Oct 25th, 2016
Rory McIlroy to switch to TaylorMade M2 Driver
Update: Photographic evidence!
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Getty Images
Update: Rory has been photographed practicing with a TaylorMade M2 three wood with what looks to be a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage XT shaft at the WGC HSBC Champions event in China. More updates as and when we have them.
Original: The rumour mills have been turning this weekend, with speculation that Rory McIlroy will be making another switch away from his Nike golf clubs. According to Nolayingup on Twitter, Rory is going to be putting a TaylorMade M2 driver and fairway woods in his bag at the WGC- HSBC Champions event in China.
The fall out from Nike exiting the golf hardware business has been pretty quick and decisive. Many of their players have been testing other equipment since the announcement, but Rory has only so far switched his putter to a Scotty Cameron M2. Elsewhere though players have started making wholesale changes.
At the Ryder Cup Brooks Koepka put an M2 into play, while Paul Casey has also tried one in his recent hot streak, which he says he hits further, but not as accurately as his Nike driver. Jamie Lovemark, Nick Watney and Thorbjorn Olesen have all been spotted with TaylorMade drivers as well in recent weeks. Russell Henley has been spotted with a full bag of Titleist equipment, while Patrick Rogers and Tony Finau have both been spotted with Callaway clubs in the bag.
Rory has previously said he wasn't looking to sign with a new equipment manufacturer anytime soon.
“I might start tinkering a little bit in the offseason and see what else is out there. I don’t really expect to sign with anyone next year. I’d rather just have a year of going and playing what I want and being comfortable, and if I come across something that I really like and I’m really comfortable with, obviously I’ll look to sign a longer-term deal.”
Just a few months ago the idea of a Nike player using a TaylorMade driver was unthinkable. But with Nike leaving the buisness and adidas selling TaylorMade anything seems possible right now. If you drove the ball as long and straight as Rory does, and found a driver you could hit even further, and just as straight, well you would change wouldn't you?