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As I'm sure many of you have discussed with your buddies at one time or another... (especially you older guys like me). When was the last time you played a round with a wood driver? Me and some of my buds have said one that day we're getting them out along with our old blades and go play. We never do. I think the last time I actually used a wood driver was when I bought my first metal driver. It was either a TaylorMade or a Callaway. When was that? In the 80's or early 90's?

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Mid to late 80's. Couldn't tell you what the brand was but they were my Grandfather's clubs.

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Fairway: Sub 70 939X 15° Project X Even Flow Blue 6.0
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I used a persimmon 3 wood last year when my friend brought one out. He was having a hard time with his 3 wood and using he heavy persimmon 3 wood helped him get his tempo back.

 

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I took up golf about when Callaway introduced the first Big Bertha.  I don't own any wooden clubs; never hit one.  Don't think I'll try either.

 

My wife still has her circa 1970 PowerBilt persimmon woods and blades.  She was playing those when I met her on the course in 2002.  My buddies and I called her Bam Bam.  A couple of years ago she pulled out the driver and hit just to see if she could; side-by-side with her Taylormade RBZ Stage 2.

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As I mentioned in a different thread, I still have my father's clubs- Wilson Dyna-Powered blades from the 1960's, and some woods from the mid 1970's - I learned on my father's hand-me-downs...  I have not pulled them out in a LONG time, but now that you mention it, it sounds like a good thing to do some time in the spring - just take the old clubs for a spin round the course and see what happens... the driver head is about the size of a larger hybrid today, and the blades, well ouch!!!

 

I think the "sweet spot" is about the size of a dime... will be interesting to see how difficult and different they feel.

 

That said, I still hit the Wilson Sandy Andy - sand wedge - same timeframe- same set.  The Grooves are all but gone, but still works like a champ getting out of bunkers or short chips over hazards....

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Driver :callaway-small: Callaway Mavrik 105 set to 9.5, square, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 60G Stiff shaft
#3 Wood  :callaway-small: Callaway FT Tour 13 degree neutral setup, Fuijkara 370 Stiff Shaft
Hybrid  :cobra-small:  18 Degree King Cobra Baffler pro, Baffler Stiff shaft
4-PW :titelist-small: Titlest 714 AP2, Standard loft and lie, MGS S Shafts
:benhogan-small: 53, 57 degree loft Hogan Equalizer wedges
1962  :wilson_staff_small: Wilson "Sandy Andy" sand wedge with HUGE bounce!
Putter MLA Pro Classic
:titelist-small: Titlist ProV 1, ProV 1x

Currently Gaming "Costco Kirkland Signature Tour Performance" balls

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I'm actually afraid that if I were to go hit a ball my wood might crack or something.


My Sun Mountain bag currently includes:   TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 771CSI 5i - PW and TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png PFC Micro Tour-c 52°, 56°, 60 wedges

                                                                               :755178188_TourEdge: EXS 10.5*, TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 929-HS FW4 16.5* 

                                                                                :edel-golf-1: Willimette w/GolfPride Contour

 

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Still have 2 Cleveland Classic persimmon drivers in the garage, don't think I've hit them since the 90's

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:taylormade-small: R11s Rip Phenom

:Hogan: Ft. Worth Black Irons

:cleveland-small: 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 54

:cleveland-small: CG10 58

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Mid 90's for me.  I still played a persimmon 3 & 5 wood during high school golf.

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Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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Mid to late 90's I was out west and played with my uncle's Fuzzy Zoeller PowerBilt set, including persimmon woods. He's 6'7" so they were too long for me and he had oversize grips. I hit the 3w very well, all things considered.

 

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Occasionally I will- and sometimes my Lady will join me- play "old school club day" where I play my Dad's old(er) persimmon woods and forged blades. I think the last time was a year and a half ago. I really enjoy the feel and challenge, and frankly seem to play better- though still not particularly well.

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Adams 9064LS 9.5* (until I cracked the face)

Adams Super LS 17*

Adams XTD Ti 23*

Wilson Staff Ci7 4-PW

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Wilson Staff Infinite Southside putter/Odyssey DualForce 660 putter

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I made the switch through the mid to late 80's into the early 90's.

 

I kept vascilating going back and forth. My wooden drivers at that time were one which a pro had made for me - Very shallow face, I could bomb it but not forgiveness and my Ping Eye 2. My metal driver was a second generation Taylor Made 9.5.

