It’s golf show season here in Michigan (and, I suspect, in many other places, too). And these shows are often a great place to get good clubs at a tremendous discount.
Unfortunately, the reason some of these clubs are so inexpensive is that they’re cheap knockoffs. But how can you tell?
Here’s a tip: if you’re shopping for clubs at one of these shows, carry a small magnet with you. It’ll be useful for determining whether a club really is what it says. Magnets won’t stick to titanium, so if a driver says that it’s got a titanium face and a magnet sticks to it, be suspicious. Magnets also won’t stick to zinc or aluminum. So if an iron claims to be steel, and a magnet won’t stick to it, be suspicious.
Zinc-Aluminum alloys often are used in beginner clubs and in knockoffs.