Last week we talked about buying golf clubs marked “Not For Resale”. One of the reasons you might question a marked golf club is because of counterfeit concerns. When you purchase golf clubs from a third-party seller, you always run the risk of becoming a victim of counterfeit club sales.
Counterfeit clubs can be difficult to spot because they are usually sold at prices close to the cost of a genuine brand-name club. If you spotted a Callaway Big Bertha on the sale rack for $12.50, you would definitely run away. But when the club is “properly” priced, you have to learn the signs of a counterfeit in order to purchase smart.
Is the retailer an authorized distributor of the product you are purchasing? Verify this by checking with the golf club’s brand. Companies such as TaylorMade have lists online of verified Amazon and eBay sellers. Not on the list? Think twice.
Trust your gut. Trust your brain. If the sale doesn’t line up, the seller is unprofessional, the price seems off, or there is any sort of bad vibe from the transaction, do not buy the club. Track down a verified reseller and go with them instead. The peace of mind is worth the price difference.
It’s probably impossible to compare your club and another real club side-by-side before you purchase it. Fortunately, you’ve probably got a phone with a search engine. Look up the club and analyze the shapes, details, and text. Check the font of any words and logo on the club and compare it to the real deal. Look at the grips, the hosel, and the face lines. Feel the weight of the club in your hands. Does anything feel fishy? Cheap? Walk away.
You did your best to avoid buying a counterfeit, but you realize somehow, you’ve been duped. Swindled. Hoodwinked. Here’s what to do after you realize your club is a fake.
This should go without saying – don’t try to resell the club to another golfer and market it as the real deal. Instead, report the seller you purchased the club from, if possible. Try to keep this from happening to any other players.
Before you toss the club, try swinging it at the range. You might be surprised. Some counterfeits can be shockingly similar to the real-deal clubs, and if you’ve already paid money for the club, you might as well get use of it.
In the end, after you’ve reported the seller, you are stuck with the club. Make something good out of it! Create a quirky piece of home decor using it, like a coat rack, piece of wall art, end table or even a wind chime (search the internet, it exists, trust us). If you have a relative of the appropriate height that is interested in learning to golf, consider it a student club. Make the best of your situation.
In the end, you can avoid this stress by purchasing from verified sellers or from the companies themselves. Saving a few bucks doesn’t matter if it’s wasted on a bad counterfeit club!
If you ever purchase a golf club from a third-party seller that has “Not For Resale” marked on the shaft and/or club head, you might feel a bit of concern. Are you stuck with this club forever now? Are the golf police going to come after you? Is the club a counterfeit?
When you purchase used clubs or you buy a club at an expo or online, you run the risk of buying a counterfeit club. If you’re on the lookout for red flags, you might notice a “Not For Resale” etching on the club.
Don’t worry. “Not For Resale” isn’t always a bad thing. Here’s why it could have that printed, and what it could mean for you as a club-owner.
Tour-issued clubs are considered “Not For Resale.” According to the Titleist warranty, “Tour-issued products are not for resale and, therefore, not covered under any warranty.”
Does your TaylorMade golf club serial number (on the back of the hosel) begin with the letter T? That’s a good indication it’s a tour club.
Your “Not For Resale” club might be a prototype or demo club. These clubs may not have undergone the same level of testing and quality assurance as a club purchased from a big-name shop.
You might be risking having a club from the first production groups of a specific model. At the same time, it should be the same as its successors. If it’s a great deal, it might be worth it.
If you’re worrying about your “Not For Resale” marked club, you can be sure that your next buyer will probably have the same concerns. You will have an easier time reselling a club without the cursed words. But nobody should come after you for listing your used club online or for selling it at a garage sale.
When you buy a bulk bag of snacks, each individual package is marked “not for resale.” They’re fine to eat and find to hand out to your son’s soccer team. Your “Not For Resale” club is probably fine for use, and you can get rid of it when the time comes.
That is, unless it’s counterfeit. Why would a counterfeit have a “Not For Resale” stamp? Probably to try to pass as a tour club.
Luckily, counterfeiters are usually easy to spot. By knowing all of the other signs of counterfeit clubs, you can try to determine if the club you’re holding is real or fake without worrying about the resale stamp. If you’ve studied the club closely and it does not seem counterfeit in any other way, you might be good to go.
