Titleist is Golf's Symbol of Excellence. Counterfeit golf equipment has been on the rise in the recent years and we have made a serious commitment to protect our brands, account partners and reputation in the marketplace. The presence of inferior golf products affects not only our sales but, more importantly, our reputation and consumer confidence. To combat this threat, Acushnet is launching a worldwide security label program as the next step in the fight against counterfeit product in the marketplace. This program is not only an Acushnet Company initiative but other golf manufacturers may also participate in the program, making this program unique and a powerful tool in stopping the sale of fake golf products. For more information on our fight against counterfeit golf product, please visit www.keepgolfreal.com.
- Why is a security label needed on products? Show Answer
Counterfeit golf product in the marketplace in on the rise and the cosmetic quality of the product is increasing, making it harder for buyers to tell the difference between authentic and fake product. To combat this threat, Acushnet is launching a worldwide security label program as the next step in the fight against fake products. The security label has robust security features including a truly unique feature that requires the product to be in hand to be authenticated.
- Which products will feature the new security label? Show Answer
The security label will be located on all Titleist clubs, starting with the launch of the 910 metalwoods in the Fall of 2010. Following the launch of the 910 product, all new Vokey® wedges, Scotty Cameron® putters, and Titleist® irons will feature the label. The security label will not be applied to SureFit™ fitting clubs, replacement shafts or limited edition Scotty Cameron® Circle T™ putters.
- Where is the security label located on the club? And will I recognize it as a security label? Show Answer
The security label is located on the shaft, just below the grip. Yes, the label is easily recognizable. The label says "USGMC and JGGA" on the left side of the label and " & Certified Authentic" in the middle of the label.
- What does USGMC and JGGA stand for? Show Answer
USGMC stands for the United States Golf Manufacturer’s Council, which is a council under the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association. JGGA stands for the Japanese Golf Goods Association. The USGMC and JGGA fully support this program.
- What are the security features of the label that I should look for? Show Answer
1. Color shifting block: There is a block at the end of the label that reads "USGMC JGGA". The block changes from copper to green when rotated.
2. Unique serialized number: Each label will feature a unique serialized number that can be found under the words "Certified Authentic" which can be found in the middle of the label. This unique number will not repeat.
3. Polarized film decoder: The words "GenuineAuthentic" appear as wallpaper at a 45° angle when looking at the label through a polarized film. The wallpaper will also change from positive to negative when rotated.
If the above security features are not present on a Titleist 910 metalwood or later released product, especially the "GenuineAuthentic" wallpaper seen through the polarized decoder, you may have purchased a counterfeit club.
- What makes this security label unique from the rest? Show Answer
The security label contains several layers of technology to protect the label from being compromised. The most robust security feature is truly unique, it requires the club to be in hand to be authenticated. You will need a polarized film to decode the "GenuineAuthentic" wallpaper which is the highest level of security that the label offers. If the "GenuineAuthentic" wallpaper is visible under the decoder film, you can rest assured you have purchased an authentic Titleist product.
- Can I use my polarized sunglasses to view the “GenuineAuthentic” wallpaper? Show Answer
Yes. It is possible with some types of polarized sunglasses to view the "GenuineAuthentic" wallpaper.
- Should I remove the label? Show Answer
The choice is up to you. Please note the label is not meant to be a distraction to your game. The purpose of the security label is to authenticate the club at the initial point of purchase. However, we recommend leaving the security label on the club, in case you decide to sell your club in the future.
- What does the number represent on the security label? Show Answer
The numbers are used for Acushnet's internal use only.
- I bought a club on the internet, and it does not have a security label? Should I be concerned? Show Answer
I bought a club on the internet, and it does not have a security label? Should I be concerned? Close
Maybe. If you purchased a newly introduced Titleist 910 metalwood, or later released product, it should have a security label according to the guidelines above. If it does not, you may have purchased a counterfeit golf club. Please see our Counterfeit Product page at http://www.titleist.com/customer-service/counterfeit-product-notice.aspx.
We always recommend that you purchase authentic Titleist products from an authorized Titleist retailer. Be wary of any product purchased from the internet, other than from authorized Titleist retailers.
For a list of authorized retailers, please click here.