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February 19 2013

2:44 PM

McIlroy tweaks new Nike driver, putter

Rory McIlroy missed the cut in his first start after making an equipment change in the offseason.
(Redington/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

MARANA, Ariz. -- One month after Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in his first event as a Nike athlete, the two-time major winner arrived at Dove Mountain for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship with a positive outlook -- and some equipment tweaks to two clubs in his bag.

After using a Nike Method 006 putter prototype during the first round in Abu Dhabi, McIlroy went back to his Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS the following day, noting after the second round that he felt the Method 006 was a little light for the greens.

McIlroy had the Method 006 putter back bag in the bag on Monday and mentioned during Tuesday's press conference that he made a slight adjustment to the putter, adding 6 grams of weight plus a new shaft to the putter.

"It's a little bit heavier," McIlroy said. "a little bit heavier head, added six grams to the head of it and actually changed the shaft as well. That seems to have worked out pretty well."

McIlroy also made a minor tweak to the MRC Diamana prototype 70X shaft in his Nike VR_S Covert Tour driver. Looking to keep the ball in the air longer, Nike Tour reps tipped the shaft a half-inch less. 

"It's basically the same driver," McIlroy said, "but the shaft isn't tipped quite as much, so I'm just getting a little bit more spin on it, which is keeping it in the air."

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