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Golfweek lauds new Nike putter

Nike's new Method Concept putter is the club that really stands out at this weeks PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, writes Golf Week's James Achenbach.

The flaming red front section and midnight black back section is "among the most eye-catching" of the putters on show, but it's the concept design "as if somebody attached a bent horseshoe to the back of the putter" that makes the real difference, continues Achenbach.

Inspired by the existence of various concept cars designs, the aluminium front is solid contrary to flimsy alumninum-made fronts of the past, weighing 100 grams with a high-mass stainless steel back piece weighing between 250-290 grams.

The club boasts a total head weight for a 34-inch Concept of 350 grams. For a 32- or 33-inch Concept, it’s 365 grams. For a 41- or 43-inch belly putter, it’s 390 grams.

For a relatively small mallet design, the Concept boasts an impressive MOI, or resistance to twisting. The face also has the groove pattern that is used with the Method family.

Using a Nike Method putter often requires a short adjustment period. For most golfers, the putter produces extra roll because of the influence of the grooves. This means players can concentrate on a shorter, more precise stroke.

The simplicity of the Concept face and top line are intended to aid alignment. The back of the putter is all about balance.

“The steel back piece creates a deep center of gravity on a small footprint,” said Nike designer David Franklin. “This smooths out the stroke. It’s a lot more stable through the stroke than we expected it to be. The backweighting just propels the putter through the ball better.”

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