Re: Your opinion of Clone ClubsI'd distinguish between "clone" and "knock-off" clubs. I know the terms are sometimes used interchangeably but to me "knock-off" is counterfeit, attempting to deceive and illegal while "clone" is a copy. I think I see the original poster's point about there being something sad about seeing a person trying to impress without having the real goods. I have painful adolescent memories of my mother forcing me to wear supermarket brand blue jeans when all the cool kids had Levi 501s ... but I digress.
Cloning happens in most industries - look at the PC market - everyone cloned IBM and the SUV market; it's hard to tell your BMW from your Mazda and so on.
I believe there are some really high quality clone clubs that allow out there as well loads of really poor ones.
And when it comes to embarrassment on the golf course, I'd say there's not much that beats the hyper-equiped golfer that moves the turf further than the ball.