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Charl Schwartzel’s Putter: Nike Method

Charl Schwartzel stunned the field in Augusta today, sinking clutch putts with authority and notching birdies on the final four holes to win the 2011 Masters.

Charl Schwartzel’s putter is a Nike Method 004 prototype that doesn’t appear to have the Method line’s signature Polymetal Groove Technology. This marks the third major victory for the Nike Method line, following wins at the 2009 U.S. Open and 2009 British Open.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods’ putter is the Nike Method 003. He nearly staged an epic comeback today, but fell short with a few mystifying misses. Interestingly, both Woods and Schwartzel use PING grips on their Method putters.

Woods ultimately came in fourth place, which means that Ian Poulter apparently isn’t always right. Poulter might want to pipe down. First he got his knuckles rapped for Tweeting illicit videos of Augusta National, then he foolishly predicted that Woods wouldn’t finish in the top five. Poulter, who wound up nine shots back of Woods and tied for 27th place, should concentrate on making noise instead of news.

Jason Day’s putter is a TaylorMade Spider Ghost that technically doesn’t exist. If you ask TaylorMade about this putter, you’ll likely get a “no comment,” at least for now. But we wouldn’t be surprised to see it hit the retail market by summer.

Adam Scott’s putter is a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi with a broom handle shaft. If he’d won, it would have likely rekindled the simmering argument about whether or not such long putters should be legal. Ernie Els and Tom Watson are among the players who have spoken out against the long putter.

All in all, it was an epic Masters, with an unlikely hero nabbing the Green Jacket with a cool head and a red-hot finish.

About Sean Weir

Sean Weir is the founder and editor of PutterZone.com, and the author of Putter Perfection, the definitive guide to putter fitting. Profile: Google+

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  1. Very exciting Masters. Winner had a super day. Great putting.

  2. um… did you DVR the match today? That looks like a Ping to me…Just say n.

  3. It's a prototype Method, the Swoosh on the face says it all.

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