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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Rory's Driver Change

Rory McIlroy has been tinkering with his driver for a few months now. He tried different shafts in his TaylorMade M3 460 driver back in November, as detailed in this golf.com article. But now he's changed to an entirely new driver... and apparently it's working.

TaylorMade M5 driver

This article at nationalclubgolfer.com from earlier this month talks about some of the changes made by various players, and Rory's new TaylorMade M5 driver (with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White shaft, if you're interested) gets considerable coverage. And on Saturday Rex Hoggard posted some details about how Rory's using it at the Sentry this week.

Rory apparently refers to it as his "low driver" and has adjusted the sliding weights to help him eliminate a right miss that plagued him most of 2018. The new setup allows him to hit a low fade that he feels confident he can put in the fairway when necessary. After three rounds, Rex reports:
McIlroy said the low fade off the tee still travels more than 300 yards, and he’s put on an impressive show this week in Maui where he’s No. 1 in the field in strokes gained: off-the-tee and fifth in driving distance.
“One of my goals for the year is driving accuracy. I want my driving accuracy to get up into the 60 percent number. It hasn't been there in a couple years,” said McIlroy, who has hit 30 of 45 fairways this week.
If Rory can just get that putter of his working -- and pgatour.com says he has also added "a new TaylorMade Spider copper-colored prototype putter" to his bag -- then we could be seeing a resurgence of the "old" Rory this year.

He's certainly on the right path. He's only three shots back of leader Gary Woodland and, as we've all seen in years past, anything can happen in the final round at windy Kapalua.

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