Now that he has won the FedEx Cup and the Ryder Cup is over, Rory McIlroy is moving ahead with the process of finding new equipment. McIlroy previously used 14 Nike clubs, but the company announced in August it no longer would make clubs, bags and balls.
The world’s No. 3 player put a Scotty Cameron for Titleist Select Newport M1 Mallet Tour prototype in the bag before the start of the Deutsche Bank Championship in September. During his Wednesday practice round for the WGC-HSBC Champions he added a TaylorMade M2 driver.
When he was asked about his recent equipment changes, this is what the 27-year-old said:
When I changed putter, it was more I was putting well at that moment, and I probably could have put anything in the bag and it sort of would have worked. It’s more to do with what I’ve been trying to do with my stroke and technically.
I went to a mallet putter because I felt with my tendency with the putter, it was to miss it left and the blade would close. The mallet, it helps you try to keep the clubface square at impact for longer. So that’s the reason that I went to that.
And yeah, the Nike announcement, it was good and bad. I felt bad for a lot of the employees that put so much time and effort into building really good golf clubs. They really were. I think that from when I signed in 2013 to the improvements that they made year-in, year-out, until this year, were really good. I mean, I’ve had a lot of success with the clubs that I’ve played with Nike. So I felt bad in one way.
But in another, it’s given me a little bit of freedom to see what else is out there. I’m trying out a couple of things this week. It definitely doesn’t mean that it’s permanent, but it gives me the freedom to go at the end of the year and try some stuff out and be in the position where I can use whatever in my golf bag that fits me 100 percent the best.
So that could be a certain driver and then a different brand of 3-wood and a different branded set of irons and different wedges and different putter. That’s a process that I’m still working through.
I felt like this week, after some of the practice I did last week in Dubai with a few different clubs, I would give it a go this week and see how it goes.
McIlroy won the Tour Championship on September 25 using a Nike Vapor Fly Pro driver (9.5 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Blue S+ Plus 70 XTS shaft. He used that same driver at the Ryder Cup.
A representative from Mitsubishi Rayon confirmed the shaft in McIlroy’s driver this week is a Kuro Kage.