shots for golfers with slower
Q: How high should I tee the ball with my persimmon driver?
A: You need to experiment, but a good rule of
thumb is tee so no more than one half of the ball is above the top of
the insert. When using our fairway woods it is advisable to tee it low
like you would on a par 3 with an iron. The soleplate of our fairway
woods allow for easy
launches, and too high a tee can produce a skied
Q: Do higher COR drivers really hit the ball further?
A: The COR of persimmon is .78 against a current
USGA ceiling of .83. When the club face hits the golf ball, the ball
isflattened and there is a loss of energy. If the face of the club gives
a little, then the ball doesn't flatten as much and retains more
energy. To take full advantage of the slightly higher COR of the
Titanium driver a couple of things have to happen;
swing speed of the head has to be fast enough to allow the face of the
titanium driver to "give" a little. If the swing speed is not high
enough, there is minimal give in the face and no real advantage.
- The ball has to be struck in a very small area of the face for the
face to "give". Hit it off centre and you lose the advantage. In most
real life situations, the clubhead speed and the dead centre hit seldom
Q: What is horizontal face bulge?
A: The purpose of bulge is to start the ball
further to the right on toe shots and further to the left on heel shots
to compensate for the unwanted slicing or hooking sidespin created by
off-centre shots. When a shot is hit off the toe, the head rotates
around its centre of gravity and hook spin is imparted to the ball. A
shot hit off the heel rotates the opposite way around its centre of
gravity and slicing spin is imparted to the ball. Bulge starts the
off-centre shot further to the right or left and encourages the ball to
spin back towards the target line.
Q: Do metal woods have gear effect?
A: Gear effect is the rotation of the head around
it's centre of gravity, which imparts corrective spin to the ball. You
can experience it with a metal club, but the effect is less than that of
a persimmon wood. Since the centre of gravity is closer to the face
there is less gear effect with a metal wood.
- The centre of gravity on a persimmon head is deeper in the head.
- This deeper centre of gravity creates more gear effect and you are better able to work the ball.
- This also allows for greater correction on a mis-hit shot with a persimmon driver.
Q: Can I use a graphite shaft in one of your persimmon golf clubs?
A: Yes. Graphite is a lighter material than steel,
so it gives us the ability to increase the finished length of the club.
Our standard specification is one inch longer in graphite than steel.
When graphite shafts were first introduced the average head size of a
driver was about 190cc which appeared disproportionate and metal heads
began to increase in size so that they would appear more proportionate
at the end of a long shaft. In relation to the earlier persimmon drivers
our heads are oversized at some 240 cc but look great with the longer
Q: What is kick point and does it matter when choosing a shaft for a persimmon club?
A: Kick point is a flex point in the shaft that
helps determine the trajectory of the ball after impact. Persimmon
launches the ball a little lower than a standard metal club, so one
should generally choose a graphite shaft with a lower kick point. Kick
points are inversely proportionate so that a low kick point has a higher
launch and a high kick point has a lower launch.