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
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;
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.
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.
Q: Do longer shafts produce longer shots?
A: Club length is a trade-off between distance and
accuracy. Playing with a longer club usually results in more off-centre
shots and less accuracy. Longer shafts will only produce longer shots
if you can control them to hit the ball in the centre of the face.
Q: What is it about your 'V' Classic Fairway wood design that makes it so effective?
A: We feel the most important features of our V
Classic persimmon fairway woods are getting the ball airborne and
keeping it in play whilst getting the distance you need . We designed
characteristics in the V Classic to accomplish these goals. You never
know what kind of lie you're going to get off the tee - there could be
no grass or high grass.
Q: How are your clubs unique?
A: Persimmon is a product of nature, resulting in
each of our clubs being similar yet unique. A natural variation occurs
in both the grain pattern and absorption properties of the sourced wood,
which in turn produces minor differences in the finished appearance of
the grain and shade of stain. They all look superb, and these qualities
only add to the character of a true persimmon club. One of our persimmon
heads takes several weeks to craft, in complete contrast to the
mass-produced clubs on the market. Performance with soul.
Q: Why don't you see more golfers playing with persimmon clubs?
A: Awareness and availability. Until Persimmon
Golf it was virtually impossible to acquire a new persimmon driver or
fairway wood in UK or Europe. The production of our heads involve
craftsmen who walk every head through more than 100 hand operations, and
no major golf club manufacturer would want to invest in the skills and
materials needed to manufacture persimmon woods on a mass scale.
Persimmon is a great choice for most golfers.
Q: What is the function of the grubscrew located at the back of the driver heads, and in the baseplate on the fairway woods?
A: This is known as a weight port, and enables our
clubmaker access to the head in order to fine tune the swing weight of
the finished club.
Q: What is the purpose of the visible weight in the back of the driver head?
A: The 3/8" diameter disk is a small lead plug.
Since persimmon is a natural product not every tree or block of wood has
the same density/weight. When the persimmon blocks are turned on the
lathe to the same model size, they vary in weight by 10 to 15 grams. The
finished weight of the head is targeted at 200 grams. The amount of
lead added is so small it really has no effect on changing the centre of
gravity but just to make sure, we put the weight to the back and heel
Q: Is there a difference in playability if my persimmon club has close or wide grain patterns?
A: No, the difference between a head with close
grain and wide grain is the growing conditions of the tree from which
the heads were cut. A head with close grain was cut from a slow growth
tree that may have grown on a hillside or some area where water/moisture
was sparse. A head with wide grain was cut from a faster growing tree
that was located in better growing conditions, where water/moisture was
more prevalent. There is no difference in the performance or durability
of the two heads. The only difference in the heads is cosmetic, where
one will show the close grain (growth rings) and the other will have the
Q: What type of golf ball would I use with your persimmon woods? Is there one type of ball that is better to use than another?
A: Choose a ball that will optimise what is
important for you. A persimmon driver traditionally launches the ball
lower than a metal driver with the same loft, so you might want to play a
ball with a higher spin rate, especially if you find your trajectory is
lower than what you want. If the reverse is true and you are hitting
the ball higher than you would like, play a ball with a lower spin rate
to get the trajectory down.
Q: How do I look after my persimmon golf club?
A: Our persimmon heads have a very durable coating
of industrial grade polyurethane applied to them in four separate
operations. This coating is very mark resistant and provides an
excellent moisture barrier. Simply wipe the heads with a damp cloth when
they get dirty and ensure the headcover is dry before placing on the
club. Persimmon woods are durable and last for years, although as with
any club, they are liable to get scuffed if you hit under the ball and
the point of impact is on the head. Try to ensure that there is no grit
between impact surfaces as this can mark the face, insert or sealant -
this is particularly relevant at practice ranges. Whether metal or wood,
all clubs will show signs of usage but this should in no way affect