Rory McIlroy & his ex-partner Titleist Driver/Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
The divorce between Rory McIlroy and Titleist will become final this December, Rory has found a new love. Some say the new attraction is money, Rory has been with Titleist since turning pro five years ago, and has enjoyed two major championship victories in the past two years. He clearly feels that it is time to pursue what could very well wind up being the biggest payday of his career and one of the most lucrative equipment contracts the game has ever seen.
Apart from money, and it has been suggested that Nike Golf are contemplating offering McIlroy a 10-year deal, worth as much as $250 million. To the millions of golf fans around the World, the so-called friendship between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy seems to really have been no more than a business related affair. Tiger more or less built Nike Golf from the ground up after he signed with the company back in 1996 and would undoubtedly benefit financially from any spike in equipment and apparel sales that could come as a result of Rory McIlroy signing on with the company.
It’s not every day that golf equipment companies have an opportunity to sign a 23-year-old World No. 1 with two major championships already under his belt. Expect all the major equipment suppliers to scramble to sign up Rory, he can demand whatever he wants, and they will graciously deliver it. But Nike are in the driving seat, but I will be sending a request to Rory to switch to White Dragon Golf, and our new revolutionary putter.
Changing equipment can be an hazardous journey, six time Major winner Nick Faldo thinks Rory is in danger of losing something he may not be able to recover, his confidence. This is Sir Nick’s advice on the subject;
” I call it dangerous, 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. 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.It’s really important. It’s the feel and confidence of knowing that your equipment will perform how you want it to perform on Sunday afternoon. You can’t mess with that at such a young age.”
Just take a quick look at Jim Furyk, two years ago, Jim won three times and also captured the coveted FedEx Cup trophy. A little more than a year later, he flirted with falling out of the top 50 in the world. A major part of Jim Furyk’s struggles, was tinkering too much with his equipment. Jim explained;
” 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. It was a product of maybe trying to get a little bit longer, maybe trying to find new ways to improve and maybe then hurting my strengths. Trying to make my weaknesses better but in doing so, hurting your strengths, which is rule No. 1. You don’t do that.”