kevcarter, on 11 December 2012 - 09:09 AM, said:
It would be fun to see the results using persimmon along with the old balata. Any idea what the loss would be then? Maybe closer to 20%?
freddiec, on 11 December 2012 - 09:19 AM, said:
On real solid shots Persimmon with a Titleist Professional (wound ball) vs New Tech with a Pro V type ball there is about a 15 to 20 percent difference. I've seen the results 1st hand a few times.
My shots were with Srixon Z-Star XV. I'm sure going back to wound balata would cost a lot more yards. The ball is definitely a huge advantage. But it also tells me that you can play wood without a major distance sacrifice. I'd also chalk up some yards to the fact that my persimmon driver is an inch shorter than my Superdeep.
On a "fun" round where you are just playing with friends, I don't see a problem with the Persimmons. But if it's a money game or someone wants to "make it interesting," I'll bring out more modern equipment. I think rounds with persimmon force you to be a better ballstriker as missing the sweetspot will cost you yards. But they also save your butt with gear effect. 20 yards short but in the fairway is better than 20 yards deeper in the woods every day of the week.