Rory McIlroy set for HUGE equipment switch at Genesis Invitational

McIlroy is testing new golf equipment on the PGA Tour at Riviera this week

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Wed, 17 Feb 2021
Rory McIlroy set for HUGE equipment switch at Genesis Invitational

Rory McIlroy would appear to be on the verge of changing the shafts in his irons ahead of this week's Genesis Invitational on the PGA Tour, certainly judging by a snap of his latest spec sheet on Instagram. 

The image, posted by TaylorMade's director of sports marketing Chris Trott, shows McIlroy is down to be using True Temper's Dynamic Gold X7 shafts as opposed to his original Project X 7.0 shafts. Check out the image below: 



While we cannot be certain whether McIlroy will indeed put these shafts straight into play this week, what is for certain is that the Northern Irishman is testing them out on the range at Riviera CC this week. 

True Temper's DG X7 shafts are a much heavier and stiffer shaft in comparison to the Project X 7.0 shaft that McIlroy has typically favoured on Tour for a number of years now. The DG X7 shafts should also promote more of a lower launch and lower spin. 

As you can see from the spec sheet above, McIlroy is using TaylorMade P7MB irons (3-PW) and you will also notice he appears to be testing a 54-degree MG2 wedge, when previously he has just been gaming 52, 56 and 60-degree lofts. 




McIlroy's potential switch of iron and wedge shafts comes just days after renowned PGA Tour coach Peter Kostis tweeted that he considers McIlroy's irons are "too upright by at least 2 degrees" and as a result, they have been contributing to him hitting too many "pulls and hooks with a good swing."

The former World No.1 is going in search of his first win on the PGA Tour since the WGC-HSBC Champions in November 2019. 

McIlroy, now sixth in the world rankings, is second in strokes-gained off the tee on the PGA Tour this season (1.196) but a lowly 105th when it comes to strokes-gained approach the green (.072) - a stat that possibly explains why he is looking to change the shafts in his irons.

We will bring you more news when we have it, but for now, it looks very possible that McIlroy will be playing new DG X7 shafts for the first time in his career on the PGA Tour. 

Will they bring the desired effect ahead of his bid to complete the career Grand Slam at The Masters in April? Let's hope so.