Rory McIlroy insists he has enjoyed a very productive few weeks as he prepares for the Open Championship.

The Northern Irishman has yet to record a victory this year, with his last win coming at the DP World Tour Championship in November.

He told RTÉ Sport: “I think I'm in a better place. I feel like my golf this year hasn't been as far away as some of the golf I've played this time last year, so in that regard I feel good.

“I was asked in a press conference there one word to describe my game and I said 'promise'.

"I think it’s definitely moving in the right direction and I feel very prepared for this week so just got go out there and see what happens."

Twenty-four-year-old McIlroy said he has been putting in the practice since a difficult Irish Open, where he failed to make the cut with a score of two over.

He said: “I had a lot of great practice with Michael Bannon and JP [Fitzgerald] as well.

"The three of us just sat down and made a plan and decided what we wanted to do and what we needed to do, to get back on track.”

The youngest ever US Open champion feels he has found the right driver as he is still getting to grips with his new clubs from his mega-money sponsorship with Nike.

He said: “I really feel I’ve got a great driver, a driver that I can stand up and do anything I want with.”

“I was asked in a press conference there, one word to describe my game and I said promise" - Rory McIllroy

While McIlroy admitted he has been better prepared for other championships, he said that he has been getting used to the course at Muirfield.

He added: “I have spent a lot of time here, I’ve got to know the course very, very well, and feel like I’ve I know the shots I need to play around here to be successful.

“I think it’s the way an Open Championship should be, a links course should be firm and fast and fiery and play different shots and bump balls into the greens and run it up the hills and not just fly it under the greens.”