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BEWARE – How to Spot a Fake Titleist Driver! Bought off AliExpress for $150us

BEWARE – How to Spot a Fake Titleist Driver! Bought off AliExpress for $150us


first drive ever with a fake ts3 setup
looks fine oh I got nervous okay here we go ah how’s everybody doing today
hope you’re killing it crushing it out there we are talking about real and fake
drivers how to spot the difference cuz it’s uh it’s a big problem out there
let’s do it alright thanks for watching as always hope you liked this video and
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appreciate the support alright now yes there was a video recently by somebody
else real versus fake it’s a problem out there and so I wanted to take it even a
step further and talk about the title is ts3 drivers and what’s going on out
there it’s a huge problem so I want to show you what to look for in terms of
fake product because you don’t want to be you don’t want to get stuck with one
of those so what I did I went online to Alibaba Express I mean I know that I’m
buying a fake driver when I go there okay and so it’s not going to that
website that’s the problem you know it’s a fake when you go there and buy that
that driver what you have to watch out for are people that put it then on who
buy it there and then sell it on Craigslist or Ebay or other sites where
you can buy golfed or any of any product for that matter so what do you need to
look for when those shady characters get a driver and want to pass it off to you
as the real thing and then what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna take the fake one
I got and take it to the course and wouldn’t hit it and see how it performs
as well that’ll be later on in the video but first let’s dive into
to look for when it comes to fake product so here is the fake driver right
here is the real driver so side by side can you see a difference but the first
thing you’re gonna look at when you go look for a driver that you’re buying
online look at the head cover okay head cover versus head cover now it helps if
you can have a real one to compare it to but if not okay because even real and
fake I mean do you do you know which is which
look at the color colors are great everything’s perfect
maybe maybe everything’s perfect okay there’s some subtleties that you want to
look out for one if you can feel it side by side you’re gonna feel a slight
difference the real one’s gonna feel more more well
made higher crap okay but let’s just say you’ve got the fake one I can even just
tell now it certainly doesn’t feel like any Titleist pull-up head cover I’ve had
but here are what you’re gonna look for look at the stitching first of all in
the fakes the stitching is well it’s good okay it’s good but compared to the
real you’re gonna have a finer stitching pattern the stitching pattern is just
gonna be finer stitching pattern so it’s a tighter dispersion of that sewing
pattern very difficult to see here’s the fake and just versus the real you can
tell it’s not it’s not as tight as the real thing
the second piece is gonna be this bottom edge on the real one this bottom edge
you can see here it is there’s some material in there
that’s something you want to look at this is quality here they took some time
to build up that edge as they rounded it under and folded it underneath on the
fake that edge is just pretty flat so it’s just a flat folder there’s no
material under there in other words they didn’t really take any time on the on
the clubhead cover the next thing you’re really gonna want to look for is this
you don’t want to look at the tag inside of the clubhead cover on the real one it
says Made in Vietnam that’s where the real ones made you’re gonna want to look
at that fake one made in China so that’s gonna be a dead ringer giveaway the
final thing here with the head cover notice the inside real this is a gray
it’s not black it’s it’s a lighter shade of black but the fake one the fake guy
is more of a black it’s darker okay you can see the different side-by-side now
real versus fake this one’s the real ones a lighter color but some of these
shady characters might even swap it out for a real head cover because I bought
the fake one for a hundred and fifty dollars and it didn’t come with the
shaft so I put this shaft on here this is a diamonte shaft it’s one of mine
good quality shaft so put it on here for testing but they don’t come with a shaft
so if you don’t have a Shay standard title is shaft go on the website and
look at their standard models chasse then B then question that one okay also
when you’re searching online for a club if somebody says they want it in a
tournament or a raffle that’s a red flag there if they got it as a gift and they
don’t need it red flag there all of these red lights out he may or may not
be true but just be very cautious and that club head cover stands out
peculiar to you run away it’s a fake okay cuz look $150 throw a cheap shaft
on there put it online tell that thing for $400 easy that’s a good margin so
there’s a lot of people out there who want a piece of that but now let’s look
at the club itself and I’ll show you how to spot the fake first of all you’re
gonna want to look at the top of it like I said obviously you might not have one
to compare it to when you’re there checking it out but if you just look at
it and it it’s too bright that’s that’s no good it’s a it is a fake now they do
a good job at making a fake I mean can you tell the difference which one is
real which one is fake another thing you’re gonna want to check out is here
again they did such a good job but they made things too pronounced too black
this this material here that’s holding in the just underneath the or above the
the inserted weight on the fake this is too black okay it’s more black and that
feels more plastic material it shouldn’t be that the real guy it’s more of a
matted colour okay you got more of a matte color here and you can hear it
