Stainless Steel, Bing Crosby, Golf and the Pittsburgh Persimmon

Stainless Steel, Bing Crosby, Golf and the Pittsburgh Persimmon

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Golf club design made a breakthrough in 1970, both in design and performance. Whilst, in the past, club manufacturers has produced metal clubs it was not until 1979 that TaylorMade released the “Pittsburgh Persimmon” Stainless Steel driver.

It was Club maker Gary Adams that created the first 12-degree cast stainless-steel driver, nicknaming it the “Pittsburgh Persimmon”.

The new club was extremely popular and was immediately set to work in 1981 by Ron Streck, an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour. Streck had the nickname "Milestone Man”, on account of several notable "firsts" in the annals of professional golf. Eventually metal drivers completely replaced the wood that had been used in the sport.

Ron Streck and Jim Simons were the first to put it in play on the PGA Tour, with Simons using it to win the 1982 Crosby Clambake, now known as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The Stainless Steel “Pittsburgh Persimmon” club ushered in the age of metal woods. Up until this, drivers were considered works of art that would stay in a players golf bag forever. Players like Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus used the same drivers for decades.


At DSM we've never 'played a round' with Stainless Steel products, we always 'putt' quality at the forefront and because of this we're the best by 'parr' .. sorry ;-)