AS Rory McIlroy today resumes his search for a driver capable of getting him back to the top of the world, Nick Faldo fears that the 24-year-old's confidence may have been undermined by his decision to change clubs.
"Rory very simply messed with a winning formula," said Faldo at the Greenbrier Classic, where he's a member of the CBS commentary team. "He had an equipment company (with which) he went from rookie of the year to world No 1 – and thought he could start again. As I said from Day One, this is a dangerous move."
McIlroy samples a selection of Covert drivers in a private session with Nike today but won't get to try them out in competition until the British Open, his next outing.
"People said... he can adapt," Faldo pointed out. "Why should the world No 1 be adapting to something new? As we've discovered six months later, he's still trying putters, still trying drivers. It's not as easy. I was trying to express that we get a millisecond of feel (at) impact. If it's going great, it builds confidence – and if it's suddenly different to what you've been doing, or thinking you're going to do, that hurts your confidence. I hope he hasn't gone too far that it's damaged his confidence."