even a little bit it’s not ads cheap plastic it’s got a much more of a hard
plastic feel versus that cheap that cheap guy so that this is the real one
and then notice the the weight it doesn’t set in all the way okay you see
that this this thing doesn’t tighten down all the way and the real guy man
that sets in there pretty nicely okay it’s more flush
the the head itself I mean it’s so subtle like it you didn’t know what to
look for you wouldn’t be able to pick it out the final thing in terms of just
going and picking up the driver would be the see what kind of adjustment tool
will they give you okay they should switch it out this comes with the fake
this comes with the real you’ve got to know what to look for how to spot a fake
cuz you don’t want to get stuck with one of those things out there because I
would imagine performance wise who knows what’s gonna happen this thing could
explode on the first hit we’re gonna go hit it right now and see see the
difference let’s go okay here we go are you excited I’m nervous to be honest
with you so here’s what we’re going to do fake real okay so I’ve got balls here
the real ones here’s what we do the real the fake ball
the fake driver I’ve got this tiny little green line on it and the real
ones just regular anything Volvic balls because I when I hit the fake driver I
don’t if they go crazy I don’t want to lose all my pro-v once so these are good
balls they’re not pro v1 so anyways it’s just so you know because I want to do
all the same and I don’t want to lose any any probe ease let me make sure this
is a real we hooked my ps3 okay and this is the fake here the fake guy and I put
on my this is a $400 shaft so there’s no excuses here this shaft is a D Amana
Kyle I it’s I mean I used it many many tile of it loved the shaft one of my
favorites so when you get I’m warmed up I was at the gym working now I wasn’t
working out my glutes all that kind of stuff I’m ready to rock and roll it’s a
real one so just want to make sure everything’s good
good feeling great line a perfect spot here smoke that one okay Google three
real second real one one was right down the middle take that any day a week same
exact drive love it and I should play today
you good okay third real one golly those work great those are three of my best
drives good to go okay here we go are you ready man
first drive with the fake Titleist ts3 all the specs are the same 9.5 degree
loft causal position is a 1 same as the other one shafts are virtually identical
I just smoked three of mine right down the middle
ball is mark everything’s good here we go baby oh I got nervous okay here we go
focus first drive ever with a fake ts3 setup looks fine now there’s something loose inside here
that that’s not good that first swing Drive went pretty far left hit a couple
more wasn’t a bad Drive there’s some shaking in there now next drive okay – the middle wasn’t bad there’s there’s just some shit crazy all
right here we go third one oh that ball is gone
highway hi crazy uh here we go again way left again left right left what happened here that’s weird it sound
like something’s loose in here dude my um the weight is missing via the
adjustable weight dude dude and I check that prior to the weight the adjustable
weight slipped into the head of the driver it’s in there it’s it’s like the it went into the
abyss of the driver so that adjustable hold on this weight the adjustable
weight was in here and now well it’s still in here it’s just not in here it’s
in here it’s in the head it’s in there that this is somewhere lodged in the
head I’ll tell you what that’s what happens when you buy a fake crazy things
happen okay fake one has the weight in there it’s just not where it’s supposed
to be anymore that’s junk
let’s go see where the balls went and see what kind of distance we got real
versus fake okay here we go here are my three drives with my driver
the shortest one is here I’ll give you a yardage here in a second my three are in
the fairway this is not an easy fairway to hit but I’m gonna shoot this it’s all
carry today no no roll out here we had some rain so we’re getting zero carry
I’m shooting it backwards to where i teed off from okay that’s 241 carry my
first one into the wind uphill okay not bad and then my other two are up here so
one two okay here again it’s all carry 250
something carry it’s all uphill into the wind – yeah don’t hate on me for that
and these are look you know right next to each other that’s mighty s3 now the
one I hit in the fairway with the fake driver is right here this distance
wasn’t horrible but it went super high I mean that
thing’s spun a mile and I’m gonna give you a distance here all carry two thirty
all right – thirty horrible but again you know it’s all uphill into the wind
there were two more that I hit let’s go find those get over here way left one
went way right I mean it thinks fun as high as you can go went way right about
this in fact the same distance way left to 31 okay and the last one I found it
here lat it’s the shortest one this is the last one I hit so if anything I
would have had the most clubhead speed on my last swing probably I don’t know I
was pretty I was pretty warmed up though so let me shoot this backwards 225 gonna
go hit it some more let’s go what goes farther the draw fake Titleist
drivers I’m not gonna call it a title it the fake driver the rip off the fake or
my real ps2 hybrid and I just hit that fake one as good as I can hit it in the
fairway well putting this to the test same exact shot hybrid little draw who’s
farther come on baby go oh it’s close all right
it’s close I’ll tell you this real this fake winner winner winner chicken dinner
whatever you say everything goes high sayonara
no bueno guys hope you like the video pound that like button subscribe to the
channel if you haven’t done so already stay aware out there so you don’t get
stuck with one of these imitation junk junk this love you see in the next video you

Comments (100)

  1. What would you do if the fake went straight and 15 yards longer ?

  2. You should cut it open and check out the inside and see how it ended up in the head. Damnit China.

  3. The M6 driver is on there to… damn scammers

  4. You bought the limited edition model that can hold multiple weights lol.

  5. Unless you actually own the real thing I would think you would have a very difficult time spotting the fake. Nothing to compare the fake to the real thing.
    Second, this is not a blind test. I wonder what the results would be if you didn’t know which driver you were hitting. Knowing ahead of time negates the result because mentally you may make subtle changes in your swing that could alter the results.
    The big giveaway is the price. Buyer beware if you buy online unless it’s through the real manufacturer or legit retailer.
    Also if you’re going to spend that much money for the club wouldn’t you go to a certified retailer and be properly fitted.?

  6. What would stop somebody from buying one of these online and then buying a real Titliest driver from a sporting goods store, and then returning the fake one to the legit store and getting their $450 back; and they could give the store the real headcover and adjustment tool so they would never possibly know. Then you just got a real one for $150; But another customer comes in and spends $500 on a fake driver. The sporting goods store would NEVER know the difference.

  7. There are many unscrupulous thieves out there, buyer beware. That’s why I only purchase from respectable golf stores or at the golf club.

  8. The fake market is huge. Articles have come out about Amazon having massive fake products as well. If you don't buy from the actual name brand vendor, anythnig sold by someone else and shipped by them or Amazon you really need to investigate. LOL on the jingle bell inside! That is priceless.

  9. Hey Matt, all real clubs have a serial number. Did the fake have a serial number?

  10. I would say with that weight flopping around inside the driver who knows what it was doing to your spin….other than making it high as hell. And maybe heel heavy.

  11. Such a good video. It is crazy how "good" the fake drivers look. I wonder how many times I have purchased a fake and sold it (not knowing) to someone else? Those types of clubs probably just hop around craigslist or eBay for years!

  12. Really wanted to see how the original shaft would have gone…

  13. Head will come off after about 10 drives,first swing it’s done 😂

  14. I received a pair FJ golf shoes as a gift and the soles come off after the first round. They must have been fake. Thanks for the video.

  15. I love these real vs fake videos because I'm sure all of us that shop online for equipment see that with every Google search, there's fakes available and usually they show up on the 1st page! I'm no tech wizard but I believe the order of items on a Google search uses popularity as one of the parameters and I'd be lying if I said I've never been tempted. The only bad thing about testing fakes is that the Jerks selling them are getting money. Great info. &
    Great Video, Mr.Shortgame!

