CHANCES ARE not too many golfers miss persimmon drivers. The sound of them maybe, or the look, but as far as hitting a ball, the metal stuff is easier and more rewarding. Cleveland combined the old persimmon appearance with new-age performance. With its deep-red body, gold accents and pear shape, the company's Classic Tour looks like a driver of yore, but it's full of modern technology. A peak inside shows exactly where and how.
1. Face thickness varies from 4.3 mm in the center to 2.8 mm at the edge to maximize rebound.
2. A thin, light crown saves weight, which can be redistributed around the head.
3. A weight at the deepest, lowest point improves launch and forgiveness.
4. A rib across the sole tunes the sound and feedback for solid feel.