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Rory McIlroy using new Odyssey putter, Titleist Pro V1x in South Africa

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There’s finally visual proof that Rory McIlroy is using a new Odyssey mallet putter at the European Tour’s South Africa Open Championship, as well as a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball. The Odyssey putter uses the company’s Microhinge insert, a new design Odyssey announced on Monday.

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We can also confirm that McIlroy is using four Titleist SM6 Vokey wedges (46-08 F Grind, 52-08 F Grind, 56-10 S Grind and 60-08 M Grind) as well as a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage XT 70TX shaft in his Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero driver.

Related: See video of Rory swinging Callaway’s GBB Epic Sub Zero driver. 

The European Tour posted a story on Rory’s equipment change, which said TaylorMade’s M2 fairway woods were in his bag. McIlroy also has a set of set of Callaway Apex MB Prototype irons (3-PW) in his bag with Project X 7.0 steel shafts.

“They are the clubs for this week but that could change week to week,” McIlroy said in his pre-tournament interview. “This is my first event with this set-up so we will see how it goes this week. You never really know until you have a card in your hand and at the end of the day the person swinging the club is more important than the club itself.”

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GolfWRX will keep you updated on what clubs McIlroy puts in the bag for Round 1 of the tournament, which begins Thursday. He tees off at 7:10 a.m. local time (12:10 a.m. in New York).

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. Tom54

    Feb 6, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed different clubs throughout my golfing days and can only be jealous of Rory being able to try all sorts of clubs whatever he wishes with clubmakers fixing him whatever he wants. They lead a charmed life for sure. I think somehow he’ll sign with Calloway.

  2. tlmck

    Jan 12, 2017 at 1:50 am

    And I’m still using a 1990 Ping Anser 5BZ. Still works awesome on slick greens, even with modern balls.

  3. Tom

    Jan 11, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Ewww that stings. Scotty M 1 out for the first tournament of the season.

  4. MB

    Jan 11, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    So which model putter is he playing?

    • Tom

      Jan 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      The soon to be famous Odyssey with the “microhinge” insert.

  5. PXG

    Jan 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    “…at the end of the day the person swinging the club is more important than the club itself.”
    Whoa, whoa, whoa…Don’t let Parsons hear you saying stuff like that. In fact, don’t let Callaway hear you saying that with an Epic in your hand.

  6. Greg Laves

    Jan 11, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I haven’t seen any comments about the Titleist ball. That Pro V1x doesn’t look anything like the Pro V1x I can buy. I wonder if it is like some of the test golf balls Titleist sent out for evauation last year. One ball I got to test was really awesome. Longer and straighter off the tee with more spin around the greens on soft shots.

    • Dr Troy

      Jan 11, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Yes, those are the new ones coming out soon

  7. Teaj

    Jan 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    are the irons raw?

  8. westphi

    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Wow those irons look juicy!!!

  9. Forsbrand

    Jan 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Actually, has Rory borrowed the irons from Ryan Moore?! 🙂

  10. Forsbrand

    Jan 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    So Titlesit 660 irons stamped Callaway then?!!!

    • Tom

      Jan 11, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      hawt damn. Ur right ……Thats brilliant. They must have bought the rights to the die sets.

      • KTM2000

        Jan 12, 2017 at 2:39 am

        The shape on the tip of the muscle is a bit different, and also the grind on the bottom.

        • Tom

          Jan 14, 2017 at 12:33 am

          grinding after the form process to get the final shape

          • Vince

            Jan 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

            The sole on the 660’s is a lot thinner then these Callaways.

  11. MR B

    Jan 11, 2017 at 11:34 am

    PX 7.0 is stout

  12. Dj

    Jan 11, 2017 at 11:28 am

    You can’t possibly tell me that there isn’t a deal in place with callaway with all of these prototypes he has that even every other callaway staffer doesn’t have.

    • emb

      Jan 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Unless Callaway is paying him over $25m/year then why can’t you believe it? The rumor was that he’s getting around $25m from nike per year and that contract still exists. Any new deal he enters is subtracted from what Nike pays him ex. Callaway signs him for $10m therefore Nike now only has to pay him $15m to equal the $25m total. If he’s going to get the same money regardless of who its coming from then why would he sign with Callaway and lock himself into a deal? Now he has the freedom to play other clubs if these protos don’t work out. Plus he’s playing vokeys & a Pro V1x which probably wouldn’t fly with Cally if they signed him. Callaway obviously wants to sign him when his Nike deal is over so they are going above and beyond as he’s arguably the best player in the world.

      • Travis

        Jan 11, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        They don’t need to pay him for an entire year or sign a contract. Just pay him to use the clubs in a couple of events.

      • Joseph

        Jan 11, 2017 at 7:28 pm

        Does anyone know if he is playing the cast Vokeys or Japanese forged ones?

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PGA Tour Pro and Parkland Alum Nick Thompson is Part of the Solution

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The tragic shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida moved the entire nation in a deep and profound way. The tragic events touched many lives, including PGA Tour Professional Nick Thompson, who attended Stoneman Douglas for four years and was born and raised just minutes from there.

On our 19th Hole podcast, Thompson described in detail just how connected he is to the area and to Douglas High School.

