I just read about Rory parting ways with Titleist. Do you think this is a good idea for Rory and from a technical standpoint can manufacturers truly replicate the feel and performance of another manufacturers clubs?
Thank you for your question.
Let me say at the outset that I have no inside information about Rory’s switch but do have a concern that money may be the motivating force for the change, at the expense of affecting his potential performance.
We have too often seen golfers – in most cases instigated and negotiated by their agent – try to squeeze more money from their sponsor once they become fairly successful.
There is nothing blatantly wrong with this, as it is indicative of the commercialized world we live in. However, there is something to be said for loyalty and respect for those who supported you when you first arrived.
I say YES to good faith renegotiation of a contract with a sponsor — in this case a very well respected manufacturer with the highest quality products — but when money becomes the prime consideration resulting in significant equipment changes, it may not be in the golfers best interest in the long term.
Because golf equipment technology has reached its peak and innovations of consequence are rare, it is possible to replicate fairly closely, the performance properties of the clubs of one manufacturer by another.
However, the consequences of this change go beyond the physics involved, and because the game is so dependent on self belief and ones mental approach, that as soon as any faltering in performance occurs, this will be correlated with the notable tangible changes and a loss in confidence.
Aaron, it is not a good idea to switch from proven equipment unless there are other extenuating circumstances we are not privy to and know nothing about.
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