McIlroy tinkers with wedges and goes back to ‘old faithful’ putter

Ronan MacNamara

Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the 14th green during the first round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy has made another alteration to his golf bag by switching from Titleist Vokey wedges to Taylormade and returning to the mallet putter.

McIlroy made the headlines for some equipment changes after the PLAYERS Championship, moving to a shorter driver shaft and ditching the Taylormade Spider mallet for a Scotty Cameron blade.

Pre-Masters it looked like the change had worked a dream. During the Masters, it looked an unmitigated disaster.


Now, McIlroy hopes he has come up with the perfect formula as he bids for a fourth Wells Fargo Championship title in Quail Hollow to give himself momentum heading into the final three majors of 2023.

The four-time major winner is now clubbing the new Taylormade MG3 wedges having been spotted with four lob wedges in his bag with different sole grinds and bounce options.

McIlroy has also retuned to a Taylormade Spider Hydro Blast putter which he clubbed for years before switching to a Scotty Cameron blade for the WGC Dell Match Play and the Masters this year.

His mallet has the addition of a custom ‘Rory’ grip from SuperStroke.

The Holywood native is making his return to action following a two-week break for his mental wellbeing but he has been busy testing out new wedges.

“It’s just been nice to have a few weeks off to sort of tinker around at home, and get comfortable with some stuff,” McIlroy told GolfWRX.

The world number three had ditched Taylormade for the Titleist Vokey wedges at the end of 2022 but has now returned to the manufacturer he is contracted with having had an input on his new custom wedges.

“TaylorMade worked on some wedges for me,” McIlroy said. “They seem to be performing really nicely. They’re sort of a combination of [wedges] that I’ve had previously, like a little bit of [design] from the Nike wedge, a little bit of [design] from the Vokey wedges, just sort of trying to blend them all together into the components that I like between the two, and coming up with something that’s a little bit of a blend of both, which I think [TaylorMade has] done really well.”


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