I know we all say that it’s not the club it’s the player and, “It’s a poor craftsman who blames his tool,” but this whole Rory McIlroy-Nike issue won’t go away. Is he really struggling just because of the switch to Nike equipment? Does it really take that long to adjust to new clubs?

Recently I was graciously given a new set of sticks from TaylorMade during a huge media event. The set included:

Driver – SLDRs
Fairway Woods – SLDRs
Irons – SLDRs
Wedges – ATV
Putter – Counter-balance Spider, blade

We were able to learn about them, test them on the range and play a round at beautiful La Costa! I typically shoot in the high 70s to low 80s, and I didn’t skip a beat with all new clubs – in fact I played a little better. Was this because my old clubs were so bad? Was it a mental trick that new clubs played on my mind? Or is it just that once your swing is dialed in and programmed into muscle memory, it doesn’t really matter what brand clubs are in your hand?

Rory, we love you, and we want to see you back on leaderboards regularly. If not, we might have to find a different head of hair to grace our magazine! Don’t make us do it Curly Spillane!!

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