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Is this a photo of Rory’s new custom Callaway Apex MB irons?

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Reports came down recently that Rory McIlroy will be playing a bevy of Callaway clubs in 2017, which has left GolfWRXers hunting for in-hand photos and exact specs of his new clubs.

In a GolfWRX forum titled “Rory McIlroy chose Callaway woods and irons,” it appears user ghost5 obtained a photo of McIlroy’s new Callaway Apex MB custom pitching wedge. While we’re not sure if this is actually McIlroy’s iron, a backup, a prototype he was testing, or just a club stamped “RM” to fool the internet, but it’s certainly a one-off club that cannot be found “off-the-rack.”

So far, this is the equipment we’ve confirmed that McIlroy will have in his bag when he tees it up again in competition:

  • Driver: Callaway Epic Sub Zero
  • Irons: Callaway Apex MB (custom)
  • Wedges: Titleist Vokey
  • Putter: Odyssey with prototype insert
  • Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

As always, we’ll keep you up to date on any changes and specs we can confirm.

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  1. Dave R

    Jan 9, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Those are not machine marks. Look like a weld Job not completly polished . Looks like a snow job to me . Just a muscle back iron from Calloway that’s all.

  2. Count Tyrone Rugan

    Jan 9, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Guys,

    Look at the pic. the transition from the mid portion has 3D mill marks on them. That head is fully machined.

  3. Carter

    Jan 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I am really not surprised to much at him switching irons and driver. A player of his caliber can play well with just about anything. The thing that really shocked me was switching putters. He was putting lights out with that Scott Cameron mallet that he switched to prior the Ryder Cup. He obviously didn’t sign a 14 club deal with Callaway as evidence with the Vokey wedges. So why would he ditch the putter that was working so well for him?

  4. Joseph

    Jan 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Did Rory play the cast made Vokey wedges before? Or did he play the Japanese forged versions?

  5. James

    Jan 8, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Just a bunch of irons 99.999% of us could not ever use….2% of amateur golfers need custom fit clubs to improve, 98% of amateur can spend money for fittings and clubs till they are blue in the face but if not one dollar of that is on instruction you wasting your time. UNLESS you are buying what you want to play and that is what makes you happy then it is worth it….sometimes the most fun you can have (other then making a tee time) is buying some club or clubs you want.

    • mike

      Jan 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Doesnt mean that if you cant hit thoses….the that everybody cant hit them….come on……im a 18 handicapper and i play the taylormade tp mc 2014…..because im a lefty i cabt play the mb because they dont make some for my side…..and i would love to hit those blade kind of iron…….if you hit the center of the club theres no way that you cant play whatever you want…………..dont put everybody in the same boat and those percentage seems really high IMO……..

  6. Scott

    Jan 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I really don’t get this. Rory was amazing when he played titleist. Amazing. Nike throws millions at him to change, he takes the bait and takes him how many years to make a comeback w Nike clubs. Now nikes out and he’s using Callaway. I don’t get it. Not knocking Callaway but why doesn’t he just go back to tried and true.

    • John

      Jan 11, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Uhhhhh 1. It took one year. Then he won more with Nike than Titleist.

      In 2014 he won 5 times worldwide including 2 majors and caused the North Carolina Audubon Society to permanently disband after his avian incineration at Quail Hollow. 6 wins if you roll the December 2013 Aussie Open into 2014.

      I’ll also point out he won 9 times 2009-2012, switched, then won 12 times 2013-2016. 2 majors each side.

      So yeah, terrible move by him. I’m sure his one-off custom irons and woods/wedges with any quality at all are really gonna hold him down. I bet Callaway REALLY threw the zeroes at him when he told them he had 5 years of Nike balls stockpiled (and was in actuality gonna use the 17 V1x and vokeys)

  7. The dude

    Jan 7, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    New Miura custom…..confirmed. RM will get x to stamp Callaway…

  8. Scott

    Jan 7, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Those are actually titleist mb’s

  9. WolfWRX

    Jan 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Looks photoshopped.

    • Mark

      Jan 8, 2017 at 6:40 am

      That is what I thought (and not very well done either).

  10. TexasSnowman

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Rory playing forged muscle backs…. could have any company name stamped on it; wouldn’t matter. Interesting to me that he prefers Vokeys over Cally wedge offerings at this point. Not knocking Vokey, just that the current Cally Wedges are really nice IMO.

    • Joseph

      Jan 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      When he played Vokeys, did he play the cast version or Japanese forged since his irons are forged blades. I’m sure whatever it was, was custom for him, so likely doesn’t make any difference.

  11. Branson Reynolds

    Jan 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    They look like Taylormade MB’s

  12. John

    Jan 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    i would love to see him play with ping clubs

    • Johnnylongballz

      Jan 7, 2017 at 6:53 am

      I can’t see that ever happening. Rory is a forged MB kind of guy, and that is not really PING’s style.

  13. Teaj

    Jan 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    it does look perdy though

  14. MT

    Jan 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Rory has never used a stock PW in the past. If he’s going back to Vokey wedges he likely would be using a 48* Vokey.

    • Joseph

      Jan 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      He used a 46 Nike Engage the past 2 years I believe.

    • Kevin

      Jan 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      When he first switched to NIKE, he played a iron PW, but quickly switched back to wedge PW after couple tournaments.

  15. michael

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I thought he usually carried a a PW that matched his wedges, not the irons.

  16. Tom

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:27 am

    lol this is gonna frost some wrx’er ballz.

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Modern Classics (Ep. 4): Testing a TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 3-wood

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GolfWRX recently launched a new 8-part video series, called “The Modern Classics,” in partnership with 2nd Swing Golf. Throughout this video series, GolfWRX’s Head of Tour Content, Andrew Tursky, tests out 8 legendary used golf clubs that are still being played on Tour today. How do the older, less expensive products compare to modern technologies?

In the first three episodes, Tursky tested out TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred MC 2011 irons, Adams Idea Pro hybrids from 2006, and a TaylorMade Rocketballz RBZ fairway wood.

For episode 4, we highlight the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast fairway woods, which were released to the public in 2010. Although they’re more than a decade old, we spotted one in Richard Bland’s 2022 WITB.

The Burner SuperFast fairway woods are currently available for $76.99 on 2nd Swing’s website.

Check out the video at the top of the page for more on the product, design, and how it stands up in testing against a modern 3-wood.

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Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Black 7 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR2+ (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 8 X

Irons: Titleist T200 (3), Titleist T100
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Prototype Graphite on Steel Technology Prototype Hybrid 10 ST X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (50-08S, 54-10S),Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (60-T)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron T-11 Proto
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Tour 1.0PT

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip Cord

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Best wedge for bad bunker players? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing wedges for poor bunker players. WRXer ‘gdb99’ kicks off the thread saying “I’m not good out of sand. I used to be, 35 years ago. I blade shots over the green. It’s all technique, and I need a lot of practice. I know that,” and reaches out to our members who have been sharing what they feel are the wedges that can help him the most.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • hammergolf: “Ping Eye2 is the best bunker club ever. If you’re blading it you’re not steep enough. Open the face and hit down on the sand. The bounce will stop it from digging too much.”
  • flubberlange: “Try a Vokey 60* in a K grind.”
  • Fwitz11: “I also struggle with the bunker and have found that an open 60 and hitting just behind the ball is the easiest out I have used. Has helped me a ton with not blading it over the green.”
  • lazyjc4: “I’ve hit the best bunker shots of my life with PM Grind wedges.  I look like I know what I’m doing almost all of the time.”

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