McIlroy, 34, who placed himself in prime position to make a run at winning the Scottish Open, was filmed hitting some persimmon woods before teeing it up at The Renaissance Club this week.
And he was absolutely striping them, but that's no surprise given his obvious talent.
Can’t beat the feeling of hitting out of the screws with a persimmon driver. pic.twitter.com/2anUxWwkZE— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) July 12, 2023
After his second round where he cultivated a one-stroke lead, McIlroy said his 'mind is pretty much on this week' in a clear nod to what is transpiring in the world of men's professional golf.
"I'd love to win the Scottish Open," he told the media. "This event is a massive deal in its own right. And what that could give me for the rest of the summer is important.
"Yes, we've got the Open Championship next week. But there is also the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai, too. So this is a big week. I'm focused on here, but in doing so I'm getting ready for more links golf next week."
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McIlroy said he thought of this week as a 'bit of a re-set'. He claimed he didn't touch his club for 10 days after competing in the Travelers Championship.
Asked about hitting the persimmon clubs, McIlroy joked:
Whilst McIlroy is clearly not serious about rolling back all equipment, he has in the past been one of the biggest supporters of bifurcating golf's rules.
When the USGA and R&A announced plans to limit how far the golf ball can fly from 2026, McIlroy contrasted from his peers by backing the two governing bodies.
Others, such as Justin Thomas, were strongly against the idea.
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