What's in Rory's bag

Rory McIlroy   (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy drove his way to victory in Dubai, using his power from the tee to dominate from the fore as he marched to his tenth European Tour title.

McIlroy continued to impose with his length of the tee and averaged the longest in the field at 317.9 yards with the big stick in hand. His mantle as the longest in the Desert was made even more impressive by fact that big-hitters, Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts and Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, were also vying for that title at the Emirates Golf Club.

Length did come at a price for the Northern Irishman, as accuracy from the tee was sacrificed in favour of increased yardage and he only managed to hit 44.6 per cent of the fairways. Clearly McIlroy saw a greater advantage to be made from playing shorter approach shots, even if that meant from the rough or sandy waste areas prevalent throughout the Desert Swing.

The tactic paid off and McIlroy managed to hit 83.3 per cent of Greens in Regulation (GiR) – the fifth most successful in that category over the week. He also converted many of his birdie chances and his razor sharp putting left him with an average of 1.676 putts per GiR – 15th best in the field – and a mere 28.8 putts per round.

McIlroy’s silky all-round performance left him with a remarkable average of 66.5 shots per round, three quarters of a shot better than nearest competitor, Sweden’s Alex Noren, despite a final round in the 70s!


Here’s what was in his bag:


Nike, RZN . Black

Shoe              Nike

Nike, Vapor - 8.5°

1st Fairway Wood

            Nike, Vapor - 19°
2nd Fairway Wood            

Nike, VRs Covert Tour - 19°

4 - 9 Iron            

Nike, VR Pro

Pitching Wedge             

Nike, VR Forged - 46°

Sand Wedge             

Nike, VR Forged -  54°

Lob Wedge             

Nike, Engage -  59°

Extra Wedge

             Nike, VR Forged -  52°

Nike, Method 006