  16. only buy from store

  17. Great presentation, good info for buying garbage

  18. It's "CHINA" The Chinese are not Americans real true friends. They still are communist thugs don't ever forget that? Same goes for Rolex watches, or Louis Vuitton purses ect. I still have my Titlist 913 D2 it's "The Real Mccoys".It was bought at a legit golf shop Roger Dunn. The savings is not worth the headache buying online..

  19. That's Hilarious!!! The weight went inside the club on the first hit! I'm glad I saw this! The next time I'm tempted by the WISH, DHGate, or Alibaba ads, I'll remember this!
    I buy a lot of equipment from the Ebay Auctions then resell it. I normally only buy from Companies, and I try to avoid individuals, especially if they're selling new equipment. I've even noticed some of the Ebay Scoundrels will use the same stock images that the fake sites use on their websites, so if you see that, it should be a HUGE RED FLAG!
    I won an auction in July for an Odyssey O-works #7 putter for $90. I believed it to be lightly used, but when it arrived, it was brand new, still in the plastic and had all the stickers etc. I feared it may be a fake, so I couldn't resell it until I knew. Luckily it turned out to be authentic. I listed it for $125, but wound up giving it to my Lil Brother. I very easily could've been scammed, even after taking several precautions. Be Careful folks! These unscrupulous SOB's are all over the place!

  20. I’m looking for a 260cc Taylor made mini driver with regular flex shaft

  21. There is some Chinese multimillionaire that is thanking all you youtubers for turning their subscribers on to how and where to purchase fakes… and now that Chinese millionaire can keep paying for his teen son/daughter's insatiable need for lambo's and Louis Vuitton…

  22. That is what you call bad cloning. Thank you.

  23. Should of used the same ball, your data is invalid if everything is not the same

  24. The driver is definitely a piece of s***. But also shows how important confidence in your driver can effect your swings.

  25. however, the true cost of this ORIGINAL Titleist Driver Head is about 75 Dollar 🙂 add the original Shaft to it … true cost = 25 bucks… Your 500 Dollar Driver has a total production cost of 100 bucks plus / minus 10% incl. Grip and other minorities … guess how high are the true cost of the FAKE Driver … 25 bucks ??

  26. Cut the fake open!!

  27. Glad I bought my TS3 through Titleist 🤓. The weight disappearing was just mad 🤯

  28. It's called CHINA team…they have scant regard for IP!!!

  29. 와우~멋진영상입니다~잘보고가요~

  30. I bought a fake Callaway war bird. It was just a hard molded plastic head. Luckily It was only $40 on ebay. Hit it and it had a really weird bunk sound, ball went nowhere. I mean my normal ball flight isn't much better, but this went even shorter. lol!

  31. was this distance all carry?

  32. Since the weight came lose or fell in 😂 there is no telling where it will go

  33. 150$ for a knock off when you can buy a real , new callaway rogue sz for the same price from Callaway…Learned how to play golf with Callaway knockoff irons purchased in 1997 called "big brother", the clubs were money held up for a couple hundred rounds of golf before giving them to my buddy who used them for a couple years. Knockoffs are certainly not the same as they used to be. Also used a knockoff Callaway Warbird steel driver around that time which was respectable.

  34. If you see an ad like that without a single mention of the name "Titleist" you go somewhere else.

  35. Would it have killed you to take a couple close up shots before hand and insert those as you describe them instead of pushing your shaky hand up to the camera and making me get nauseous.

