Reviewed by: Joe Frances(Unregistered User)
Shoots in the 90s
Model Reviewed: Louisville Golf Fairway Woods
Summary: The Louisville Golf Niblick fairway woods are fabulous. I have been shooting in the low to mid 90s for the last year or so. I have gone back to the LG Niblicks and Smart Driver and my scores have been 90, 88, 85. These clubs are so satisfying in terms of feel and sound and they keep the ball in the fairway so consistently (even on marginal heel or toe hits) that I am having a blast and scoring better than with the bomber metalwoods. I simply love these clubs and I am not a perfect ball striker by any means. Anyone who thinks persimmon clubs are only for scratch golfers are totally misinformed. In fact players who are annoyed with off line hits off monster headed clubs could do themselves and their scores a favor by picking up one or more of these gems. Fabulous!
Customer Service: Terrific. Very personal. Small company with a lot of heart and dedication.
Similar Products Used: Cleveland and Ping metal woods.
Model Reviewed: Louisville HL3 34 degree persimmon hybrid
Summary: They are unique, in that very few golfers carry a 34 degree hybrid, let alone one with a persimmon head. I use it as a "gap" club between my Burner 6H (28 deg) and my Ping Eye 2 7 iron. I hit approximately 160 yards dead straight. Has a very good feel and a heavier swingweight (D5 with a Golf Pride grip or D7 with a Winn Excel RF).
Customer Service: Louisville Golf makes some excellent persimmon woods.
Similar Products Used: Louisville Niblick Vanguard 5 wood and Even Wood Red Stripe 10 wood.
Summary: I am probably the least likely person to advocate persimmon woods due to the fact that I'm maybe one of the shortest-hitting, mid 70's player in the world. Virtually everyone asks me why I don't usually hit my Callaway 460cc titanium driver to get a bit more distance. (My usual distance from the tee ball is 215-230 with normal swing). The only answer that I can give them is when I was very young, the PGA championship was held several blocks from my house at Southern Hills CC. My father and I were watching several players during the practice rounds, when everyone else was following Palmer, and SEVERAL times you could hear the player saying to his caddie, "what will keep me in the fairway, this rough is ridiculous", etc. I can't really tell you why hearing this stayed in my head, but it did. I played on both the High School and (small) college teams, being outdriven by virtually everyone, but always managed to play the #1,2 or 3 position. Recently I came across an interview with Hale Irwin when he was burning up the Senior Tour a few years back, and he plainly stated that if he could be GUARANTEED that he would always be in the fairway, he would gladly give up 15-20 yards of distance. Now, given that everyone wants to play "bomb and gouge", it isn't very exciting to just place your tee shot in the middle of the fairway some 225 yards off the tee, leaving about 160-170 to the green when everyone else is trying to swing from their heels and hit a sand wedge for the second shot, but let me ask you straight; and I really want you to think for a second before answering to yourself, which is more exciting; bombing one 280-290 ish not knowing whether or not you might still be in play and therefore having to chip out from behind the trees, or saying to your playing partners--it sure was fun watching you bomb it all day.....oh by the way, you shot 83 and I shot a 74??? I own several sets of Louisville golf persimmon woods, including the Classic 50's set, the Niblick fairway woods and the Thumper driver. Choose any, but just ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish. If you sometimes struggle with getting the ball on the green from outside of about 160 yards, absolutely give the Niblicks a try. If you need to hit the ball with a massive amount of control, and then roll the ball, give the Classic 50's a try. I will ask you one more time, and again I am in the minority, distance or accuracy? Giving yourself the chance to possibly hit every fairway and every green and having a "boring" round of 71 or 72 is very appealing to most amateurs.
BTW--I did win the United States Hickory Open earlier this year in North Carolina using Hickory shafted Persimmon woods and irons on a Donald Ross course where you HAD to keep it in play. It is my opinion that for each extra fairway, and esp. each extra green that you hit, your score will drop by at least one shot--depending upon how far offline that your tee ball normally goes. Also, keep practing on getting your chips close and work on those 4 footers. You may never play for money on the PGA tour, but close to boring par golf is really a great thing!
Summary: Louisville Golf Niblicks are marketed in the UK under the name Persommon Golf. Louiville ships the heads to the UK and Persimmon Golf assembles them. I tried to order a Niblick direct from Louisville Golf and they referred me to Persimmon Golf. Quite ethical I would say. I wanted to try a persimmon club because I find that my Sonartec NP99 is quite difficult to hit off a tight fairway. My home course has links type turf with tight lies. My first experiences with the Niblick were not particularly positive. It requires a smooth swing to make a good contact but ones I had got the hang of it I now find I can hit it between 210 and 220 off the deck. The flight pattern is much lower than with the Sonartec. The steel shaft may have something to do with this. Off a low tee peg I hit it about 225. Distance wise I am sure that it is a little shorter than the Sonartec, probably by about half a club. Accuracy is superior but I can't tell you why. I only know that the dispersion pattern is much tighter. Feel is completely different. In the first place the club is much heavier and there is distinct "thwack" when you meet the ball. It does not sound as powerful as the right from a well struck metal but there is something deeply safisfying about hearing a distinctive "crack" and then watching the ball fly down the fairway. Poor swings are severely punished. Definitely an acquired taste and not for everyone but if you have a smooth swing and don't try to leap at the ball you will be rewareded with almost comparable distance, tight dispersion and a feel like no other.
Just one other criticism. Why on earth did the suppliers give me a leather head cover? Totally unsuitable for British weather.
Only giving 3 starts fro value as they are expensive compared to US prices. Even with VAT and import duty.
Customer Service: Persimmon golf were very helpful in deciing the best shaft option for me. Built from scratch and delivered in a week.
Similar Products Used: Powerbilt citation 5 wood. Awsome head, long and straight but the leather grip was a pain.
Review Date February 19, 2007
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Value Rating 5 of 5
Reviewed by: Scott Knapper(Unregistered User)
Shoots in the 90s
Model Reviewed: Louisville Golf Thumper f.s. Driver
Summary: Picked this up from the LG factory while on vacation in Louisville and let me say this driver is an absolute winner. Very large head for a persimmon driver, and it produces a very nice penetrating trajectory with plenty of roll on the end that I simply don't get from most drivers. I get more distance with this driver than with my Mizuno MX500. I would highly recommend this to anyone! It's very easy to hit, looks fantastic at address, and produces that wonderful "knock" when struck that makes persimmon clubs so special. Plus, the bright red color of the Thumber f.s. is a real attention getting on the practice range and on the tee box.
Customer Service: Ron Just and Josh Fischer from Louisville Golf were fantastic in helping me decide on a club and getting it properly fitted. Being such a relatively small operation allows the guys at LG time to take care of each customer. They were even kind enough to give me a tour of the plant, and explained in detail the process that produces such fine persimmon clubs.