Rory McIlroy returns from a self-imposed three-and-a-half month hiatus from competitive golf at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship – and he does so with some shiny new TaylorMade clubs in tow.
The world No.11 is making his first start since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October, where he was seen using the 2017 TaylorMade M2 driver.
This week, he’s debuting the new TaylorMade M3 driver and 3-wood. He has also got a new lob wedge in the bag.
Here’s a full run-down of the clubs he’s using…
Driver: TaylorMade M3 (8.5°)
Fairway: TaylorMade M3 (15°)
Utility: TaylorMade P790 UDI 2-iron
Irons: TaylorMade P750 (3-4) & TaylorMade P730 RORS Proto (5-9)
Wedges: TaylorMade MG (47°, 54°) & TaylorMAde MG Hi-Toe (60°)
Putter: TaylorMade Mullen 2 putter
Pic: Ryan Lauder, Twitter (@RyanLauder66)
McIlroy is also using the TaylorMade TP5x ball, which you might notice has the number 22 stamped on it.
Why ‘22’? A couple of reasons. One, he married his wife, Erica, on April 22 last year. Two, he says it is a number that reflects his approach to playing golf.
“We looked up the meaning of numbers and the number 22 means powerful and high risk, high reward,” he was quoted as saying last year. “That’s sort of everything I am on the golf course so I thought that was appropriate.”