Originally Posted by iacas
Just a guess... You didn't read the posts above? He didn't change equipment so much as he changed the shape of the logo on the back of the same equipment.
You don't think there's any possibility that the gear change has contributed to his swing woes?
I get it--everyone gets it--that the clubs themselves have no relevant differences. I'm sure the irons are the same exact shaft, grip, weight, swingweight, loft, length, and lie. The head shape and weight distribution likely has very minor differences, but not any that would make much of a difference. Pros have been bagging a new driver pretty much every year for the last 4 or 5, so that's probably not much to worry about.
And, at Rory's level, "breaking in" the new clubs should amount to 3 or 4 range sessions to dial in distances. His distances are not likely to change with nearly identical irons, but it's probably comforting to hit 50 or so balls with each club and know for sure that you have exact distances. Likewise the ball would have caused some distance changes, which could be dialed in, but wouldn't turn a perfect shot into a 60-yard pull-hook.
Heck, I got new irons less than a month ago. I've played 3 rounds with them, hit maybe 80 balls on the range (that's a 2-year supply for me), and yesterday I started throwing some serious darts.
So what does all of this babbling mean? The physical properties of the clubs aren't causing Rory's problems.
But that doesn't mean the gear change isn't contributing to his issues. He cemented his position as #1 in the World last summer from the PGA Championship through the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Before that, Rory couldn't seem to keep the #1 spot for more than 2 or 3 weeks. Then he gets this CRAZY HUGE offer from Nike, the single biggest endorsement contract in golf history for someone not named Tiger. He's got a winter break, and a break from the public eye and fan paranoia that greets him at every tournament, but he knows that when he comes back expectations are very, very high. Even without the Nike deal he's trying to live up to being #1, fending off the inevitable charge from Tiger, winning early before critics can say he's not up to the task. But now he has Nike and this huge deal that's getting a ton of press. He's shooting a blockbuster commercial with Tiger Woods--when was the last time you heard so much buzz about a commercial being filmed? And he has to switch clubs. Hear this: at the peak of his meteoric rise to #1, right when he's made it to the top, he's going to change every piece of equipment in his bag--even his glove!
It has to be tough. The pressure he's already putting on himself, and then every 8 minutes on the golf channel someone makes a reference to the Nike deal or the equipment change. Then Tiger wins early in the season while Rory misses a few cuts. The pressure builds. Yeah, the only difference in the clubs is the swoosh, but that swoosh is pretty freaking heavy.