In the SUV market we have the Ford Explorer, Jeep
Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner, GMC Envoy, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln
Aviator, Buick Rainier, Lexus GX, and on and on. Each of these
companies takes from each other and "clones" or "knocks-off"
each others' design concepts. They all do this legally, ethically
and with great vigor. It is a game of leap frog.
While we sometimes find it hard to distinguish one SUV from
another, we know they are not exact copies of each other and that
these companies are not trying to confuse the consumer into thinking
so. But we also know the SUV makers copy the same features, performance
characteristics, and customer benefits from each other in a marketplace
of continuing innovation. Well, so do we, but we do it in golf.
The most popular name brand companies in golf today are Callaway,
Ping, Titliest, TaylorMade and Cobra, with several others typically
coming in and out of favor. These companies are just like the
auto makers tryingto leap frog each other with innovative new
product concepts, materials and fashion statements. When talking
generically about golf clubs, most consumers describe products
in terms of general product families, just like when auto consumers
say that Honda looks has a "Mercedes look", or that
Mercedes "looks like a Land Rover". Well, it is the
same thing in golf.
Clones are not to be confused with the branded products they
may seek to flatter, but they are made from essentially the same
materials and design principles, use many of the same shaft and
grip suppliers, and perform similar to the name brands.
ARE SOME GOLF CLONES ILLEGAL?
Illegal knockoffs and counterfeits have been a significant problem
in the golf industry. The Name Brands talk about illegal clubs
ripping them off, but counterfeiters also rip us off and you too,
the consumer. No one should buy products from an illegal counterfeiter.
An illegal knockoff and/or counterfeit is a product that violates
the legal trade dress rights, trademarks, patents or copyrights
of another company. Historical examples of trade dress violators
were the makers of the "king snake" which was an illegal
knockoff of Cobra's King Cobra, the Tommy Mann Bummer, the Big
Burser, you see the point.
Pinemeadowgolf.com is very careful to not violate the valid
rights of other companies. However, we do examine carefully the
claims of companies and work hard to get into your hands the best
products at the best price