While Rory McIlroy didn’t specify exactly what he meant in his tweet at 11:02 a.m. Tuesday morning, “Final tweaks are made,” it was clear from the the presence of a custom TaylorMade Staff Bag in the photo that he had signed an endorsement contract with golf equipment manufacturer TaylorMade.
Minutes later, the official details from TaylorMade hit inboxes. Rory had signed a long-term contract with the company, and he would switch to a full bag of TaylorMade clubs, including a TaylorMade golf ball.
Time to show the world what you’re really made of.
— TaylorMade Golf (@TaylorMadeGolf) May 9, 2017
Earlier this year, it appeared that McIlroy was primed to signed an equipment contract with a different company. He was using Callaway’s new Epic metal woods and muscleback irons, as well as a custom Odyssey putter. There was also some Titleist equipment in his bag: the company’s new wedges and its Pro V1x golf ball. By Masters time, McIlroy had switched out his Callaway fairway woods for new TaylorMade models.
McIlroy’s equipment saga was the result of Nike’s decision to exit the golf equipment business in August, which left the four-time major champion an “equipment free agent.” He said he would take his time — maybe as much as a year — to find the absolutely best equipment for his game. Nine months later, the search has ended with TaylorMade.
“My future rests firmly in my hands,” McIlroy said. “That’s why I choose TaylorMade. I’ve been around the game long enough and have tested most clubs on the market, but I have never been as excited about equipment as I am right now.”
McIlroy’s TaylorMade Clubs
- 2017 M2 Driver (9.5 degrees)
- 2017 M2 Tour Fairway (13.5 degrees)
- 2017 M2 Tour Fairway (19 degrees)
- P750 Tour Proto Irons (3-4),- “Rors Proto” Irons (5-9)
- Milled Grind Wedges (48, 54, 60 degrees)
- TP5x Golf Ball / #22
TaylorMade’s press release about the signing of McIlroy is filled with the typical hyperbole, and rightfully so for a company that currently has equipment deals with the top-3 ranked golfers in the world (Dustin Johnson, McIlroy and Jason Day), but there’s also some interesting tidbits.
For one, TaylorMade has designed a custom set of irons for McIroy called the “Rors Proto” that he will use as his 5-9 irons. And for those who think they can swing like McIlroy, TaylorMade passed along his launch monitor data with his new TaylorMade 2017 M2 driver.
- Ball Speed: 181 mph
- Launch Angle: 12.3 degrees
- Spin Rate: 2119 rpm
- Average Carry Distance: 315.8 yards
- Average Total Distance: 338.5 yards.
Photos from the 2023 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
GolfWRX checked out the action on the Korn Ferry Tour this week at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Check out links to all our photos below.
- Kevin Dougherty – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Cody Blick – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Wilson Furr – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Brian Campbell – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Cristobal del Solar – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Chris Petefish – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Camilo Villegas – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Jared Wolfe – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Trace Crowe – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Nick Lindheim – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Chandler Phillips – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Daniel Summerhays – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Kevin Velo – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Bo Hoag – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
- Sam Saunders – WITB – 2023 Nationwide Children’s Championship
Photos from the 2023 Fortinet Championship
GolfWRX is live this week at the Fortinet Championship in Napa as the PGA Tour returns from a brief hiatus.
There are plenty of bottles in the cellar this week. We have assembled seven general galleries and 14 WITB looks, including a peek into Wesley Bryan’s bag, which features a surprising set of irons.
Also featured are new SuperStroke Ryder Cup grips and a look at Justin Thomas and Max Homa’s RC wedge stamping.
All of that and more in our photos from the Fortinet, below.
- 2023 Fortinet Championship – Monday #1
- 2023 Fortinet Championship – Monday #2
- 2023 Fortinet Championship – Monday #3
- 2023 Fortinet Championship – Tuesday #1
- 2023 Fortinet Championship – Tuesday #2
- 2023 Fortinet Championship – Tuesday #3
- 2023 Fortinet Championship – Tuesday #4
- Wesley Bryan – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Davis Thompson – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Will Gordon – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Tano Goya – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Satoshi Kodaira – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Nick Hardy – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Morgan Deneen – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Russell Knox – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Preston Summerhays – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Kevin Chappell – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Henry Chung – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Tom Johnson – NorCal PGA Section Champ – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Fred Biondi – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Kevin Tway – WITB – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- UST Mamiya – LinQ M40X and The Attas V2 shafts – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Odyssey/Toulon longneck Austin putters – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Ryder Cup wedge stampings (Justin Thomas and Max Homa) – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- Justin Thomas spotted testing a new, longer driver shaft (and custom 4-iron) – 2023 Fortinet Championship
- SuperStroke Ryder Cup putter grips (Team USA & Team Europe) – 2023 Fortinet Championship
Wedge Stamping Caviar: FedEx Cup Playoffs Edition
Pop open a tin of the finest beluga, GolfWRXers… Really, it’s less jelly-like substance, more richness of intrigue than salt-cured roe at Wedge Stamping Caviar as we present to you some of the finest instances of hammer-and-stamp work on the PGA Tour spotted during the three events of this year’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.
We’re kicking off with the featured image of Xander Schauffele’s SM6 prototype, which looks a lot more like an SM5, with some pretty cool “Titleist” stamping.
Grab your mother-of-pearl spoon and dig in for the rest!
Jon Rahm’s 52-degree Jaws Raw bears his traditional “Rahmbo” stamping and an ode to his wife, Kelley. The red lips are a great touch. Chef’s kiss!
Jordan Spieth’s usual 60.5-degree proto T-grind offering here. We’re forever suckers for .5 degree indications.
No college football fan would have any doubt where Lee Hodges went to school.
Spotted at the BMW Championship, Chris Kirk’s wedge doesn’t appear to have any custom stamping, but a blue paintfill and slab o’ lead tape earn it a spot here.
Maple leaf stamp makes sense for the man from Moose Jaw Adam, Saskatchewan. But Adam Hadwin also looks to have a nod to the country where he attended college and earns his keep with a red-white-and-blue paintfill.
Tom Kim is an emerging star on the PGA Tour for many reasons, his wedge stamping — copied from Justin Thomas — is just one of them. So much sauce here!
Since becoming a father, Max Homa’s wedges feature nods to his son, Cam, rather than his beloved Los Angeles. Whatever muse Vokey’s Aaron Dill is working with, Homa’s wedges are always among the most interesting on Tour.
Finally, how about a custom grind with a stamping indicating as much? Rory McIlroy was spotted with just that at the FedEx St. Jude.
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