July 20

Clone Driver vs its OEM counterpart

Equipment Reviews


Interested in a clone driver vs its OEM counterpart video?

You’re in luck: here’s a new video I hope you’ll really like.  In it, I’m gonna do a little head-to-head test.

If you’ve read some of my other posts, you’ll know I’ve been a proponent of clone clubs before.  I’ve done a similar test before, now we’re going to see a moving picture of a clone driver vs its OEM counterpart!

Why do another test, you ask?  Well, the testing conditions were better the second time around, and I was able to go outside instead of being cooped up inside.  My swing’s more grooved, as opposed to still scraping off the rust.  It just makes more sense to revisit it.

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How I Tested

Utilizing the Club Connex system, I was able to use the same shaft for each club.  So each club was tested:

  • at 44.5″ total length
  • with a True Ace Green Ghost shaft (sadly, hard to find now)
  • at “S” flex for the shaft
  • with a Star Sidewinder grip (+1/32″)

Now, if you check out this post, I go into more depth about the head stats, so I won’t waste more time with that.  If you don’t want to, just know that the T*rner was heavier than the B*rner, so I added weight to the B*rner, to normalize everything.

Something I changed from the video in the previously-mentioned post- I do three swings with each club.  Some fitters want 10+, but I adhere to the Barney Adams Way:  no more than three.  After three, the golfer gets used to the club.  In short, not good.

Here’s the video:

Here’s the takeaway:

  • The three shot average with the T*rner: 249.3 yards
  • The three shot average with the B*rner: 242.7 yards

Less than 7 yards difference, with one sh!t shot with the B*rner.  But let’s remove the worst of each model… what would we get?

  • The two shot average with the T*rner: 250 yards
  • The two shot average with the B*rner: 249.5 yards

You can hear Sheila’s (it was changed from FILSS) voice telling us what each shot did.  I’m pretty sure I got the maths right, but if I didn’t, feel free to correct me in the comments.

One thing I think you’ll notice: the T*rner is LOUD.  I’m sure it’d be a bother to some.  That’s OK, though, because I have a solution: cotton balls.


Sure!  That’s an old club fitter “hack”: putting cotton balls inside the head can dampen the sound, without adding too much weight to really throw off the swing weight.  Doesn’t matter if you paid $100 or $1000 for that driver; if the sound’s too loud, there’s a workaround for that.

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This Is Not A Soap Box

Dead serious, dear reader, this isn’t a soapbox.  When I set out to test a clone driver vs its OEM counterpart, it wasn’t to shout down the OEMs or sing the praises of the clones.

Far from it.  What I want the takeaway to be is this:

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to buying golf clubs; only what works best for YOU.

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines golf as:

(A)n outdoor game in which players use special clubs (called golf clubs) to try to hit a small ball with as few strokes as possible into each of 9 or 18 holes

Do you see anywhere in there that “golf has to be played with clubs that cost more than a month’s salary” in there?  What about “with Brand X and only Brand X”?


Me, neither.

Here’s a simple little chart I made that tells you how to go about buying golf clubs:

Choosing Your New Golf Club Made EasyInfographic

This is all you need.  Find the blend of cost and happiness that’s right for you, then go out out and play!

About the author 

Justin Blair

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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