McIlroy says improved swing will click at Masters

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 leaves for the United States on Monday for the Accenture

Match Play Championship, which begins Feb. 22. The Masters begins

April 5.

He began his season with a second-place finish in Abu Dhabi and

fifth place in Dubai last week, when 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 Wednesday. ”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-fives that’s not a

bad thing.”