Category: Rory McIlroy

January 16, 2013

Will McIlroy struggle with Nike gear? Top 100 Teachers poll

Posted at 9:46 AM by Mike Walker



"No problem at all. He is very confident with Nike and their direction."

--Eden Foster, Maidstone Golf Club, East Hampton, N.Y.

"In the worst case, while they strive to make the equipment he wants, they will merely stamp over his present selections!"

--Joe Hallett, PGA Center for Learning and Performance, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

"Rory could win with a broom and dustpan, if he had to."

--Dan Pasquariello, The Clubs at St. James Plantation, Southport, N.C.

"There will be an adjustment period. If he has any struggles this year the equipment change will likely be questioned."

--Fred Griffin, Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, Orlando, Fla.

"Athletes with great talent can adapt to all conditions. Because they take personal responsibility for their success and don't blame others or anything for their lack of success."

--Peter Krause, Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, Hilton Head, S.C.

"Given today's available technology in assessing the golf swing and physical attributes behind the swing, Nike has the capability to fit Rory into equipment that matches him perfectly. Therefore, assuming that Nike has done their 'homework' with Rory in helping him select the Nike equipment and the Nike golf ball -- that fits his game and that he likes -- there should be absolutely no problems with his changing over to new equipment."

--Ed Ibarguen, Duke University Golf Club, Durham, N.C.

"Money makes the world go around and around but not golf swings."

--Tom Patri, Friar's Head Golf Club, Riverhead, N.Y.

"Not in today's world. You can copy anything."

--Mike Perpich, RiverPines Golf, Alpharetta, Ga.

"Any change has a window of adjustment required to become unconsciously conditioned."

--Brad Brewer, Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla.

"I believe he will have some adjustment problems. Golf is a feel game at that level. It will take him six to eight months to get back where he feels comfortable again. I think the ball will be the biggest adjustment."

--Jim Suttie, Ph.D., Cog Hill G.C., Lemont, Ill.

"His past playing record seems to show he runs hot and cold anyway, that's who he is, a little like Phil Mickelson. I doubt he will be any more up and down then in the past."

--Michael Hebron, Smithtown Landing G.C., Smithtown, N.Y.

"I always like to find the positive in everything, but in this case, I do think Rory will have trouble adjusting if they really have them playing with new equipment. At his refined level, even small changes can seem huge and can take adjustment time. I think Nike is genius to sign him. He is great for the game and seems a true role model."

--Kellie Stenzel, Palm Beach Country Club, Palm Beach, Fla.

"History tells us that most have a tough time adjusting to new clubs and golf balls. so my answer is yes."

--Charlie King, Reynolds Golf Plantation, Greensboro, Ga.

"Clubs? No! Ball? Yes! His whole life he was used to his ball reacting in a certain way, that will change."

--Steve Boshdosh, Members Club at Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.

"I don’t think Rory will have as much a hard time as Tiger will not being 'Top Dog' at Nike."

--Rick McCord, McCord Golf Academy at Orange Lake C.C., Orlando, Fla.

"Rory will have no problem adjusting to the clubs. Nike is way ahead of the curve with innovative design and technology, and custom-fitting. Maybe a little adjustment to the ball, because it's different than the ProV 1. As many may say, the expert archer can shoot any arrow and hit the target."

--Carol Preisinger, The Kiawah Island Club, Kiawah Island, S.C.

December 12, 2011

Top 100 Teachers Poll: Who is the most talented pro golfer?

Posted at 10:20 PM by

Luke Donald caused a minor stir last week when he said that Rory McIlroy was more talented golfer than Tiger Woods. Donald later clarified that he was talking about McIlroy's easy swing. Not that he needed to -- we all knew what he meant. Even Tiger once famously declined John Daly’s offer to get a few beers by saying, "If I had your talent, John, I wouldn't have to work out."

Donald got us thinking, so we asked Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers to name the most naturally talented pro golfers of today and all time. Here’s what they said:

Who is the most talented golfer in the game today?

Rory McIlroy 19% (8 votes)

Rory McIlroy in Hong Kong, December, 2011, AP Photo 

Tiger Woods 17% (7 votes)

Fred Couples 13% (5 votes)

Dustin Johnson 10% (4 votes)

Bubba Watson 8% (3 votes)

Yani Tseng 8% (3 votes) 

Michelle Wie 5% (2 votes)

John Daly 2% (1 vote)

Jason Day 2% (1 vote)

Luke Donald 2% (1 vote)

Ernie Els 2% (1 vote)

Jim Furyk 2% (1 vote)

Sergio Garcia 2% (1 vote)

Louis Oosthaizen 2% (1 vote) 

Ted Potter 2% (1 vote)

Alexis Thompson 2% (1 vote) 

Gary Woodland 2% (1 vote)

42 total votes 

Who is the most talented golfer of all time?

