The Best Clone Components for Golf

By Steve Silverman

Golfers might have heard the term clone and not realize fully what it means. A golf clone is very similar to the design of a major manufacturer's brand. Similar--but not the same. That allows the company selling clone golf clubs or components to charge less than the major brand name. There's nothing wrong or illegal with the manufacture of clone clubs, and some major brands make their own clones as well.

Shafts

There might come a time when you want to replace the shafts on your current clubs. Your game might have changed, you could have a harder time bringing the clubhead through the hitting zone with enough speed and you might want lighter shafts. The UST Irod shaft gives the golfer great speed and allows him to maintain control and accuracy. (2009 suggested price: $52.99.)

Clubheads

You might need new heads for your club because you want to get the ball into the air higher and faster. This can be done with a clone golf head called the Turner combo set that is similar to the popular TaylorMade Burner set at a much lower price.
(2009 suggested price: $69.)

Grips

Golfers change their grips regularly--some every year, and some even more often. By purchasing clone grips, you can get nearly top-of-the-line quality for a much lower price than you would from the manufacturer's brand. The Super Stroke grip will give you a much better feel for your club and is especially good for your putter. (2009 suggested price: $27.)

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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