Tiger Woods was one of three Nike Golf players to win this past weekend with another former ambassador winning as well.
**UPDATE: Apparently, Kevin Kisner, winner of the Chile Classic on the Web.com Tour, is no longer an official Nike Golf player. We will still try to find out what clubs he was playing for his victory this weekend.
I'm sure this has probably happened before - but I can't recall the last time I heard or read this. Nike Golf completed its own version of the Grand Slam this weekend - 4 for 4 in Tour wins. (Actually, 3 for 3 -- see note above). How's that for validating your equipment?
With all the talk about the early-season struggles of Rory McIlroy, the one topic that seemed most out of place to me was all the conjecture over his move to new clubs. As has been established multiple times: 1.) All the equipment made by the major manufacturers right now is REALLY good and 2.) It's not like Nike Golf players have collectively been struggling (see Russell Henley - Sony Open; Tiger Woods - Farmers Insurance Open).
So last week Rory has a tough week and then a couple of so-so rounds this week. Hello? Tiger Woods was going on a birdie binge the likes we haven't seen in a long time. And Scott Brown won the PGA Tour event in Puerto Rico. And Suzann Pettersen won on the Ladies European Tour. And Kevin Kisner won the Chile Classic on the Web.com Tour (UPDATE - still trying to validate his equipment now). And you know what all four players have in common? Wait for it...the Swoosh. (Ok, three players with the fourth being TBD)
I'm not here to praise one company over any other (love them all!) but want to put one ridiculous argument I see pontificated on, by many who honestly should know better, to rest. No one on tour, any tour, is going to compete with 'inferior equipment.' Not in today's world. Are certain clubs better for certain players? Perhaps. But fittings nowadays are so advanced and precise, this really should not be an issue. No club brand is causing a player to play poorly.
Whatever you have in your bag, you should feel confident that it is full of the best material and best technology to help you play your best. That sounds very 'industry-friendly' but it's also very sincere. To paraphrase a famous golf quote: "It's the Indian, not the arrow."
Still, this is a special week for the folks at Nike Golf. Give them due credit for what their players pulled off. You might not see it again for awhile from any one company ... if ever.
To see what all the players had in their bags, check out this week's Winner's Bag.