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Rory McIlroy switches to Callaway, Titleist clubs in South Africa



Update: The European Tour shared close-ups of Rory McIlroy’s new clubs on social media. The photo shows at least three Vokey SM6 wedges in his bag, as well as an Odyssey putter cover. 

As reported by No Laying Up on December 31, Rory McIlroy has made wholesale changes to his golf equipment at the European Tour’s South Africa Open, which begins January 12. A photo from Golf Central Daily‘s Facebook page shows McIlroy with a set of custom Callaway Apex MB irons in his bag, confirming the validity of the photo that was posted in our forum four days ago by GolfWRX Member ghost5.


Photo from GolfWRX Member ghost5.

The photo also shows McIlroy with at least one Titleist Vokey SM6 wedge in his bag. He is said to be playing a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball as well.

15977488_1111465598964055_6641995258022000623_nAn Instagram video posted by the European Tour also confirms that McIlroy is using Callaway’s new GBB Epic Sub Zero driver with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage shaft.


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  1. golfraven

    Jan 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    We all know he is a Titleist guy. Those blades could easily have Titleist written all over it. And the Epic woods are a 915 Hasbeens. You can pain those “irish” green as you like and they will still look like Titleist.

    • Ben

      Jan 16, 2017 at 9:40 am

      No, he is not a Titleist man,otherwise he wouldn’t of switched to Nike,plus Titleist woods and irons are so tired and lack any ground breaking tech,wedges are the only clubs i use,and the forged version.

  2. Jay

    Jan 11, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    I think the sound in the slow mo videos of Rory hitting the M2 sounded much better.

  3. Jim

    Jan 11, 2017 at 8:42 am

    For me they look like 100% custom made, by Callaway or some other brand (as were his Nike irons). Probably nothing in common with Callaway stock irons.

  4. Bjorn Yesterday

    Jan 11, 2017 at 7:37 am

    European tour website is saying the fairway woods are m2s apparently

  5. Frank

    Jan 11, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Bet those Irons are Miura with Callaway stamping? I knew there was no way he’d play the real Callaway Apex MB. What a laugh this all is!

    • Brian

      Jan 11, 2017 at 10:36 am

      They definitely look like the Tournament Blades

      • PKennedy13

        Jan 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm

        I dont understand why in the close up pictures they look so beat up. Its almost like he’s been using them for a while. Does anyone have any idea why?

  6. Kevin Gardner

    Jan 11, 2017 at 12:11 am

    How is there no news/images of his putter? He’s playing on Thursday, surely he has been practicing putting..

  7. mhendon

    Jan 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    There’s know way he’s playing those Callaway’s without some kind of financial agreement. They where simply the top bidder.

  8. TM

    Jan 10, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    All of you people are morons if you think this has anything to do with spin, brands, etc.! It’s about the money! Nothing he will ever play will be close to what 99.99% of us will ever use let alone ever see.

  9. C

    Jan 10, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Do we know the putter?

  10. MT

    Jan 10, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    and what you have to know is that he doesn’t play McDaddy wedges but decided on Titlest. It seems like a good choice.

  11. MT

    Jan 10, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    anyone knows if he plays proV1x or a harder version of that ball that is available to tour players only?

  12. jgpl001

    Jan 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    What a ho!

    Well done Rory, now you are a true WRX’er

  13. Prime21

    Jan 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    The driver sounds kind of hollow.

  14. Matt Waite

    Jan 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Question: If the PROV1X spins too much with the Nike irons, then what ball works best with the Nike irons? Anyone have any insight? Im guessing Nikes ball, but since they no longer make them…. what ball works best? Maybe this is really a question for Crossfield

  15. G

    Jan 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    He is going to ROCK those things for sure!!

  16. Tom

    Jan 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Handsome irons. I think Callaway will be a good fit for Rory.

  17. Ryan

    Jan 10, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Just showing Callaway is making the most superior equipment right now. All the years developing a similar face technollogy and not jumping from gimmick to gimmick like Tailormade.

    • Hil

      Jan 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Yeah and that sliding weight thing in the back and the two-bars aren’t gimmicks ????

    • Brian

      Jan 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      lol…he’s not even playing commercially available irons, so I don’t know how you’re drawing this conclusion.

  18. JustTrying2BAwesome

    Jan 10, 2017 at 9:55 am

    These are fully custom irons. Nothing like the Apex MB’s. Looks something like a cross between Mizuno MP33 and Taylormade Tour Preferred MB. Why then would he have Calloway make these for him? His comments to NLU said he knew he was going to play ProV1X, that his Nikes would be too spinny with that ball and that these irons work the best with it. But these aren’t a known club so why Calloway? Is he considering a full Calloway bag? He’s pretty close as it is right now.

    • Tom

      Jan 10, 2017 at 10:01 am

      They look a lot like the tournament blades he’s been playing his entire career. Now they just have a Callaway logo vs a Nike one.

    • nolper

      Jan 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm


    • Brian

      Jan 11, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Callaway is one of three manufacturers that can afford him and allow him to play custom irons that look nothing like they offer at retail; Titleist and Taylormade being the other two. Been there, done that with Titleist, plus I don’t think they pay nearly as well as Callaway and TM on club deals.

