The manicured greens of a golf course might seem like an odd place for counterfeiters to ply their trade, but fake golf clubs and balls are a growing problem for the sport. With name-brand clubs costing hundreds of dollars apiece, the lure for both forgers and amateur players alike is clear. This TIME article from 2003 details how club manufacturers outsourcing production to China led to a boom in fake clubs. The phony clubs are lighter in weight and made from cheaper metal, which can help players ferret out fakes (a magnet shouldn’t be able to stick to the head of the real deal).
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