September 25, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- The Cameron Concept M1 Prototype mallet that Rory McIlroy has been using since The Barclays helped him fix an issue with his putter path that plagued him for much of the season. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy's missed cut at the PGA Championship may have been a blessing in disguise. A subpar showing with the putter led McIlroy to make a dramatic change at the beginning of the FedExCup Playoffs.
McIlroy shelved his Nike Method Origin B2-01 putter for a Scotty Cameron Concept M1 Prototype mallet that marked the end of a lengthy run with an Anser-style model.
"Leaving Baltusrol, obviously I was very disappointed, and I needed to think about a few things," McIlroy said. "I needed to assess where my game was and address a few issues. Obviously I think I was No. 1 in strokes gained: off-the-tee at Baltusrol, but I was near dead last in putting, so obviously that was something I needed to address."
The change produced instant results for McIlroy, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship to move into contention for the season-long title at the TOUR Championship.
Even though he didn't have the greatest week (from a statistical perspective) on the greens at East Lake — he ranked 12th in the field in strokes gained: putting (plus 0.352) — McIlroy made the biggest putt of the playoffs when it counted.
Needing two putts to extend the tournament, which had reached the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoffs, McIlroy jarred a 14-footer for birdie to win the TOUR Championship and season-long FedExCup title.
"It was nice just to roll one in on top of him and get this thing done," said McIlroy, who watched Ryan Moore make a 16-footer before him to save par.
The Cameron Concept M1 Prototype mallet that McIlroy has been using since The Barclays helped him fix an issue with his putter path that plagued him for much of the season.
"It was more to do with what my hands were doing, sort of going up and left," McIlroy said. "And obviously with working with Dave [Stockton] over the last few years, it's very much left-hand leading, but the left hand was leading but it was going this way and left and up."
Improving his path was one part of the equation. Going to a mallet also helped reduce head twisting and keep the face square at impact.
"I feel like with the putter change to a mallet, it doesn't encourage that face to close that much, which is the bad putt I was getting," McIlroy said. "So just sort of encourages the face to stay a little more square through impact."
Here's a look at the rest of the equipment in McIlroy's bag.
Driver: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ 70 XTS shaft), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: Nike Vapor Speed (Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X shaft), 15 degrees
5-wood: Nike Vapor Speed (Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X shaft), 19 degrees
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9; True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts)
Wedges: Nike Engage (47, 52, 56 and 59 degrees; True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Concept M1 Prototype
Ball: Nike RZN Tour Platinum