Whether he's working on his game at the range or unwinding after a competitive round, Rory McIlroy likes to listen to music. The four-time major winner signed a multi-year endorsement deal with audio equipment-maker Bose in 2013, and the company made him available to talk tunes with Golf.com this week.
You've been known to throw your headphones on while you're working on the range. How important is music to your preparation?
Oh, it’s really important. As so much is down to focusing my mind before I play, I use music to help me relax. There’s just something about music. My concentration is improved and when I’m listening to something I really like, it gets me quickly into the zone.
Does music help you with your tempo? What kind of music works best?
It’s not about tempo, really. I listen to music for a number of reasons. It depends what I’m doing. If I'm running hard in the gym, I’d usually go for something that’s really upbeat and motivates me and helps me keep pace. On the range, or if I’m just chilling out, the music would be a bit less intense. And I like new stuff, too, or just tunes I like the sound of. I’ve got quite a selection.
Top 5 Driving Range songs. Go.
What's your musical guilty pleasure?
Just chilling, with nobody around, with a great playlist. I could, and sometimes do, just spend a couple of hours lost with some good tunes.
Which Tour pro would you trust to make you a playlist?
All of them. Then I’d know what was going on inside their heads! But seriously, I think it would be great banter if we all shared our top songs, even the really bad ones.
Who has the worst music taste on Tour?
Oh, he knows who he is! I don’t know if I’d say it was really bad music or more of an individual, unique taste…Yeah, it’s bad!
Rank these Irish musical acts: U2, Van Morrison, The Pogues, The Cranberries, Flogging Molly. If you've put Flogging Molly in the top 4, please explain yourself.
I think you’ve got the order just right. I really like U2 and know a lot of their stuff. And I’ve heard lots of Van Morrison songs, especially as I was growing up. The best I can say is that I think I will at some later stage in my life like to listen to the Pogues, but I don’t really know anything about the Cranberries. And Flogging Molly is really a band? Are you making fun of me?
What was the last concert you went to? What's the next one?
David Guetta. Next one perhaps U2.
If you started a band, what would you call it?
Is it not obvious? It’s got to be “Rory and the Majors”!