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    Rory McIlroy carries 2 TaylorMade 3-woods for a great motive

    McIlroy is carrying a TaylorMade Stealth 3-wood this week on the U.S. Open.

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    Rory McIlroy’s successful setup listed TaylorMade’s SIM Ti as his 3-wood of selection for final week’s victory on the RBC Canadian Open.

    However the setup solely tells half of the story.

    Those that preserve shut tabs on McIlroy’s gear might need observed a unique 3-wood within the bag for the weekend at St. George’s Golf and Nation Membership.

    In a uncommon mid-tournament swap, McIlroy selected to shelve SIM Ti for a Stealth throughout the third spherical, believing TaylorMade’s newest 3-wood provided a greater mixture of spin and workability for the course setup.

    “There weren’t many alternatives for SIM final week,” McIlroy advised “If I want one thing that goes 310, the SIM is an efficient choice off the tee. But when I don’t have that quantity, I’m often laying additional again and taking a 5-wood or a protracted iron. Final week was a type of weeks the place I observed there actually wasn’t a lot of a necessity for SIM, which is just about a 2-wood for me, so I put in Stealth. I didn’t hit [Stealth] a lot anyway, however I believed it was a greater match over the weekend.”

    For McIlroy, the loft on every head is stamped 15 levels, however there’s a slight distinction within the precise quantity — and function — the membership performs.

    McIlroy can carry his SIM Ti 3-wood over 300 yards with out breaking a sweat.


    With an precise loft of 13 levels, the SIM Ti carries over 300 yards for McIlroy with a spin price that hovers round 2,700 RPMs, making it, because the four-time main winner known as it, a glorified “2-wood” with little or no motion. The Stealth, however, is reasonably weaker at 13.75 levels and carries as much as 290 yards with a contact extra spin — 3,100 RPMs on the draw, and three,600 RPMs on the fade — and supplies the power to work the ball each methods.

    Whereas McIlroy is utilizing Stealth this week at The Nation Membership, each fashions (Stealth and Stealth Plus) have featured in his bag this season. McIlroy initially put Stealth Plus in play on the Gamers Championship however felt SIM Ti was nonetheless the higher match for his setup, so he reverted to the older mannequin within the run-up to the Masters.

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    Additional testing previous to the Wells Fargo Championship between Stealth, Stealth Plus and SIM Ti revealed Stealth was the higher match because of its greater spin price and workability. However with some programs nonetheless requiring an extended second choice off the tee, McIlroy selected to maintain SIM Ti within the rotation.

    What’s most fascinating about McIlroy’s two-pronged method is the actual fact he’s nearly by no means rotated 3-woods — or fairway woods, for that matter — throughout his profession. For years, McIlroy believed fairway woods had been the hardest golf equipment within the bag to discover a appropriate substitute, so he saved the adjustments to a minimal.

    “For me, fairway woods have to be versatile,” McIlroy advised me years in the past. “You want to have the ability to hit it excessive, low, each instructions. Once you discover one thing that checks these bins, you keep it up. These golf equipment have all the time been very private.”

    With two viable choices to deal with a selected course setup, he now not must lean on a single mannequin each week. As a substitute, he could make a game-time choice and really feel comfy that he can swap Stealth and SIM Ti out and in, if he so chooses.

    For this week, it’s Stealth and extra spin.

    Whereas McIlroy’s 3-wood has obtained an uptick in consideration following the win in Canada, he revealed there are just a few spots on the course the place the membership may see motion. As a substitute, he’s anticipating to rely extra closely on a Stealth Plus driver (9 levels) and 5-wood (19 levels) to maintain it within the quick grass and keep away from the penal tough.

    Up to now, the gear plan is working for McIlroy, who sits only one shot again of the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I may see just a few spots the place 3-wood may come out,” McIlroy advised “However this can be a course the place driver and 5-wood, for me, match spots the place I’m making an attempt to hold it.”

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    Jonathan Wall is GOLF Journal and’s Managing Editor for Gear. Previous to becoming a member of the employees on the finish of 2018, he spent 6 years protecting gear for the PGA Tour.

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