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Poll Results: Will there be an impact on Rory McIlroy's game with the switch to Nike?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 8% (4)
    Yes - He won't win in 2013
  • 33% (15)
    Yes - He'll lose his No. 1 ranking
  • 60% (27)
    No - There will be no impact
45 Total Votes  
post #19 of 45

I think Rory will maintain his number 1 ranking, but I also think that it will take a few tournaments to dial in the new gear.  At the level that these guys are playing, with thier swings so precise, the gear does make a difference.  Just like a Stradivarius sounds different than an Amati to a concert violinist. 

 

You can use the most sophisticated forging techniques, and shape the irons very precisely, but ultimately, the guy swinging the club has to feel it and believe it or he's slamming that trunk Friday afternoon.  And the putter has to be right as well.  That Method putter is already in the closet along with his old Titleist sticks!

post #20 of 45
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Originally Posted by shooter View Post

 Rory spent all of the off season jet setting with his tennis girl, and i doubt he swung the Nike clubs aside from the commercial he and Tiger shot.


This.

 

I saw his tweets.  The last thing on Rory's mind during the off season (from what I saw) was golf.  It was crystal clear he was more interested in Wozniacki than practicing.

 

Now, here comes the season and Mr. #1 in the world got a rude awakening that he needs to get back on the range!

post #21 of 45
I think Rory will lose the #1 status, but not solely down to the new clubs, just because there is a lot more expected of him this year, a lot more pressure and even more focus on him. It will be interesting to see how he deals with it all.
post #22 of 45

Rory McIllroy and his new Nike VR_S Covert driver. A good move?

So wonder what the impact will be on his game after the equipment switch from Titleist to Nike. Though he mentions the below it must have some effect.  His performance in Abu Dhabi is really not that surprising but how long will it take for him to get back up to speed or is this something that is going to detract from his game permanently.  What thoughts do the forum have?

Going to give the VR_S Covert a go on demo from golf redefined once it comes out next month. I want to try it myself.  It looks like it is giving him extra distance along with the Nike ball.

In that sense, McIlroy has the advantage of seeing a track record with the company. He will play the new Nike VR_S Covert driver, the first cavity-backed driver. He will play the 20XI X golf ball, one that has a firm cover and spins less and which he said in testing allowed him to hit the ball better into the wind.

McIlory said he spent considerable time at Nike's testing facility known as "The Oven'' in Fort Worth, Texas. "It's been a relatively easy process,'' said McIlroy, who had used Titleist products since turning pro in 2009. "I feel like I've transitioned seamlessly from one thing to another. I'm really comfortable with all of the clubs. I'm getting more distance out of the driver and the ball. I'm comfortable with the irons, everything has fallen into place. I'm excited to put the clubs in play.''

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post #24 of 45

Thanks. Combined a few threads.
post #25 of 45
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Originally Posted by Deryck Griffith View Post


This.

 

I saw his tweets.  The last thing on Rory's mind during the off season (from what I saw) was golf.  It was crystal clear he was more interested in Wozniacki than practicing.

 

Now, here comes the season and Mr. #1 in the world got a rude awakening that he needs to get back on the range!

I saw Trackman comment on sending Rory and his swing coach, Michael Bannon a TrackMan IIIe on January 14th.  I'm surprised he just got a Trackman tbh.  

post #26 of 45
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Originally Posted by Beachcomber View Post

I saw Trackman comment on sending Rory and his swing coach, Michael Bannon a TrackMan IIIe on January 14th.  I'm surprised he just got a Trackman tbh.  


Really?  I thought he would already have one as well.

post #27 of 45
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Originally Posted by Deryck Griffith View Post

Really?  I thought he would already have one as well.

Yeah, it is scary to think he could be better once he starts to grasp how to optimize his numbers... And then ingrain those changes into his swing pattern.

post #28 of 45
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Originally Posted by Beachcomber View Post

Yeah, it is scary to think he could be better once he starts to grasp how to optimize his numbers... And then ingrain those changes into his swing pattern.


Absolutely.  I wonder if he understands the ball flight laws?  My guess would be he does but doesn't....

post #29 of 45
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Originally Posted by Beachcomber View Post

I saw Trackman comment on sending Rory and his swing coach, Michael Bannon a TrackMan IIIe on January 14th.  I'm surprised he just got a Trackman tbh.  

 

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Originally Posted by Deryck Griffith View Post

Really?  I thought he would already have one as well.

Maybe he did have one, and is now just getting a newer one?  He's certainly aware of Trackman, and has used it before ... we have a thread on here showing his readout from one such session.

post #30 of 45
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post

 

Maybe he did have one, and is now just getting a newer one?  He's certainly aware of Trackman, and has used it before ... we have a thread on here showing his readout from one such session.

The PGA tour has used it to measure these dudes.  Rory being one.  I'm not saying that he has never heard of it, nor been measured on one... But Trackman made a press release about welcoming Rory and his coach to their corner, but taking receipt of the new Trackman IIIe.  The way I read their presser was that he hasn't owned one before.

post #31 of 45
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Originally Posted by Beachcomber View Post

Yeah, it is scary to think he could be better once he starts to grasp how to optimize his numbers... And then ingrain those changes into his swing pattern.

 

 

 

     I am not sure that someone as talented as Rory would benefit from trying to optimize his numbers. Understanding his own swing and what he needs to do and feel for a given shot is a lot more important than trying to recreate a specific set of numbers. 

post #32 of 45
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Originally Posted by CanuckAaron View Post

 

     I am not sure that someone as talented as Rory would benefit from trying to optimize his numbers. Understanding his own swing and what he needs to do and feel for a given shot is a lot more important than trying to recreate a specific set of numbers. 

 

please realize that understanding the numbers will help him to understand his swing.

post #33 of 45
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Originally Posted by CanuckAaron View Post

 

     I am not sure that someone as talented as Rory would benefit from trying to optimize his numbers. Understanding his own swing and what he needs to do and feel for a given shot is a lot more important than trying to recreate a specific set of numbers. 

We'll have to agree to disagree then.  Because these guys can get numbers, know the flight from video - and ingrain that feel/swing pattern into shaping that particular shot.  I'm betting you haven't used Trackman? At least in a formal instructional environment - with a top tier coach who has been trained on Trackman?

post #34 of 45
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Originally Posted by colin007 View Post

 

please realize that understanding the numbers will help him to understand his swing.

 

 After all of the golf he has played you are suggesting that Rory does not understand his golf swing? That is quite the suggestion. 

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Originally Posted by Beachcomber View Post

We'll have to agree to disagree then.  Because these guys can get numbers, know the flight from video - and ingrain that feel/swing pattern into shaping that particular shot.  I'm betting you haven't used Trackman? At least in a formal instructional environment - with a top tier coach who has been trained on Trackman?

I am ok with disagreeing but to your question, no of course I haven't, there isn't one anywhere near me but I was not talking about me. I can appreciate the science behind the golf swing and what Trackman can do but I am not so quick to replace the feel element of golf especially for someone at the level of Rory. 

post #35 of 45
You can feel a draw, and you can feel that you hit the ball a little too high. But you can't feel the difference between 3000 rpm or spin and 5000.
post #36 of 45
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you can feel a draw, and you can feel that you hit the ball a little too high. But you can't feel the difference between 3000 rpm or spin and 5000.

 

Well it depends really. If you learn the feel, sight, sound of the shots you hit, then you combine that with trackman or other fitting tools, you now got data saying, ok that shot shape and impact feels like this, and that is a couple thousand more RPM. With new technology, its possible to relate feel to numbers now. 

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