When you own one of the best swings in the game, having the right clubs in the bag to maximise your advantage is a must.
Such is life for Rory McIlroy, the superstar from Northern Ireland who has won four majors and is one of the most engaging players in the game.
What clubs does Rory McIlroy use?
WITB UPDATE 14/10/2021: Rory added a TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue to his bag (CJ Cup at The Summit Club)
WITB UPDATE 26/08/2021: Rory updated his Fairway Wood and switched back to his Spider X Putter (BMW Championship)
WITB UPDATE 18/08/2021: Rory updated his Wedges and Putter (Northern Trust Open)
WITB UPDATE 17/06/2021: Rory updated Putter to Spider X Hydro Blast (US Open Championship)
WITB UPDATE 03/06/2021: Rory updated his driver shaft to Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 X (Memorial Tournament)
WITB UPDATE 06/05/2021: Rory updated Irons to TaylorMade Rors Prototype (Wells Fargo Championship)
WITB UPDATE 25/02/2021: Rory updated Putter to TaylorMade TP Juno (WGC-Workday Championship)
Let's take a look what's inside Rory McIlroy's bag:
RORY MCILROY DRIVER
TAYLORMADE SIM2 DRIVER (10.5˚)
Rory McIlroy had TaylorMade’s latest SIM2 driver in his bag when he opened his 2021 season in Abu Dhabi and it clicked straight away.
Known as one of the best drivers on tour, Rory opened the year with a blistering eight-under 65 and drove the SIM2 like a dream all week – an excellent pointer to his prospects for the rest of the year.
The TaylorMade SIM2 driver is devoid of compromise, with both distance and forgiveness maximised to full effect.
It’s achieved through the driver’s innovative ‘forged ring’ which connects components such as the SIM2’s inertia generator, speed injected twist face, thru-slot speed pocket and carbon crown and sole.
UPDATE: It is the ultimate TaylorMade performance package off the tee and Rory has his SIM2 driver matched with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 X shaft, after previously using a Fujikura Ventus Black 6X shaft.
Chris Trott from TaylorMade takes you inside the TaylorMade Tour Truck and takes you through step by step how they build Rory McIlroy SIM2 Driver.
RORY MCILROY FAIRWAY WOODS
WITB UPDATE 26/08/2021: TAYLORMADE SIM TITANIUM (15°)
Rory also tinkers with the 2020 TaylorMade SIM Titanium three wood, which features the smallest profile head in the SIM fairway wood line-up.
A stronger and more flexible ZATECH titanium face generates fast ball speeds from all strike locations while a steel sole plate and carbon fibre crown optimise launch and forgiveness.
TAYLORMADE SIM TITANIUM (15˚)
TAYLORMADE SIM2 TITANIUM 3 & 5 FAIRWAY WOODS (15˚ - 19˚)
Rory plays the new TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium fairway woods, with a three wood (15˚) and five wood (19˚) at the top end of the bag.
SIM2 Titanium fairways feature a compact head and are constructed from titanium rather than steel, like most other fairway woods.
Designed for better players, they are perfectly suited to life on tour with a strong and penetrating ball flight that Rory can take advantage of on longer holes.
His three wood is fitted with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX shaft while the five wood has a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 90 TX shaft.
RORY MCILROY HYBRID
WITB UPDATE 15/10/2021: TAYLORMADE SIM MAX RESCUE (19°)
Rory has added a 2020 TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue into his bag when the need arises.
It features an oversized profile and provides a high level of forgiveness for mis-hits, with a V-Steel sole and Twist Face tech making it an ideal long iron replacement.
Rory's TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue has been superseded by TaylorMade's SIM2 Max Rescue.
RORY MCILROY IRONS
WITB UPDATE 06/05/2021: Muscleback blades like the TaylorMade Rors prototype Rory used when winning the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow aren’t for everyone.
But for a player of Rory’s skill and consistency, they offer an exquisite level of feedback and feel to help him weave his magic.
