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Counterfeits, Beware! Titleist, Scotty Cameron etc...

Chris92009

To help members of our community learn more about counterfeit products and their risks I thought I would start a thread on the topic. I know in our Scotty Cameron Collector Group we see fakes all the time on ebay, and many times it is not easy to tell the difference.

There is more relevant information on the a website called http://keepgolfreal.com/ where golfers like yourself have the opportunity to hear directly about counterfeiting and read about raid actions etc...

You can also report potential counterfeits to Titleist directly at www.titleist.com/.../report-counterfeit-product

By helping police our industry it will hopefully help to curb the amount of fake product that is flooding the U.S. as well as other parts of the world. Check it out and become more of an expert on what to look out for so it never happens to you!

Obviously, by only purchasing products from your authorized Titleist Dealer will help prevent this however whenever you go into the secondary market or other dealers sometimes what you think you are buying is not the real thing.

I look forward to everyone's comments on this.. as well as experiences!

Chris

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  1. Steve N

    Thanks Chris!

    This is huge problem. As a Team Titleist member, I feel we have a responsibility to be on the lookout and report any knock off clubs we see. Being educated is critical.
  2. Barry B

    Great subject that more people need to be aware of. Just because it has a brand name and looks the same, doesn't mean that it is.
  3. aholtmeyer

    I used to be the type to look for the cheapest clubs just because I didn't take the game too seriously and never thought of counterfeit clubs being a thing. In the last couple years, I have started taking my game more seriously and that has led me to Titleist. I also never buy clubs now unless it's directly from an authorized retailer listed on this site.
  4. Chuck Z

    I ALWAYS purchase thru a Titleist dealer after being fitted. All my clubs have been shipped directly from Titleist. Never been burned. Never purchased anything off eBay. Lack of trust. Thanks Pal, great info, and by the way, be seeing you soon.
  5. Brian D

    Chuck Z

    I ALWAYS purchase thru a Titleist dealer after being fitted. All my clubs have been shipped directly from Titleist. Never been burned. Never purchased anything off eBay. Lack of trust. Thanks Pal, great info, and by the way, be seeing you soon.

    Chuck, You are SPOT on. The best way is to keep your purchasing through trusted authorized Titleist dealer. Even better if you have the benefit of a custom fitting, ensuring you bring the tools that are best for your game to the course.

    Trusting a product not only to be original, but trusting your equipment to perform as expected is what Titleist brings to their loyal community.

    I hope for anyone who reads this thread takes advantage of all the issues an expert such as Chris has seen.

    All the best to all, and enjoy your summer season..For those of you who live in the New England area, that may make a bit more sense....we have not seen Spring this year....
  6. David M

    Thanks for the reminder. There is a whole industry around fake Scotty's and head covers. I also refer to the Cameron Collector for pics/tips on potentially fake items. There are some thorough threads there on how to spot, etc.
  7. Devon M

    Great post! I have just recently started to switch my clubs over to Titleist, and I think it is super important to get them from a legit dealer. Titleist has a big name, and is more likely to have fakes than some other companies. This is why I will only buy from my pro shop, or an authorized dealer.
  8. Scott D

    Great topic! A friend of mine bought a set of counterfeit clubs, ( another brand ). Well this great deal he got on these clubs came back to bite him. We were playing on a hot muggy day after the first three holes my friend my friend looks at his hands and sees that the hands are black as black can be, the grips started to melt. My friend is mad and complains to the rep from the company and learns that the clubs were counterfeit and lost the money from this great deal. My friend learned a valuable and costly lesson and now only buys his clubs from the Proshop.
  9. Doug E

    How about giving us some thoughts on how to spot a counterfeit Titleist club, be it a driver, fairway, iron or putter.

    I once questioned a club many years ago and was told to smell the grip. If it was really rubbery smelling it was likely a fake. It turned out to be just that. But, that was a long time ago. Is this still something to check? What else? What about serial numbers? Wrong fonts? What are the tell-tale signs on Titleist fakes being seen these days?
  10. Joe D

    Great read Chris.
    Thanks for the information.

    The counterfeiting of golf clubs has been going on for along time,and they keep upping there game.
    But with proper education on the subject,we can stop it.
    Buy your clubs from approved authorized dealer's .
    I never bought clubs from ebay,or online ,need to hit them and be fitted.
  11. Mike C

    Great comments and information Chris. Based on some of the items I see out for sale, I believe there is a lot more counterfeit products floating around out there than people would believe. Always stick with an authorized Titleist dealer and you won't be burned.
  12. Speedy

    Great post! Thanks for sharing Chris
  13. Cathi, Titleist Club Concierge

    Hi Chris, Great post! We get calls all the time from players that purchase on online sites or other selling venues and the one thing that seems to surprise them the most is that counterfeiters will copy legitimate serial numbers onto fake clubs so you ultimately must trust the seller. If it is a Scotty Cameron putter and the seller says its brand new and he will sell it to you for $100 because he is quitting golf, or wants to get rid of it, you may not be getting a deal. If you do feel that you purchased a "counterfeit", report it at; www.titleist.com/.../report-counterfeit-product
    Love to hear other thoughts.....
  14. Kevin B

    Wonderful. I'm about to purchase a BRAND NEW Scotty and am going to get fitted and will order from my Titleist fitter Jim Pooler.

    With the number on sale on Ebay I can only imagine the frauds that are taking place. I will have a certificate as well from Scotty Cameron...not that I'll ever sell it. I have a thing about not selling my putters as I care for them and all look brand new.

    Great post and Thank you for the web sites!
  15. Chris92009

    Cathi, Titleist Club Concierge

    Hi Chris, Great post! We get calls all the time from players that purchase on online sites or other selling venues and the one thing that seems to surprise them the most is that counterfeiters will copy legitimate serial numbers onto fake clubs so you ultimately must trust the seller. If it is a Scotty Cameron putter and the seller says its brand new and he will sell it to you for $100 because he is quitting golf, or wants to get rid of it, you may not be getting a deal. If you do feel that you purchased a "counterfeit", report it at; www.titleist.com/.../report-counterfeit-product
    Love to hear other thoughts.....

    Great point! We all have heard the saying.... "If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is!"
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