Rory McIlroy changed golf balls at Wells Fargo but not in a way you’d expect

Rory Rors golf ball Taylormade TP5x

Rory McIlroy made a subtel change to his golf ball for this week's Wells Fargo Championship

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This week the Wells Fargo Championship marks the final PGA Tour event before the PGA Championship next week at Valhalla, and some players have been making small changes to their gear leading up to the year’s second major championship — including Rory McIlroy.

The difference is that Rory’s most recent change has nothing to do with performance and has everything to do with how he marks his TaylorMade TP5x golf balls.

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Why TaylorMade’s MySymbol program will change the golf ball game
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With the help of TaylorMade’s MySymbol program and custom printing abilities, Rory has gone from using a traditional number on his golf ball to using a TP5x marked with RORS. This not only makes identifying his golf ball a lot easier but it also means that the only other marking he has to make on his golf ball is the putting alignment line that runs through the side stamp.

Rory isn’t the only one either.

Collin Morikawa, who is also currently sitting tied for second at 4-under with Rory McIlroy and Alex Noren, also utilizes the My Symbol printing capabilities by using a number 5 done in L.A. Dodgers font.

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The only other mark Rory puts on his golf balls is a line along the side stamp. TaylorMade golf

TaylorMade MySymbol

TaylorMade’s My Symbol program has been a huge hit with pro golfers and consumers alike since its introduction in 2023 and they continue to push the envelope when it comes to golf ball customization.

“Personalization and customization is on the rise, and it’s not just in golf,” says Mike Fox, senior director of product creation for TaylorMade’s golf ball category. “With MySymbol we not only wanted to meet demand but exceed expectations as well. That doesn’t come with just adding different logos on a golf ball. It comes with years of machinery development to put logos in places where they haven’t been before. It’s a fully designed product where you can choose the color of your TaylorMade logo, the logo underneath it, as well as where it goes. MySymbol is truly allowing golfers to take your ball customization somewhere it’s never been before.”

Some of those customization options have included TaylorMade’s limited drops of pix golf balls that have included peaches, donuts, and even tacos.

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TaylorMade’s printing sysyem allows for a lot of customization options, including tacos, TaylorMade Golf

The best part is you don’t need to be Rory McIlroy or Collin Morikawa to get your golf balls customized with a logo or 4-letter stamp. All you need to do is head to the MySymbol portal to get started.

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Ryan Barath Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.

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