Last week we talked about buying golf clubs marked “Not For Resale”. One of the reasons you might question a marked golf club is because of counterfeit concerns. When you purchase golf clubs from a third-party seller, you always run the risk of becoming a victim of counterfeit club sales.
Counterfeit clubs can be difficult to spot because they are usually sold at prices close to the cost of a genuine brand-name club. If you spotted a Callaway Big Bertha on the sale rack for $12.50, you would definitely run away. But when the club is “properly” priced, you have to learn the signs of a counterfeit in order to purchase smart.
Check the seller
Is the retailer an authorized distributor of the product you are purchasing? Verify this by checking with the golf club’s brand. Companies such as TaylorMade have lists online of verified Amazon and eBay sellers. Not on the list? Think twice.
Do you get any bad vibes from the seller?
Trust your gut. Trust your brain. If the sale doesn’t line up, the seller is unprofessional, the price seems off, or there is any sort of bad vibe from the transaction, do not buy the club. Track down a verified reseller and go with them instead. The peace of mind is worth the price difference.
Does the club appear “off”?
It’s probably impossible to compare your club and another real club side-by-side before you purchase it. Fortunately, you’ve probably got a phone with a search engine. Look up the club and analyze the shapes, details, and text. Check the font of any words and logo on the club and compare it to the real deal. Look at the grips, the hosel, and the face lines. Feel the weight of the club in your hands. Does anything feel fishy? Cheap? Walk away.
What to Do With a Counterfeit
You did your best to avoid buying a counterfeit, but you realize somehow, you’ve been duped. Swindled. Hoodwinked. Here’s what to do after you realize your club is a fake.
Don’t resell. Report.
This should go without saying – don’t try to resell the club to another golfer and market it as the real deal. Instead, report the seller you purchased the club from, if possible. Try to keep this from happening to any other players.
Can you hit it well?
Before you toss the club, try swinging it at the range. You might be surprised. Some counterfeits can be shockingly similar to the real-deal clubs, and if you’ve already paid money for the club, you might as well get use of it.
Make something positive out of something negative
In the end, after you’ve reported the seller, you are stuck with the club. Make something good out of it! Create a quirky piece of home decor using it, like a coat rack, piece of wall art, end table or even a wind chime (search the internet, it exists, trust us). If you have a relative of the appropriate height that is interested in learning to golf, consider it a student club. Make the best of your situation.
In the end, you can avoid this stress by purchasing from verified sellers or from the companies themselves. Saving a few bucks doesn’t matter if it’s wasted on a bad counterfeit club!