“Not For Resale” Golf Clubs

If you ever purchase a golf club from a third-party seller that has “Not For Resale” marked on the shaft and/or club head, you might feel a bit of concern. Are you stuck with this club forever now? Are the golf police going to come after you? Is the club a counterfeit?

When you purchase used clubs or you buy a club at an expo or online, you run the risk of buying a counterfeit club. If you’re on the lookout for red flags, you might notice a “Not For Resale” etching on the club.

Don’t worry. “Not For Resale” isn’t always a bad thing. Here’s why it could have that printed, and what it could mean for you as a club-owner.


Tour-issued clubs are considered “Not For Resale.” According to the Titleist warranty, “Tour-issued products are not for resale and, therefore, not covered under any warranty.”

Does your TaylorMade golf club serial number (on the back of the hosel) begin with the letter T? That’s a good indication it’s a tour club.


Your “Not For Resale” club might be a prototype or demo club. These clubs may not have undergone the same level of testing and quality assurance as a club purchased from a big-name shop.

You might be risking having a club from the first production groups of a specific model. At the same time, it should be the same as its successors. If it’s a great deal, it might be worth it.

Can You Resell?

If you’re worrying about your “Not For Resale” marked club, you can be sure that your next buyer will probably have the same concerns. You will have an easier time reselling a club without the cursed words. But nobody should come after you for listing your used club online or for selling it at a garage sale.

When you buy a bulk bag of snacks, each individual package is marked “not for resale.” They’re fine to eat and find to hand out to your son’s soccer team. Your “Not For Resale” club is probably fine for use, and you can get rid of it when the time comes.

That is, unless it’s counterfeit. Why would a counterfeit have a “Not For Resale” stamp? Probably to try to pass as a tour club.

Luckily, counterfeiters are usually easy to spot. By knowing all of the other signs of counterfeit clubs, you can try to determine if the club you’re holding is real or fake without worrying about the resale stamp. If you’ve studied the club closely and it does not seem counterfeit in any other way, you might be good to go.

However, if you’re having second thoughts, remember: buying a counterfeit club isn’t worth the “deal” you get. Spend the extra money to be sure your clubs are genuine. Buy from verified sellers, and, if you purchase Certified Pre-Owned clubs, demand a certificate of authenticity.

If the seller seems shady in any way, don’t give them your money. Walk away, laugh all the way back to the bank, deposit the cash you would have spent, and then go swipe your debit card at a reliable retailer where you are 100% certain the clubs are real.

Next week we’ll discuss identifying counterfeit golf clubs.

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