There are many differing opinions about whether or not it is worth it to splurge on the brand name version of a club or to purchase the cheaper clone version. For those of you who have unlimited checking accounts, or for those who are independently wealthy, by all means, splurge away. This article isn’t for you. For the remaining 90% who, like me, need to make every dollar count, read on.
Advantages of Clone Clubs
First and foremost, clone clubs such as Lady Grand Hawk and GigaGolf almost always cost at least 50% to 75% less than their brand name counterparts. Frequently, the clone will have the look and feel similar to that of an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), such as Callaway, Cleveland, or Adams. A little known (but quite telling) fact is that almost all of the big OEMs get their grips and shafts from the same sources as those little clone club start-ups. Not only that, but smaller companies usually do not have the same marketing and hype expenses of the larger companies, which allows them to sell their products at a lower cost. This means that when buying a brand name club, in essence, you are paying a lot more money for the clubhead and the name.
How do Clone Clubs Work for Women Golfers?
For the frugal yet discerning woman golfer, the most important consideration is a perfect fit without breaking the bank. While you can have any set customized to your personal specifications, customization costs extra and must be included in the budget of the clubs. Fortunately, there are many reputable clone sellers, even online, who will customize an entire set of clubs to match your swing speed and ball flight requirements. Some examples include Pinemeadow Golf and Hirekogolf.com which includes a wonderful online, custom-fitting module.
Disadvantages of Clone Golf Clubs
How important is that clubhead, after all? Most golfers would respond with a resounding “Very!” We’ve all heard the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Well, in the case of clone clubs, this is sometimes true.
Unfortunately, you will occasionally find that the loft and lies are inconsistent, that the weight of the clubhead is a bubble off plumb, and that the center of gravity has been completely ignored in exchange for outward appearance. An additional concern is the fact that there are many counterfeit clubs out there and this fact can easily be missed if you are not paying attention. Although this is not always the case, it is important to be extremely careful when shopping for clone clubs.
Things to Watch Out for When Looking for Legitimate Clones
Should you decide to bite the bullet and go for the gold, the following are some ideas that will help you in a successful search for quality clones:
Ask around. Word of mouth can be one of the best ways to find a quality distributor.
When shopping for a specific brand and model of club, bring someone along who owns it so they can check it out for any glaring differences. *
Counterfeit clubs always have some difference to them from the real thing. These can include slight alterations to the logo, different fonts, different colors, as well as slight discrepancies in weight.
There is something wrong with a club that has a brand name and a clone price.