The Biggest Equipment Stories of 2013

From player's switching companies to new rules, there were plenty of plot twists in the golf equipment world this year

December 2013

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy to Nike

The announcement in Abu Dhabi was borderline anticlimactic, but Nike's official proclamation Jan. 14 that Rory McIlroy was joining the swoosh still was watched carefully. For his part, McIlroy played company man right away, praising the equipment. McIlroy also said he would begin his tenure with Nike using 14 Nike clubs (including the new VR_S Covert driver and Nike Method prototype 006 putter) as well as a Nike ball, footwear and apparel. When McIlroy struggled, naysayers such as Nick Faldo were in full voice but a win at the Australian Open has the critics quiet -- for now.
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