What is New in McIlroy’s Bag for 2018?
When Nike first made their announcement that they would no longer be producing or selling golf equipment, the two big names that popped into everyone’s mind almost straight away was Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
Woods is arguably the greatest golfer ever, and McIlroy is one of the game’s young stars, current world number 11 (number 2 this time last season), and arguably the most popular European golfer in recent years.
Rory’s bag has seen two complete overhauls since the Nike announcement. Initially, he was swinging Callaway woods, Callaway irons, Titleist wedges, and hitting a Titleist ball. His current bag is all TaylorMade and rivals that of Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods.
Driver: TaylorMade M3 driver at 8.5°
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage XT 70TX
By now most of you golf nerds out there know all about the carbon fiber, titanium, twist face M3 with literally 13,000 potential setups. Clearly the pros love these new drivers, we have already spotted them in the bags of Rory, Tiger, Rose, Day, and DJ. Rory drove the ball well in his first golf event in 102 days. The much anticipated release of the M3 and M4 mean you can pick up these at a steap discount at used retailers like Global Golf:
3 Wood: M3 3 Wood at 15 degrees
Shafts: Fujikura Pro P95 (X-Flex)
McIlory was hitting a 3 and 5 wood at this time last season, but his most recent bag had just a 3 wood with a driving iron. The M3 fairway wood offers the same variety of setups that we saw in the M1 in 2016 and 2017. The sliding weight moved from 25 grams to 29 grams in this year’s model, which obviously means it is simply more effective.
Irons: P790 2 iron, P750 3-4, P730 RORS Proto 5-9 irons
Shafts: True Temper Project X 7.0
Clearly the move to blended sets is complete for most golfers on tour today. Nearly all of the Taylormade players, particularly the most well known players are playing a blended set of P730/P750 irons. Rory, Tiger, and DJ are all hitting protos of the 730’s. These are top of the line from TaylorMade a set should run you somewhere around $1,000.
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges in 47° and 54° and 60° Milled Grind Hi-Toe
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.5
We saw Rory start last season with a set of Vokey’s, but now has the same setup Dustin Johnson has seen vast improvements with in recent months. The Milled Grind PW and SW, and a Hi-Toe lob wedge. We recently saw lightly used sets of these starting at just $80 on Global Golf.
Putter: Mullen 2
We saw the majority of the better known Nike Pro’s move to Scotty Cameron putters, but Rory bagged an Odyssey last season, and has changed putters a good half-dozen times since. He claims to have settled in on the Mullen 2 and plans to have it in the bag ‘for some time’. This is another club you can find in good shape at a good price:
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Our readers know that we are obsessed with this golf ball. It’s a testament to the amount of time and resources TaylorMade has poured into R&D across their family of products. If you have yet to hit this ball, treat yourself to a pack and play them on a nice open course.