How to distinguish real golf clubs and fake golf clubs
Fishers adore their fish rods. Chefs love their knives. Thus, it’s no surprise that golfers could hug their golf clubs to sleep. Regardless of whether they are a passionate collector or a loyal practitioner, no golfers would expect the day they discover that their beloved golf clubs are fake. However, the omnipresence of counterfeit golf clubs is breaking the hearts of beginners and experienced golfers and making enthusiasts reluctant to join the course. One extreme case was in 2009 when a counterfeit operation was convicted of selling millions of pounds worth of Chinese golf clubs to people all over the world through eBay. This article aims to reclaim the holy land of authentic golf clubs and golfing, by spelling out how to distinguish real and fake golf clubs.
To differentiate between things, we need to look out for discrepancies. For golf clubs, the four elements to scrutinize are price, serial number, and shape and weight of a club as well as details of its parts.
Price speaks for value. If you encounter a tempting deal, doubt first. The discounts and flash sales are worthless if the clubs are of low quality. Plus, it creates the psychological trauma that makes you feel helpless in a world full of counterfeit. At the same time, devious dealers are smart enough to put a similar price tag on both fake and real products.
That’s when you have to resort to other elements, like the serial number. Companies put effort into engraving their serial numbers onto the material in a specific way, either by etching into the metal of the clubs itself or using laser. Many brands also allow customers to verify or register their serial number on their websites, though this is also not a 100% proof for authentification, as fake producers could easily use real serial numbers.
If these general inspections do not give away any clue, then it is time to pick up the clubs and scan through every inch. Remember: the devil is in the detail. First, check out the shape, length, and weight of the clubs. Then, move on to specific parts: the grip, the shaft, the head, and the head cover. Make sure to keep notice of any irregular discrepancies in shape, material, color, font, logo, sticker, symbol, stitch, glaze and paint quality. It might seem like a lot of work, but it will save you from all the unnecessary regrets later. Sometimes, the counterfeits are detectable just through hands-on feeling. However, for most of the time, it requires keen eyes and experience to differentiate between real and fake clubs.
In conclusion, if you are a first-time buyer or one who is intrigued by offers from new retailers, keep the four elements of price, serial number, shape, and parts as a checklist. Our recommendation would be to buy golf clubs only from trustworthy dealers who have proofs of authenticity and history of legitimacy. If you could not find one, inspect with extreme diligence, for a real golf clubs would take you to levels that counterfeit cannot.