Rory has changed his clubs to a new manufacturer this year.
Does different manufacturer’s equipment really make a difference to the players? Do you think this will affect Rory’s chances at the Masters?
As you know Tiger is now # 1 in the rankings and a favorite for the Masters with Rory close behind him. I think that they are also vying for who has the most impressive girlfriend.
The answer to your question — whether or not the equipment change will affect Rory’s performance at the Masters – in my opinion is NO. However, if he believes it will, then this could make the difference.
Performance at the very elite level – as well as for the rest of us — is influenced significantly by our confidence on the course and may be affected by a perceived difference in club performance. Because golf manufacturers can customize and reproduce golf club performance so precisely when working with their tour players the actual performance difference between brand names is very small if at all.
Confidence is the critical factor in golf if we are to perform well, especially on the putting green where, if we could only allow our body to do what it wants to do — and has worked so hard to perfect – and stop the mind from interfering then we will have the needed confidence to perform well. This too is the case for the rest of our game, so we don’t want anything to come between us and our belief that we can do it — i.e. unbridled confidence. The difference in equipment performance – if there is any — will not affect the outcome at The Masters but the peripheral factors may have a significant influence.
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