How to Spot a Fake Odyssey Putter

By William McCoy
Counterfeit golf clubs are a serious problem for Odyssey and other manufacturers.
Counterfeit golf clubs are a serious problem for Odyssey and other manufacturers.

When you are planning to purchase a new Odyssey putter, you're likely occupied with deciding which model you wish to buy. Despite your excitement, always have a discerning eye to ensure that the product you buy isn't fake. Fake golf clubs are common on the secondary market but often include telltale signs that something's amiss.

Check all instances of the word "Odyssey" on the putter. It's extremely common for counterfeit products to have common spelling mistakes that would not be included on a legitimate club. If the club's brand name looks legitimate in all cases, examine any other wording on the putter for spelling.

Look for the club's serial number, which Odyssey always stamps on or near the rear of the hosel of its putters. The hosel is the part of the putter that connects the clubhead to the shaft. In addition to being in this location, the serial number should appear straight, have even-sized digits and not be altered in any way.

Consider the price of the Odyssey putter and compare it to the price of the same putter offered at a reputable dealer. If the club in question is brand new but is being sold at a fraction of the manufacturer's suggested price, this is a sign the club might be fake.

Examine the lettering, logos and other markings on the club and compare them to what you know to be authentic. Often, counterfeiters are unable to completely replicate a company's logo or font. The differences might be subtle, but should be enough to alert you.

Consider the method through which the club is being sold. If it's at a reputable dealer, the likelihood of the club being fake is less. If you see the club for sale online or at a liquidation market, these are signs that you should be wary. Online sites such as eBay and Craigslist are common places for counterfeiters to sell their wares.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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