Once again, this review is another of the many cases of “being a golf web geek doesn’t suck.” My daunting and difficult task is to test out the very hyped up and popular Nike Method putter, mine being the model 001. Yes, being a golf web geek can be a rough go sometimes, but someone has to do it.
Many people are comparing the quality level of the Nike Method putter to that of a Cameron. I didn’t even know Cameron made putters. I thought he was a film maker. You know, Terminator Two, Aliens, Titanic, Avatar…
Nike Method Putter Model 001 Construction
The Method putter has a multi-material face. “Flowed through low durometer Polymetal Groove Technology” (that’s what I was going to say) dampens vibrations and gives the club a soft feel. The “interspersed milled steel face” gives audio feedback which helps the player control distance.
What does all that mean in plain English? The putter has a soft and buttery feel. The physical and audible feedback gives the player a closer connection to the stroke, the ball and the proper club head speed to deliver the ball the correct distance.
Extreme heel-toe weighting via Tungsten inserts makes the MOI (moment of inertia) of the putter very high and increases stability of the head during the stroke and especially impact.
Rock & Roll
I can roll the rock fairly well. Ask any of my victims golf buddies. Putting with the Method is a joy. I can sense and see that the ball is rolling very quickly off the putter face and not skidding. The previously mentioned Polymetal Groove Technology gets the ball rolling end over end much faster than a regular putter and I can definitely attest to that. The roll is pure and there’s not much initial skidding like on many other putters.
The Method 001 is a sharp looking putter, similar to that of a standard heel-toe weighted blade. But looking closer reveals many finer details than you’ll find on any standard heel-toe offering.
The finish of this putter is a very nice gray/silver color. The bottom is chrome. The milling in the face, the bottom and the back is very sharp and precise. The face not only has the large Polymetal Grooves, it has thousands of tiny milled round diamonds. See the face image below:
One of the first tests I do with putters is to simply see if the putter “wants” to stay square during the stroke. I’ll just take a few lightly gripped swings and see what the weighting feels like and what angles that weighting wants to take the head. Due to the distribution of more than 30 grams of weight in the heel and toe, the Method 001 wants to stay square. This is a good thing. If the person putting goes to sleep a tiny bit, the putter will still tend to stay square, resulting in the ball starting out on the right line.
The softness of the face is noticeable. It feels like you can sense the split second that the ball is in contact with the face. In fact that contact feels longer.
The grip is an old school pistol grip style, but with a tacky rubber which I really like.
The grip is crucial, as it is where the player connects to the putter. Without a good connection and feel through the grip, the best milling and design in the world can’t help make putts.
No zipper: check. No stupid Velcro: check. No wacky, nutty, clunky design: check. The head cover passes the test. It is classy looking, functional and best of all, easy to use.
Though the golf world didn’t necessarily need another heel-toe weighted blade, the Method 001 should be strongly considered when looking for a new putter. All aspects of this club, from aesthetics to feel to performance, are at the highest level.
I’ve got roughly six putters in my review queue. I thought I’d do something special and dedicate a whole week to putters, posting one putter review per day. I’ll be reviewing some amazing putters, some crazy putters (like the HOG 14 ball putter pictured), and some putters that just make me ask the three letter question: WTF?
It has been at least 12 minutes since TaylorMade announced a new driver, but there’s big news: TaylorMade has announced a new driver.
The NEW TaylorMade R15 Super Mega Quad driver is the latest driver and soon to be the most popular driver on tour. The R15 features 15 adjustable weights, a high MOI and what TaylorMade marketing calls “Super Mega Distance.”
Back in this post I mentioned that the buzzword for 2010 seems to be “speed.” I’d mentioned Cobra, Taylormade and Callaway Golf all use the word in their ads or even the names of some new clubs. Nike announced the new SQ Machspeed driver and as you can see, has now jumped on the speed buzzword bandwagon.
I apologize but for the life of my I can’t remember this basher of the ball’s name. He was a long drive clinician in the Bridgestone Golf tent at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show demo day. I watched him hit a couple of shots. The ball goes so far and so fast that I lose track of it. The ball is still ascending when I lose sight of it about 280 out…