Rory McIlroy looks to complete the Career Grand Slam at Augusta in Nike Golf’s edgy new MM Fly Blade and MM Fly Blade Block Polos.
We’ve been fans of these Blade polos since they were launched more than a month ago. The minimalistic collar is unlike any that we have seen on the fairways. In fact, it looks like it is straight out of a futuristic science fiction movie. These polos also offer a very tailored fit through the chest, body and arms, which play into the clean, modern and athletic look of the shirts. In order to achieve this streamlined silhouette, and still allow for natural movement and maximized range of motion, Nike has used a single knit circular jacquard performance fabric and ergonomic seams that move effortlessly with the body.
“I wanted a great fitting polo. I wanted something I could pull on at the beginning of my round and not think about again until after the last putt. When they finally let me try their prototype polo, I thought: this is it! I really didn’t want to give it back.” – Rory McIlroy
Look for Rory to pair these Blade polos with Nike’s Modern Tech Woven Pant and custom Lunar Control 4 shoes that were designed through the NikeID program. Our friends at Golfposer are all over these custom kicks and are running a contest for a chance to win them. Check it out.
Nike has always been a leader in technical innovation, and this year the brand has stepped it up from a fashion standpoint, too. With progressive designs, like its Flyknit Chukka and Lunar Force 1 G golf shoes, tapered trousers, slim cut polos and fashion forward collars, Nike has successfully disrupted the status quo of the golf fashion industry.
That being said, Rory’s script for the Masters falls a bit short of expectations when it comes to color. Each of these looks is sleek and clean, but day after day of grey may get a bit boring and tired by the time Rory heads to the back nine on Saturday. This is another script where branding seems to have been put ahead of showcasing an entire collection. Nike’s Spring Collection may be its best one ever. It has some cool blues and grassy greens that would have added some pop to Rory’s script, even if it meant pairing one of these grey shirts with some bright blue pants.
In addition to Rory’s custom Lunar Control 4s, Nike also introduced an Augusta-inspired Metcon 2 Amplify training shoe with a green and white upper and a pink and purple azalea outsole.
Nike has long referred to its golfers as ‘athletes,’ and Rory, along with Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau and Jamie Lovemark, embody this. The brand even used McIlroy to promote its new Lunar Epic Flyknit running shoe and it has now given him a custom training shoe.