I have just finished a relaxing afternoon watching The Scottish Open on Sky Sports at home with the feature group being Ricky Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy. Unfortunatey, Rory has now missed two cuts back to back with a similar result happening at The Irish Open. Already social media and pundits are quick to slam Rory's loss of form and start to question whether he will return to the form the golfing world knows he possess.
In my opinion, the answer is simple. Rory will be back and his fortunes could change at any moment. The recent signing with equipment manufacturer Taylor Made of course gives many people an angle to attack. For me I can not see why this can enter the argument. It does not matter what clubs are in his hands, Rory McIlroy is fighting too different technical issues.
When his takeaway gets slightly behind his hands on the backswing, the club has a tendency to get a little too deep which results in the shaft falling behind him too much causing a shot pattern which is hard to control. Big over draws or push shots lead to him having both sides of the course in play which is a scary proposition for a player. I have no doubt Rory and his coach Michael Bannon will correct it and steady the ball flight pattern once more. This will filter down to better wedge play which also appears to be off the boil at the moment.
The second issue which has been well documented is the putting. He has used many different brands of putter as well as different head designs. He is obviously still experimenting until he finds a head design he feels comfortable with. He has employed the services of Phil Kenyon to help him get his putting back on track and this will surely be just a matter of time.
So my belief is once he gets the feels back on these two issues, Rory will become the world beater everyone knows he can be. Be patient and who knows, he could go and win The Open next week. Stranger things have happened before!
Brendan Howell, PGA Golf Professional.