      I’m guessing TM already has too much $ sunk into DJ, Day, Rose, Garcia, etc and likely aren’t looking to sign any big endoresement deals while they’re trying to find a buyer. All that being the case, Callaway makes the most sense.

  19. Frank Gifford

    Jan 10, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I believe we will now see a lot of the top pros going to a mixed bag now. They don’t need the money and can play whatever now.

    • JustTrying2BAwesome

      Jan 10, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Only the Nike guys. Everyone else is under full equipment contracts, except the Nike guys. They’re the only ones with the contractual freedom to play whatever they want, generally speaking.

      • Chopper

        Jan 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm

        I think what you would find if you were able to actually read all of these contracts is that the majority of them are not “full equipment contracts” but rather a number of clubs in the 8, 9, 10, 11 range.

    • Tom

      Jan 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Many might not need the money, but few has as much as Ror’s, where it’s entirely possible that anything that isn’t a 9 figure contract might not be taken as seriously.

      Plus, with his Nike contract, he still get’s the entire contract, less what any other company pays him, so if he gets paid by Callaway or not isn’t really relevant, unless they’d pay him more than Nike, which isn’t likely. He worked out a pretty sweet deal with Nike in that regards. If they were paying him $250M, and he took $100M from Callaway, he would still get $150M from Nike, on top of the $150M from Nike.

    • gwillis7

      Jan 10, 2017 at 10:27 am

      I love it, it is nice to see what they really deem will give them the best chance to win

  20. Michael

    Jan 10, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Very interesting…

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Luke List, using just his wedge to putt, takes JT to the 18th hole



Typically in match play, a golfer looks to gain an advantage over his opponent in order to win the match, such as hitting more fairways, more greens, or making more putts. While playing against Justin Thomas in the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, however, Luke List bent his putter, and he resorted to using his wedge on the greens for the remainder of the match. Quite the disadvantage.

“I was walking off the 6th tee, and I was a little unhappy about the way I was feeling, a little under the weather,” List explained after the round. “And I thought it was like a brush area and I just kind of swiped my putter, and it turned out to be a wall. It bent like a fraction of an inch. So unfortunately I couldn’t use it the rest of the way. Stupid on my part.”

List was 3-down through seven holes, playing against the No. 2 golfer in the world. Game over, right?

Well… List remained 3-down until the 15th hole when he dropped this bellied-wedge into the hole from off the green.

Then, List rolled in this short birdie “putt” with his wedge on No. 16 to go 1 down.

In the end, List lost to JT 2-down. But the fact List forced the match to even go to the 18th shows a lot of fight.

Related: See the clubs Luke List has in his bag in 2018

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Luke List WITB 2018



Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Valspar Championship (3/6/2018).

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 Tour (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White CK 80TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 Tour (15 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z RPG

Utility: Srixon Z-U65 (18 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100, UST Mamiya Recoil Prototype 135 F5

Irons:  Titleist 718 AP2 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey SM7 (50-12F, 54-14F), Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind (58-9T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100 (50, 54), S400 (58)

Putter: Byron Morgan prototype
Grip: Garsen Quad Tour

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

WITB Notes: We spotted List testing two different shafts in both his utility club and his 3 wood. We’ll update this post when we confirm the decisions he’s made.


Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about List’s clubs.

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Puma Golf introduces new Ignite PWRADAPT Hi-Tops



Good news for hi-top lovers and the fashion-forward golfing set: Puma is launching Ignite PWRADAPT Hi-Tops.

The style, first worn by Rickie Fowler in 2016, blends trendy style with a bevy of technology. Puma offers comfort and stability with state-of-the-art innovation in the bold footwear.

PWRADAPT Hi-Tops use Puma’s proprietary PWRADAPT sole technology that introduces 3-dimensional traction pods. The shoes also feature Ignite Foam throughout the entire length of the midsole for the first time in a cleated shoe.

Additionally, Puma replaces the traditional tongue with an Evoknit knitted collar for improved fit and breathability. The lightweight hook-and-loop strap offers a more customized fit and enhanced support.

The shoes come with a two-year waterproof warranty and feature a number of hidden design elements: the leather tab on the heel is stamped with the zip code of Puma Golf’s Carlsbad’s Headquarters, the interior of the perfect fit strap features a cat skull with cross clubs, and the inside sock-liner has a large scale topographic map of Carlsbad which also points out the exact location of Puma Golf’s HQ.

“Our goal each season is to push the game forward with products that challenge the status quo while respecting the traditions of golf. The Ignite PWRADAPT Hi-Tops represent this continued drive for style innovation and the evolution of a silhouette that’s become synonymous with Puma Golf and Rickie. It’s our way of integrating the latest in on-trend fashion elements with cutting-edge golf footwear,” said Grant Knudson, Global Head of Footwear & Accessories, Puma Golf.

The Ignite PWRADAPT Hi-Top ($220) is available now in two colorways: Grey Violet and Black.

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