Rory McIlroy Joins Team TaylorMade
With his new full bag plus golf ball deal, McIlroy joins a Tour staff that now includes the top three players in the world and 6 in the top 12 of the OWGR.
“My future rests firmly in my hands – that’s why I choose TaylorMade. I've been around the game long enough and have tested most clubs on the market, but I have never been as excited about equipment as I am right now."
In the summer of 2016, Rory stated that he intended to spend a full year playing and testing product from nearly every manufacturer, but commented at The Barclays that if he came across a product he liked and was comfortable with, he'd make a quick decision and consider signing a long-term deal. After testing and experiencing the performance of TaylorMade's 2017 products, the decision became clear to him and he knew he wanted the clubs in his bag.
The TP5x Golf Ball
Critical to McIlroy’s decision was the performance of his golf ball, particularly in windy conditions. In the past, Rory has had to decide between playing a ball with good iron performance at the expense of greenside control and more recently, a ball that offered control around the green but didn’t have the trajectory and distance he was looking for with his irons.
Knowing what his previous ball was capable of doing for every shot he hits, Rory tested the new ’17 TP5x golf ball and instantly realized an improved trajectory that will give him better, more consistent iron performance, especially into the wind.
Regarding the new golf ball Rory is putting in play this week, he stated in his press conference, "It's the best ball I've hit—well, ever."
2017 M2 Driver
A variety of driver heads, lofts, shafts, swing weights and adjustability settings were all tested, with McIlroy keen on finding his optimal setup. In the end, the team landed on a 9.5° 2017 M2 driver with MCG Kuro Kage Silver 70 XTS.
Detailed Trackman Numbers from Rory's Testing Session:
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