How To Spot A Counterfeit

What you need to know

The first thing you need to know is that no counterfeit clubs are sold on Golfbidder. Never have been and never will be - so right away you can relax! However, on some websites which allow members of the public to buy and sell directly amongst themselves - counterfeit golf clubs are a very serious problem.

With a lot of counterfeit goods (eg Gucci handbags or Rolex watches for £10) it’s pretty obvious to the buyers from the low price that they are buying a fake. With golf clubs this is rarely the case. To avoid suspicion, sellers of counterfeit golf clubs tend to charge the same prices you would expect to pay for the genuine article. It’s a problem not only for the hapless buyers – but for the whole golf industry.

This was evidenced recently when one of the biggest counterfeit golf club scams in history came to light – for more on this story click HERE.

The counterfeiters are getting better – and it’s getting harder for a layman to spot the difference; It could be the colour of a decal, the step pattern of an inferior steel shaft; the fact that a magnet clings to a supposedly titanium head (magnets don’t cling to titanium) - numerous subtle differences. But hit a counterfeit club after a real one – and you’ll soon know the difference - the performance is invariably dreadful.

How come Golfbidder doesn't get caught out?

Extreme diligence is the real answer: Our expert inspection team, made up of PGA Qualified professionals, personally handle tens of thousands of clubs every year. Every club is minutely inspected to ensure it is in the condition we expect – and then every one is individually photographed in close-up - and then described.

The team has been with us for years, they take genuine pride in being able to spot a fake – they have seen thousands of the genuine articles, and on the rare occasions when someone sends us a counterfeit (having unwittingly bought it elsewhere) it stands out like sore thumb.

Rogues Gallery

There is not space to reveal all the tell-tale signs that mark out a counterfeit from the genuine article – but here are just a few examples of the sort of discrepancies which give the game away.

For more information or to speak to one of our PGA qualified customers services team call 0208 4016 901. Lines and emails are open and managed from 9:00am - 5:00pm , Monday – Friday and 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday.