The US Golf Manufacturers Anti-Countering Working Group has confirmed its largest-ever raid of counterfeit golf products across multiple locations in China.
According to reports, more than 120,000 pieces of counterfeit golf equipment were seized during raids at 10 different locations of online golf product sellers in China with the help of Shanghai Police.
Golf equipment seized in the raids included big-name brands such as TaylorMade, PING, Callaway, PXG, Titleist and XXIO, most of which was golf clubs, clubheads, shafts, bags and grips.
"We are thrilled that Chinese police were willing to take serious action against online counterfeits even during the pandemic," said Kristin Strojan, TaylorMade Golf's Legal Counsel Trademark and Brand Protection.
"Counterfeiters have been taking advantage of the current situation, and counterfeit listings have become more rampant on the internet.
"We never stopped watching them even during these challenging times and continue to work with authorities worldwide to target online counterfeit sellers aggressively.
"This raid action sends a very strong message to the market that the Golf Group has zero tolerance for counterfeit products and will continue to monitor the marketplace, both online and offline, to maintain the integrity of the game."
Reports claim that 15 suspects have been arrested and detained following the raids.
In total, more than 2 million counterfeit golf products have been seized since the Golf Group formed in 2004, and more than 1,500 websites selling such counterfeit products have been shut down.