Paul McGinley discusses Rory McIlroy's new equipment deal
Last Updated: 10/05/17 8:33pm
Paul McGinley discusses Rory McIlroy's equipment change and looks ahead to Sergio Garcia's return to action at the Players Championship.
Historically when McIlroy has changed equipment it has taken him time to get used to that equipment. He has a new golf ball in the bag this week, he has got irons, new wedges, a new driver, a new 3-wood and a new 5-wood.
It's a seismic change here for Rory and it may take him a few weeks to get used to how the ball flies and how it comes off the club head.
He hasn't got a lot of golf under his belt this year and has only played five tournaments, but having said that he has played well in all of them.
He is certainly fresh and certainly eager. Has he bedded in the equipment enough to hit the ground running this week? Historically the answer would be no, but you never know.
Rory is a world-class player and you never, ever discount him because he has that ability to turn up and blow everybody else away in the field if he's in the mood.
Another big question this week is Sergio Garcia and what's going to happen with him moving forward.
Is he going to someone who glides a little bit now he has his major title, or are the shackles going to come off and we're going to see him threaten the world No 1 Dustin Johsnon?
It's his first tournament back, Rory has a massive smile on his face and is playing three weeks in a row now and with a lot of excitement coming up.
I'm really looking forward to seeing how he reacts to that major win, as we've seen in the past that can go either way.
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