I bought a Taylormade Superfast 2.O TP Driver at Edwin Watts online store two years ago. It was offered as "New" and "in original packaging" but it arrived with a big scuff mark on the face. It didn't even have the type of shaft (Matrix HD-6) that was supposed to come factory. It had been reshafted. Why I didn't return it I will never know. The clank it made when struck sounded nothing like another "genuine" TM driver I owned. It had to be counterfit. Chinese copy. I never bought from Edwin Watts again. I've had better luck with Rock Bottom and "In the Hole." The prices that Global Golf charges for used golf equipment seems ridiculous. Caveat Emptor.
I definitely would've returned it or filed a case with my credit card company/bank and reported it to Taylormade. Just like any other industry "they say" the counterfeiting takes more money away than anything. Guy on the Jimmy Roberts piece was sent a free driver from Ping once he realized he had a fake. Ive seen the best prices on ebay (hate to say it) but with yelp or a quick google search you can easily find the reputation of a company or person. If the club(s) dont end up with rattle most people never know they have counterfeit clubs.
Guess that means there will people who actually care about the sport left. Lots of people buy a new set of clubs every year if not sooner which is ridiculous whether you have a billion dollars or not. Majority of the clubs on ebay/other forums barely have been used because they go out and but the latest and end up with the wrong shaft. wrong lie, etc or theyre selling this years staff bag because they find they have no use and/or space for it. They cant get distance or whatever they're looking for and just give up. I started on varsity level sport teams as a freshman in high school (we went to CIF every year) and I haven't had to practice/study or work as hard at any other sport like I have in golf. I've seen sooo many people on forums asking what clubs/shaft etc they should get because they say they suck and are too embarrassed to get fitted.
I never knew they had PGA pros at dicks. When they said "golf pros" on their commercial, I just assumed they were exaggerating ...like when commercials say to go see the lending pros or the home pros or whatever, lol. They should have said "PGA pros".
In any case, I guess I can see why they changing direction. When I shop at a place like dicks I don't expect or need a golf pro to help me. It's just not part of what I associate with a big box sporting goods shopping experience.
I'm sure the pros were good but I'd honestly be skeptical of anybody but my own teacher helping me choose clubs. Not that I even do that - I just buy used clubs based on research alone because new ones not worth the $$$$
Only reason I went to Dicks in the first place was because THE PGA Tour and Golf Digest promote them so heavily. I agree with you on the new clubs not being worth the money. . .Im tying to decide now if I should get last years X forged or this years Apex pros. . . Golfsmiths used 2013 X forged are the same price (if not more expensive than online retailers Apexs and have a few knicks) and online for a new set its only like a 100-200 for the 2014 Apexs and most places that price includes shipping, your choice of shafts and even being cut to your desired length.