The world number two will use the TaylorMade Tour Red Spider putter this week at Erin Hills
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Rory McIlroy To Use Spider Putter At US Open
The world number two signed with TaylorMade in May and initially put 13 TaylorMade clubs in his bag. He will now have all 14.
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Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade’s Vice President of Tour Operations, told PGATour.com that McIlroy has tested the Spider Tour Red putter against a custom TaylorMade TP Collection Mullen and the Odyssey O-Works prototype he was previously using and noticed some key improvements on sidespin with the Spider.
“He tested it on all the monitors and it just outperformed everything,” Sbarbaro told the PGA Tour.
“Perfect speed, launch and spin with almost no sidespin. The (TP Collection) Mullen and the Odyssey (O-Works) were giving him more sidespin if he didn’t hit it perfect.”
McIlroy’s Spider is slightly different to those used by others, with his featuring a black alignment line and ‘RORS’ stamped on the sole.
The four-time major winner told PGATour.com, “That’s one of the reasons I went to the mallet — I sort of figured it helped me align better and helped with my aim.
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“It’s awesome with the Spider because you set this thing up and you know exactly where you’re aiming, and it sits so square with that with that flow neck.”
Rory has signed a long-term deal with TaylorMade…
The world’s top three ranked players, Dustin Johnson, McIlroy and Jason Day, who was the first to use the Spider Red, are now all using Spider putters.
The Ulsterman, who won his first major at the 2011 US Open, returns this week at Erin Hills after taking some time out with a rib injury.
He plays his first tournament this week at the US Open since The Players Championship last month where he ended in a tie for 35th.