How to Tell if My Callaway Driver Is Fake?

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Some counterfeit Callaway drivers are so poorly made that even a supreme golfing novice can tell something isn't right. However, some knock-offs have become so perfect that only golf merchandise experts can tell the difference. Fake drivers generally have subtle differences in the head shape, weight and other specifications that render the club inferior to its authentic counterpart. Club counterfeiting, a highly lucrative business, has become more prevalent, so be wary of any deal that seems too good to be true.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Inspect the hosel -- the joint where the shaft connects to the club head -- for a serial number. Some Callaway drivers do not have a hosel so, instead, have the serial number etched on the back of the club head. If there is no serial number, the club is fake. However, many counterfeiters have caught on and print their phoney clubs with equally phoney serial numbers.

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    Inspect the shaft and take a close look at the sticker on the shaft. Fakes often have smaller stickers than normal and the colours are faded. Whenever possible, compare a potentially-counterfeit shaft against an authentic one at a golf course pro shop or approved Callaway dealer.

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    Inspect the grip. Counterfeit grips tend to be thinner and have a shallower texture than normal ones. Also, the lettering is often a slightly different font, smaller than it should be. Again, it is ideal to compare against grips you know to be authentic.

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    Call Callaway and send in your driver for verification if, after all these inspections, you still aren't certain of its validity.

Tips and warnings

  • The best way to ensure you purchase a legitimate Callaway driver is to buy it direct from Callaway or an authorised dealer.
  • Callaway only guarantees the authenticity of clubs purchased from approved vendors, such as golf courses and outlet stores. Internet auction websites are completely unauthorised and often lead to the purchasing of knock-off clubs.

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