However, if you’re having second thoughts, remember: buying a counterfeit club isn’t worth the “deal” you get. Spend the extra money to be sure your clubs are genuine. Buy from verified sellers, and, if you purchase Certified Pre-Owned clubs, demand a certificate of authenticity.
If the seller seems shady in any way, don’t give them your money. Walk away, laugh all the way back to the bank, deposit the cash you would have spent, and then go swipe your debit card at a reliable retailer where you are 100% certain the clubs are real.
Next week we’ll discuss identifying counterfeit golf clubs.
Looking for other ways to save some dough on the course? Read Make Golf More Affordable.
Have you ever tried to golf after a long hiatus? A snowed-in winter? A scorching summer?
“It’s like riding a bike,” you might think. “I’ll never forget.”
And maybe you step up to the tee and you think of all those little details from the private lesson you took three years ago. Turn the hip, keep the head down, drop the arms, follow through, do the little foot twist, and presto! You’ve hit a beautiful arcing shot that sailed over the range. You are Tiger Woods, reincarnated.
Except when you line up and hit Ball #2, it thunks into the grass and you look around, confused and embarrassed, wondering what uninvited force of nature decided to challenge your golf prowess.
That’s because golf isn’t like riding a bike. Golf is golf. It’s a sport, something that requires training and dedication. And to play well, you need to play often.
One of the perks of golf as a sport is the ability to play without really playing – as in, you can regularly go to the range and casually hit a bucket of balls without shelling out for green fees and a cart. That means you have the opportunity to maintain your game without having to play the full 18. You ought to make use of this. Imagine how hard it is for polo players or deep-sea scuba divers to casually practice.
The problem we run into here, is that if you do choose to go to the range every single day, you still might not end up getting any better. You can actually just reinforce your bad habits. That’s why you can practice alone often, but should make the time to practice with another player. The skill of the other player does not matter – if they’re a better player, you learn from them. If they are… “less gifted,” you can teach them (and learn from your own instruction).
When it comes down to it, the answer to “how often should you play golf?” is, “how good of a golfer do you want to be?”
If you don’t play regularly, you will not get better. It’s simple. You’ll set yourself back every time you take an extended break.
If you’ve decided to commit to regular play, here are some options for how often you should golf, and what each might get you.
This is the equivalent of buying a beautiful sailboat and leaving it in the harbor. Why would you do that to yourself? Get out there on the course! You will NEVER truly get better if you hit from a flat mat every single time. It’s the rough and the sand traps and the slope of the ground that build character (and skill).
The frugal man’s option. Hit the range a few times a week, like you hit the gym. Make it an exercise. Then, schedule a tee time once a month and push yourself a little harder. Your body will be strained after 18 Holes, but you’ll feel like a champ, and probably will play a decent game.
This is a good balance. Go to the range once or twice a week, and hit the greens a few times a month. Maybe switch it up with an Executive 9 here or there. Play a few different courses in your area. You’re an athlete and you’re challenging yourself. You WILL get better by doing this, because you’re putting your skills to the test.
If you can get away with golfing well by only playing on courses (without touching the driving range), good for you. You are more talented than most people. However, this could lead to a problem similar to that of the person who only plays on the range. Except this time you have the nice sailboat and you’re rolling it around in the ocean without taking it in for maintenance. Bring the boat home sometimes. Spend time on the range, focusing on specific clubs and techniques. That way, when you hit the course again tomorrow, you know you’ll be able to punch out from behind that gosh-darned tree on Hole #2 because you practiced hitting your 5-iron for literally an hour straight.
The Midwest is encountering the coldest weather it’s seen in decades. Temperatures are hitting all new lows, and as a result, everyone has to stay off of the golf course. There’s no safe way to play golf in freezing temperatures, and no recreation is worth the level of risk and injury associated with outdoor sports in frozen conditions. Choose an indoor exercise, like yoga, to perform until the weather turns.
If you live in a chilly zone and you’re concerned about losing your momentum during these weeks of hyper-cold weather, fret not! We’re going to outline some yoga poses you can do indoors that will ensure you stay warm and get warmed up for when the weather returns to normal. Even if you’re not exactly a yogi, these stretches will help condition your muscles while you’re off the course. So make yourself some hot cocoa, light your fireplace, and wear your comfy clothes. These cold-weather yoga poses will help get you ready for golf season.
