Rory McIlroy has changed a lot since winning the 2011 U.S. Open. He swapped agents, switched tours, and, after this season, will be switching equipment sponsors. One major champion is worried about the effect new clubs might have on McIlroy' s game.
Nick Faldo appeared on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive on Tuesday and called McIlroy's equipment change a "dangerous" move, according to Ryan Lavner.
“I call it dangerous,” he said. “I’ve changed clubs and changed equipment, and every manufacturer will say, ‘We can copy your clubs; we can tweak the golf ball so it fits you.’ But there’s feel and sound as well, and there’s confidence. You can’t put a real value on that. It’s priceless.
“You have to be very, very careful. You easily could go off and do this and it messes you up because it just doesn’t quite feel the same. When you’re striping it, it’s fine. But as soon as doubt comes in…
“I’d be very cautious. I’d love someone like him, in his position, to sell the bag. That bag is worth a fortune; it’d be on TV all the time. Stick with the clubs that you know best, that you believe the best."
Most believe Rory will announce a deal with Nike for the upcoming year, following the well-worn path of Tiger Woods. Related: McIlroy's career in pictures | Nike Homepage | Titleist Homepage | See-Try-Buy