Rory McIlroy Puts Titleist Vokey Wedges In Play At Dubai Desert Classic

The World No.1 has two Titleist Vokey wedges in the bag in his first start of 2023

Rory McIlroy looks on after hitting a wedge shot
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Rory McIlroy is making his first start of 2023 this week and the World No.1 surprisingly has a couple of Titleist Vokey wedges in the bag.

The four-time Major winner is a TaylorMade staff player and has been using a full bag of TaylorMade clubs including ball in recent times, but he has switched out his wedges for Titleist Vokeys.

A close up of his bag earlier in the week showed two Vokeys in his staff bag along with his usual TaylorMade Rors Proto irons.

A close up of Rory McIlroy's golf bag

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The Northern Irishman was then seen still using a Vokey wedge during the Wednesday Pro-Am and went on to use them during the tournament - which has been forced to have a Monday finish due to the UAE rainfall.

Sports Marketing Surveys, @sms_on_tour, photographed his two wedges - showing a 54 degree SM9 bent to 55 degrees and a 58 degree Wedge Works prototype bent to 59 degrees. They also filmed a video of his current setup in Dubai:

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McIlroy last had Titleist Vokey wedges in the bag in early 2017, when he was an equipment free agent following Nike's decision to stop making golf equipment.

He had a Callaway driver and irons in the bag for a short period, as well as Vokey wedges, before signing with TaylorMade in May ahead of the Players Championship. That deal was worth a reported $100m.

The Northern Irishman started his professional career with Titleist, using the brand's club in his maiden Major triumph at the 2011 US Open as well as his debut PGA Championship victory in 2012. He went on to sign with Nike, to use the company's clubs and wear its apparel and shoes, in 2013.

He renewed his deal with TaylorMade last year in what was announced as a "multi-year equipment extension."

“Over the last several years I have had the chance to work with the best equipment company in golf," McIlroy said. "Today I am excited to announce TaylorMade clubs and ball will be staying in my bag for many years to come. A combination of the dedicated people and unmatched performance is what drove me to remain a part of Team TaylorMade."

McIlroy has some other new gear in the bag this week, with the TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus fairway wood. He was also listed to have TaylorMade's brand new Stealth 2 Plus driver according to the TaylorMade website but he has kept the original Stealth in for now.

He is also using his usual TaylorMade Spider X Hydro Blast putter, the new Stealth 2 staff bag and a TaylorMade Tour Preferred glove in Dubai.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

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. 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 covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, 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 2-6. 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: Titleist Pro V1x