ClubTest 2013: Nike Method Core Drone 2.0 Putter
Nike Method Core Drone 2.0 Putter
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
WE TESTED: 35" shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A lower, deeper center of gravity promotes a consistent roll. "Polymetal" grooves get the ball rolling with little or no backspin so that putts track on line.
DISTANCE CONTROL: The ball tracks easily toward the hole on good or bad strokes alike -- it rolls quickly off the face and travels without much effort, leading to very predictable distances.
FEEL: Center strikes feel light and make a distinctive, plastic-like "click" sound, whereas off-center hits deliver a completely different sound; face is fairly lively all the way across and is pretty forgiving on mis-hits.
LOOK: Long sight line extends from the face to the rear, making it easy to align the putter square to your starting line; offset shaft angle gives you the confidence to deliver the face squarely to the ball; very big hitting area.
Space-age design is too futuristic looking for some testers; a few find the insert too soft, which makes it difficult to get long putts close to the hole; large trailing edge tends to scuff along the ground.
BOTTOM LINE: Putts track where you aim -- one of the best at getting the ball to roll true and on line, regardless of where it's struck.
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