The Method putters feature a distinctive “polymetal” groove technology that combines milled steel with polymer.
According to Nike designer Tom Stites, “The Nike Method dampens impact vibrations for a soft touch. The multi-material face starts the ball on a positive spin that is faster than both a milled steel putter and those with a polymer face insert.”
The Nike Method putters will be released in the spring. The line consists of four blades and one mallet. The retail price is $249.
At PutterZone.com, we have kept tabs on these new Nike putters for several months as Paul Casey, Lucas Glover and others have put them into play to great effect on the PGA Tour. We speculated that they would be part of the Nike Victory Red line, particularly as some of the prototypes bore the Victory Red logo, as well as red grooves.
But while these putters have been quite visible on tour for some time, it is only now that we know the Method to Nike’s madness. After all, what better way to generate advance buzz than to leak some prototypes and have them win several tournaments, including two majors?
Nike’s earlier entry into the ultra-premium putter category—the Unitized putters—got mixed reviews, but with the Method putter, Nike appears to have a winner on its hands.