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Nike Vapor irons are McIlroy’s weapon of choice at Dunhill Links Championship

Rory McIlroy has made more changes to his bag, adding new Nike Vapor Pro irons to the Vapor driver he debuted in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

When the Northern Irishman was spotted pulling the hotly-anticipated driver from his bag, some were wary that he’d made a mistake by dropping his Nike Covert 2.0 driver, which had helped him reclaim world No.1 status this year. However, after hitting some spectacular drives off the tee, Nike’s latest driver has skyrocketed to the top of a number of people's most wanted lists.

The fact McIlroy has now switched to the new irons indicates he will be using them predominantly in 2015 and beyond, although there’s no word on whether he will also ‘retire’ his Covert driver.

The Vapor Pro irons are the first blade clubs Nike has unveiled in three years, and results were mixed for McIlroy in his first round. He only recorded one birdie en route to a 1-over 73 at Carnoustie, which has left him nine shots off the early pace-setters.

Whether these results are a hangover of the Ryder Cup, the clubs themselves or simply a little fatigue can be debated, although McIlroy is certainly no stranger to equipment changes. He swapped his Titleist gear for Nike clubs following a 2012 season that saw him win the PGA Championship and attain world No.1 status, so perhaps this is just an issue of bedding down with his new equipment.

McIlroy is again sitting tall at the top of the table coming off a pair of major successes this summer, and the 25-year-old is once again tinkering with his weapons, albeit sticking with the Nike brand for the foreseeable future.

The Nike Vapor Driver and Vapor Pro Irons will be arriving at OnlineGolf shortly, so keep checking back for updates of when they will be available for pre-order.

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