Rory McIlroy says he's got to be willing to take some risks if he wants to win a first Masters title this weekend.

The county Down man has won golf's other majors, while also winning the Players Championship, the sport's unofficial fifth major, last month.

But success at Augusta has thus far evaded him, with 2011 arguably being his best chance. He took a four stroke lead into his final round, but a closing 80 saw him finish ten shots behind eventual winner Charl Schwartzel.

McIlroy brings some good form into this week. Apart from that win at Sawgrass, he's also managed five consecutive top-six finishes. He tells RTÉ Sport's Greg Allen that you have to attack if you want success at the Masters.

"Augusta is a test of being patient," says McIlroy. "But then you have to be aggressive at some point. Whether that's taking on some par 5s, whether that's going for a couple of different hole locations, being aggressive with your iron shots.

"You're going to have to take some risk to succeed here, and I'm very aware of that.

"My game's in a really good spot, so that's first and foremost when you come here. If you've got that in control, it's about controlling yourself, about not letting your mind wander."

McIlroy has admitted to changing his preparation for this year's tournament, telling a press conference that 'meditation and juggling' are now part of his pre-round routine.

He says it's all about bringing consistency to his game.

"I haven't just practiced this hard for one week," McIlroy continues. "I've practiced this hard for a career. So to put all of that into one week would be a little bit foolish

"Obviously I want everything I've learned to help me this week, but at the same time, it's a week of golf. If I treat it like that... the same as other events, and go out there with a relaxed attitude, and know that if I make good swings and hit the right shots at the right time, things can work out my way.

"The way you're going to hit your best shots, and make your best swings, is if you free wheel, and have a freedom of movement and mind. If Augusta has made me do anything in the past, it's made me be tentative with my second shots.

"Being tentative in golf, most people know, isn't going to work out. The best way you can hit a good golf is by 100% committing.

"It's a bit like what I said after the Players, that last tee shot. I stood up, I picked my target, and I swung as hard as I can. If I can adopt that mindset for this week, I know I'll be ok."