Originally Posted by DoubleEagle
Have you ever had a name brand driver and just could not hit it? Then you purchase a knockoff or component driver and hit it pretty darn good and wonder what the heck is going on? ...
1. Are the monitors in places like Dick's, Nevada Bob's. etc. accurate or do they show less extreme results than actual?
First of all, don't confuse component clubs and knock-off clubs. Component clubheads are second-tier items used by some custom clubsmiths and do-it-yourself club makers. Golfdom has certain "open stock" clubheads, mature models that don't change much from year to year.
For example of components, check out the Hireko golf equipment site: http://www.hirekogolf.com/ Power Play and Acer are just two of the brands offered by Hireko. Examples of Power Play offerings:
- Caiman X2 Raw Power irons ($9 heads, cut to $7): An SGI head awaiting for your ideal shaft.
- Caiman X2 Tour Blade irons: A reported user-friendly Player's iron with a copper finish ($17 heads). Also has similar look to Raw Spin wedges. ($19 heads)
- Caiman X2 Titanium driver ($47.50).
So, you could order some decent Hireko-assembled irons for less than $50 each, and a decent driver for about $110.
The component heads and shafts vary in quality. Ask the clubmaker for references on people who use his or her clubs.
Knockoffs, on the other hand, may be counterfeits. These are the "Ping" or "Callaway" clubs that just don't look right. The counterfeits often contain inferior metal, and are heavier in the head, often producing misses to the right. Golf Digest had an article last year comparing real and counterfeit clubs. Counterfeits can be made with stolen plans in some third-world village, or else made by organized crime with profits from drug trade and prostitution.
Here's are two articles on golf anti-counterfeiting ops: