Equipment

Nike Method Core Concept Putter

Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
Price: $200

WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft length
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A lightweight aluminum face attaches to a heavier steel body to create a “blade-style” head (red color) that has the stability and fast roll of a big mallet design.

OUR TESTERS SAY: Unorthodox-looking, but it gets the ball rolling quickly and smoothly. It performs much like a high-MOI mallet putter—very forgiving on off-center hits.

PROS
DISTANCE CONTROL: Additional backweighting eliminates twisting, making it easy to dial in the proper distance; large aluminum face provides an ample sweet spot for occasional mis-hits; effective on long putts.
FEEL: Impact feel is so soft and quiet; ball is deceptively hot and smooth coming off the face, regardless of where you hit it.
LOOK: Disregard the black “luggage handle” on the back and you’re looking at a fairly straightforward blade, not a mid-mallet; tubular back curves toward the heel to promote an inside takeaway.

CONS
Many testers are a bit turned off by its appearance; a few guys find it difficult to judge proper speed and distance due to the head’s light weight.

You probably haven’t seen anything that looks like the new Nike Method Core Concept putter. It's hard to tell which is more eye-catching, the unique D-shaped head or the red aluminum face.

From GOLF.com (Janaury 4, 2012)
David Franklin, a research-and-development designer for Nike Golf, says that the goal for the Method Core Concept was to create a putter that acts like a large, forgiving, high-MOI model, but comes in a smaller package.
 
To accomplish that goal, Nike started by giving the Concept the same polymetal groove insert that is in other Method Core putters. The tiny grooves, set inside a polymer insert, are designed to grab the ball at impact and get it rolling faster.

Nike Method Core Concept putter
David Dusek
Nike Method Core Concept putter
 
But instead of using stainless steel to house the insert, the Concept’s insert is set in a lightweight, aluminum body. That front section, which contributes only one-third of the putter's weight, is permanently affixed to a heavy steel ring using two non-adjustable screws. The black ring portion of the Concept contributes two-thirds of its weight.
 
“What that does is give you a very deep center of gravity in relation to the size,” Franklin says.
 
According to Nike, the advantage of having a putter with a deep center of gravity is increased stability, which gets the ball turning over more quickly and encourages golfers to swing through putts instead of decelerating.
 
Only a handful of putters have ever been released in red. The color should stand out in sharp contrast against the green, so Nike hopes that consumers will be open-minded and like the unique look.
 
The Method Core Concept should start to arrive in pro shops in early February for about $199.

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