WHY RORY MCILROY SIGNED UP TO PLAY TAYLORMADE
The performance of the TP5x was the catalyst for the Irishman’s decision.
When Rory McIlroy signed with TaylorMade back in May, many assumed he was joining the company to leverage the technologies in the company’s new M1 and M2 drivers and fairway woods. However, the real driving force behind McIlroy’s decision was the performance of the TP5x ball, which he had started testing shortly after the Masters.
After a frustrating seventh-place finish at Augusta, McIlroy blamed his ball for his inconsistent performance, telling the media: “I need to change my golf ball. That’s the big thing.”
McIlroy was particularly unhappy with how his previous ball performed in the blustery conditions, stating, “I thought my golf ball this week was doing weird things in the wind. It was very inconsistent so there’s one thing I will change and try to work on the next few weeks.” Four weeks later, McIlroy put pen to paper on a four-year deal with TaylorMade.