ClubTest 2014: Nike Method MOD 00 Putter
Nike Method MOD 00
Category: High-MOI Mallet Putters
WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft lengths
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: “Polymetal” grooves lift the ball from the turf to get it rolling faster.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Center hits are dead-on; the Method Mod 00 cuts out three-putts and tolerates misses; the ball grips the turf off the face and holds its line with determination— some say it takes the break out of short putts.
FEEL: One of the top-ranked models for feel; easy to use—gets your hands in a great position and flows from there; one of the more sensitive high-MOI mallets, with a quiet, metallic click at impact and legible feedback; well weighted, with a good deal of meat behind the heel and toe.
LOOK: A tester favorite, refined, tasteful and traditional; soft silver finish and half-moon shape; array of sight lines looks like an homage to the Ram Zebra and makes aiming a breeze.
Not as stable as many of its spaceship-style peers—some panelists say toe misses lose integrity; off-center strikes can also feel marginally unpleasant and can hop off the face; head is lighter than it looks, which can throw you.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the best tested. A low-stress companion that swings smoothly, feels sweet on center hits, and puts a clean roll on the ball. It should suit mallet-players looking to get back to basics or blade guys wanting more help.
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