Lately there has been an increase of counterfeit golf products making their way into the marketplace. While Titleist has a program to aggressively pursue those who engage in these practices, some counterfeit products find their way into the marketplace, especially via the internet.
Titleist Pro golf balls were introduced in October 2000 and are tour-proven around the globe. The Titleist Pro golf ball is engineered to deliver exceptional distance, consistent flight, very soft feel, Drop-and-Stop greenside control and longer lasting durability.
Titleist golf balls are made in the U.S. and Thailand, not China. If the goods are shipping from, or located in, China or Hong Kong, they are probably counterfeit.
Try to compare the product that you are buying against authentic product. If there are any differences, even slight ones, it is most likely counterfeit. Titleist does not sell "seconds" or "blems," so there will not be different versions of our products in the marketplace.
If you believe you have purchased counterfeit product, or need tips to avoid purchasing counterfeit product, please see the below information. We hope you find this information useful.
Never buy products from internet web sites and auction sites like eBay that use stock (manufacturers) photos.
Always insist on photos of the actual product you will receive.
This is how your authentic Titleist Pro V1 golf balls should look.
Many counterfeit balls are very difficult to distinguish visually from authentic Titleist balls.
Variations of the Titleist Pro V1 sidestamps, the newer Pro V1 and the Pro V1x.
Compare the side stamps on these two counterfeit Titleist Pro V1 balls with the authentic balls above.
The dimples are different, the surface is plastic in appearance and the font does not match the authentic ball.
If you are in doubt about the authenticity of a Titleist ball, you may elect to cut a ball open. If the ball is solid inside and does not have the Titleist core, it is counterfeit.
Cut a suspected counterfeit Pro V1 golf ball ball in half. If the ball is solid inside and not a rubber core, it is counterfeit.
Obscuring the Titleist brand on these counterfeit Pro V1x golf balls is a sure sign you are buying a fake, but it wont fool Titleist's attorneys.
Counterfeit products are often listed on eBay and sold to unsuspecting buyers.