Classic forged blades with a precise sweet spot, the prototypes closely resemble TaylorMade’s P7MB irons and offer a purity of strike few irons can match.
Rory’s TaylorMade Rors prototype irons are fitted with Project X Rifle 7.0 shafts.
Muscleback blades like TaylorMade P7MB irons provide the sensitive feedback and feel that Rory uses to great acclaim.
They are classic forged blades with a diminutive sweet spot, however, a player with Rory’s skill and consistency can obtain a purity of strike that few other irons can offer.
Rory’s P7MB irons are fitted with Project X Rifle 7.0 shafts, with his PW carrying a 6.5 version of the shaft.
RORY MCILROY WEDGES
WITB UPDATE 18/08/2021: Rory was quick to add TaylorMade’s latest Milled Grind 3 wedge into his bag, with his 46° model complementing his existing Milled Grind 2 wedges.
The Milled Grind 3 wedge continues TaylorMade’s tradition of a CNC-milled sole, with Rory opting for the standard bounce grind that is the most versatile in the range.
Sporting a simpler and cleaner exterior, the MG3 also features micro-ribs in between the ZTP grooves for extra spin.
And the MG3 also has a raw face that will rust over time for greater stopping power around the greens.
Rory manages to get some serious sizzle and scoring accuracy with his trio of TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 wedges.
Milled Grind 2 wedges are constructed with incredible precision, featuring sharp grooves for scorching spin and comprehensive control and a selection of sole grinds that are replicated with unerring consistency through TaylorMade’s milling process.
With 52˚, 56˚ and 60˚ models in his bag, all matched with Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts, it gives Rory plenty of versatility from inside 100 yards.
TAYLORMADE MILLED GRIND 2 WEDGES (52˚ - 56˚ - 60˚)
Chris Trott from TaylorMade takes you inside the TaylorMade Tour Truck and takes you through step by step how they build Rory McIlroy Milled Grind 2 Wedge.
RORY MCILROY PUTTER
WITB UPDATE 26/08/2021: Rory went back to using his Hydro Blast TaylorMade Spider X at the BMW Championship.
WITB UPDATE 18/08/2021: Rory’s Scotty Cameron Newport 009 prototype putter is his own tour-exclusive model, which is closely related to the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 retail putter.
The Newport 2 is a traditionally shaped flat-stick with an L-shaped hosel. It features Scotty Cameron’s signature screw weighting on the back cavity and a tungsten-balanced sole.
Switching to the TaylorMade Spider X putter in at the beginning of the 2019 season, Rory had a year to remember with three victories and a FedEx Cup win, which netted him the $15 million first prize cheque.
Unsurprisingly, the Spider X has remained in the bag ever since.
It’s slightly more compact than the original TaylorMade Spider putter and the white, ball-width channel that runs through the centre of the putter head aids alignment and helps Rory start his putts on the intended line with great consistency.
TAYLORMADE TP JUNO PUTTER
WITB UPDATE 25/02/2021: After enduring a frustrating run of form McIlroy swapped out his TaylorMade Spider X mallet putter for the TaylorMade TP Collection Juno putter at the WGC-Workday Championship in late February.
The switch was an early success, with a spike in McIlroy’s strokes gained putting statistic resulting in a tied-sixth finish at the WGC before holing almost everything in the first round of his next tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The Juno is a traditional Anser-style blade putter that features an L-neck hosel, single sightline, a full-shaft offset and 36° of toe hang to suit McIlroy’s slightly arcing putting stroke.
RORY MCILROY GOLF BALL
Rory plays the new 2021 TaylorMade TP5X ball, a firmer compression ball that complements his high swing speed but still provides plenty of feel around the greens.
The new TP5X offers low-spin performance with the driver and long irons, for a penetratingly straight ball flight, but when the short irons come out, spin rates increase rapidly to provide the control and finesse needed in the scoring zone.