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Golf tip of the week: Fake clubs are a real problem

PHOTO PROVIDED Can you tell which is fake?

While at a past PGA Show in Orlando, Florida, I spoke with Jason Rocker, the official spokesperson for the U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group.

Their slogan is “Fake Clubs for Fake Golfers.” Their objective is to educate people all over the world about counterfeit products.

The issue with fake or counterfeit equipment is they do not perform as well as the real thing. Even the shafts and grips are copies. It was visually impossible to tell the difference when comparing the Ping G30 driver side-by-side with the counterfeit.

Buying golf equipment via the Internet can be very risky. A significant percentage of golf equipment purchased online is counterfeit, and it is impossible to distinguish fake equipment from the original product.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, teaches at his indoor golf studio in Williamsport.

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