• He is free to change clubs whenever he wishes
• The Northern Irishman is putting a new putter in play this week
RORY McILROY | THE BARCLAYS
Rory McIlroy has revealed his parents have been receiving a lot of golf club deliveries since Nike announced it was stopping its production of golf clubs, balls and bags.
Speaking in his first press conference since the Nike news was broken, Rory McIlroy confirmed he is able to make any changes to his bag that he wishes but says he is in no rush to sign a new deal.
Read more -> Nike to exit golf equipment industry
McIlroy revealed he will return to using a Scotty Cameron putter this week at The Barclays while confirming it will be the only change we’ll see to his bag set-up in the immediate future.
“I haven’t been home, but apparently my parents’ house has been inundated with golf equipment from different manufacturers,” said McIlroy. “I haven’t asked for it, but it’s there.
'I’m very happy with everything right now. I don’t think it’s the time or the place to change' - Rory McIlroy
“I’m very happy with everything right now. I don’t think it’s the time or the place to change what I feel like I’m very comfortable with.
“We’ll see where we go from here. I’m not going to commit to anything. I wouldn’t be surprised to see me not go with a manufacturer for a year or two, just sort of play with what I want to play, play with what I’m comfortable with, and go from there.”
Read more -> Nike Golf: Why it collapsed
Nike’s announcement arrived as a surprise to many, including Nike staffer Oliver Fisher. McIlroy, meanwhile, only received a call two hours before the news was made public.
Rory McIlroy also said he had asked Nike to save him a lot of the Nike RZN Tour Platinum golf balls he currently uses. The Northern Irishman estimates he now has three years’ worth of golf balls stockpiled and says it’s ‘a ball I know that I can play well with’.
Read more -> Has Tiger Woods found his new irons?
From McIlroy’s comments, it appears expectations for him to move out of Nike equipment as quickly as possible are wide of the mark.
He has been known to stick with clubs he likes in the past, even if there are newer products available. McIlroy still plays with Nike VR Pro Blade irons first released in 2014 and Nike Vapor Speed fairway woods from the brand’s 2015 range.
'I wouldn’t be surprised to see me not go with a manufacturer for a year or two' - Rory McIlroy
Prior to making his high-profile Nike switch at the start of 2013, McIlroy had a Titleist 906F2 fairway wood in the bag that had been released four years earlier.
The change to a Scotty Cameron Concept mallet putter this week was the most likely to happen considering his recent putter struggles. McIlroy had also used a Scotty Cameron Newport putter through much of his early career success. It does, however, show he isn’t scared to make the changes if necessary.
Here is Rory McIlroy's current bag for The Barclays:
Driver Nike Vapor Fly Pro (9.5˚); 3-wood Nike Vapor Speed (15˚); 5-wood Nike Vapor Speed (19˚); Irons Nike VR Pro Blades (4-9); Wedges Nike Engage (47˚, 52˚, 56˚, 59˚); Putter Scotty Cameron Concept mallet prototype; Ball Nike RZN Tour Platinum
Rory McIlroy: Will we see him changing clubs soon?
How long do you think Rory McIlroy will continue to play Nike clubs for? Do you think he would be wise to make a change? Let us know your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.