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Rory McIlroy WITB (Early 2017)

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Equipment is accurate as of The Masters (4/4/17). 

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70XTS

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 Tour (13.5 and 18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Blue 90TX (13.5), Fujikura Pro P95X (18)

Irons: Callaway Apex MB Prototype (4-9)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 7.0

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (46-08 F Grind, 54-10 S Grind and 60-08 M Grind)
Shafts: True Temper Project X 6.5

Putter: Odyssey prototype with Microhinge Insert

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2017)

WITB Notes: McIlroy sometimes uses a 3-iron instead of a 5 wood. His Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero driver is set to -1N (8.5 degrees, neutral). His 3 wood is set to +1N (14.5 degrees, neutral). His 46-degree wedge is bent to 47 degrees. His 54-degree wedge has 8 degrees of bounce. His 60-degree wedge is bent to 59 degrees; it also has a custom Vokey “V Grind.”

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See what GolfWRX Members are saying about McIlroy’s 2017 equipment changes in our forum. 

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  1. Travis

    Mar 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    That is the most obnoxious way to post a comment I have ever seen…

  2. Stuart Macaulay

    Mar 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Is that only 13 clubs??

    • Travis

      Mar 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      He’s put a 3-iron into the bag per the photos.

  3. David Montgomery

    Mar 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    That driver has to have dynamite in it. He keeps bombing further and further . . . . Good for him!

  4. golfstarclient

    Jan 24, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Seems like a lot of tour pros are coming back home to Vokeys. Their grind offerings seem to make the most sense to me. RAW (no) finish to boot!

  5. Timbleking

    Jan 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Nice classical WITB in there. Like it.

  6. Chris Fix

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

    That looks like a tini silver shaft and NOT the XT.

    • Andrew

      Jan 14, 2017 at 9:32 am

      That’s the XTS, the tour prototype for the XT. It has the same graphics as the silver.

  7. birdy

    Oct 29, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Says 2W on the bottom of his driver,
    Is that for tour players only

  8. Mark

    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    The blades are gorgeous but why is he persisting with those awful wedges? Never seen one in a bag all season where I play.

    • Mat

      Oct 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      He seems to get on alright with them.

      • Joseph

        Nov 13, 2016 at 7:59 pm

        He surely does have more than 10 million reasons just in October 2016 to like his wedges. Personally, I really like them although I make no comparison between my game and Rory’s.

    • booya cornflakes

      Jan 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      You haven’t seen a vokey wedge in a bag where you play? You’re not looking very hard then.

      • Travis

        Jan 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm

        @Booya Cornflakes The comment was posted in October. He was referring to when Rory was using the Nike wedges.

    • KK

      Jan 13, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Perhaps where you play is full of hacks? You probably fit right in, though.

    • ...........

      Mar 22, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Maybe the hackers at your course no something Rory doesnt….. 🙂

  9. Uhit

    Oct 28, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    If the M2 driver is set to “lower”, it should reduce the loft approx. 2 degree – according to TaylorMade…
    …thus he seems to play this driver with approx. 7.5 degree…

    • Kevin

      Oct 29, 2016 at 4:48 am

      They have different cogs on tour

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Oct 29, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Tour Players generally use the 3-degree loft sleeves, not the 4-degree loft sleeves.

      • Uhit

        Oct 29, 2016 at 2:50 pm

        For what reason?
        Is there an advantage in comparison to the 4-degree loft sleeve?

        • OF

          Oct 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm

          I would assume that they have access to any of the 2-, 3- and 4-degree sleeves. It just depends what kind of specs they’re looking to get. No advantage per se, just different.

        • william elliott

          Nov 21, 2016 at 12:32 am

          goes up to 11

  10. Tinkererererer

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Too soon to be calling it THE bag for 2017, innit? He may yet tinker and change a few things in the next couple months

  11. Nolan Person

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Why did they not regrip his driver after setting it to the “lower” setting on the hosel adjustment?

    • OF

      Oct 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Good question. I hope that’s not his usual ribbed version of the NDMC.

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Patton Kizzire’s Winning WITB: 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii

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Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue TX-Flex

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core X-Flex

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4 iron), Titleist 718 CB (5 and 6 iron), Titleist 718 MB (7-9 iron)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Sm7 (48, 52 and 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey prototype (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Dustin Johnson’s Winning WITB: 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions

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Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec X-Flex

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 (HL, 16.5 degrees)
Shaft:Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5 (95X)

Irons: TaylorMade P-790, TaylorMade P-730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52 and 60 degrees), TaylorMade Hi-Toe (64 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Black 130X

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Black (with “T-line” on the crown)

Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Related: See why Dustin Johnson changed irons this year

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Why Dustin Johnson has a 64-degree TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedge in his bag

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A 64-degree wedge, DJ?! But why…

To answer this question, and others about his equipment changes heading into 2018, I recently spoke with Dustin Johnson and his fitter, Keith Sbarbaro (VP of Tour Operations at TaylorMade). Since DJ currently has some unreleased TaylorMade drivers and woods in the bag, we discussed his long-awaited official switch from his Tour Preferred MB 2014 irons into the new P-730 DJ Proto irons, his decision to put in a P-790 3 iron, and his new 64-degree TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedge — a club he plans to use throughout 2018. I also asked if he has any plans to switch out his Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 shaft in the near future.

See what Dustin and his fitter had to say about each of the changes below. Also, if you’re interested in hearing more from DJ, tune into our 19th hole podcast this week where he makes a guest appearance (or listen to the embed below).

The driver shaft

DJ says: “I don’t change driver shafts. I’ve had this shaft since I came out on Tour basically. I just like it.”

Keith says: “We mess around sometimes, but there’s just nothing better for him. And if it’s not broke… So when we do driver testing, we basically just have one variable to deal with.”

P-790 3 iron

DJ says: “I’m probably gonna go 4 thru pitching wedge [this year], then have a P-790 3 iron in the bag too. I got four wedges in the bag now, so I gotta get rid of either the [P-730] 3-iron or the 5 wood.”

Keith says: “He hits the P-790 3-iron about 260 yards, so it fills that yardage gap of his 5 wood.”

P-730 irons

DJ says: “I just got these blades in; they’re prototypes that are more like my Tour Preferreds. [The original DJ protos] were actually raw, but I waited for them to plate it. I’ve always played a chrome iron, and I prefer to look at that. But yea, these are gonna be in the bag (for 2018).”

Keith says: “The original [DJ protos] were milled and raw, and he was spinning them too much. With the chrome plating, he likes em way better.”

64 degree Hi-Toe TaylorMade wedge

DJ says: “I put this 64-degree wedge in play, and the 60-degree Hi-Toe too. I really like them. I just have a different face and grind than the normal ones. I like the more raw finish and can get more spin. The soles sit a bit closer to the ground… I’ve always had to manipulate my technique in the bunker, so the extra loft [on the 64-degree wedge] helps.”

Keith says: “The 64-degree helps because he’s a shut-face player. He’s had to manipulate his wrist to open the face [in the past]. Now, he can use a natural backswing… Rose was liking the 62-degree [Hi-Toe wedge] and was able to spin it so we kinda copied it for Dustin. He was hitting it from 50 yards and spinning it back 10 feet. I compare the Hi-Toe wedge to the Spider putter; it’s the one putter that everyone loved and it’s one of our best putters. This wedge reminds me of the Spider putters in that way. I think it’s the high CG. We could never get [the launch] low with spin because the ball would always shoot up the face. Now it doesn’t. I think it’s the high CG… [the face of his wedge] is more blasted.”

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