McIlroy heads for Accenture feeling like improved swing will click

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Even with a runner-up and a fifith-place finish so far this year, Rory McIlroy admits that "I still have plenty of swing thoughts I am thinking about out on the golf course."
Bernie McGuire
Associated Press

Series: PGA

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012 | 7:24 p.m.

Rory McIlroy is confident the changes he has made to his swing will click by the time he tees off at the Masters in April.

The 22-year-old Northern Irishman has been working with long-time coach Michael Bannon on improving his swing set-up.

“I still feel it’s going to take a couple more weeks to fully click in and that if feels completely comfortable but it’s definitely on the right track,” he said. “Hopefully, there will be a day when it all clicks and it comes easy to me. As for the time being, I still have plenty of swing thoughts I am thinking about out on the golf course.”

McIlroy left for the United States on Monday for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, which begins Wednesday. The Masters begins April 5.

He began his season with a second-place finish in Abu Dhabi and fifth place in Dubai, where he revealed he had been working on a “few fundamentals” in his swing.

“Posture was one of the key things, and just a little bit of swing plane,” McIlroy said. “I was setting the club a little steep on the way back, so the club was getting a little bit across the line at the top.
“So Michael (Bannon) and I have been working on me getting more feel, and getting the club pointed a little more left at the top so it’s on the right plane. That’s basically it,” he added. “I should be well and truly ready for Augusta.”
McIlroy famously collapsed on the final day of last year’s Masters, blowing a four-shot lead with a closing round of 80, but he bounced back two months later by winning his first major at the U.S. Open and finished the year as the No. 2-ranked player.
After a stellar season in 2011, McIlroy believes he is on track at the start of the new year.
“I feel like I have taken big strides this year in my game and in the way I am swinging the club and in my consistency, as well,” he said. “So I’ve had a second and now a fifth, and even if you don’t have great weeks but then you still managed top-5s that’s not a bad thing.”