  36. I had never heard of Wish or Alieexpress before Rick gave them free advertising. For better or for worse, I guess

  37. That's so funny you did this video!!! I bought a fake g410 to test against my real g410 lst and the weight in the back kept flying off and stripped out the holes in the back and after about 10 swings it looked like the face got a hairline crack in it. So then i took the grinding wheel and cut the fake one in half to see inside and omg the construction is horrible and the walls are so thin its a wonder it didnt dent in from the 1st swing

  38. Well, it’s still in here, it’s just not in here…it’s in….HERE. 🤣🤣

  39. Next video, cut it open!

  40. If it's too good to be true
    Buyer be ware!!!

  41. Basically if you don't have a real one to compare too, you are screwed.

  42. The weight slipped in the driver head I can't breathe 🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣😭

  43. Do not give a stuff about the covers , they are all terrible. An old long wool sock is a lot better.

  44. Hey I watched your "longiron tips video" and it really helped me I can now pure them my 4 iron I'd carrying 200m.

    I dint know if you have a driver video but if you don't can you make one please.

  45. Thank you MrShortGame for this experiment, those fakes are getting harder to spot. I can remember the fakes of 10 -12 years ago weighed a ton and had very cheap metal heads (not titanium lol) the face dented in after one range session!!!

  46. I´m actually surprised of the good quality on the fake one. (No roll on the real one – Yes right) It had some roll – Don´t kid your self. I would like to have seen a real test in Trackman with the fake and original head (original weight in them) and the same shaft.

    500 balls per club – 3 types of player. Beginner average golfer and a scratch golfer. Then repeat that test after a summer of + 50 rounds per club. Then compare the numbers and the wear and tear.

    The reason why?!

    Well to be honest. (I refuse to name the club : I don´t want people to cheat during tournaments) But I happen to buy a fake one who was BETTER than the real ones (for a while) Someone gave me a tip that particular ones was longer do to the non conforming head.)

    The result was pretty interesting. The fake one (broke after 3 mouth – Still looks okay to play with after that but it goes 40-50 yards shorter than before) The interesting thing was the stat before that. Until it broke i went 20-25 yards longer than the real ones. The reason I wanted to see the same test with different player is because of my low swing speed. 95-105 miles per hour) Couldn't see any big different on the dispersion between the clubs (Had the original ones to).

    The big quotation for me; Can it be that (some) club head out there among the fake ones have a higher COR then the 0.830 normal clubs have to conform with?! Can the result I saw be do to the "fact" that they flex more and therefor breaks down easier?! (If people don´t understand the physic behind this. More flex make us loose less ball-speed do to LESS compression on the ball with give us more distance. (And is not that difficult to make a club-head that flex to much.)

    I played with Chrome soft compression 75.

    If anybody want to make this test I would be trilled. (The same goes for if someone else have the same experience – Do tell, please.) And just to stop people from buying any fake one in the hope for this result. (Usually the quality is extremely bad on the fake one – Stay away.) I´m just looking for the ones who might be the exception to the rule. (They are out there you know)

  47. Actually got a m6 5 wood on wish totally by mistake. Pretty sure it's a fake although pretty convincing. Actually plays ok but that's another site with fake clubs.

  48. So real Chinese vs fake chinese??? Cause everything is made over there anyways

  49. Easiest way to detect a fake product…. it's listed on AliExpress!!!!

  50. aliexpress scotty putters also look bad..but if you go onto taobao the scotty cameron stand bag is as well made as the real thing..side by side you cant tell.. and the putters also look real good

  51. there are .many kinds of fake. some are exactly same as genuine with a little defects. clubs are expandable. however fakes are crime.

  52. Little Dave bought a Mizubo wedge and Tritleist driver. Don't work very well.

  53. Great vid. I just bought a TS3. I know mine is real but I’m checking it anyway. Lol. Consistency is the key. The real TS3 has great consistency.

  54. Play some music in the backround. Kinda cringe without it… just saying…

  55. As long as we continue to buy mass quantities of product from China we should expect this. I’m amazed at some of the pricing for items I see on EBay that come from there. If its too good to be true it probably is.

  56. Imagining this guy talking during drunk sex made me laugh my ass off 😀

  57. I got fitted by Titleist no way I was getting a fake😎

  58. How many people watching this just went to check their driver.

  59. what about irons like p7tw replicas

  60. Good video. Just buy directly from the manufacturer. 2 many shady people out there

  61. dude chillout on the tee, you're all heavy breathing and shit

  62. most fakes coming from south korea and china. make it stooooooop!!!
    I only agree with president Trump about tariff thing.lol

  63. You had it easy, I once played a round where everything was uphill, into the wind, ball stealing squirrels, barefoot.

