JIMFANTE, on Sep 7 2009, 10:09 PM, said:
dlygrisse, on Sep 7 2009, 11:49 AM, said:
Power bilt and Cleveland drivers from the 1980's and early 1990's are solid sticks as well, many of the pros used them before going to persimmon, can probably be had for a good price. I have an old Powerbilt driver and 3 wood, nice clubs for the day.
I agree. I can understand wanting to take a persimmon driver to the range, but on the course it would be a major score raiser. I see no tour players ever using persimmon woods. They are now a curiosity only.
Yeah, but they are fun to collect and fun to hit, why not play a round with one? I udnerstand if you were in competition, but a casual round with friends would be cool. I took one the the course a while back and hit some really straight drives with it, to me the Powerbilt persimmon hit the ball about like a modern 3 wood, about 20 yards short of my 460cc hunk of titanium. Worst case scenario just play one set of tees more foward than you normally play, or play a shorter course. One of my favorite courses is an old public Tillinghast course, I always think it was designed for persimmon, not titanium. I usually play the back tees on this course but I am not a long hitter, middle tees from this course would be a perfect persimmon course for me.
I also have a pretty good feeling they would not be a "major score raiser" maybe a minor score raiser, after all people shot some pretty good scores pre 1999. If you dont beleive me just watch Johnny Miller during a telecast, he will remind you he shot a 63 at Oakmont with persimmon, blaata, and blades, that course was a beast even back then. Don't seel your self short on being able to use them, just lower your expectations on total distance.