The per­for­mance of the TP5x was the cat­a­lyst for the Ir­ish­man’s de­ci­sion.

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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.

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