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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.

 

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“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."

—Rory McIlroy

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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:

  • 181 MPH ball speed
  • 12.3° launch angle
  • 2119 RPM spin rate
  • 315.8-yard carry average, 338.5 total average
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2017 M2 Tour Fairways

Rory's desire for the 2017 M2 Tour fairways was evident at the Masters, where he had two of them in the bag and commented how easy they were to turn over compared to his previous product.

 

Here's a look at his fairway wood specs:

 

  • 2017 M2 Tour Fairway | 13.5° | MCG Tensei CK Blue 90TX
  • 2017 M2 Tour Fairway | 19° | Fujikura Composites Pro P95X
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“RORS Proto” Irons

 Rory worked closely with the R&D Team to build a set of Muscle Back irons that were suited to his game.  Characterized by a shorter blade length, reduced offset and revised shaping, the “Rors Proto” iron has not only exceeded McIlroy’s performance expectations but also aesthetically suits his eyes perfectly. He has also opted for a 3 and 4-iron in the P750 Tour Proto's.
 
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Milled Grind Wedges

Rory loved the turf interaction and consistent feel shot-to-shot with the MG wedges. Depending on the week he will put in a 54°, 60° or a 52°, 56°, 60° based on course conditions for the particular tournament. He will have True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts in all of his wedges as he does in his irons.
 
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Putter
Rory will be testing with the R&D team until he feels comfortable and gets completely dialed in. He is currently testing a Spider Tour Red and TP Mullen.
 
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Comments

Fantastic news! Expected him to be making a ball change after the Masters and had a hunch it was going to be the TP5x. Love that he's all in with the rest, as well!

Such great news and for good reason.. All my favorite golfers are switching to Taylormade!