Sir Nick Faldo to Rory: I Told You So
By mustang6560 on 7/5/13
Last fall, six-time major championship winner Sir Nick Faldo warned Rory McIlroy about switching from Achushnet (the parent company of Titleist and FootJoy) to Nike.

As the number one player in the world at the time, he told Rors "It's a very dangerous time" in your career to switch.

After a disappointing first-half of 2013 for Rory, Nick told the current world number two this week, essentially, I told you so.
"Rory very simply messed with a winning formula," Faldo said. "He went from rookie of the year to world No. 1 and been through a lot and thought he could start again.

"As I said from Day One, I tweeted right away when it was announced that this was a dangerous move. I won't get into all the -- people said, 'Oh, he's so talented, he can adapt.' Well, why should the world No. 1 be adapting to something new? As we discovered six months later, he's busy still trying putters, still trying drivers. It's not as easy."
As the controversial Tiger Woods ad said, "Winning takes care of everything." Until Rory starts winning again, his critics will continue to critique his decisions on and off the course!


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Torleif Sorenson says:
Faldo knows whereof he speaks. Amongst other things, I'm sure the Faldo is remembering Corey Pavin's game going downhill when he switched clubs following his U.S. Open victory in 1995.
7/5/13
 
ChrisW0521 says:
I knew the switch would screw with Roy. It messed with Tiger when he made the change and it SUNK David Duvall. I feel David would still be a force to recon with if he had not went to Nike. I wish Roy had stayed with Titleist.
7/5/13
 
snkli says:
Sure, their is an adjustment period of 6-18 months but after a few fittings w/ the OEM they'd have a set of sticks that works for them. If the pro's can't make the switch OEM's and it ruins their careers, what does that mean to us mere mortals who buy sticks off the shelf?
7/5/13
 
snkli says:
Correction - Sure, their is an adjustment period of 6-18 months but after a few fittings w/ the OEM they'd have a set of sticks that works for them. If the pro's can't switch OEM's and it ruins their careers, what does that mean to us mere mortals who buy sticks off the shelf?
7/5/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
Look at you Nathan name checkin' "Achushnet". That's what I come here for.
7/5/13
 
mmontisano says:
people always make this mistake, but Dubal was the first player to with Nike clubs. it's Duval's back that derailed his career.
7/5/13
 
mmontisano says:
I hate spelling on my phone. Duval was the first to win a major with Nike clubs.
7/5/13
 
joe jones says:
Nike equipment works well for a guy named Woods. Why doesn't Faldo mention that. He has always been a bit of a Tuesday morning quarterback.It,s easy to do that when nobody challenges your opinion. I don't play Nike equipment but if somebody gave me a multi million dollar contract to do so I think I would gladly do so.
7/6/13
 
DougE says:
Joe, with all due respect, Faldo expressed his opinion BEFORE Rory actually made the switch. And his opinion wasn't that switching to Nike would be a bad move, but rather that SWITCHING from something that worked to any other brand, whatever it may be, was probably not a good idea. Basically, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" is all he was trying to say.
7/7/13
 
joe jones says:
My comments were mainly directed against all of the Nike haters who misdirect their hatred for Tiger to the equipment he uses. . Many players have switched manufacturers over the years. Some with great success and some not. I agree that "if it ain't broke" is a valid position but it is very hard to pass up millions when it's offered. I wonder what Faldo would do if he was offered the same millions when he was a four or five year pro.I just think a lot of Faldo's comments are often self serving and dis ingenious.Even when he called the Tiger drop illegal he didn't change his opinion after Mark Rolfing and others corrected his and Johnny Miller's comments.
7/7/13
 
joe jones says:
DougE. Faldo made his comments the day after the announcement was made by Nike not before he made the switch. I have a hard time with commentators ( and that is all Faldo is at this point) using their pulpit to talk about anything that might start a heated discussion. Some one should remind him of the treatment he received from the British press (Faldo as in EL Foldo) when he was starting out. It was unfair and unkind. Tom Watson was treated the same way early on in his career. They both turned out OK I think. It's just plain crappy commentary.
7/7/13
 
mmontisano says:
he doesn't have much room to talk about what people will do when people get that carrot dangled in front of them. to turn his back on Mizuno, TaylorMade is probably paying him a pretty penny. and he doesn't even play competitively anymore!!!!
7/7/13
 
slimpks1850 says:
Faldo's gonna play The Open in a couple weeks...
7/8/13
 
mmontisano says:
"I've got just over two months to go to get myself to pretend that I'm a golfer," Faldo said.
7/8/13
 
Kurt the Knife says:
pfft. who cares.
7/10/13
 
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