After Day 2 win, Rory McIlroy explains his decision to work with Pete Cowen

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After Day 2 win, Rory McIlroy explains his decision to work with Pete Cowen


AUSTIN, Texas – Speaking publicly for the first time since it was confirmed that he had started working with a new swing trainer, Rory McIlroy spoke on Thursday why he felt it was about time.

« [New swing coach Pete Cowen] saw me grow up swinging the golf club. I don’t think he has any preconceptions in his head about how I should swing… I just felt it was a natural fit in terms of Pete knowing my goal, ”said McIlroy, after his 4 and 3 victory over Lanto Griffin at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. “His short game expertise is amazing too, and I think just picking up those little nuggets of him is only going to help him in the long run. ”


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McIlroy also explained that Cowen’s swing philosophy was what he was trying to work on right now, including a focus on the downswing and right arm structure. An extended session of working on these philosophies on the Austin Country Club lineup after his loss on Day 1 – he hit 11 bags of balls – seemed to help and he remains in the chase to move forward until the weekend with a win on Friday. .

“I doubt a session will be that profitable, but I think it’s just a process, and it’s something I’m going to have to keep doing every day and put my faith and confidence in that what I feel like I’m trying to do is the right thing, ”he said.


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McIlroy has also clarified the role of longtime swing coach Michael Bannon in his camp going forward.

“Michael is like a second father to me. Michael and I’s deal is still the same, ”he said. “It’s just the fact that I haven’t been able to see it that much lately, and then the times I have it I feel like every time we’ve seen each other it’s almost like we were trying to do too much.



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