McIlroy relaxed over equipment testing

Rory McIlroy is taking a relaxed approach to potential equipment changes ahead of the 2017 season.

Nike's decision to withdraw from the market has left McIlroy needing to look elsewhere when it comes to his choice of clubs.

The four-time major winner has already used TaylorMade woods and a Scotty Cameron putter in competition, and will head to Dubai next month to test equipment.

Asked whether he could still have Nike irons in his bag next year, McIlroy is quoted by the Guardian as saying: "That could happen. I have two more sets of these irons so they will last me for at least five years. I go through about a set every year and a half.

"I really like this ball but I will test what's out there. Nike's chief golf ball engineer has gone to Callaway so I will test a few of those because I know how good he is. The ball he made for me now is really good.

"The other stuff? A putter is a putter, I have switched them throughout a season. Wedges are something you have to get a bit used to but for me it is just a matter of not going into 2017 confused. I don't want that. I just want to get what I don't like out of the way, have sets of things I like and go from there.

"Basically my plan for the week in December is more to eliminate the stuff that I don't like. There is actually no reason for me to change at the minute. I am happy with everything in my bag, so it is just a case of looking at stuff and maybe saying, 'this set of irons is better than what I'm using'.

"If I don't find anything that is [an improvement] then I'll keep what I have. The same applies to the ball, the wedges, the putter. It is really just for me to get a feel for what is out there."

McIlroy won the Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship in September to secure FedEx Cup glory following his switch to a Scotty Cameron putter.

Yet he insists the change of club was not as significant as many believed.

"People even said once I changed from a Nike putter to a Scotty Cameron in September: 'That's why he is putting better again'," McIlroy explained.

"That obviously wasn't the case. I could have been putting with whatever; I'd done really good work with [putting coach] Phil Kenyon on my stroke and that's what turned me into at least a better putter than I was in the summer. So it is all just noise that's around you."

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