Sam Snead  37% (15 votes)
Sam Snead in Del Mar, Calif., 1937, AP Photo
Tiger Woods  12% (5 votes)
Jack Nicklaus  7% (3 votes)
Mickey Wright 7% (3 votes)
Bobby Jones 4.5% (2 votes)
Seve Ballesteros 2.5% (1 vote)
Fred Couples  2.5% (1 vote)
John Daly  2.5% (1 vote)
Ray Floyd  2.5% (1 vote)
Jim Furyk 2.5% (1 vote)
Walter Hagen 2.5% (1 vote)
Ben Hogan  2.5% (1 vote)
Bruce Lietzke 2.5% (1 vote)
Larry Nelson  2.5% (1 vote)
Annika Sorenstam  2.5% (1 vote)
Peter Thompson  2.5% (1 vote)
Kathy Whitworth  2.5% (1 vote)
Babe Zaharias  2.5% (1 vote) 
41 total votes

Rory looks the most natural. Dropping out of school at 15 and practicing eight to 10 hours a day helped. --Mike Davis, Walters Golf Academy, Las Vegas, Nev.

Snead hands down all time. I caddied for him twice when I was in college. It was a joke. Like riding a bike. --Tom Patri, Friar's Head Golf Club, Riverhead, N.Y.

How many swing changes did Snead go through? --Steve Bosdosh,  Members Club at Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.

Johnson has “gifts” that most guys dream about. --Brad Redding, the Resort Club at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Larry Nelson didn't pickup the game until he was 21 and learned to play from Hogan's Book, "Five Fundamentals." That’s talent. --Shawn Humphries, Cowboys Golf Club, Grapevine, Texas

Ernie Els (today) for his naturally beautiful rhythm and Ray Floyd (All-time) for an amazing swing that truly held up under pressure. --Kellie Stenzel, Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.

Sam always had rhythm and balance. He hit it far and always made it look easy. I enjoyed watching him play. --Ted Sheftic, Bridges Golf Club, Abbottsown, Pa.

What Jim Furyk has accomplished, considering the complexity and moving parts of his swing, makes him the most natural and talented player in the history of the game. --Todd Sones, White Hills Golf Club, Vernon, Ill.

Before high spin/low spin balls, shafts with different flex, weights and kick points , titanium heads, hybrids, video instruction (that may not be an asset for many players) and teaching professionals to service his swing at every tour stop, Hagen dominated. He could hit a 3-wood 150 yards or 230 yards and baffle his competitor who, after watching Hagen's three-wood, would question his club selection, over club, and fly the green. --David Wright, Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Louis Oosthuizen and Peter Thompson. I was discussing the talent question with Nick O'Hern at dinner tonight. We also thought Cabrera, obviously Seve if he was still alive but if you've ever seen Louis hit it, it's pure talent. As for Thomo, he played the game in a simple way, effortless manner. --Mitchell Spearman, Manhattan Woods Golf Club, West Nyack. N.Y.



December 05, 2011

Top 100 Teachers Poll: Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy

Posted at 3:31 PM by

Two of the Tour’s biggest stars won on Sunday. Tiger Woods finished birdie-birdie to take the Chevron World Challenge in Southern California, and Rory McIlroy came from three strokes back at the European Tour's Hong Kong Open. We asked the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers which player would have the better year in 2012:


"My guess is Rory, but I am confused at where he has been since the Open. I have heard more about his girlfriend than his golf. Tennis anyone!" --Eric Johnson, Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.

"McIlroy has learned how to deal with pressure." --Glen Deck, Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Coast, Calif.

"I think the worldwide schedule will catch up to Rory." --Peter Krause, Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, Hilton Head, S.C.

"Tiger. Just look in his eyes. He has really missed the limelight as a winner." --Charlie King, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Ga.

"Woods still has to prove himself in a major. I believe he still has majors in his bag, but not yet." --David Wright, Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Mission Viejo, Calif.

"If defining a better season is money earned, Tiger will earn more money, just because he will be in the hunt more often. If you say it's on more wins, without a doubt Rory will have more wins worldwide." --Shawn Humphries, Cowboys Golf Club, Grapevine, Texas


How many majors will Tiger win in 2012?
Zero -- 36 percent
One -- 55 percent
Two -- 9 percent

"Tiger is not out of the woods yet. He beat 17 guys that were out for a nice payday. Let's see him win a full field event, and then we will start talking majors." --Eric Johnson, Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.

"Tiger will win one major. I believe he will be ready for Augusta." --Jason Carbone, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.

"None. He used to miss it to the right, now he misses it to the left!" --Craig Shankland, LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla.

"One, if he starts rolling the rock like he used too." --Glenn Deck, Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Coast, Calif.

"A win over 18 players does not mean Tiger is back!" --Jim Murphy, Sugar Creek Country Club, Sugar Land, Texas

"Just because he won a hit-and-giggle event with a couple of foursomes doesn't mean he's back to form." --Steve Bosdosh, The Members Club at Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.

"I don't think Tiger will win a Major this year. These guys are not scared of Tiger." --Shawn Humphries, Cowboys Golf Club, Grapevine, Texas

"Tiger will win one. The Masters." --Nancy Quarcelino, Kings Creek Golf Club, Spring Hill, Tenn.  

"If he wins a major, I'm thinking it will be the PGA. He’s still not hitting it quite well enough for the other majors." --Chuck Evans, Gold Canyon Golf Resort, Golf Canyon, Colo.

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