Rory McIlroy is using a new red TaylorMade putter just in time for the 2017 US Open, filling out his bag with 14 TaylorMade clubs for the first time.
McIlroy has made the switch this week to the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red putter, a model which has become popular with professionals — TaylorMade staffers and not — and amateurs in light of the massive success enjoyed with it by Jason Day and Dustin Johnson dating back into 2015.
McIlroy made public ahead of The Players in May that he had signed a long-term equipment deal with TaylorMade to play their equipment through the bag. He made his debut with TaylorMade equipment at TPC Sawgrass without a TaylorMade putter, and he’s been unable to make a pair of scheduled starts at the BMW PGA Championship and the Memorial Tournament after aggravating a rib/back injury he suffered in January at the BMW South African Open. However, after conducting some testing on his own against TaylorMade’s TP Mullen head and an Odyssey O-Works putter he had been using since the start of the year, per PGATour.com, McIlroy chose the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red.
The four-time major winner will have a special Rors stamp, developed by TaylorMade, for the putter, which he says will help him line up better.
Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy all use variants of the Spider Tour putter, with Johnson having used the black model in the past. A half-dozen TaylorMade staffers in the top 12 in the world are using the putter.