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Oh Dear - Nike method ditched by Rory MERGED


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#1 cheers big ears

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:56 AM

Scotty is back in the bag for round 2 in Abu Dhabi......

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:01 AM

That was quick!
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:01 AM

Well done Rory !
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:03 AM

He should change the whole bag back to Titleist after the display we're seeing....:)

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:13 AM

he also changed fairway woods. he was using the VR Pro Ltd and now switched to the covert. atleast that's what it looked like on TV


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:13 AM

View Postfalken19150, on 18 January 2013 - 06:03 AM, said:

He should change the whole bag back to Titleist after the display we're seeing.... :)

That's a little unfair!
maybe keep the sand wedge and putter but ditch everything else  ;)

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:18 AM

I'm sure Rory will come good eventually, but a little bit of me wanted him to do badly this week. The best player in the world, multiple major winner and more money in the bank than anyone needs.
Combine all that having been so successful with Titleist, who arguably make some of the purest equipment (players clubs).
Why did he change?
Nike in my opinion do not make better equipment.
He does not need the money.
It can only be, the greed of others (management company etc) and poor advice.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:20 AM

Breach of contract?


Who knows, not us.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:22 AM

The sand wedge probably says "Vokey" on the back.

I'll give it 6 months until the contract is ripped up by mutual consent... :russian_roulette:
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:24 AM

Give the poor guy a chance. Everyone needs a change now and then.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:25 AM

i think it really takes some time to get used to a new putter. everyone can tinker during practice rounds but it get's really tough when competing. i don't think he will ditch the method for good. but atleast now we know he is allowed to change atleast the putter. 13 club contract maybe?

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:25 AM

I am not sure why he switched putters, I think he should have started with the driver.  OMG
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:26 AM

View Posttommy89, on 18 January 2013 - 06:24 AM, said:

Give the poor guy a chance. Everyone needs a change now and then.

True, but normally you change for the better, not a downgrade.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:34 AM

I was surprised to see him back to the Cameron GSS.

Why even put the Method Proto in play at all for the first round?  Especially if he isn't contractually obligated to putt with the Nike.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:37 AM

I believe that eventually the Method will find it's way back into his bag after its tweaked to match his Scotty. Panick will make anyone revert backward - he had to do something to try and get back on track after a horrible start. I wish him and Tiger the best of luck this year.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:44 AM

If the 1 st round was any indication , i am would not be suprised if Rory had changed all his clubs back to what he used before until he gets more familier with the new Nike stuff ,I do not believe all his 1 st round play was just a bad showing cause he looked lost at times with the Nike clubs

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:48 AM

View PostMarkFromTheUK, on 18 January 2013 - 06:26 AM, said:

View Posttommy89, on 18 January 2013 - 06:24 AM, said:

Give the poor guy a chance. Everyone needs a change now and then.

True, but normally you change for the better, not a downgrade.

Why does everyone think titleist are so good? Nike are just as good.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:56 AM

Plus, it's his first tournament. Give him a break, probably won't make this cut. Maybe we have something to worry about his equipment 5-6 tournaments in. But this is only one. Probably just has to get used to the clubs.

Oleson just got on Nike and he's doing well with the "inferior" Nike clubs he has.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:07 AM

View PostLesmond, on 18 January 2013 - 06:56 AM, said:

Plus, it's his first tournament. Give him a break, probably won't make this cut. Maybe we have something to worry about his equipment 5-6 tournaments in. But this is only one. Probably just has to get used to the clubs.

Oleson just got on Nike and he's doing well with the "inferior" Nike clubs he has.

Agree.  Everybody has to get used to new equipment.....I I change putters often and my changes have not affected any of my endorsement contracts yet..... :taunt:

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:08 AM

I think he's been practising with the New Equipment so it's bad to blame that, I think it would have been better not to have been paired with Tiger, also he is not swinging great so wether that as anything to do with new equipment, who knows,
One thing he should learn off Tiger though is even if you are playing/swinging bad, you have an obligation to try and grind something out to reward the paying public who have followed you.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:23 AM

The only piece of equipment that might be responsible for him not playing well is the blonde tennis tail he spent his off season running around with! But I can't blame him...he deserves that time too! And if y'all don't remember...he missed cuts with the titleist clubs last year a few times...he'll get the rust worked off and play some great golf this year. I'm sure he could play well with a box set from Walmart if he had to!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:28 AM

Looks like 4 weeks until his next start,  so that should be enough time to blow out any  cobwebs,   I very much doubt hesgoing to blame the clubs


scotty cameron is probably the biggest winner...

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:32 AM

mcilroy's swing just looks terrible right now, like he's trying to control it the whole time. no free-swinging rhythm at all.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:32 AM

Not the putter IMO...he has always been streaky on the greens....misses the short ones with the best of 'em.  He has no grind...looks like going through the motions.  Slumped shoulders and just a bit like a junior out on the course wishing he had his xbox instead.  Fore left.as I write this...but none have been as bad as a few duffs by TW....unreal the guy still has that to work out of his swing.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:39 AM

Nerves, Hype and New Equipment are leading to some poor rounds. I knew this was going to happen and it won't go away until he wins. Winning cures everything! Ask any athlete. Me, I don't really care. I just want to see good golf down the stretch. But I don't feel bad for him at all. At 23, he'll have nothing to worry about for the rest of his life (minus health of course). We'd all make that kind of change for that kind of money, we aren't fooling anyone!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:40 AM

Looks like the Scotty is on fire in this round or wait no it's not.  Hmmm could it be the indian and not the arrow?  Or that he hasn't played in 2 months?
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:43 AM

View Postshiney28, on 18 January 2013 - 06:18 AM, said:

I'm sure Rory will come good eventually, but a little bit of me wanted him to do badly this week. The best player in the world, multiple major winner and more money in the bank than anyone needs.
Combine all that having been so successful with Titleist, who arguably make some of the purest equipment (players clubs).
Why did he change?
Nike in my opinion do not make better equipment.
He does not need the money.
It can only be, the greed of others (management company etc) and poor advice.

+1 on that!!

I notice Thorbjorn Olesen is not struggling with his new Nike equipment though-that boy is the real deal imo. Rory looks totally ill at ease with his equipment and with no confidence. It looks as if he is trying to swing fix on the course, purely because he has no confidence with his new gear atm. I am sure he will come good, he is too good not too, surely, and i seem to remember Tiger dabbling with his new Method putter a few years ago, then swapping backwards and forwards with his old Scotty for a few months, so I'm sure Rory will find a place for his Method over the next few months, as Tiger did eventually. I just wish an old head, would take Rory aside and tell him not to make brash statements about how much better his new gear is than his old stuff, which was a bit disrespectful, I thought, to Titleist who gave an 18yo his first Pro contract. I thought that was a bit classless, but he is young, and I'm sure if he had a good magement team around him, they would be telling him to be careful of the over hyped statements re his new equipment, golf has a way of making even the best look very silly.

But as I said, I'm sure he will come good. And good luck to him.

All credit to Tiger by the way for fighting back to at least make the cut.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:48 AM

Rory, if you do not need your Nike putter any longer please send it to me....

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:53 AM

First off I'm a huge Titleist fan.  I don't like Nike.  But, I don't think this is a big deal.  He'll figure it out.  He'll end up with a Nike putter in the bag at some point.  They've all left Titleist and went on to excel...Tiger, Phil, Ernie, Kaymer, Sergio, etc.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:54 AM

It will take some time for him to get comfortable with the new sticks. A big endorsement check and the fact that he plays the European tour, where he gets more money for showing up than for winning will allow him to work his way into them. Some guys adapt quickly, others take a little more time.


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