Serial Numbers on Clubs

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By PMcGowan

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  1. I bought two 816H hybrids online yesterday from an authorised Titleist reseller, both clubs arrived today, one has a serial number stamped on it while the other one does not.

    having a club with no serial number has set alarm bells off and I'm thinking I've been sent a counterfeit club. I contacted the retailer in question and I was told that all standard stock clubs will have a serial number (makes sense) but club heads that have been allocated for custom stock wont have a serial number as the full spec of the club is not known at time of manufacture.

    The retailer advised me that as the 816 range is no longer in production, he believes they took stock of some ex-custom stock from Titleist that haven't been fully built so they have not been stamped with a serial number.

    I'm not 100% convinced with this reply, just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience?

  2. Darron K

    Darron K
    Fate, TX

    If it's from the same order/build only one will have the serial number I believe. Last time I ordered a full set the following had serial numbers. Driver, 3 wood, 1 of 2 hybrids, 6 iron & 5 iron of (5-PW, 5 iron specs different from the rest of the set) and 2 of 3 Vokeys. If you ordered them from an authorized retailer I wouldn't worry about it unless the retailer looked shady LoL
  3. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    The counterfeits normally have serial numbers. Usually, a whole lot all with the same serial number. The lack of a serial number is not defining. An actual authorized re-seller has a lot to lose to let a counterfeit item get into their inventory. You should be able to get them to authenticate it or return it if in doubt.
  4. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Counterfeiters will make up fake serial numbers too so you can't think that just because it has a number on it, you are good to go. Best bet is to always buy first-hand current production items or items being cleared out for new stock from original providers. Resale and eBay will always be risky. That said, if you can't afford to, or can't pass up the deal, buy but know the risk is there that the item my be counterfeit and of sub-standard quality along with no warranty from Titleist.
  5. Cath D.

    Cath D.
    Carlsbad, CA

    Hi, The club heads should be stamped with serial numbers if you are purchasing in the US. Other countries may have different policies.
  6. If you send the serial numbers to Titleist can they confirm that they are authentic. ?
  7. Scott Aitken

    Scott Aitken
    March, Cambridgeshire

    I recently bought some new AP1 718 Irons in the UK. (4 - PW) Custom fitted. I can confirm all my irons have a serial number on each iron.
  8. Chris W

    Chris W
    Cleburne Tx

    Per my conversation with Cathi (who is very helpful and very nice) Titleist will only verify serial numbers on custom sets of clubs. In other words if the serial number is only on a 6 iron, they can not fully verify authenticity due to counterfeiters copying legit serial numbers on to fake clubs.
  9. Hi there I’ve just brought a set of ap3 irons and was just wondering is it only the 6 iron that’s stamped?
  10. From what I’ve been reading all over the internet is that if they were off the rack in a shop then only the 6 iron is stamped. If they are a custom fit order then all the irons would be.
    Just got a 2nd hand set of AP2 716’s so have been trawling all the sites.
    All my irons are stamped (Not etched) on the hozzle.
  11. Don E

    Don E
    charlotte, NC

    Hey gang. Just got a set of T200’s 5-48, and the 5 and 6 have one serial number and the 7-48 have another. This was built custom from Titleist from what I’ve been told, is that unusual to have different serial numbers for one set? Thanks in advance.
  12. Don E

    Don E
    charlotte, NC

    Found out the set was initially ordered 7-gw and then decided to get a 5 and 6 which would never have the same serial numbers. All is well.
  13. Jim V

    Jim V
    Savannah, GA

    For what it is worth, I've also read that the serial number will be etched on an authentic club. Counterfeits are most likely stamped. Also, isn't their a hologram on an authentic club?
  14. Lefty

    Hertfordshire, UK

    My AP2 are custom built all with the same serial number whilst my previous set were standard AP1 and had the serial number on the 6 iron only.

    My TS4 driver is custom built with a serial number, as is my TS3 4-wood. My 816 H2 hybrid was purchased via GolfBidder and has a serial number on too.

    I would focus on looking at the build quality of the head, shaft and grip rather than serial number or lack of when determining if a club is fake or not.

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