Post victory, McIlroy talks gear with Golfweek

Rory McIlroy tees off on the second hole during the final round of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool.

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Open Championship

Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, England

7/17/2014 - 7/20/2014

Pos Name Thru Today Overall
1 Rory McIlroy $1,665,788 600 -17
2 Rickie Fowler $785,910 270 -15
2 Sergio Garcia $785,910 270 -15
4 Jim Furyk $478,380 150 -13
5 Marc Leishman $359,639 115 -12
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A day after Rory McIlroy won the Open Championship, he took a few minutes to answer some equipment questions for Golfweek via email:

What feedback did you give Nike when you were first shown the MMProto iron, and what made you decide to use it during the last two weeks?

I have seen and tested versions of the MMProto 2-iron for the past few months and worked with Nike to perfect this club for me. They brought me this 2-iron to try out at the Nike Performance Fitting Center at Archerfield (Edinburgh, Scotland) on Monday July 7th and I loved it. It was an instant hit and I immediately put it in the bag

On Tuesday, Nike Golf’s Instagram account posted the following close-up shot of seveal MM Proto 2-irons:

David Dusek's note: While Nike has not released any official details about the club, it appears to have a lot of mass low in the heel and toe, along with a pocket cavity that has been filled with a black polymer. Perimeter weighting in the heel and toe not only lowers the center of gravity (CG), which makes the ball get in the air more easily, it increases an iron’s moment of inertia (MOI) to make it more stable at impact. Manufacturers also like to use polymers behind the face if pocket cavity irons to modify the sound and feel. Nike did something very similar in the long irons in the current VR Forged Pro Combo set.

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You decided to not use the X3X VR Toe Sweep 59 degree wedge at Royal Liverpool. What made you go with the VR Forged 59 instead?

Correct. On different terrain like Hoylake, where there are tighter lies, I find the VR Forged 59-degree a better choice than the Toe Sweep. Being comfortable using both wedges gives me greater flexibility when playing different courses.

Dusek's note: When I spoke with McIlroy before the start of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, he told me that he liked the way the Article: Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep wedge works in deep rough, like he faced at Wentworth where he won the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship. On courses with less rough, he likely will go with his traditionally soled VR Forged lob wedge. Judging by his answer, Rory probably will travel to events with both wedges and pick a club based on the course conditions he finds.

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Would you anticipate this will be your bag setup for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles?

It's hard to say at this moment. The Toe Sweep wedge definitely helped me to win the BMW PGA at Wentworth last May. It was great from soft, heavy lies so it could definitely be an option come the Ryder Cup in September.

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