This is where McIlroy has frequently made changes. McIlroy began 2020 using a TaylorMade Spider X Copper putter, but at the FedEx St. Jude in July he used a TaylorMade TP Black Juno putter, a heel-toe weighted blade, in the opening round. However, before the third round his Spider X Copper putter was back.
McIlroy used the Spider X Copper at the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, but in the opening round of the FedEx Cup playoffs at the Northern Trust, the TP Black Juno was back in the bag. Again, the blade’s stay in the bag was short-lived as McIlroy went back to the Spider X Copper before the second round of the following week’s BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago.
The Spider X Copper stayed in the bag throughout the fall and winter, but in March at the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill the TP Black Juno returned.
Then, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship, a new Spider crawled into his bag, a TaylorMade Spider X Hydro Blast. Instead of a copper finish, this putter’s matte silver tone is created by a high-pressure stream of water that goes over the putter.
McIlroy also had it fitted with a new grip, a SuperStroke Traxion PistolGT Tour. The SuperStroke grip has a larger diameter than the grip McIlroy had previously used, along with a more pronounced pistol grip in the top hand and a flat panel on the top.