The new premium milled, multi-piece Method Origin putter from Nike employs integrated RZN technology for more forgiveness and new face texturing for better roll.
“When we design a putter, our entire goal is to make the putter an extension of the athlete. We want them to step onto the green without even considering the putter in their hands but rather just be thinking about getting the ball in the hole,” said Nike Golf master modelmaker David Franklin.
That mission led engineers at The Oven to craft a blade putter that included integrated RZN, a family of responsive materials also used in Nike RZN golf balls.
In the case of the new putter, they employed a three-piece construction, including the face, a secondary mass on the back and a RZN layer compressed in-between.
The RZN layer is activated on off-centre impacts, returning energy to the golf ball within the contact time.
“The response is incremental across the face. A hit on the centre of the face elicits a dampening effect,” said Franklin.
“The more off-centre the hit, the more the RZN compresses and the more energy is returned to the ball. The response is similar to our Compression Channel and improves consistency across the face,” he said.
Insights from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who put the putter into play at the 2015 Tour Championship, pushed Franklin and team to make the putter roll more efficiently.
They completely reengineered the polymetal groove technology to offer full-length grooves that are linear from heel to toe. This orientation is designed to provide a more consistent, efficient and faster forward roll.
When I first tested it in Dubai in January 2015, I realized the long putts kept rolling just a little bit more. It just kept rolling and rolling, which was awesome. Then I tested again at Sage Valley in April, 2015, and loved it. From that point I kept asking, ‘When can I get this in the bag?’ I added it in September 2015 and it hasn’t come out since.
The newly designed face features twice the number of polymetal grooves of previous Method putters. More grooves increases coefficient of friction and traction on the golf ball, creating earlier forward roll and a smoother, softer feel at impact.
“I love the new grooves,” said McIlroy. “The roll was perfect and I felt like the contact was so much softer than my previous putter. It got the ball rolling so much quicker.”
The new Method Origin putter is available in two models, the B1-01 and B2-01.