Nike Method Origin Putter: In Pursuit of Better Roll and Less Distraction

Nike Method Origin putter

NIKE reckon they’ve done a lot of good things with their new Method Origin putters, which will be available in Australia from the beginning of June 2016.

Nike says over a decade of research and insight from some of the world’s greatest golfers, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, prompted Nike engineers to embark on a new putter design that minimizes distractions.

“When we design a putter, our entire goal is to make the putter an extension of the athlete,” says David Franklin, Nike Golf Master Model-maker.

“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.”

That mission led engineers at Nike’s “The Oven” to craft a classic-looking blade putter filled with performance-boosting innovations, including integrated “RZN”.

“RZN” is a family of responsive materials also used in the Nike RZN golf balls.

In the case of the new putter, they employed a unique construction comprising three pieces: the face, a secondary mass on the back and a RZN layer compressed in-between.

Together, these pieces form the premium Nike Method Origin putter that has already recorded four global wins in the hands of McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel, who is currently averaging 1.3 fewer putts per round this season (28.9) compared to 2015 (30.2) on the European Tour. The compliant RZN layer is activated on off-center hits, returning energy to the golf ball within the contact time.

Rory McIlroy's custom-made putter
Rory McIlroy’s custom-made putter

“The response is incremental across the face. A hit on the centre of the face elicits a dampening effect,” Franklin says. “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.”

Insights from Woods and McIlroy, who put the putter into play at the 2015 Tour Championship, then 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,” McIlroy says. “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 has been in the bag ever since.”

Nike Method Origin Putter grooves
Linear precision polymetal grooves provide a consistent feel and a precise roll across a wider face area.

The newly designed face features twice the number of polymetal grooves of previous Method putters. More grooves means increased 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,” McIlroy said. “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.”

Available in two models, the B1-01 and B2-01, the Method Origin putter is in the bag of McIlroy (B2-01), Schwartzel (B1-01), Russell Henley (B2-01), Scott Pinckney (B1-01), Ryan Ruffels (B1-01), Nick Watney (B2-01), Lucas Bjerregard (B1-01) and Ross Fisher (B2-01).

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The Method Origin Putter will be available in two models: the B1-01 and B2-01 (Pictured at top).

The Nike Method Origin putter (AUD$649.99 / NZD$749.99) will be available 1st June 2016

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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