Are you playing a fake? I spend a lot of time reading and I stumbled across some amazing information in one of my favorite golf websites, MyGolfSpy.com. They did a random purchase of 100 club listings on EBAY, and they found that 24 of those clubs (24%) were fakes. Yikes.
The big club manufacturers have all their clubs made overseas but foreign employees make such little money, they are tempted to steal the molds and sell them to the counterfeiters, many of whom produce in the same area. Even though many foundries perform daily body searches with metal detectors at every entrance and exit and security cameras which watch over them like hawks during their shifts…it still won’t make a difference. There is just too much to gain!
How You Know You’re Playing a Fake?
The website made a list of things you need to watch for when buying a club online: 1) Ask for serial numbers, most big companies use them 2) Ask for close-up photos 3) Watch for “won in a raffle” or “got as gift” to justify low price 4) Anything packaged as a full set 5) Magnet test. If it’s titanium a magnet won’t stick 6) Watch for excess glue / epoxy or out of place decals 6) Lettering and Paint, generally the counterfeits will not use the exact same pantone colors.
A couple years ago, someone showed me a fake Callaway. Paint job looked good, could easily fool a casual golfer. All you had to do was take one swing. You could tell the head was made of some kind of cheap alloy. Sound was terrible, ball went nowhere. He paid $250 for it. All Golf Course Owner Guy could say is “dude, you got hosed”. From my soapbox I say, buy your clubs here, we don’t sell counterfeit, but you won’t, there is just something about the roulette of on making that great score online… that makes you feel so ALIVE!!