  64. Wish you’d have smashed it open,see where the weight was

  65. Thanks for helping to keep people aware of fake golf clubs!.

  66. It was rick Sheils that did this before you

  67. Most people dont have a real to compare the fake with so using comparisons only works if you haev access to an original>

  68. Hahaha I feel like he’s nervous he’s gonna mix them up and then not know which is the real one 😂 “this is the fake yeah yeah this is the fake”

  69. No wonder I hit my driver only 180 yards LOL!

  70. validation titleist sticker ?

  71. Great looking tee box, which golf course is this?

  72. You should cut that fake POS open and see how the internals look and where the weight ended up

  73. Counterfeiting has spread even into golf grips too! As long as people desire high quality products at bargain bin prices people will continue to produce counterfeit items. It may work for wife’s purses 😂 but on the course the performance speaks volumes. It would be a huge problem for OEMs if the fakes performed 😆… also I won a few clubs this year and posted that on my eBay listing I also provide the serial # when people request it so they can call and check.

    If your bidding on eBay and they don’t or won’t provide that walk away!

  74. Honestly the head cover comparison is completely irrelevant you could just keep the fake one on your real
    Club and sell the real one on the fake . Kind of like when buying shoes people always try to identify fakes through the box. this is a huge mistake. It’s all about the product and the details, sound, feel, materials and performance. Also looks like the alignment symbol on top is grey on the real and bright white on the fake. I would think anybody who has any experience with the game would be able to tell something was off as soon as you make contact. I don’t think there are too many newbies out there that are going to spend 400$ + on their first driver. When they can make them perform as close as they look then that’s going to be a huge problem for manufacturers

  75. As many have said – if it's too good to be true it probably isn't true. It's for this reason that we've started a new trade-in program on shafts. Seeing too many fakes come through the shop from people looking for a deal online.

  76. Bought some fake p760 irons of eBay. It’s getting worse on there.

  77. You get what you pay for!!!

  78. Fun video! Be fun to see how many drives the fake could take before the head comes flying off. lol

  79. Take it easy… you need to slow down!

  80. I'm not sure the background music provided much. Kind of drowned out the commentary.

  81. Cant get enough of your personality. Great stuff as always. Keep up the great work. Mich

  82. It's a feature. The adjustable weight auto-ejects into the head during the downswing for more club head speed. Either that or there's an auto-positioning speed foam nodule in the head.
    o)

  83. Wondering why big golf manufacturer don't sue those guys on the sites

  84. Hi Matt and there's always the serial number stamped on the back of the hosel?

  85. ah man ive got a fake ts2 3 wood no wonder i put my big bertha back in, i love this video dude, shos how close fakes are. the performance is ok but the ball goes everywhere with fake clubs

  86. Is that the Almenara course , near Algeciras, costa del Sol ??

  87. It not the arrow it is the Indian
    No way could you hit a ball that badly

  88. i almost buyed a fake set of taylormade p7tw. better burn the money to light cigarettes with it than wrong lofted clubs. surprising the fake p7tw clubheads are on the amazon page. 2 seller, both from china

  89. May look the same but it’s junk lol.

  90. Have a buddy in my league who moved to China for a while. When he came back to visit, he brought over somewhere closed to six fake Scotty’s and he had a fake PXG driver that he was trying to convinced everyone his wife won in a raffle. 😂

    Needless to say, he did not have a good round at a tournament we had.

  91. so many douche chills watching this guy

  92. So where did that weight go????

  93. You better give rick shiels a big Christmas gift for the video idea 🙄

  94. My brother got scammed when he bought a fake Gibson Zack Wylde Bullseye guitar. He lost about 6 grand. The guitar tech who gave him the bad news called it a Chibson because the fake came from China. That fake driver is so erratic you don't know where the ball is going to go from shot to shot. That would only add strokes to anyone's game and really steal the enjoyment of the game.

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