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Anyone play clone clubs?? thoughts on clones?

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

Ive been looking around at different clone clubs and im not sure what to think about them.

i have some no name cheap irons now and want to upgrade to something different and "NEW" for a part time golfer.

 

ive looked at gigagolf, diamondtour.com and pinemeadows.

 

diamond tour seems to have the most brands that cover most of the big brands.

im just not sure what clone models to buy if i were to buy clone irons.

 

it would be nice to hear if anyone plays any and what they think about them - their pros and cons?

 

since diamondtour has lots of brand and if you have time to check out their stock and what you model and brand clone youd recommend that would be great.

or if you think giga or pinemedow are better that would be good to hear too....im not sure if there is a superior clone company out there... is there?

 

thanks all

post #2 of 34
I'm currently using the Powermax Slot TRX irons, the 52º, and 58º SGS wedges in black from Gigagolf... I couldn't be happier. A set of irons that fit my stature, and a couple of really nice wedges for under 2 bones...

The Slot irons are lofted like the Taylormade rocketbladz... 7i is 30º...
post #3 of 34
There are literally hundreds of threads on these companies just using a google search... I looked at Hireko and Giga exclusively, as I don't fall prey to the big company logo hype... I went with Giga after hitting the rocketbladz... and I can tell no real difference. Maybe after a few years of honing my game I'll be able to convince myself there is a difference, but for the time being these clubs suit my game just fine... well crafted, same materials as the big boys, and they hit equally as far given the same loft... after all, its a lofted piece of metal on a stick used to hit a ball... just my two cents. Your mileage may vary.
post #4 of 34
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JCRuzanski View Post

There are literally hundreds of threads on these companies just using a google search... I looked at Hireko and Giga exclusively, as I don't fall prey to the big company logo hype... I went with Giga after hitting the rocketbladz... and I can tell no real difference. Maybe after a few years of honing my game I'll be able to convince myself there is a difference, but for the time being these clubs suit my game just fine... well crafted, same materials as the big boys, and they hit equally as far given the same loft... after all, its a lofted piece of metal on a stick used to hit a ball... just my two cents. Your mileage may vary.


thanks for your input JC. most posts around the net i see are full of either big brand fan boys hating on clones or rightful complaints about them. its the reason im looking for ppl who actually play them.

post #5 of 34

I played a set of Lind Sniper irons which were a copy of the Callaway X18 I think.

 

I used them for about 6 years with no complaints at all. I thought for how good I was at the time and the price I was willing to pay that they were pretty good.

 

I have upgraded my irons to the Wilson CI11 now.

post #6 of 34

Ive owned some Pinemeadow clubs in the past.  If you are on a budget, theyre fine but they arent of the same quality of a namebrand set of clubs.  You expect the specs to be all over the place, the shafts are downright horrible on most of them and the quality of the grips is pretty poor quality.  Pinemeadow does now offer upgraded shaft options but for what it would cost to upgrade to a decent shaft you could almost buy a namebrand club.

My advice is to forget about clones and instead buy some quality used clubs.

post #7 of 34
I've been playing clones for years and can see no difference than the OEM's. I purchase the clone heads, use OEM shafts and vary between OEM and off brand grips. Most of the Clone heads (irons and woods) are made overseas, the same is true for the OEM's. Do some research on-line and read the reviews of the clubs you are interested in. That will help you decide what suits you best
post #8 of 34

My 02/100. Just be careful when you start upgrading  them. You can quite easily end up at the same price you would pay for an OEM set on close-out of last years model.

 

You can pick up Cobra Amp irons new for $279, Adams V3R or a12 OS, Cleveland Mashie etc for about $300. Nike Coverts for just over $300.

 

Even if it cost me a touch more, I think I would be happier with known quality brand even if the model is "old" compared to Pinemeadows etc

post #9 of 34
In my case I needed serious club modification. If you only require a standard setup then a good used set would do quite well, unless you specifically want new... I thought about some Rocketballz also, as Golfsmith had the irons at 299, but decided to put the saved money elsewhere. .. wedge set, and other misc equipment... I started my game with a specific budget.
post #10 of 34
My Gigagolf irons came standard with True Temper feather lite shafts. .. their sales guy actually talked me out of Dynamic Gold shafts... great customer service, and a 30 day play guarantee... they even have a clearance section with returned clubs... can get an iron set for under 100 bucks if you can find your size...
post #11 of 34
At an upgraded price that makes them equal in price you're more than likely getting a much better shaft for the price as compared to name brand.
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Originally Posted by Mozgolf View Post

My 02/100. Just be careful when you start upgrading  them. You can quite easily end up at the same price you would pay for an OEM set on close-out of last years model.