“That’s my alma mater. I graduated in ’01. My wife Christen and I graduated in ’01. I was born and raised in Parkland…actually Coral Springs, which is a neighboring city. Stoneman Douglas actually is just barely in Parkland but it’s pretty much right on the border. I would probably guess there are more kids from Coral Springs that go to Stoneman Douglas than in Parkland. So I spent 29 years in Coral Springs before moving to Palm Beach Gardens where I live now, but I was born and raised there. I spent four years of high school there and it’s near and dear to my heart.”

Thompson’s siblings, LPGA Tour star Lexi Thompson and Web.com pro Curtis, did not attend Douglas High School.

His reaction to the news was immediate and visceral.

“I was in shock,” said Thompson. “I just really couldn’t believe it because Coral Springs and Parkland are both wonderful communities that are middle to upper class and literally, like boring suburbia. There’s not much going on in either city and it’s kind of hard to believe that it could happen there. It makes you think almost if it could happen there, it could happen anywhere. I think that’s one of the reasons why it has really gotten to a lot of people.”

Thompson knew personally some of the names that have become familiar to the nation as a result of the shooting, including Coach Aaron Feis, who died trying to save the lives of students.

“I went to high school with Aaron Feis,” said Thompson. “He was two years older than me, and I knew of him…we had a fair amount of mutual friends.”

And while the events have provoked much conversation on many sides, Thompson was moved to action.

“We started by my wife and I, the night that it happened, after we put our kids to bed, we decided that we needed to do something,” Thompson said. “The first thing we decided was we were going to do ribbons for the players, caddies, and wives. We did a double ribbon of maroon and silver, the school colors, pin them together and wrote MSD on the maroon section. We had the media official put them out on the first tee, so all the players were wearing them. It’s been great.”

“I got together with the media guys and Ken Kennerly, the tournament director of The Honda Classic and they have been amazing. The amount of players that had the ribbons on, I was just watching the coverage to see, is incredible. I actually spoke to Tiger today and thanked him for wearing the ribbon. We really appreciate it, told him I went to high school there. I mean the only thing he could say was that he was sorry, it’s an unfortunate scenario and he was happy to wear the ribbon, do whatever he could.”

Thompson is quick to note the help that he has received in his efforts.

“It’s not just me. My wife has been just as instrumental in getting this done as me. I just, fortunately, have the connection with the PGA Tour to move it in the right direction even faster. I have the luxury of having a larger platform that can get my words out and everything we’re trying to do faster than most people. It’s a subject near and dear to my heart so it was just literally perfect with The Honda Classic coming in town.”

Thompson has also been involved in fundraising that goes to help the survivors and victims’ families. GoFundMe accounts supported by Thompson and the PGA Tour have raised in excess of 2.1 million dollars in just a week.

“One of the most important uses for this money is counseling for victims, for these kids who witnessed this horrific event, or have one degree of separation,” Thompson said. “Counseling for kids who lost a friend or a classmate, who need counseling and to help them with their PTSD essentially. I think that’s one of the most important things is helping all these kids deal with what has happened.”

Thompson acknowledged the fact that the entire Parkland family is activated to help in the healing. As for his efforts, it’s the product of his recognition of just how fortunate his life has been and a heart for service.

“Golf has given so much to me that it was the perfect time to give back even more than I already have. It’s the best we can do. We’re just trying to make a difference. ”

Listen to the entire interview on a special edition of The 19th Hole with Michael Williams on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes!

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Tiger changes driver-weight settings, shoots even-par 70 at Honda Classic

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After missing the cut by four strokes at the 2018 Genesis Open last week, Tiger Woods is back at it again this week at the Honda Classic; it’s the first time he’s played in back-to-back PGA Tour events since 2015.

Opting for something other than driver off the tee much of the day, Woods made one double bogey, one bogey, and three birdies en route to an even-par 70.

It’s no secret that Woods has been struggling off the tee of late, especially with the driver. He’s hitting just 35 percent of fairways on the year, and he has already made one driver shaft change (going from a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX to a Matrix Ozik TP6HDe ahead of the Genesis Open). According to photos on Thursday, it appears Woods has also changed the weight settings in his TaylorMade M3 for a bit more forgiveness and fade-bias (as pictured above). At the Genesis Open and the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods had the M3 driver weights in the forward position, which moves CG (center of gravity) forward and tends to lower spin.

On Thursday, however, Woods hit a slew of long irons and fairway woods off the tee instead of drivers at the 7,100-yard par-70 PGA National… an approach that seemed to work. Well, he hit just 50 percent of the fairways on the day, but that means he’s trending upward.

One of the shots Woods hit with the driver was so far right it was literally laughable… but he managed to make par anyway.

Actually, his double-bogey 7 on the par-5 third hole (his 12th of the day) came after hitting the fairway; he was fumbling on and around the green after hitting his third into a greenside bunker. That blunder aside, three birdies and an even-par round at the always-difficult PGA National leaves Woods currently in T19, obviously well inside the cutline.

Do you think Woods will make the cut? Do you think he can contend to win the tournament?

See the clubs Tiger Woods has in his bag this week at the 2018 Honda Classic.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course (par 70: 7,110 yards) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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The field this week is stacked at the top, and it includes defending-champion Rickie Fowler, 2017 FedEx Champion Justin Thomas, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who’s making his first PGA Tour start of 2018. Also in the field is Tiger Woods, who committed to play in the event just last week. Woods is coming off a disappointing missed cut at the 2018 Genesis Open.

Last year, Fowler won by four shots over Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland, despite playing his final round in 1-over par.

Check out our photos from the 2018 Honda Classic below!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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