Rory McIlroy was a wee bit touchy when the topic of new Nike clubs in his early 2013 struggles, the year he switched to an all-Nike bag.
But Reuters is billing his comments in a new interview with Tony Jimenez as an admission that it took a year to get used to his new clubs. The story lede also plays up this assertion. But based on his quotes, I'm not sure that he admits this.
The Reuters headline: "It took a year to get used to new golf clubs: McIlroy"
The key quotes as far as I can tell from the story unless I'm missing something:
"The Australian win at the end of a very lean 2013 was a welcome bit of form," the 25-year-old told Reuters. "It was the coming together of some hard work on many aspects of my game and becoming completely comfortable with the club changes I'd made.
"I then had the confidence to get the job done. I'd say it was worth the wait to get things properly in place.
"The major wins were really a continuation of that process. And, of course, hugely important, satisfying and evidence that I could win majors when I had to dig deep, rather than by comfortable margins," said McIlroy who has been voted the 2014 Reuters Sportsman of the Year.