Fakes are aplenty, and it pays for one to have a good pair of eyes to spot even the littlest of differences. This applies to everything that can be bootlegged, even golf clubs.
There are golf experts who purposely buy fake discount golf clubs just to compare them to the real McCoys. They do these intricate comparisons in order to educate prospective buyers who may be tempted into getting fake discount golf clubs themselves. They also furnish some rules for those buyers in order for the latter to avoid getting duped by dishonest people who are only interested in getting money from their cold, dead hands.
First, buyers should not trust online merchants who have negative reviews and have a scant number of units sold.
Second, they should ask for a serial number. The serial number should then be relayed to the original golf club manufacturer to verify it. If there is a mismatch or if there is no number provided at all, the club is a fake.
Third, they should ask for close-up photos of the clubs. If the merchant does not provide them, it should be avoided.
Fourth, they should always remember the adage “if it’s too good to be true, then it actually is”. Dishonest sellers will always use alibis to justify their absurdly low prices. One such alibi is their abuse of the term OEM, or original equipment manufacturer, which is commonly used in the world of computers. Another alibi is their abuse of the term “free shipping”. By free shipping, it means they will smuggle the fakes to their destinations.
Fifth, full sets are prime scam bait. There is a high chance that all of the clubs as well as the bag in the set are all fakes.
Sixth, they should employ the magnet test. Real titanium clubs will never stick to a magnet.
Seventh, fakes will always have too much glue and epoxy in its major parts. This is a sign of shoddy craftsmanship.
Eighth, they should always check the paint job as well as the lettering. Manufacturers of fake discount golf clubs will always have typos to throw the buyers off, and they also change the fonts on the letterings. Fakes will also have substandard paint jobs.
Ninth, they should always check the ferrule, or the decorative ring that is located between the head and the shaft. Ferrules of real clubs are more detailed compared to their fake counterparts.
Tenth, they should check the smell. If the club smells like a rubber tire, it is a fake.
Eleventh, they should be on high alert if the merchant sells club heads only. Since the head is the most elaborate parts of the club compared to the shaft, fakers will do their worst to copy the designs of the original head.
Twelfth, counterfeit sellers will always focus on the big-name brands and nothing else. Their selection of clubs is also not that diverse – for example, they do not sell clubs for left-handed golfers and they never distinguish between steel and graphite shafts.
Thirteenth, counterfeit sellers are always aggressive in putting their ads on the top of search engine page results for terms related to discount clubs. They want to make sure they are noticed first in order to prey on unsuspecting buyers.
Fourteenth, counterfeit sellers will always lure the buyers into their traps no matter what. They will never let the buyers cancel their orders; and if their sites have error 404 messages, they will always divert those pages into the order page.
Finally, if there are still some lingering doubts, they should contact the merchant of the discount golf clubs directly and immediately. If the other party has poor knowledge of the product and cannot communicate well with you, there is a high chance that the merchant sells fakes.