Rory McIlroy Set to Debut New Driver at DP World Tour Championship
In a surprising turn of events, Rory McIlroy has announced that he will be using a new driver at this week’s DP World Tour Championship. McIlroy, who has already secured his fifth Race to Dubai title, was seen using the TaylorMade Qi10 LS driver, which was recently added to the USGA’s list of conforming drivers.
But McIlroy isn’t the only one making equipment changes this week. Both the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour are playing their final official events of the 2023 season, and GolfWRX.com has spotted new clubs from various manufacturers, including Cobra, Ping, and PXG, at The RSM Classic.
This gives players a last chance to test the new gear in competition and practice with them before their official launch in 2024. While manufacturers are keeping quiet about the specifics of the new equipment, GolfWRX.com was able to capture in-hand photography and speak to PGA TOUR players at Sea Island Golf Club about the new clubs.
One of the highlights is the Cobra Darkspeed X, LS, and Max drivers. Cobra had previously released the AeroJet series earlier this year, featuring an internal bridge structure called “PWR Bridge” that moved weight towards the face for increased speed. The new Darkspeed drivers also utilize the PWR Bridge, along with interchangeable sole weights and carbon fiber sections to reduce weight in unwanted areas.
Ping, on the other hand, has caught attention with its possible new addition to the G430 family, the Ping G430 Max 10K. This prototype driver features a “CarbonFly Wrap” crown design and a large head profile, making it extremely forgiving. Ping staffer Harris English praised the driver for its straightness and impressive performance.
In addition to the driver, Ping has also launched a range of new “S159” wedges. Available in different finishes and with various grind, bounce, and loft options, these wedges offer players more versatility and options for their short game.
Lastly, PXG has unveiled its 0311 “Black Ops” driver prototypes. With different sole weighting locations and head profiles, these drivers aim to produce slightly different flight characteristics. The protruding backweight in the rear helps with forgiveness, launch, and speed. PXG staffer Eric Cole