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If anyone thinks the persimmon driver and blades are not playable as the new golf clubs, think again. Maybe it's the golfer not the golf clubs.

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#1 wkuo3



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Posted 30 August 2018 - 03:13 PM

It affirmed many of us whom knew this already but, it's amazing D.J. could "carry " these distance off the old golf club.
Love it when he said that he could have hit it a bit harder but was afraid of breaking the persimmon......


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#2 Johnnypenso


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 10:39 AM

Amazing? The physics behind driver distances haven't changed.  AoA + swing speed, assuming a relatively straight path and squarish clubface at impact determines distance, all else the same.  Jack had many drives 300+ with balata balls because he swung hard.  Jacks clubhead speed in his prime with a modern driver would probably be as high as anyone on tour if he was going for it.   Here's one at age 44 in a skins game:


The real mystery here is why people think that swinging the club hard and straight would produce any different result in 1960 vs. 2018.


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Posted 02 September 2018 - 09:48 PM

What DJ did was outstanding but he did use a modern golf ball. That's a double edged sword. The modern balls aren't high spinning balls like Balata and travel longer.  The flip side is higher spinning balls work better with Persimmon Woods.  My gut feeling is DJ would be very long back in the days of Persimmon/Balata but not as long as today because of the advancement of clubs and balls.
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Posted 03 September 2018 - 09:55 AM

DJ would have been as long as anybody back in the day with anything... he has pure talent.


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Posted 08 September 2018 - 11:13 AM

Back in the mid 80s I thought everything 300 yds or shorter was a par 3. While I didn't hit (or hold) many greens at that yardage, I was oftentimes close enough for a smooth up-and-down. :)

What I've noticed over the years is that the continual tech advances allowed me to keep fairly constant distances with various clubs over about a 30 year period.

Old man Time is catching up with me now though. I need a bit of tailwind and a really, really good strike to get close to 300 any more. And that's at 5000' altitude. :D

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 05:54 AM

View Postfreddiec, on 03 September 2018 - 09:55 AM, said:

DJ would have been as long as anybody back in the day with anything... he has pure talent.
not to mention ridiculous wrist action too
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