Scotty Cameron - real or fake?

How can you determine if a used Scotty Cameron is a fake or the real deal?

It'll come from an authorized dealer.

Since the used club market is flooded with fake Scotty Cameron putters, I was hoping a Titleist representive would tell me that there is a way to determine if the putter was made by Titleist or not. It appears that Titleist wants to ensure all of us do not buy used SC putters, I am disappointed if this is true but I understand the logic.

Hi Ed,

Thanks for the note. You can send a Scotty Cameron putter into Scotty's Custom Shop for authentication. Here is a link with more information: http://www.scottycameron.com/authentication/default.asp

Keep in mind, your best bet to ensuring you purchase authentic products is to always buy from an authorized Titleist golf shop. In the meantime, here are some tips on how to spot a fake: 

How to Spot Counterfeit Product

  • If the deal is too good to be true, then it probably is.
  • Be wary of any seller that requires payment by person to person money transfer, such as Western Union. These types of transfers are not traceable and counterfeiters often use them.
  • Always check a seller’s feedback on auction sites.
  • Try to compare the product that you are buying against authentic product. If there are any differences, even slight ones, it is most likely counterfeit. We do not sell “seconds” or “blems”, so there will not be different versions of our products in the marketplace.
  • If you are in doubt, don’t buy the product.

You can get more information on our extensive brand protection activities here: http://www.titleist.com/customer-service/counterfeit-product-notice.aspx

Mike's answer is great.  I would suggest to just become as familiar as you can with Scotty's product.  There are many websites, including Scotty's own, that are filled with information and pictures that you can compare with the putter you're trying to buy. The more you know, the less likely you are to be fooled.

Thanks Mike, this is what I was looking for in the way of information. Maybe I can share some information that will help others who like me are looking to buy a used putter simply because they can not justify $300 + for a golf club. When I decided I wanted a Scotty putter I started learning more about them, looking at new ones and used ones. Then I went online to look for the best deal. This is where the trouble starts and I found it to be impossible to determine if the putter is a "real" Titleist. So I decided on a vendor, then I called them asking these questions: how can you sell these putters this cheap ($160.00)? Answer: We buy direct from the manufacturer in large quantities and pass the savings to you. Question: Are these real Titleist putters? Answer: We will ship the putter direct from the manufacturer to you. Now so far the answers sound reasonable and I order the putter. Next I get my invoice and the shipper appears to be in China. I call and ask why does the billing appear to be from China and by the way it has been three weeks and my putter has not arrived. Answer: Titleist makes many clubs in China and mine is held up in customs. At this point I tried to cancel the order, no luck Yada yada yada. I contact Titleist and they advise me to not accept shipment because they do not make putters in China. The seller tells me that the putter is of the highest quality and implies it will be a great putter (maybe even better than the Titleist?) I tell them I am not going to accept it. Then I contacted my credit card company and start the refund process. The putter is delivered and I do not accept telling the mailman the reasons why. Three months later my account is credited and I hope this nightmare is over. So if I can find a used Scotty in the local Titleist shop maybe I will have one someday. Boo Hoo, feel sorry for me yet? (smile). Anyway thanks to Mike and the readers who responded to my initial query. I received a lot of good advice. Hit em straight and hit em often!

I will give you my two cents here in this matter. I have worked at Dick's Sporting Goods the past few summers between college, and have seen many fake Scotty Camerons. I own about 10 Scotty Cameron Putters, from the Tei3 to the Studio Select, and the most common thing I notice is the quality of the paintfill. A lot of the counterfeit putters do not use the gel that Titleist uses in the three dots, and the shaft band seems to always misspell a word or two. Hope this helps!( I know it's a bit late! )

i used to have a similar mindset.  i couldn't justify paying $300+ for a putter where you can find other new ones from anywhere from $50~$200. i just randomly came across scotty golo s and it made me feel like i had to buy it.  

Do i think it's expensive? yes. Do i think it's worth it? yes. 

when i was raving about the putter earlier this year when i first got it, everyone said it might be because i'm in the honeymoon stage. but i gotta say this honeymoon stage is lasting a long time. it still amazes me when i putt, the way it rolls. no skids and no bumping.

it's a club that you're going to use it on every hole, well except for those hole outs, and there's a high chance you'll keep this putter for very long time if you find the right model. i don't think anyone who's purchased or owns scotty putter will ever say they feel like they got rip off for paying so much for a putter.

just go for the brand new one from an authorized dealer. authorized online dealers can save you on the tax...

Under the "too good to be true", Titleist has arrangements with retailers to protect both the product and the pro shops from predatory pricing.  No one gets a Titleist discount based on volume to undercut the rest of the market. 

bigearnucsd

i used to have a similar mindset.  i couldn't justify paying $300+ for a putter where you can find other new ones from anywhere from $50~$200. i just randomly came across scotty golo s and it made me feel like i had to buy it.  

Do i think it's expensive? yes. Do i think it's worth it? yes. 

when i was raving about the putter earlier this year when i first got it, everyone said it might be because i'm in the honeymoon stage. but i gotta say this honeymoon stage is lasting a long time. it still amazes me when i putt, the way it rolls. no skids and no bumping.

it's a club that you're going to use it on every hole, well except for those hole outs, and there's a high chance you'll keep this putter for very long time if you find the right model. i don't think anyone who's purchased or owns scotty putter will ever say they feel like they got rip off for paying so much for a putter.

just go for the brand new one from an authorized dealer. authorized online dealers can save you on the tax...

I always gamed other brands until maybe 3-4 years ago.  It wasn't necessarily the price, it's I wasn't exposed to Scottys so was unaware.  Once I found them though on my quest to improve my game and upgrade my equipment it was love at first sight.  Scotty's feel different.  I know part is probably mental but I haven't rolled any other putter that is that smooth feeling.  I now have 4 Scottys.  :-)