Re: Your opinion of Clone Clubs
Originally Posted by tymac
Thank you! This is the best post on this thread...
First, clones are not the same as knock-offs and they do not "trick buyers" into buying them. These aren't fake clubs, they just use similar technology and are made to look somewhat stylish. Many of their components are made in the same places as the big brand clubs.
Second, I'll 100% agree with the sentiment that I have much more respect for golfers that are starting out in the game with a set of clone clubs, than those that have a mint bag of $2,000 name brand clubs and are hacking away at the course, never having taken a lesson and acting like they own the place just because they have the money to buy new name-brand gear. As the poster above said, not all of us beginners have the money for name-brand clubs. Yes, you can say some of us may not have the same golf knowledge (yet), but do you really expect someone who is JUST STARTING out at golf to be able to go online on eBay and know what the heck he or she is doing? You expect them to put together a bag of used clubs without knowing anything about the game and not to mention technology or what works for them?
Third, I find it odd that some people are so openly proud of their prejudice... I thought most parents raised their kids these days trying to ingrain principles such as "don't judge a book by it's cover". As more vetaran golfers, instead of judging someone and looking down at them for using a certain club or having a certain swing, shouldn't you recall being in their shoes and take the time to help them? Or at least admire them for trying and wanting to learn a game that we all enjoy? When I see someone on the ski hill standing on a snowboard for the first time (be it a $700 Burton or a peice of tree bark), I smile. I LOVE seeing new people trying to learn a sport, regardless of whether they know anything about equipment or not... And I don't judge them as "not being fun to play with" because they are new to the game. I've had my funnest days on the hill, golf course, soccer field, hockey rink, tennis court, with people just starting out.
Anyway, some really great replies from people here giving me hope in the overall golf community I've just joined! Others... not so much... I realize the sport/game may be kind of snobby being that it is expensive and what not, but common, do some of you really have to try so hard and be so proud to be materiallistic, snobbish, and prejudicial? I'm very surprised at the ages too...
P.S. I'm a 23 year-old male in top shape and I don't see ANYTHING wrong with using a cart... If it's more enjoyable for someone not to carry their bag, then that's great! Isn't that what golf (and any sport) is about at the end of the day? Having fun? As for head covers... I understand pros may not use them, but pros usually don't care since they don't pay for their own clubs or have to resell them to save money. Some of us do, and maybe not having scratches on the clubs will get us those few extra bucks!