Lucas Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black using a prototype Nike Method putter. Stewart Cink the won the Open Championship at Turnberry using an identical prototype Nike Method putter.
The company made the Method putters with the same grooved-face technology found in Glover and Cink's putters available a few months later, but the head shape preferred by both major winners has never made available to the public.
Nike has just announced that it is extending the Method line by adding the Method Midnight 006, 007 and 008.
While the Method Midnight putters come with a darker chrome finish than their processors, they are milled from the same stainless steel and feature the same grooved hitting area. The grooves cut into the face are partial filled with a polymer that is designed to soften feel at impact. However, by leaving a portion of the grooves open, Nike says that the exposed stainless steel edges of the grooves dig into the ball to reduce backspin and get it rolling faster.
Look for the Method Midnight putters to cost about $270 when they arrive in pro shops on June 15.