It’s getting harder for Nike to keep the worst-kept secret on the putting green these days, as its Nike Victory Red putter keeps showing up atop the leaderboard and, consequently, across your television.
Of course, the Nike Victory Red putter doesn’t officially exist, despite the fact that Lucas Glover was using one yesterday during his near triumph at Quail Hollow. Lucas Glover’s putter is the new Nike prototype with a distinctive red face groove pattern that is easily identified under the bright lights of Sunday tournament coverage.
If the putter looked familiar to you, it was because Paul Casey used the same prototype to win the Shell Houston Open four weeks ago. Trevor Immelman has been spotted using a mid-mallet version, too.
Officially, the putter is just a prototype without a name, and Nike remains tight-lipped regarding any details.
But as PutterZone.com observed recently, evidence is mounting that this new putter will fall under the banner of Victory Red, which is currently limited to Nike’s new line of irons and putters.
With Nike apparently phasing out its high-end Unitized putter line, and with its new prototype scrorching the greens on the PGA Tour, don’t be surprised if this new creation comes out of the “Oven” (the nickname for Nike’s R&D facility) soon to a store near you.