Rory McIlroy What’s In The Bag?

We take a look at the clubs currently in the bag of four-time major winner Rory McIlroy.

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Rory McIlroy What's In The Bag?

The four-time Major winner signed with TaylorMade in 2017 and currently plays a full bag of TaylorMade equipment, including all 14 clubs and his ball. His TaylorMade deal, which he signed in 2017, is said to be worth $10m per year for 10 years. Let's get into the specific bag setup of the world number one here.

Rory McIlroy What's In The Bag?

Driver

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus

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Rory Mcilroy had the TaylorMade Stealth Plus driver (opens in new tab) in the bag throughout 2022 but in 2023 he has now put the newer Stealth 2 Plus driver in. This newer design has a 2-gram lighter carbon face with an advanced ‘inverted cone technology’ that, the brand says, has helped designers improve the forgiveness on offer.

In our testing we were impressed with this, and we also liked the slight aesthetic changes made to the head as well, with the matte-black crown getting replaced by a gloss-black finish. The second generation Stealth also felt powerful through impact, and felt a fraction more muted than the previous generation as well. McIlroy's model is fitted with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6 shaft which has proven to be a very popular model out on Tour.

Fairways

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus

TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus Fairway

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We believe Rory then uses two TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus fairway woods (opens in new tab) with 15 and 19 degrees of loft respectively. McIlroy's five wood has been in and out of the bag traditionally, replaced with 2 or 3 irons or a hybrid. He often carries a TayorMade Rescue on occasion too but at the moment he is set on the two fairway wood setup most of the time. His three-wood is fitted with a Mitsubishi Kai’li White 80 TX shaft whereas his five wood is actually fitted with a Fujikura Ventus Black 9 X shaft. 

The TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus Fairway will suit high swing speed players who struggle to get standard fairways to launch correctly. The innovative sliding weight varies launch and feel, and together with the hosel provides a high degree of adjustability for those who need it.

Irons

TaylorMade Rors Proto

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As we mentioned above Rory has occasionally put a utility iron in the bag. For example at the 2022 Open Championship he put the TaylorMade Stealth UDI in the bag as his two-iron. 

The rest of his irons have recently changed. He had been using a set of TaylorMae P7MB's, and also a set of P730's before going back to some Rors Proto's. The Rors Protos were part of the custom series of irons made for a number of prominent TaylorMade staff players, including Dustin Johnson and (at the time) Justin Rose. They all featured slightly altered profiles of the TaylorMade P730 iron, featuring either a unique grind or blade length profile. They go from three-iron down to pitching wedge.

Wedges

Titleist Vokey SM9, Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks

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Having used TaylorMade MG2 (opens in new tab)'s for a while, as well as a set of MG3's, Rory showed up to Dubai at the start of 2023 with a couple of Titleist Vokey wedges. The first is a Vokey SM9 which has 54 degrees stamped on it but we believe it has been bent to 55 degrees. He then uses a Vokey WedgeWorks prototype which again, has 58 degrees on it but it's been bent to 59 degrees. He has his wedges fitted with Project X 6.5 shafts and his irons with the stiffer Project X 7.0.

Putter

TaylorMade Spider X Hydro Blast

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Rory's putter situation changed at the 2021 Olympics when he putted with a Scotty Cameron 009M design, although he put the TaylorMade Spider X back in the bag in week two of the 2021 FedEx Cup Playoffs. This has remained as such ever since because in September 2021 McIlroy acknowledged he needed a touch more forgiveness with the putter. Speaking to Golf.com he said (opens in new tab); “I think the thing with the blade is the good days are really good but the bad days are pretty bad, as well. There’s quite a lot of inconsistency in it for me. It’s almost like I need to practice with the blade at home because you have to get your stroke spot-on to hit good putts with that style of putter.

“But then when I come out here, I started hitting putts with the Spider again, and it felt so easy. Felt like I couldn’t not start it on line. It was sort of there’s a lesson in there somewhere about maybe just keeping the blade at home and practicing with it and then coming out here and putting with something that’s got a little more technology in it.”

Ball

TaylorMade TP5x

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McIlroy's golf ball is one of the new TP5x models (opens in new tab). He stamps his ball with #22. It is a ball that recently received a five-star review from us because it does a good job of blending tour performance and feel in a low spinning golf ball. 

Apparel/Shoes

Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 2

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McIlroy wears Nike apparel and the Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 2 golf shoes. We think Rory was first spotted wearing the Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 2 shoe in a practice rounds at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in 2021. SInce then he has worn a variety of models, ranging from special editions, to the more traditional colors.  

Rory McIlroy WITB: Full Specs

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus, (7.5 degrees) with Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X shaft

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15 degrees at 13.5) with Mitsubishi Kai’li White 80 TX shaft

5-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (19 degrees at 18.25) with Fujikura Ventus Black 9 X shaft

*Utility: TaylorMade Stealth UDI (16 degrees) with Project X Hzrdus 65 105 shaft

Irons: TaylorMade Rors Proto (3-PW) all fitted with Project X Rifle 7.0 shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (54 bent to 55 degrees), Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks (58 bent to 59 degrees) all with Project X Rifle 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Hydro Blast

Ball: 2021 TaylorMade TP5x

Apparel, glove: Nike

Shoes: Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 2

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last five years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

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