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McIlroy has added a new TaylorMade MG3 wedge for the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – All significant gear changes on the PGA Tour don’t have to be a big task. Sometimes the least visible changes make all the difference.

Standing next to Rory McIlroy’s caddy, Harry Diamond, Wednesday afternoon at the FedEx St. Jude Championship, I asked if his boss had made any significant changes to the equipment since his last start at The Open Championship.

Diamond confirmed that McIlroy had swapped out 3 woods – more on that in Monday’s gear notes – and made a minor change to the TaylorMade MG3 58 degree lob corner. Of the two, the wedge is the more interesting adjustment, especially if you are an average handicapper who struggles with contact around the green.

As Diamond noted, McIlroy will vary the bounce of his lob wedge depending on course conditions. Earlier this season he used a wedge with up to 14 degrees of bounce on courses with softer conditions, in an effort to prevent the leading edge from digging into the turf. At The Open Championship, soft lies around the green were non-existent, so McIlroy dropped the rebound on his 7-degree lob wedge. Reducing the amount of bounce on a wedge will lower the leading edge, making it easier to clear the ball from tight lies.

The raw finish of Rory’s wedge will make your head spin over time.

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With the return to Bermuda grass at TPC Southwind, McIlroy opted to increase the rebound on the corner to 11 degrees to ensure the header cuts through the sticky turf at impact. (McIlroy even weakened the loft on his 58-59, which adds an extra bounce.)

“I definitely haven’t played an event in Bermuda in a while,” McIlroy said, “so I got used to the grass again and some of the lies around the greens.”

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Although some golfers would like to believe that all pros use lob wedges with low bounce, McIlroy is a perfect example of why adopting the bounce, in most cases, is the prudent decision for many golfers.

For the most part, weekend golfers don’t have the hands to properly handle a low-bounce wedge, so the added bounce can act as a glorified bumper on the bowling alley keeping your head moving. , even if the contact is inconsistent.

Anything else to note about McIlroy’s corner? A four-time major winner plays a 58 degree – not a 60 degree. Similar to opting for high rebound instead of low rebound, opting for less loft makes it easier to execute higher percentage shots – pitches and chips – which can save you shots. Landing a mega-flop with the lobber can be exciting, but you’re more likely to cross the green more often than nest it next to the hole.

If the corner of the lob is good enough for Rory, chances are it’s good enough for your game as well.

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Jonathan Wall

Golf.com Editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com Editor for Equipment. Before joining the team in late 2018, he spent 6 years covering PGA Tour gear.

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