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Rory McIlroy to use a TaylorMade Spider Tour putter at the U.S. Open

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Update (June 14): McIlroy confirmed that he will use a TaylorMade Spider Tour putter at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

After Rory McIlroy signed with TaylorMade in early May, he was using 13-of-14 TaylorMade clubs as he opted to stick with an Odyssey prototype putter. But there were rumors circulating that he was testing out a TaylorMade Spider Tour Red putter.

When McIlroy showed up to the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on Monday, he had only one putter in his bag: a TaylorMade Spider Tour Red putter. Unlike the “Jason Day” version of the putter, however, McIlroy’s is stamped “Rors” in lime green lettering on the sole, and more importantly, it has a black sight line on the crown of the putter.

During his experimental phase with the Spider putters, McIlroy told Golf Digest that he wanted to try his with different face inserts than the soft, Pure Roll Surlyn insert that Day employs in his flat stick, and McIlroy also wanted a line on top of the putter for improved alignment. For comparison, McIlroy’s putter is pictured on the left and Day’s is on the right.

Rory McIlroy’s Spider (Left) vs. Jason Day’s

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“I’ve hit a few putts with it,” McIlroy said. “They made one up for me, it’s the red one with a black line on top. DJ and Jason Day don’t have alignment aids on theirs, but the reason I went to a mallet at the end of last year was that having a line that I felt helped me aim better. When you put the Spider down it gives you a great visual of where you’re aiming. I do want to try a couple of different inserts and faces to get something that feels a little closer to what I’m used to [McIlroy prefers a firmer feel]. I like how it swings and even hitting one off center, it doesn’t seem to lose a lot of its energy, so I’m trying it out. It’s not in the bag yet. We’ll see where it goes from here.”

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McIlroy’s Spider Tour Red putter is also outfitted with a black Winn Pistol putter grip.

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  1. Jon

    Jun 19, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Well, now that the “Big 3” using Spider Tour putters (DJ, Rory, Day) missed the cut at U.S. Open, maybe TM can be convinced to lower the price on this thing? …Not.

  2. Philly Mick

    Jun 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Rory couldn’t make a putt today or find a fairway with even a 3 wood. Taylor Made inferior performing products, struggled to find the 70 yard fairways today or make putts. Rory, you may want to call Titleist back so you can win another major.

  3. jgpl001

    Jun 14, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I will watch with interest…

    He is a terrible putter, so this can’t make him worse

  4. Jacked_Loft

    Jun 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

    If another player wins a major with this putter I think Scotty will start tearing his hair out.

  5. George

    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Lexi needs one of thes – maybe she can get a blue one

  6. Jonathan Damoante

    Jun 14, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Love that grip on my odyssey 9

  7. Phil

    Jun 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    At least he’s fully committed to selling out.

  8. nick

    Jun 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    OK, TM is salivating here as they are getting ready to announce the “NEW Spider Limited RORS Edition.” The next line of “limited” releases from the ever growing Spider family.

    each Itsy Bitsy SL has been sold at $299 – i say the RORS goes for $349.

    • Andrew Rivera

      Jun 14, 2017 at 9:16 am

      I’m surprised they didn’t paint it blue and charge $500

      • McPickens

        Jun 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm

        That version will be released in time for Christmas sales and will retail @ $750

  9. Barry

    Jun 12, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Rors? More like “Bores”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Mizuno’s ST-Z fairway woods

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Mizuno’s ST-Z fairway woods. WRXer ‘Kale_m’ is in the market for a fairway wood and reaches out to fellow members for feedback on the Mizuno ST-Z, and our members have been sharing their reviews of the club in our forum.

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.

  • bryanwmilburn: “I have the 3 wood with Ventus Black 7X, and it’s the best fairway I’ve ever owned.”
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Entire Thread: “What GolfWRXers are saying about Mizuno’s ST-Z fairway woods”

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver

From the seller (@KingKong): “New TM 300 13.5*. Paired with Diamana TB 80tx. Head is new but out of plastic. Never been hit. Shaft hit a few times. $525 shipped.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Srixon ZX7 vs Srixon 785 irons – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been pitting Srixon’s ZX7 irons against the brand’s 785 irons. WRXer ‘AbSWFPGA’ is currently playing the company’s 745 irons and reaches out to members for feedback on the ZX7’s and 785’s, and WRXers have been sharing their experiences with both in our forums.

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.

  • tssgj65: “I played the 785 last season. Went ahead and bought the ZX7 because of the hype. Same shaft in both, but for whatever reason, I am back with the 785. Probably no different than any other iron change, but as of now, I feel more confident with the 785’s.”
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