Equipment

Nike Method Putters

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Nike Method 004

From GOLF Magazine ClubTest 2012 (June, 2012)

Nike Method 004
Category: Blade Putters
Price: $250



WE TESTED: 34”, 35” shaft length

KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The face has “polymetal groove technology” to provide a faster forward roll and improved accuracy. Tungsten weights in the heel and toe (totaling 30 grams) increase MOI for a more stable head. The face-balanced blade weighs 345 grams and has 2° loft.

OUR TESTERS SAY: The larger-than standard blade is a breeze to set up and swing. Its head-heavy feel is a plus.

PROS

DISTANCE CONTROL: Many testers like the way putts roll quickly off the face with topspin; the face-balanced design keeps the head on a straight path through impact with minimal twist on off-center shots; a powerful putter, so little effort is required for long putts.

FEEL: Responsive, firm impact sensation; the well-balanced club swings straight back and through like a larger mallet.

LOOK: Clean, simple Anser-style head; three black sight lines aren’t distracting or overdone; wider topline and larger head than others tested; bright red grip.

CONS

Some testers feel the ball leaves the clubface too quickly; a few guys struggle to calibrate longer putts; a handful of testers prefer a less beefy profile in a blade.


From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, April 2010)

Nike Method 004
Category: Blade Putters
We tested: 35" shaft length

Company line: "The milled steel face maintains audible feedback for proper distance control while the low durometer polymer material dampens impact vibration for soft touch. The result is accurate, truerolling forward spin. No skidding. No skipping. The 'polymetal groove' technology allows 30 grams of internal weight to be excavated from the face and body and relocated to the perimeter for higher MOI and added stability."

Our Testers say:
PROS: Soft yet informative impact feel reveals if the putt will be long or short of the hole; face-balanced head works best for square-to-square strokes; thick topline and three alignment stripes frame the ball at address; plenty forgiving head; unusual face grooves set it apart.

CONS: Some testers prefer a thicker grip than this thin one; small group of guys seek more distinguishable feedback on slight misses; for some reason, a few panelists lack spot-on speed control with longer putts.

Nike Method 005
Category: Midsize Mallet Putters
We tested: 35" shaft length

Company line: "We developed Method putters to produce the least skid and true roll while providing Tour-like feel. Our 'polymer metal groove' technology accomplishes this by dampening impact vibration and providing audible feedback for optimum distance control."

Our Testers say:
PROS: Strong, firm feel at impact creates a nice roll; consistent distance control on longer putts; the putter has a sweet balance and feels a bit lighter than others; simple yet effective alignment lines; some guys laud it as the best Nike putter they've tried; easy to control the club during the swing; non-glare finish and no-frills design is refreshing.

CONS: Firmer feel than most inserts is too firm for a few testers; grip is a little thin for some guys; overall visual package is too understated.

$250, nikegolf.com

From The Shop blog (August 2009)
CHASKA, Minn. — A year after Paul Casey convinced Nike officials to let him use a new prototype putter at the 2008 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the company officially announced the arrival of the Method putter line Tuesday evening.

There are five putters in the line and each will retail for about $250. A limited number will be available later in 2009. The putters will be made widely available on February 1, 2010. The Method 001, an Anser-style, heel-toe weighted blade with a plumber's neck and site dot. There are two other blade-style putters in the line, as well as two heel-shafted mallets.
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From The Shop blog (May 2009)
FT. WORTH, Texas — For several years, Stewart Cink has used on a belly putter and been one of the most consistent putters on the PGA Tour. But this week at Colonial, Cink has switched to a traditional-length Nike prototype putter, which appears to be almost identical to the putter that Paul Casey uses.
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From The Shop blog (September 2008)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — We recently told you that Paul Casey switched to the new Nike Victory Red TW blade irons. This week at the Ryder Cup, the Englishman will also be using a Nike prototype putter.

When I had a chance to speak to Casey about it, he was excited to tell me how well he was putting with his new flatstick, but did not want to go into the details or discuss the technology incorporated in it. He wouldn't even give me its name.
 

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