Rory McIlroy Spotted Testing Replacement Putter

Rory McIlroy has been spotted testing new putters at The Barclays

Rory McIlroy Spotted Testing Replacement Putter
Rory McIlroy has been busy testing new putters
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Rory McIlroy has been spotted testing a number of putters at The Barclays, with the news coming just weeks after Nike announced it is to stop making golf clubs

Rory McIlroy Spotted Testing Replacement Putter

After Nike announced that it is going to stop making golf equipment and is going to stick to just shoes and apparel, many questions were asked about what equipment its tour staff would start using.

Well the first big question may have just been answered, after Rory McIroy was spotted testing multiple Titleist Scotty Cameron putters at The Barclays, ahead of the season's first FedEx Cup event.

The world number five was spotted on the practice green honing his touch with a number of blades and mallets ahead of a potential switch.

The Northern Irishman last played at the USPGA Champioship, where he was using a Nike Method Origin B2-01 prototype blade, but may well have spent his time off breaking in some new models to try and cure the hot-and-cold form he's had with the short stick this season.

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McIlroy currently sits 96th in Strokes Gained Putting, while for Total Putting he's ranked a lowly 156th and for putts per round he's 107th.

Arguably where he's losing most ground to rivals Jordan Spieth and Jason Day is on the longer putts. McIlroy holes just 6.8% from 20-25ft and is ranked 183rd, versus Spieth who holes 25.5% and is ranked first, and Day who holes 16.7% and is ranked 17th.

Jake O'Reilly specilaises in equipment coverage, and joined the Golf Monthly team in 2013. Before this he graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a Sports Journalism and Media degree, and worked at a number of British golf magazines. Follow Jake on Twitter @jake0reilly