You can pick up Cobra Amp irons new for $279, Adams V3R or a12 OS, Cleveland Mashie etc for about $300. Nike Coverts for just over $300.

Even if it cost me a touch more, I think I would be happier with known quality brand even if the model is "old" compared to Pinemeadows etc
post #12 of 34

I had purchased a used set of King Snake irons a number of years ago and am on my second set of irons since then.  The KS had been custom made for a guy who was about as tall as me.  I liked the clubs well enough, but am not sure if I needed all the extra length.  (As a side note, I think getting my current irons bent upright has helped my game)  

 

When I left my last set with family abroad (as part of a decision to get a new set), the irons I bought only went down to 5i, so I pulled out the 4i from the King Snake set (thinking it would be a temporary solution) and have been pretty happy with it.  The extra length on the 4i makes it fit pretty well between my 5w & 5i.  It is my only offset club in my bag, but that is not a bad thing for a long iron for me.

post #13 of 34
Steel is steel. I went to see a pro who really knows his equipment and deals with a lot of used clubs, and asked him the same question about clones. He said he would need to look at them and hit them and still not be able to tell with 90% certainty.

That being said, there are tons of discounts and sales that can get you brand name clubs really cheap. I typically get brand new old model clubs for less than half the original price. My Ping I20 irons are an exception. I paid 55% of the original price and got a set of MP32 for about $40 because of some SCGA coupons I used. The other thing is many of the specialty chains have really good used clubs.

The brands like Giga golf and Pine Meadows are really pretty good, but not much cheaper than what I do to get clubs. Another brand to consider is Wishon. Tom Wishon is one of the best club fitters and designers in the industry.
post #14 of 34
Gigagolf TRX v.11 I picked up over the winter. Custom fit at 1/2 long and 1* upright. It took a couple of sessions at the range to adjust to the new equipment. I play at most once a week with some buddies. I have NO handicap but probably about a 12, but at one time I was a 4 back in the days of youth and flexibility. I could NOT justify paying $500-$800 for clubs. I "splurge" on drivers by waiting until the "hot" driver of the moment goes on sale. R11s for $199 this past spring as an example. The TRX's are easy to hit and show no undue wear and tear because they aren't "real". In my case it was a no brainer to go with gigagolf for a new set. 3-SW for less than $180 with a grip upgrade at no cost because they didn't have the original spec'd grips in stock.

If I had the money to play to a more serious level and more often, then yes, I would go for the "name" clubs. In my case, the Giga's are what I needed for my game (or lack of it).
post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by RayG View Post

Gigagolf TRX v.11 I picked up over the winter. Custom fit at 1/2 long and 1* upright. It took a couple of sessions at the range to adjust to the new equipment. I play at most once a week with some buddies. I have NO handicap but probably about a 12, but at one time I was a 4 back in the days of youth and flexibility. I could NOT justify paying $500-$800 for clubs. I "splurge" on drivers by waiting until the "hot" driver of the moment goes on sale. R11s for $199 this past spring as an example. The TRX's are easy to hit and show no undue wear and tear because they aren't "real". In my case it was a no brainer to go with gigagolf for a new set. 3-SW for less than $180 with a grip upgrade at no cost because they didn't have the original spec'd grips in stock.

If I had the money to play to a more serious level and more often, then yes, I would go for the "name" clubs. In my case, the Giga's are what I needed for my game (or lack of it).

 

I agree with your choice of where to spend the money. It's tough to beat $180 for the 3-PW from GigaGolf, too bad I'm a lefty.

 

Even as a lefty, I have never spent more than $400 on a set of irons with a name brand (the pings are my only exception). Between coupons and sales you should never have to spend that much on any set of clubs. Even the XHot Pro (this year's model) is only $199 with the $20 coupon.

post #16 of 34

Some of the clone clubs are pretty decent from what I've heard. I know that Giga Golf seems to have a pretty good reputation. However, if you're willing to go with used clubs or clubs from a few years back, you can usually find pretty good deals on brand name clubs.

post #17 of 34
Thread Starter 

thanks for all the input guys...well and gals if there are any. cheers

post #18 of 34

Why get a clone when you can purchase a one or two year old "real" thing on sale or preowned?

 

 

And so-called clones will have zero resale because no one will accept them. Just take them to the trash can or use them as garden stakes.

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