The debate has started. Who will Rory McIlroy move to next?

Will Rory McIlroy now head back to Titleist

With Rory McIlroy's Nike contract set to run out at the end of the 2017 season speculation is rife as to what equipment brand he will use next.

Here are some things to ponder.

Would Rory not just opt out of Nike now and break his contract for the sake of getting into clubs he feels comfortable with for the 2017 season?

Rors broke a contract before, with his managers Horizon and all for intents are purposes he paid dearly.  Given that Nike is a gigantic organisation lawyered to the hilt it's highly unlikely that Rory will be leaving before this contract expires. Once bitten twice shy and all that.

Are Nike clubs that bad?  

Of course not.
So Rory shows his new Scotty Cameron to Beemer in the locker room at the PGA Championship but laments not being able to use it because he's locked in with Nike.  Does that mean the Scotty Cameron is a better putter? Does that mean Rory would put better with it? The answer is not necessarily. Don't forget Rory won two Majors without Nike and two Majors with Nike. He produced excellent stats with both brands. As regards driving and iron play Rory ranks among the best statistically and let's not forget when he was working with Dave Stockton Rory did put well with his Nike Method putter.

Which brand is Rory likely to move to next?

Before we consider that it might be important to suggest that whoever Rory moves to next it wont be driven by money.  He has more money now than he will ever need.  The next move will be into clubs he feels he can him get the best from his game.

Titleist seems a very likely candidate.  Scotty Cameron is their putting brand and that's his only perceived weakness.

Titleist irons, released on a two year cycle are typically quite consistent in their Tour offerings. So the irons hybrid and fairways Rory would potentially move into will not be a world apart from what the used prior to moving to Nike.

Driver wise its not even up for debate but Titleist have improved their tech with the active recoil channel introduced since Rory's departure and I think he would love what might well be the 919 prototype driver by the time the change happens.

I'm sure TaylorMade, Callaway, Ping and even PXG are keen to explore the possibility of luring McIlroy, with Cally currently edging it owing to Adidas trying to offload TaylorMade.

Exciting times and much gossip ahead methinks!




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