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February 16, 2010

New Titleist Irons for Sharp-Shooting Rory McIlroy

Posted at 5:52 PM by David Dusek

Rory-McIlroy_450x600 MARANA, Ariz. -- Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is not a serious gearhead. He knows things that any professional golfer needs to know, like his ideal launch angle and spin rate off the tee, and he has a modest collection of about 15 Scotty Cameron putters and headcovers at home, but he does not tinker or dabble with equipment too often.

However, before starting his 2010 season, McIIroy pulled his Titleist ZM irons out of the bag and started using Titleist's new MB irons.

He'd first seen and hit the clubs in Akron, Ohio, before the start of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but decided to stick with his old sticks rather than make a mid-season change.

"I had six weeks off at the end of my season," he told me. "During that time I went out and tested [the MB irons] again. I knew that I like them, but they were a little bit softer than my ZMs and I found that they don't go quite as far. But the feel is quite a lot better, which is good for me because I'm a feel player."

McIlroy also noticed that the MB irons didn't send his shots quite as high as his old irons, which as a high-spin player he felt was a positive.

For competitors here at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the idea of a more-accurate Rory McIlroy is a scary thought. He had the lowest scoring average on the European Tour last season (69.51) and ranked third in greens in regulation (78.1%).

But if McIlroy is going to win here this week, he's going to need to hole more putts. He averaged more than 30 per round last season, so this week he's going back to a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Fastback that has been customized for him with a shaft that goes straight into the head near the center of the topline.

Here is a complete list of the clubs that McIlroy has in his bag this week:
DRIVER: Titleist 909 D2 (8.5) with a Fujikura Rombax 7V05 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 909 F2 (13.5) with a Project X 7A3 shaft, 906 F3 (18.5) with a Fujikura FitOn 11 Pro 95 shaft
IRONS: Titleist MB (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled C-C (48, 54, 58) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback Select prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

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(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

January 26, 2010

Gear Notes: Rory McIlroy's New Titleist Irons, Nike VR Hybrids and Martin Kaymer's Winning TaylorMade Clubs

Posted at 9:38 PM by David Dusek

Rory McIlroy Titleist Irons Titleist
Rory McIlroy, who finished third last week in Abu Dhabi, has switched from playing Titleist ZB muscle back blades to the company's new MB irons. McIlroy is carrying a 3- through 9-iron, 1 upright, with True Temper Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts. Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Karlsson have also recently switched to the new clubs.

David Duval and Jamie Lovemark both experimented with an 18° Nike Victory Red Hybrid before the start of the rain-soaked Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.

Nike also reports that Sweden's Carl Pettersson had tour reps make him a Victory Red Split Cavity 4- and 5-iron last week. Pettersson, who plays Victory Red Forged Blades (5-PW), joins a group of several other Nike staff players who have created combo sets using various Nike clubs.

Paul Casey — Pro Combo OS (3), Nike Forged Blades (4-PW)
Stewart Cink — Pro Combo OS (2, 4), Victory Red Split Cavity (5-PW)
Justin Leonard — Pro Combo Tungsten (3), Nike Forged Blades (4-PW)
Pablo MartinVictory Red Full Cavity (3-7) and Nike Forged Blades (8-PW)
Anthony KimVictory Red Full Cavity (3), Nike Forged Blades (4-PW)

Martin Kaymer TaylorMade Equipment TaylorMade
Martin Kaymer (right) won last week's European Tour event in Abu Dhabi. The win, which moved the German to a career-high sixth position in the world rankings, was his first using TaylorMade clubs. Kaymer had previously played Titleist equipment.

Kaymer played a TaylorMade R9 460 driver (8.5°) with a Ping prototype 824-X shaft, an R9 3-wood (13°) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 73 X shaft and a Burner TP 5-wood (17.5) with a Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki 83 X shaft. He also played TaylorMade's RAC TP irons (3-9) and wedges (54°, 58°) and the company's Penta ball. Kaymer's putter was a Ping Karsten Series Anser 2.

At Torrey Pines this week, TaylorMade will be debuting the newest Kia Ma putters. According to the company, the new putters will have weight ports that will allow for easy and quick customization.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Nike, Titleist, and TaylorMade clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTec.

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(Photos: McIlroy, Karim Sahib/Getty Images; Kaymer, David Cannon/Getty Images)

March 25, 2009

Rory McIlroy's Golf Clubs

Posted at 2:23 PM by David Dusek

Rorymcilroy A lot has been written about Rory McIlroy's poise and game. At 19, fairly or not, he's making golf scribes and fans alike openly wonder if he is the future No. 1 player in the world. In fact, even Tiger Woods recently weighed in on the topic.

"He has the composure and all the components to be the best player in the world. It's just a matter of time and experience and then gaining that experience in big events. That just takes time and, I mean, geez, he's only 19. Just give him some time and I'm sure he'll be there."

McIlroy plays Titleist equipment through the bag, and recently made a trip to the company's Carlsbad, Calif., headquarters to fine tune his gear. Below is a complete list of the clubs and shafts he is using, as well as a video provided by Titleist in which McIlroy describes why he made a few adjustments to his wedges.

Driver:                  Titleist 909D2 (8.5°) with Fujikura Rombax 7V05 shaft
Fairway woods:     Titleist 906F2 (13.0°, 18°) with Fujikura Pro 95 shafts
Irons:                    Titleist ZM (4-9) with True Temper Project X shafts
Wedges:               Titleist Vokey Design (48°, 52°), Spin Milled (56°, 60°) with True Temper Project X shafts
Putter:                  Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport Fastback
Ball:                      Titleist Pro V1x (2009)


(Photo: David Walberg/SI)

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