Ping, Inc is a US manufacture of golf clubs. Like any popular brand it is the subject of copycat manufacturers who pass their fakes off as the real thing. The first rule to avoid counterfeit Ping clubs is to be discerning about where you buy them. You are less likely to be sold fakes if you buy your clubs from a reputable golf shop. The danger increases if you buy them online at auction sites or Far East golf websites. Once you have the club in your hand, there are several checks you can perform to make sure you got the real deal.
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Check the current price of the type of Ping club you want to buy. If someone is offering you new clubs at a much lower price, then walk away.
Check that the shop selling the clubs is an authorised dealer. Ping lists all its current dealerships on its site (see Resources).
Check the brightness of the colours on the club. Fake clubs tend to have more vivid colours than the real item. This is because of the cheaper materials used in their fabrication. You stand a better chance of knowing the right shade if you have a real example in front of you. If you can’t get your hands on a genuine Ping club, visit the company’s website to see pictures of original clubs (see Resources). The most frequently counterfeited club in Ping’s range is the G10. Pay particularly close attention to the brightness of the orange on these clubs.
Check the embossed Ping logo on the V2 Iron. Fakes don’t usually go to the trouble of moulding the metal of the head into the structure, but tack on a separately created label. Check the thickness of the shaft compared to a genuine V2. Counterfeits are mode of inferior materials and so need to be thicker to obtain strength.
Check for signs of abrasions or rusting on the club. Ping has strict quality control and its products do not rust. Any club with teeth marks from manufacturing processes will not be genuine.
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