It was a hear a year that started with many thinking that Rory McIlroy would become the world number one golfer and never look back. This hasn’t been the case for Rory thus far as he has disappointed in many events. To change his luck, however, McIlroy is contemplating an equipment change.
After opening up the Travelers Championship with a three-under 67, Rory stated that he is putting an expiration date on his Putter. “I made a decision this week, I’d give it one more week and see how it performed,” McIlroy said, adding “…it’s nothing to do with the putter, it’s mostly what I’m doing with it.”
The putter that Rory is speaking of is the TaylorMade Spider, a putter that is bright red in color and is popular on the PGA TOUR. Outside of McIlroy, the Spider is used by Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Jon Rahm, and Dustin Johnson. While it seems to be popular and working for many of the other top players on the PGA TOUR, it just doesn’t seem to be something that Rory is comfortable with.
Ever since adding the putter to his bag just a few weeks ago, prior to the U.S. Open, McIlroy’s game on the greens has sputtered. For example, after his first round at the Travelers Championship, Rory missed five birdie opportunities that were within ten feet, one of which was a simple tap-in. That would have made his three-under day look a lot better.
The idea seems like a good one since McIlroy has been dominating every other aspect of the game. In fact, he’s been out driving basically every other golfer on the Tour. During that same first round, Rory hit a drive that was nearly 400 feet off the tee. But it doesn’t matter how far you hit the ball off the tee and with your irons if you aren’t able to convert once you get to the green.
While the Spider putter isn’t in jeopardy this week if Rory did say that TaylorMade dropped off another putter with his father that he could consider in the future. So if the Spider wants to keep a spot in McIlroy’s golf back, it better perform for him the rest of the weekend.
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