What I Play: Rory McIlroy for the 2012 U.S. Open

Photo: Angus Murray

Rory McIlroy's Titleist gear

The defending U.S. Open champion is geared up to make another title run in 2012.

DRIVER: Titleist 910D2 (8.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7V05 shaft, C-2 setting (-0.75° loft, 0.75° upright lie), 45.5”, 302 yards
RORY SAYS: I received the 909D2 at the 2008 Volvo Masters and immediately put it in my bag. I loved the look, shot shape and ball flight. The 910D2 is similar looking and the adjustability option provides an even greater fit and performance.”

FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 906F2 (13°, 18°) with Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shafts, 270 yards (13°), 250 yards (18°)
RORY SAYS:I’ve had this model in my bag since I turned pro [in 2007]. I replaced them for three or four months when the 910F2 came out, and I had some great success, especially in the Ryder Cup. But I just feel more confident and comfortable being able to hit a fade or draw on command with these older ones, so I went back to them in late 2010.”

IRONS: Titleist 712MB (3-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts, 1° strong
3-iron: 230 yards
4-iron: 217 yards
5-iron: 205 yards
6-iron: 190 yards
7-iron: 178 yards
8-iron: 165 yards
9-iron: 150 yards
RORY SAYS:I put these in play at the 2011 Dunhill Links. Slightly stiffer shafts than my previous ones reduce my draw slightly and increase ball speed 2-3 mph, for slightly longer distance and a stronger, more penetrating flight.”

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM4, 46° loft/8° bounce, 138 yards; 54°/8°, 120 yards; 60°/4°, 95 yards; Project X Rifle 7.0 steel shafts
RORY SAYS:I love the performance, especially my lob wedge. I’m more of a sweeper, and the lower bounce allows me to hit the full shot, if necessary.”

PUTTER: Titleist Cameron Newport GSS, 34”, 3° loft, 2° upright lie

BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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