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The world number two will use the TaylorMade Tour Red Spider putter this week at Erin Hills
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Rory McIlroy To Use Spider Putter At US Open
Rory McIlroy looks to have a new putter in his bag for the US Open this week - the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red.
The world number two signed with TaylorMade in May and initially put 13 TaylorMade clubs in his bag. He will now have all 14.
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He has the M2 driver along with M2 Tour fairway woods, 'Rors' proto irons and Milled Grind wedges.
Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade's Vice President of Tour Operations, told PGATour.com that McIlroy has tested the Spider Tour Red putter against a custom TaylorMade TP Collection Mullen and the Odyssey O-Works prototype he was previously using and noticed some key improvements on sidespin with the Spider.
"He tested it on all the monitors and it just outperformed everything," Sbarbaro told the PGA Tour.
"Perfect speed, launch and spin with almost no sidespin. The (TP Collection) Mullen and the Odyssey (O-Works) were giving him more sidespin if he didn't hit it perfect."
McIlroy's Spider is slightly different to those used by others, with his featuring a black alignment line and 'RORS' stamped on the sole.
The four-time major winner told PGATour.com, "That's one of the reasons I went to the mallet — I sort of figured it helped me align better and helped with my aim.
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"It's awesome with the Spider because you set this thing up and you know exactly where you're aiming, and it sits so square with that with that flow neck."
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The world's top three ranked players, Dustin Johnson, McIlroy and Jason Day, who was the first to use the Spider Red, are now all using Spider putters.
The Ulsterman, who won his first major at the 2011 US Open, returns this week at Erin Hills after taking some time out with a rib injury.
He plays his first tournament this week at the US Open since The Players Championship last month where he ended in a tie for 35th.
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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