Fore! China, U.S. Unite to Stamp Out Golf Fakes

Fore! China, U.S. Unite to Stamp Out Golf Fakes Photo: Master Sgt. Steve Miller, via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group and Chinese law enforcement officials are continuing their efforts to stamp out the spread of fakes. According to a Digital Journal press release, over the past month the two successfully raided five China-based counterfeiting targets, resulting in the seizure of nearly 90,000 counterfeit golf products.

Formed in 2004, the golf anticounterfeiting group consists of some of the most prominent golf companies, including Acushnet Co., whose brands are Titleist, FootJoy and Scotty Cameron; Callaway-Odyssey; Cleveland Golf, Srixon and Never Compromise; PING; and TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Ashworth.

“These fake products come at a cost to everyone involved with the sport of golf,” says Brian Lynch, general counsel, senior vice president and corporate secretary for Callaway.

“This sends a strong message to those who produce fakes that we will continue to work with the proper authorities to find manufacturers and ensure that their potentially dangerous products never reach the public,” says Rawleigh Grove, vice president and general counsel for PING.

Four raids took place on May 22 in Huangjiang, Dongguan city, Guangdong Province and Tangxia, leading to the seizure of more than 85,000 pieces of counterfeit apparel.

In addition, a June 5 raid yielded more than 1,200 counterfeit golf clubs and in excess of 400 apparel items at the Jinshuo Golf Shop.

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