January 10, 2017
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Rory McIlroy arrived in South Africa with a new bag setup this week. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy told NoLayingUp's Chris Solomon that he would be making wholesale changes to his equipment setup at the European Tour's BMW South African Open — adding Callaway woods, irons, Vokey wedges, Titleist's Pro V1x golf ball and an Odyssey putter to the bag.
On Tuesday, McIlroy arrived at Glendower Club with his new setup. He was spotted using a Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero driver with a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage shaft, custom Apex MB irons, Titleist Vokey Design SM6 wedges and a Pro V1x golf ball.
He's also reportedly using a custom Odyssey putter, but photos from the course only revealed a putter headcover in the bag with an Odyssey logo.
McIlroy's custom Apex MB irons are a complete one-off and have a decidedly different look from the version currently available at retail. The irons have a similar head shape to the Nike VR Pro Blade irons McIlroy used during his time with the Swoosh.
For the moment, McIlroy is playing all of the gear without an equipment contract. During a recent interview at The Barclays, the four-time major winner hinted he could spend at least one year playing without a club and ball deal.
"I don't really expect to sign with anyone next year," McIlroy said. "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."
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