Rory McIlroy to play Callaway clubs according to NoLayingUp

Rory McIlroy is on the hunt for a new set of sticks and he’s settled on Callaway for now.

According to Chris Solomon over at NoLayingUp:

Rory McIlroy will make his 2017 debut at the BMW South African Open on January 12, and will be making equipment changes through the entire bag. No Laying Up has confirmed that Rory will be playing the new Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero driver, Callaway Custom Apex MB irons, and reuniting with an old (but improved) friend in the Titleist ProV1x ball.

McIlroy explains the decision:

“I want to play the new ProV1x ball and I know the Callaway driver works the best with it. I also know my Nike irons don’t work as well with the Titleist ball because of the groove format. Too spinny, and a loss of distance,” McIlroy told No Laying Up in late December.

“With everything that’s going on in the golf world and the golf business right now, especially with my sponsor Nike pulling out of the golf equipment business, it’s given me the freedom to try other things in the market that I haven’t been able to try the last few years. It’s nice to have a little look around,” McIlroy told the No Laying Up podcast in November. “The golf ball will be the big thing.”

McIlroy is opting not to sign a deal with a club manufacturer which gives him the freedom to experiment if he has any issues early in the season. He’ll also be playing Titleist Vokey wedges and a prototype Odyssey putter.