What type of golf ball should I use with my Persimmon woods?
You can use most any ball with your Louisville Golf Persimmon wood. Most modern balls are soft and feel great coming off the face of a Persimmon wood. One important consideration when choosing a golf ball is trajectory, or spin. A Persimmon wood traditionally spins the ball less than a metal “wood” with the same loft so if you have a smoother swing you might want to play a ball with a higher spin rate, especially if you find your trajectory is lower than what you want.
What is the best way to care for my Persimmon woods?
Our wood heads have a very durable coating of industrial grade polyurethane. This coating is mar resistant and provides an excellent moisture barrier. Simply wipe the heads with a damp cloth when they get dirty. Some things to avoid: the worst thing you could do to your clubs is put a wet headcover on the woods and then store them in the trunk of your car, especially in hot weather. The heat turns the liquid into a vapor, and the vapor has a much better chance to penetrate the finish and get into the head. Do not store any type of golf club in the trunk of a car. The high temperature can affect the adhesives in club and can deteriorate the grips. More so than heat or cold, moisture has an adverse effect on wood. It is safer to not store your clubs in either extreme moisture situation – too dry or too wet.
What type of insert is used in Louisville Golf modern Persimmon woods?
Many materials have been used for face inserts in woods over the years. The most common materials used are linen fiber, fiberglass, graphite, aluminum, and a high impact plastic commonly called cycolac. A lot of testing has been conducted over the years trying to determine if one insert material has a distance advantage over another. The results of the test showed that all of the materials listed above hit the ball virtually the same distance. The primary purpose of a face insert on a wood golf club is to protect the face from wear. We prefer Cycolac because of the feel it provides, it retains the feel of wood better than other materials, and since it is a light material, the center of gravity is deeper in the head, maximizing gear effect.
What is the difference between a metal wood and a Louisville Golf modern Persimmon wood?
The ball spins less coming off a Persimmon driver than a titanium driver, so if you want the same trajectory with the Persimmon driver, you need to launch the ball higher. Typically you need 1 degree more loft on a Persimmon driver to match the trajectory of a titanium driver. Our modern Persimmon drivers have 11 degrees of loft which provides a launch angle that fits most golfers.
Can I play a modern golf ball with hickory shafted clubs?
Yes they are. The Hickory shaft will hold up just as your steel or graphite would. Some golf clubs made in 1920s and 1930s are in fact still playable. Our Hickory shafts are turned from a solid Hickory dowel here in our plant in Louisville, Kentucky, and inspected before we shaft them in our irons, woods and putters. We suggest experimenting with several different golf balls and seeing what works best for you; have fun trying out different golf balls. The one you use in your modern game may be a nice fit, or you may prefer something softer, but there is no wrong choice and there is no golf ball that will hurt your Hickory-shafted golf club.
You can play the Victor Hickory Golf Ball for a completely authentic experience; the Victor has a soft feel and a mesh pattern and is available for sale on our website. Click HERE to go to our store and purchase the Victor Hickory Golf Ball. Both Louisville Golf president Mike Just and Louisville Golf Vice President Josh Fischer, each Hickory golfers who play in several tournaments a year, play the Victor golf ball.
How do I choose my hickory shaft flex?
Generally what flex works for you in steel or graphite will work for you in Hickory-shafted clubs. You should choose flex based on clubhead speed and tempo – we can help you decide given that bit of information. We don’t try to frequency a shaft down to the cycle, we use frequency to help us sort shafts into flex, or if we need to shave down a shaft to reduce the flex we use the frequency to determine where we are in the process, but we have a lot of experience in this area and would be happy to talk this out with you.
Do you “spine” your hickory golf shafts?
Hickory shafts must be oriented in the club by direction of the grain so spine aligning is not relevant or applicable to hickory-shafted golf clubs.
What is the best way to take care of my hickory shafts?
You want to keep a good finish on your shafts to prevent moisture from penetrating the wood. I suggest you recoat your shafts when the finish wears off once a year. You can use any clear finish, shellac, varnish, or polyurethane. We use shellac because it was the original finish used on Hickory golf shafts.