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Ever since the 22-year-old Northern Irishman had the golfing world shaking their head after his final day meltdown at Augusta in April 2011, Rory McIlroy has been difficult to keep out of the spotlight. Barely two months after his collapse at the Masters, the young Irishman put together four of the greatest rounds of US Open golf in history, to win the tournament at 16-under-par, eight shots clear of the nearest contender. Since then, the Irishman has continued his inexorable climb up the rankings, his 2nd place at the 2012 Accenture World Matchplay, taking him into 2nd place.
While promises of more major success in 2011 to come proved hollow, with close friend Darren Clarke winning the British Open and McIlroy injuring his hand (and ruining his 7-iron) when hitting a tree root during the opening round of the USPGA Championship, the Irishman is now regarded as a potential world number one. Last season, McIlroy moved steadily up to fifth in the rankings, just behind English duo of Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, American Steve Stricker and German Martin Kaymer during the mid part of 2011 and towards the end of the season and into early 2012, he rose to 3rd and then subsequently 2nd this week after his impressive second place finish at the Accenture World Matchplay.
Let’s take a look into Rory McIlroy’s golf equipment:
The Driver: Titleist 910D2
Rory’s driving from the tee is one of his greatest strengths. Not only is he accurate, but very long and this helped him immensely when compiling his world beating round at Congressional. His trusty Titleist 910D2 with 8.5 degrees of elevation on the club face does the job, fitted with Golf Pride New Decade Multicompound grips on a ROMBAX 7V05 X-Flex shaft, the extra flexion in the shaft perhaps giving McIlroy those all-important extra few yards at key times.
Fairway Woods/Hybrids: 3-Wood – Titleist 906 F2
5-Wood – Titleist 906 F2
It is important to note that Rory is a golfer who will adapt what is in his bag to the course and prevailing conditions, on many occasions opting to leave the 5-wood out of the bag and replace it with a 2-Iron. Both his fairway woods (and indeed all his clubs bar the putter) have the Golf Pride New Decade Multicompound grips, but Rory does opt for slightly different shafts. The 3-Wood having a 13.5 degree loft attached to a Project X 76 gram X-Flex shaft, whereas the 5-Wood features an 18 degree loft on a Fujikura Fit-on! 11 Pro 95 X-Flex shaft. There has been some speculation in February 2012 that McIlroy has brought a new 3-wood into play for the new season, with the youngster commenting that he had a new 3-wood in the bag at the Accenture World Matchplay, though experts feel and pictures suggest that Rory McIlroy’s ‘new’ 3-wood may simply be an updated version of his 906 F2 fairway wood.
Irons 3 to 9: Titleist 710 MB’s
As a Titleist contracted player, McIlroy’s pinpoint iron play is supported through the trusty 710 MB’s. Fitted with Project X shafts. McIlroy’s 7-Iron was the focus of much attention at the last USPGA championship when the Irishman damaged it irreparably during the round, forcing his sponsors to work through the night to get a replacement delivered to him at Atlanta Athletic Club. His iron play is arguably the most improved aspect of his game throughout 2011 and into 2012, aiding his climb up the rankings.
Wedges: PW – Titleist Vokey Spin Milled (46 deg loft)
Mid Wedge: Titleist Vokey Spin Milled (54 deg loft)
Lob Wedge: Titleist Vokey Spin Milled (60 deg loft)
All Rory’s wedges are fitted with his favourite Project X 6.5 flex shaft and given his unerring accuracy from in and around the greens, it seems to be a good fit to his aggressive game. Indeed the fact that McIlroy prefers the flex shaft, allied to his powerful and biomechanically efficient swing, means that he imparts both great force (distance) yet great control on the ball, both hallmarks of his game.
Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS (prototype)
Another convert to the stable of golfers that use Scotty Cameron’s putter, McIlroy’s preferred length of shaft is 33 inches and given his performance on the greens in recent months, it doesn’t seem likely that McIlroy will be following the trend to turn to belly putters (such as Adam Scott has done with relative success) anytime soon.
Golf ball: Pro V1X
Probably the least surprising addition to the McIlroy golf equipment, as a Titleist sponsored professional, McIlroy was always going to use one of the two top quality Titleist balls and McIlroy, like Luke Donald, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Steve Stricker, Lee Westwood, and Padraig Harrington, opts for the four-piece construction and pinpoint control afforded by the popular Pro V1X.
Given his incredible 2011 and his impeccable start to 2012, much is expected of the young Irishman . With Tiger’s star currently on the wane and European golfers fighting it out at the top of the world rankings, few would bet against the talented 22-year-old, becoming World Number One shortly. His 2nd place at the Accenture took him to 2nd in the world behind Luke Donald and it is surely only a matter of time before he eclipses the Englishman.
We hope you enjoyed our weekly Golfer and his Golf Bag article featuring Rory McIlroy and his Titleist equipment.
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