LA JOLLA, Calif. — Lightning in a bottle. Magic. Mojo. Call it what ever you like, but anytime a golfer feels that he's not putting well, he's going to be tempted to reach for a new putter in hopes of changing his luck.
This week at Torrey Pines, Anthony Kim is that golfer, and the putter he's switching to is a Nike Method 001. Kim had previously been using a few different Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport putters.
"I put this putter in the bag Monday and it seems to be working good," he told me on the practice green Wednesday morning at Torrey Pines.
"I tried it last week during my off week—while I was chipping and putting a lot—and I figured I might as well try it," he said. "I made a couple of putts with it, and, you know, I haven't been putting so great this year. Part of it had to do with me not reading the putts and the grain so well in Hawaii, but I felt that if there is a time to try [a new putter], it's when you are not putting well. So we're going to put this thing in play and I have a lot of confidence in it."
The new putter isn't the only recent addition to Kim's bag. Last winter, while playing in Asia, he switched to Nike 20XI-s golf ball, and he's added a new Nike Victory Red STR-8 Fit Pro 3-wood (15) and a new Nike Victory Red Pro lob wedge (60) that features the company's new High Frequency X3X grooves.
Here's a complete list of the clubs that Kim will be using this week: DRIVER: Nike Victory Red STR8-Fit Tour (8.5°) with a UST Mamiya ATTAS 7250 X proto FAIRWAY WOOD: Nike Victory Red STR-8 Fit Pro (15°) with a UST Mamiya Red Series 89X shaft HYBRID: Nike Victory Red (18°) and Aldila RIP shaft IRONS: Nike Victory Red Pro Combo (3-4), Victory Red Pro (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts WEDGES: Nike Victory Red Forged (54°), Nike Victory Red Pro (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts PUTTER: Nike Method 001 BALL: Nike 20XI-s See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Nike clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith. Related: Follow David Dusek on Twitter | Facebook