'Everything is fine'
Some would beg to differ. The 23 year old superstar from Northern Ireland has played only 54 tournament holes this season, missing the cut at Abu Dhabi and getting knocked out in the first round of the WGC Match Play Championship in Arizona last week.
Many have pointed to his recent equipment change, including golf commentators Nick Faldo and Johnny Miller. McIlroy has switched to Nike clubs from Titleist this season after having his best year in 2012, winning a major and ascending to No. 1 for the first time.
McIlroy refuses to blame the equipment and believes the media is making too much out of the change.
"I knew coming into it was going to be a little bit of a process," he said. "I knew there was going to be comments made if it nike i get buckets didn't happen for me right away. I'm only two tournaments into the season, I've still got more than 20 to go so it's not like I'm pushing for answers or I'm looking for answers."
The Honda Classic at PGA National could be just the cure McIlroy needs for what ails him. He won the tournament a year ago, topping No. 2 Tiger Woods by two strokes. Woods is back in the field this year and is off to a good start to the season, winning the only stroke play tournament he entered, at Torrey Pines.
McIlroy and Woods, both part of the Nike stable, played a couple of matches together in Florida on Sunday after they were nike s p ch eliminated from the Match Play Championship. McIlroy said Tiger won the first match and he won the second.
McIlroy says the most difficult part of the switch was finding a driver that suited him and he believes he now has that. Now he just needs some tournament rounds to build confidence. Making a cut or two would definitely help.
"It's still an adjustment period," McIlroy said. "It's going to be a gradual thing. It's more about how I'm swinging the club. I'd like to get it back to where it was, say, nike zoom all out in the middle of last year. If you put my swing now up beside the way I was swinging last year, it's chalk and cheese. You get into bad habits."
McIlroy is not the first player to change equipment while at the top of the world. David Duval made a similar move after gaining the World No. 1 ranking in 1999.
His career went into a downward spiral and he has never truly recovered.
At least a few pundits are wondering which trajectory McIlroy's career will take from here. Will he continue to win majors and become the Woods' heir as the face of the game? Or will he fade away like Duval?