Missing the cut at his home course in the Open Championship back in July was an obvious downer for Rory McIlroy, but his 2019 was anything but disappointing. In a season with 14 top-10 finishes and wins at the Players Championship, The Canadian Open, and Sunday’s Tour Championship, he became a 2-time FedEx Cup champion. Let’s take a look at the arsenal Rory wielded around East Lake enroute to victory.
#WITB – What’s in the Bag of Rory McIlroy?
Driver – Taylormade M5 9 degrees, Mitsubishi Tensei White CK Pro 70 TX shaft The M5 driver is face injected with tuning resin. This process called Twist Face technology helps optimize high ball speeds across the entire face. Adjustable weight and loft settings allow you to dial in the desired trajectory and level of forgiveness. Rory plays his with a 70 gram, low spinning, tour x-flex shaft.
3 & 5 Woods – Taylormade M6 (15 degrees) M5 (19 degrees) Both models feature the Twist Face just like the drivers, but the M6 contains a speed pocket on the sole which helps maintain a stronger, thinner face. This makes it a great 3-wood to hit off the deck or off the tee. His 5-wood has a 65 gram steel weight in the sole which you can set to neutral, fade, or draw to get the ideal shot shape. Rory went with the M5 model in his 5-wood because of the lower center of gravity and how easy it was to hit off the ground. He has the same shaft in his woods as his driver.
Irons – Taylormade P750 (4 iron) P730 (5 thru PW) Project X 7.0 steel shafts Both models are constructed of 1025 forged carbon steel and contain CNC milled grooves. The 750 has a little more perimeter weighting, which is why he chose it for his 4 iron. The 730’s are muscle-back blades and round out the rest of his set. Project X shafts lead to a strong, penetrating ball flight and the 7.0 flex is extra stiff.
Wedges – Taylormade Milled Grind (52, 56, and 60 degrees)Project X 6.5 steel shafts Rory’s wedges are made of super-soft 8620 carbon steel and have a red-polymer filled bore at the hosel. This removes weight from the heel and relocates it throughout the face for more consistency and a better feel. He elected for the raw finish which rusts over time to cut out glare and create a softer feel at impact. The 6.5 shaft flex is a little softer that the ones in his irons, which is the norm on tour.
Putter – Taylormade Spider X Copper The Spider X putter features a 320 gram steel frame and a 15 gram carbon composite sole. This combination creates more stability and less twisting on your through-stroke. 45 degree grooves in the face ensure more top-spin and less skid for a truer roll that stays online longer.
Ball – Taylormade 2019 TP-5 A 5-piece ball, the TP5 spins less off the driver and more with your wedges. It’s softer feeling than the TP5x and will give you a mid trajectory.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Written by Seth Zipay, Head Golf Professional
Published by Craig Walton