Nick Faldo: Rory McIlroy better be careful switching equipment brands
By mustang6560 on 10/31/12
In light of Rory McIlroy's official split with Titleist and FootJoy, Nick Faldo issued the Northern Irishman a warning: "Be cautious. It's a very dangerous time."

If Nick's warning is genuine, then his comments are fair. Rory will definitely go through growing pain with his new clubs which may or may not affect his performance in 2013. However, Nick is associated with TaylorMade so part of me wonders if he's passive aggressively lobbying for the California equipment giant, especially since it's rumored Nike Golf offered Rory 250 big ones to play the swoosh.

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GolfSmith7 says:
How did leaving Titleist work out for Tiger? I believe the majority of Pro's can play with fitted clubs of any brand and play at a hight level!
Matt McGee says:
Is it really a "very dangerous time," or did someone just offer him $250 million? I don't think it can be both.
Torleif Sorenson says:
The reverse is true, as well. Corey Pavin won the 1995 U.S. Open, switched clubs, and then won only two PGA Tour events after that: Colonial in 1996, then Milwaukee in 2006.

If a guitar manufacturer offered me money to switch back to a plain old 4-string bass guitar, I would say no - my Modulus Q6 is my main squeeze for several reasons.
Banker85 says:
He will sign with Nike and be fine. Faldo shut it.
aaronm04 says:
I think the wedges will be the biggest adjustment. He's not limited to stock shafts so they can put whatever they want in the rest of the clubs. At the BMW Championship he had all new Titleist gear so he's already had a gear change in the last year, though not as dramatic as changing brands. I think this isn't a big story as much as they want to make of it.
Panerai111 says:
G Mac changed after his great year and had a bad next year. Furyk changed after winning player of the year and had a bad year.
mmontisano says:
didn't GMac have 2 top 5's in the majors this year? i don't think his equipment change effected him that much. Fowler too. he switched from Titleist and actually won on tour.

Rory is so naturally gifted, i think, like Tiger, he'll win with whatever you put in his hands.
Panerai111 says:
GMac switched in 2011 after he won his major in 2010.
C-4 says:
HATER!!!..if Kotex gave faldo 250 mil to play with pads..he would!....i would
joe jones says:
Even if he switches to Nike he probably will still play Titlest wedges and have his choice of putters. Most players have a mixed bag. Tiger uses a Scotty Cameron putter.
DougE says:
When your swing and hand/eye coordination are as good as these guys', it really doesn't matter what club brand you carry. Once they get over the mental insecurities of not knowing exactly what they can do with new clubs, it goes back to physical skills and mechanics, something Rory has more than enough of. Though I personally, am not a fan of Nike clubs, I am sure within a few weeks of using them, he'll be just as sharp as he ever was. I'll miss him at Titleist.
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