Nikes Oven cooks up Method putter


ORLANDO, Fla. – Nike’s research and development headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas (aka “The Oven”) cooked up a few new products for 2010, and they were on display at today’s PGA Merchandise Show demo day.

Most notable is Nike’s Method series of putters, which Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink each used pre-public-launch en route to winning their first major championship in 2009.

The Method putter utilizes three distinct features that Nike says differentiate it from the competition. The first is distinctive polymetal grooves (yes, grooves on a putter face) that start the ball on a positive spin quicker than non-groovy putters.

The second is a multi-material face that dampens impact and gives the putter the distinct look of steel with the soft touch of polymer.

The third feature is tungsten heel-toe weighting that takes 30 grams out of the face and puts it around the perimeter of the putter head. This creates a higher MOI and more stability for those with shaky hands. (And who doesn’t have those!?)

The Method putters come in five different head sizes: classic blade (shown), heel shafted blade, heel shafted mid-mallet, face balanced blade and face balanced mid mallet.

It looks and feels more like a Scotty Cameron than any putter Nike has created. If it can help Glover and Cink win majors then maybe you-know-who will give it a try.