Fake Golf Clubs – Don’t Buy From These Sites!!

Click here to see a list of web sites that sell fake clubs (Updated: 6/15/2012)

fake ping g10 driverPing G10 Driver I bought from an online golf “wholesaler” a few years back

You may have heard that there are tons of fake golf equipment in circulation. If you did not buy your club or clubs from a reputable or authorized dealer, there is very well a chance that you are playing with fake clubs. Remember that great deal when you bought that $300 driver for $100 on eBay? Are you sure it came out of the original manufacturer’s production line? It is not just clubs that are being counterfeited, but balls, shafts, bags, and even gloves.

The circulation of fake / counterfeit / clone / imitation golf equipment has gotten out of hand and it is killing the industry. Not only that, but if you are a bargain-hunter like me, buying fake golf clubs will kill your game. The quality of the imitations is sub-par at best. It counteracts today’s game-improvement technologies that the major brands like TaylorMade and Callaway are spending millions of dollars on researching and testing, and are offering in almost all of their (non-tour) equipment. The copies are made from inferior materials, are inconsistent in structure, and the shafts will twist and turn all over the place, making it near-impossible to have any predictable outcome in your shots.


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The manufacture of imitation big brand name golf clubs like TaylorMade, Callaway, Ping, Titleist, Nike and Cobra is running rampant in China. There are several “factories” with large numbers of employees turning out big volumes of cheaply made copies of the popular brands and model golf clubs. When 60 Minutes investigated the counterfeit golf markets in China, they found a factory in Donguan producing 500 counterfeit callaway golf bags a week. Copy equipment is making itsway to US and European consumers not only in stores set up in Asian countries where regulation of fake consumer products is non-existent, but via the web on auction sites like eBay and GolfBidder.co.uk, as well as sites dedicated to selling fakes only. Most of the latest knock-off clubs are almost indistinguishable from the real thing, even for people with experience with fakes.

Although there has been a recent awareness of these fakes flooding the markets, thousands of uninformed people are still buying these clubs at abnormally cheap prices. There are many US “entrepreneurs” who are buying these in bulk (many of the fake sites present themselves as “wholesalers”) and then selling them to unsuspecting consumers on channels such as eBay, CraigsList, or even their own US-based sites.

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The golf equipment giants are all fighting a battle to eliminate the sales and manufacture of fakes. A recent article in Golf Magazine brought light to this epidemic. Police raided shops and factories who were making and selling the fakes in Asia. But for every store closed down by the police, there is a new web site springing up to sell more fakes.

The purpose of this page is to help in the fight against fakes and to bring a better awareness about the counterfeit equipment and their peddlers. I am hoping we find support among others who want to keep the markets clean of fake junk. Besides avoiding sites like the ones listed below, it is also a good idea to learn what to look for when trying to spot fakes on eBay and other channels. An article on Golfspy.com called 10 Ways Not To Buy Fake Clubs Online offers a good introduction to distinguishing fakes from the real thing, but since the manufacturers of the counterfeit clubs are getting better at making their clubs look exactly like the genuine article, we suggest that you look at some other tips and tricks as well. Exposing the Secrets of Fake Clubs has some good pictures of fake club heads and shafts that have been cut to show how they differ from authentic items.

Below follows a list of known online fake-mongers. If you know of any other sites that should be added to this list, please post it  as a comment and we will investigate to ensure that they sell fakes before we add them to the list.

Update: As you will see, many of the sites below have been shut down by the authorities and some of them have civil lawsuits pending against them. Our work here is paying off! Keep reporting suspected fake sites to us.

Buyer beware  (updated: 6/15/2012):

Suspected fake sellers:

No Longer Active:

Seized By FBI:

Civil Action Lawsuit Pending:


Legitimate Bargains (Authentic Clubs):

 

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