The search for the perfect persimmon driver is challenging but rewarding. When asked for advice regarding what to look for, I usually recommend trying out as many different models as possible and making sure to hold on to “the one” when you eventually find it. Because each persimmon driver is unique, you may never be able to replace a lost or broken club even if you can find the exact same model.
The first persimmon driver that I fell in love with was a MacGregor Toney Penna SEOM from 1957. The look, feel, and performance were all perfectly suited to my game. Since then I’ve added a few more to the rotation but it always comes back to the Penna. A couple months ago I found what appeared to be the same model in great shape for a very good price so I decided to invest in a backup. However, when the new club arrived, I found that it just wasn’t the same. At first glance it appears to be the same. But the details are off – here’s a list of what appears to be different:
- Subtle differences in head size and geometry
- Old: “Toney Penna” decal on crown; New: “Toney Penna” stamped
- Different screw sizes in the insert
- Different shaft bands “Pro-Pel Action by MacGregor” and “MacGregor Pro-Pel Action by True Temper”
- Different weight (old is much heavier)
Here are some images of what I mean:
So… perhaps somebody knows something I don’t? The fact that the shaft bands are different must mean they are from different years? Maybe one is a knock off? Just goes to show – treat your gamers with respect because no two are the same and a lost or broken club is unlikely to be replaced easily, even with an “exact” copy.