Discover Golf : May 2017
Image Credit: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images In the Bag RORY MCILROY Rory McIlroy has chosen to sign a long-term agreement with TaylorMade after testing with nearly every major club manufacturer. As part of the new agreement, the four-time major champion will use 14 TaylorMade clubs, the golf ball and carry the company’s staff bag. The 28-year-old’s equipment future was uncertain at the end of last season when Nike Golf exited the hard-goods industry. McIlroy had played with the Swoosh since 2013. In the northern summer of 2016, McIlroy stated that he intended to spend a full year playing and testing product from nearly every major manufacturer, but commented at the Barclays that if he came across a product that he liked and was comfortable with, he’d accelerate his decision and consider signing a long-term deal. His decision became clear after experiencing the performance of TaylorMade and realising the noticeable benefits over the equipment he was previously playing. Critical to McIlroy’s decision was the performance of his golf ball, particularly in windy conditions. Rory tested the new ’17 TP5x golf ball and instantly realised an improved trajectory that will give him better, more consistent iron performance, especially into the wind. It was after testing with TaylorMade that McIlroy’s commitment to play TP5x materialised almost immediately. McIlroy’s Bag Driver: TaylorMade ‘17 M2, 8.5 degrees. 3-wood: TaylorMade ‘17 M2, 13.5 degrees. 5-wood: TaylorMade ‘17 M2, 19 degrees. Irons: TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto, 3-4. Irons: TaylorMade Rors Proto 5-9. Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind, 48, 54 & 60 degrees. Ball: TaylorMade TP5x. TOUR | GEAR 10 ‘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 The ‘equipment game-changer’ that sealed the deal for McIlroy was TaylorMade’s TP5x golf ball.