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The world number four has been spotted with some new irons in the bag this week
Rory McIlroy Using New Rors Proto Irons
Rory McIlroy tees it up in The Northern Trust this week and is using a new set of TaylorMade irons.
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The new irons look identical to the muscleback model McIlroy put in play for the first time at TPC Sawgrass, however there's one noticeable difference: a change in head material.
He has switched into a new set of Rors Protos which are made out of 1025 carbon steel instead of a 304 stainless steel.
The 1025 carbon steel is a common head material for high-end forged irons and offers a soft feel that better players prefer.
The head shape is closer to the new P730 irons which were recently launched.
The P730 irons are also made from the 1025 carbon steel.
The original Rors Proto iron was roughly 85 percent of the complete version of the P730 when McIlroy started using them.
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Rory's new set has a shorter blade length, reduced offset and thinner topline that McIlroy prefers.
It also looks like McIlroy has changed putter from the TaylorMade TP Juno blade to the half-moon shaped Mullen:
The four-time major winner has chosen to defend the FedEx Cup after previously saying he may not play again until next year after suffering with a rib injury throughout 2017.
McIlroy will play all four events in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, providing he moves from 43rd to inside the top 30 in the points list to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake.
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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