Rory McIlroy appears to make huge equipment change before first start of 2023

TaylorMade staffer Rory McIlroy was spotted testing Titleist Vokey wedges ahead of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour.

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Tue, 24 Jan 2023
Rory McIlroy appears to make huge equipment change before first start of 2023

Rory McIlroy was spotted testing a set of Titleist Vokey wedges ahead of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour

The Northern Irishman, 33, is making his first start of 2023 at Emirates GC where he is looking prevent Jon Rahm from taking the World No. 1 spot. 

McIlroy played a practice round on Tuesday. He was filmed clipping away some shots on the range and warmly embracing Tommy Fleetwood

Golf equipment nerds have pointed out the four-time major champion was testing out some Vokeys. There were even stamped with "RM". 

McIlroy is an equipment staffer with TaylorMade. He plays a full set of irons, driver and ball with the OEM having signed with the company in 2017. 

He was briefly an equipment free agent in 2017 and used Vokeys during this time period after Nike stopped making golf equipment. 

McIlroy penned a multi-year extension with TaylorMade in 2022 and spoke of his excitement of working with the company "for many years to come". 

This week McIlroy will be using the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus fairway wood and Stealth 2 Plus driver.

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Their official website also has McIlroy listed as using TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 wedges as well as the TP5x Dz golf ball.

Elsewhere, McIlroy continues to use his TaylorMade Spider X Hydro Blast putter. 

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We'll have to keep our eyes peeled to see if McIlroy will continue using Vokeys when he tees it up on Thursday. 

McIlroy will be playing the first two round of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic alongside Ryan Fox and the aforementioned Fleetwood. 

TaylorMade announce the signings of Grant Horvat and Micah Morris

Elsewhere, TaylorMade have confirmed the signings of YouTube influencers Grant Horvat and Micah Morris. 

Horvat and Morris rose to prominence on the platform after joining Good Good. 

They both left the channel in somewhat controversial circumstances at the end of last year. 

Good Good have since joined forces with Callaway. The team is made up of Garrett Clark, also known as GM Golf, Tom "Bubbie Golf" Broders, Stephen Castanada, Matt Scharff, Colin Ross and Luke Kwon. 

TaylorMade also recently announced the signings of LPGA Tour superstars Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson. 

Henderson won the first LPGA Tour event of 2023. She finished five strokes clear of Korda at the Tournament of Champions in Florida. 

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