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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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What is a Golf Clone?

A Golf Clone is similar to the concept of a PC Clone. In the mid-1980's PC Clones were introduced into the personal computer market. Some of them, like Compaq, Dell, & Gateway, eventually became Brand Names. But the goal of Clones, in both golf and computers, is to provide all of the performance features of a big name brand with a better value to the consumer. Clones are not to be confused with the branded products they may seek to flatter, but they are made from the same materials, use the same shafts and grips, have the same design principles, and perform the same (or often better) as the Name Brands.

The important point is to use the same quality materials, the same casting foundries, the same quality assembly methods as all the big name brand producers. To buy the heads, shafts, and grips from exactly the same suppliers. A correctly constructed clone club will offer the same performance but provide you with BETTER VALUE. If you buy a good clone club, you will be able to tell all your friends that you got a better product for less money and your scores will show it.

Are some Golf Clones Illegal?

Don't confuse a "clone" with a "counterfeit" club. They are not the same. "Counterfeit" clubs pretend to be someone else's club by mimicking the name and/or look of a brand name club. Clones on the other hand duplicate the technology of another club, but promote themselves independently. Properly constructed and marketed clones are not illegal. Counterfeits clubs are illegal and a significant problem in the golf industry. The Name Brands talk about illegal clubs ripping them off, but counterfeiters also rip off you too, the consumer. No one should buy products from an illegal counterfeiter. A counterfeit club is a product that violates the legal trade dress rights, trademarks, patents or copyrights of another company. Historical examples of trade dress violators were the makers of the "king snake" which was an illegal knockoff of Cobra's King Cobra, the Tommy Mann Bummer, the Big Burser _ you get the point. Counterfeits confuse the consumer and seeks to fool the consumer into thinking their product is actually the Name Brand Company's product. It rips us all off because reputable companies play by the rules and lose business to shady operators who fool consumers into thinking they are buying a legitimate product. It rips you off because the quality is inferior and you just enriched a criminal. Legitimate clone club manufacturers work very careful to not violate the valid rights of other companies. However, they do examine carefully the products, materials and claims of companies and work hard to get into your hands the best products at the best price. We call this "value."

Are clone clubs legal for USGA tournament play?

Most are. There are a few that are not, but they will always be clearly identified as such.



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