How to Know If Titleist Irons Are Authentic

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Acushnet is the largest manufacturer of golf equipment in the world. The company was founded in 1910 and originally processed rubber before launching its golf division in 1930. Its product lines include golf balls, shoes, clubs and accessories that are sold under several brand names, including Titleist.

The company’s established reputation has meant that its products are popular among golfing enthusiasts. This demand has led to an increase in counterfeit products making their way into the marketplace, despite potential consequences of producing or selling counterfeit goods that include fines and possible imprisonment.

Buy your Irons from an authorized Titleist retailer. This is the only way to guarantee that you are being sold a genuine product. Titleist irons and other products are sold primarily at gold courses, gold specialty shops and other specific sporting goods stores. To find an authorized retailer, visit the official Titleist website.

Check the irons' serial numbers (or request the serial number if you are purchasing Titleist products), and then visit the Titleist website and contact the company to verify the serial numbers. The company will also advise you where to locate the serial numbers for their products. Be wary of sellers who will not provide you with serial numbers when requested.

Compare the product against an authentic product. The Titleist website provides specific measurements for its irons, close-up photographs of the clubs at different angles and a list of features particular to each iron. Closely compare fine details, such as font, logo, paint color, weight sizes and shape of the club head. Telltale signs of a fake may include having a less-polished finish than the genuine product, having a different sized font and/or logo on the club's shaft or sole, logo colors being less vivid or a different shade, and contours around logos and fonts appearing different from those on an authentic model.

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Research your seller. Either patronize an authorized Titleist seller or, if going through an online auction site, such as eBay, check the seller’s feedback before bidding. Online "shame lists" list eBay sellers who have sold counterfeit equipment.

Check where your item is being shipped from. Titleist.com specifically warns against using suppliers in China and Hong Kong, as they reportedly often ship counterfeit products, but remember that if you make a purchase in any unauthorized location, chances that the products offered are counterfeit greatly increase.

Contact Titleist directly if you still have any doubts about authenticity. Its FAQ page features a section dedicated to the problem of counterfeit products.

Tips

If you believe that your iron is not authentic, report the seller to Titleist. It takes reports of counterfeiting very seriously. If you have used an online auction, report the seller to the company also.

If you are thinking of purchasing a Titleist iron but still have doubts over its authenticity, don't buy it.

Warnings

Watch out for discounted deals. It may look like a bargain but remember that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Auctions that feature multiple clubs being sold together as a group lot and/or auctions featuring 14 clubs and a bag are often counterfeits.

It can be very difficult to determine if the goods that a seller will send to you are authentic. Sellers of counterfeit goods have reportedly been known to lie about the location of merchandise and display a photograph of an authentic product while shipping out counterfeit products.

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