Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange took Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo to task for their criticism earlier this year of Rory McIlroy's equipment change from Titleist to Nike, according to Reuters' Tony Jimenez. Miller said that the swtich could cost McIlroy at the 2013 majors and Faldo called it a "dangerous move."
"(Nick) Faldo and (Johnny) Miller have been somewhat critical of it -– they are so far out of line, so out of touch with club manufacturers now. All the clubs these days are top line, top shelf, perfectly fitted for each player. Faldo and Miller caused a stir when there was no reason to."
Strange said he switched clubs multiple times, and each time it took one day to get used to the new equipment.
"I don't think clubs have anything to do with it at all ... switching clubs is no big thing. It's all overblown. I think all the top clubs are virtually identical. Rory's problems are not with his clubs. His troubles of late have been more with the swing than anything else. I love watching Rory play, I love his swing and I don't think it's time to panic or worry too much about him. He's not playing well right now, but he can be explosive overnight and he's proved that."
McIlroy agreed with Strange's assessment that the swoosh on his equipment isn't causing any problems. In his pre-Masters press conference, McIlroy spoke fondly of his new clubs saying, "I feel they're a part of me now."
For what it's worth, Curtis Strange is a member of the Nike player team.
Photo: Curtis Strange at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii in January (Chris Condon/PGA Tour).