World number one Rory McIlroy’s expected transition to Nike will be made easier with confirmation he has been working with the new clubs and ball since the Ryder Cup.
A formal announcement will be made shortly with McIlroy set to sign a reputed $200m (€155m) deal to switch the golf equipment and clothing company sporting a ‘swoosh’.
And while McIlroy will be among five new Nike signings, it’s believed Nike has also enticed one of Cleveland/Srixon’s chief designers to also make the switch and work exclusively with McIlroy.
But after posting a six under par 66 on the opening day of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship Dubai to trail just a shot behind World number two Luke Donald, McIlroyindicated he’s already found favour with a full set of 14 clubs and the only issue remains the golf ball.
“After the Ryder Cup I started to test a little bit but then I’ve six or seven weeks to really get into it but I am pretty much set with everything,” he said.
“It’s just a matter of getting a little more comfortable and playing a few rounds with them and I should be okay.”
And contrary to Nick Faldo’s comments that McIlroy will struggle making the change, the two-time Major winning McIlroy disagreed.
“I’m very confident they will get it spot on and I feel like with the changes I have made in equipment that I have got into using clubs a little easier than other players.
“I’ve got a set of irons and I’ve got the woods sorted and it’s just a matter of getting the ball dialled in and I will be good.
“But it’s the feel of the golf ball I find is the most important thing to get right because all the manufacturers make great equipment these days.”
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