 

The real star for me then was my Taylor made tour spoon. I could hit that thing on a rope and at that time was long enough that I could afford to give up some distance.

 

My first metal driver that I actually liked was the 907D. That remains my second favorite driver of all time behind my Tommy Armour Persimmon.

 

The last wooden club that I bagged was my Eye 2 five wood. It was stolen along with the rest of my clubs in 2005. I also lost my first ever fitted driver in that incident. Everything that I got as a replacement was fitted. My fitter and I differed over what type of irons to get. I wanted Cobras, he wanted me in some sort of Titleist Players iron. I got the cobras. :)

 

 

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Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Fujikura Motore X R flex

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

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EVNRoll ER 5

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Around 1977 when I played my first round of golf in high school, I think was the only time I ever used a wood driver.  After that round I didn't play again until about 1986 when I got hooked on it and bought a set with a metal driver and fairway woods.  They were the old Spalding Executive XE's. The irons in the set were like the original hybrid irons of the day. 

 

 

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:taylormade-small: Mid Rescue - 2, 3, 4, & 5 Hybrids     :taylormade-small: M2 - 6 Hybrid

:cleveland-small: 588 Altitude 7-PW    :cleveland-small: Tour Action 588 52* Gap wedge   :cleveland-small: Smart Sole 58* San wedge

:cleveland-small: Frontline Elvado Single Bend 33" putter (testing)                   

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As I'm sure many of you have discussed with your buddies at one time or another... (especially you older guys like me). When was the last time you played a round with a wood driver? Me and some of my buds have said one that day we're getting them out along with our old blades and go play. We never do. I think the last time I actually used a wood driver was when I bought my first metal driver. It was either a TaylorMade or a Callaway. When was that? In the 80's or early 90's?

Plaid when I first started I used a Lady Velvet 5 wood as a driver I got from my grandfather that belonged to my great grandfather. Actually a pretty nice club, still got it in a corner of the house and have fun taking it out on occasion when I need to get back to basics.

 

 

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Driver: Nike Vapor Flex with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki ZT60x5ct S-flex shaft and stock grip.

3-Metal: Nike VRS 15 degree with Mitsubishi Rayon tour issue Diamana S73x5ct X-flex shaft and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grip.

Irons: Ben Hogan PTx 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46 degrees standard length and lie with KBS Tour-V stiff shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Wedges: Ben Hogan TK15 54, 58 degrees with KBS Tour-V X-flex shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Putter: Nike Method Converge B1|01 with Superstroke Flatso 2.0 grip.

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I've been wanting to host a wooden woods tournament with friends. No metal woods and you can't cop out and only hit irons off the tee.

 

“Morning Wood Invitational” is the name I've come up with

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Hit one weekly on the range. Makes the new equipment seem downright easy to hit

 

 

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PXG 0317X Gen 2 19* KBS Proto 95x

PXG 0311T Gen 3 4-6 KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 ST 7 - PW KBS $ Taper 130

PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy 50/10 KBS $ Taper 130

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A rage I go to occasionally has a line up of persimmon woods for anyone to Use, no one steals them.

I love the feel they have and how easy it is to shape a ball flight. Once you get used to the weight you can really get after the ball.

Have yet to put one in play on course in 15 years.

Last one I played was sold by Golfworks and I paired it with a BiMatrix shaft. It was a solid driver that I could really control, kinda like playing a modern 3 wood. Played it for a solid year before I cracked it open on the range.

 

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Haven't hit a persimmon driver since the late 80s or early 90s.  It would be fun to take a set of blades 80s blades I have in the basement with some vintage woods but never get around to it.  

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Driver - Ping G410 Plus 10.5 - Ping Tour 65 Stiff

4 Wood - Callaway Rogue - Project X Evenflow blue 6.0

Hybrids - Titleist 818 H2 -  3(c-1) and 4(c-4) - Tensei CK Blue 70 stiff

Irons - Callaway Apex  CF 16 5-AW - True Temper XP 95 Steel Stiff

Wedges - Ping Glide 54 SS, 58 TS

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I learned golf with a set of Wilson Blades, some Power ⚡️ Bilt Persimmon Woods (wish I would have kept these), and a bullseye putter. A believe I had a box of Ram tour balls too. Talk about fun. That was 20 years ago.

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