If you have a yoga mat, break it out. If not, find a flat place to stand where your bare feet can grip the ground (whatever that means for you!). Throughout each of the poses, breathe in and out of your nose and keep your lips pressed closed.
Reduces Back Pain
Stand tall with your feet a few inches apart and your arms by your side. Keep your back in its proper, upright position and face your palms forward. Hold for 60 seconds.
Stretches Thighs and Groin
Begin in the Mountain pose. Lift your left leg and place your foot on your right inner thigh, above your knee, if possible. While maintaining your balance, fold your palms in front of your chest. Hold for 30 seconds and then alternate feet and repeat.
Stretches Hamstrings and Calves
Begin in the Mountain pose. Inhale and stretch your arms high to the ceiling, and then bend at the hips. Bring your hands all the way to the floor and rest your hands behind your ankles, wrapping your arms around the backs of your legs. If possible, rest your nose or forehead on your thighs. Hold for 20 seconds.
Strengthens Flexibility in the Torso
Lie flat on your stomach. Place your arms out on either side of you, so that you resemble a large “T.” Exhale and lift your chest, arms, and legs from the mat. Hold for 30 seconds.
Relieves Back Pain and Strengthens Spine
Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your left leg and cross your left foot so it is planted on the floor to the right of your right knee/thigh. Rotate your torso left and place your right elbow on the left side of your left knee. Plant your left hand behind you on the floor for support. Twist left and lengthen your spine.
Stay away from exercises intended to bulk you up. Push ups, bench presses, squats, and lunges shouldn’t be at the top of your list. Instead, focus on balance, core, cardio, and flexibility. Yoga is a great way to keep your body toned between golf seasons.
For more exercises that actually use a golf club, read Indoor Golf Drills to Try at Home.
When you’re trying to think of a romantic way to spend time with your darling, golf might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, if you and your significant other both love spending time on the greens, giving the gift of golf as your Valentine’s Day present can be an excellent idea.
Shake things up this year! Rather than defaulting to a regular restaurant for your Valentine’s celebration, make a tee time at an upscale course. Try choosing a new one that you haven’t played before! Even if it’s a bit of a drive, the thrill of being pampered at a new course is a memorable experience. Pack your golf bags with homemade treats to enjoy as you play, and pay for bag carts or a golf cart to ensure your playing is stress-free.
Gather his or her favorite golf things (tees, golf ball sleeves, a new glove) and place them in a basket or gift bag. It’s much more exciting to receive something you can enjoy numerous times – not something you eat!
If you’re looking to give a big gift for Valentine’s Day, give your honey a new golf club! Whether it’s a highly rated driver or a fitted club just for him or her, the gift will be much more memorable than a piece of jewelry she’ll bury in her nightstand.
If you want to give your significant other an activity they can enjoy in the future, keep your Valentine’s Day dinner plans and give them a certificate for a round of golf instead. If you’re not a big golf fan, this is a lovely way to ensure your honey can enjoy their Valentine’s gift with a fellow golf pal (instead of having you suffer through 18 holes when you don’t enjoy the sport).
Golf is a great sport and hobby that transitions perfectly into a gift. Whether you choose gear, themed items, or simply a round at a nicer course, you can give your darling something special and unique for Valentine’s Day this year.
For more gift ideas, read Gifts That Golfers of All Skill Levels Will Love.
It’s an unspoken rule: never fast forward through the incredible commercials that claim screen time during the Super Bowl. They are some of the best of the year. In honor of the upcoming ads set to debut this February 3rd, we’ve compiled some of the best golf commercials that have aired on television. Here’s to hoping this year brings another great golf commercial during the big game – and that it makes us laugh as much as these ones do.
We’re all ready for the next episode. We could use more of these golf commercials, too.
This baby knows how to roast a golfer. Next time you’re trying to shame your friend for a bad round, make sure you call them a “Shankopotamus.”
This FedEx Cup ad from nearly a decade ago is timeless. Don’t pretend you haven’t looked out your office window and wished you could make a quick escape to the greens.
This Nike ad might be from 10 years ago, but since Tiger’s made a comeback, we say this hilarious commercial should, too.
To end our collection of commercials, here’s a classic ad featuring Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods dueling for the best “hole-in-one.”
We’re crossing our fingers for another Tiger Woods ad this year.
If you’re watching the game and feel yourself itching to try a new sport, read Sports to Try Alongside Golf.