Nike Golf used input from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, among other staffers, in designing a pair of new putters with the intent of furthering roll out on long putts and delivering more energy on off-center hits.
What they came up with is the Nike Golf Method Origin putter. The club has a three-piece design, with a milled face, the weighted support in the bag for higher moment of inertia and a middle layer created from RZN, Nike's proprietary energy transfer material used in its golf balls.
The idea with the RZN layer is that it does different things depending on where the ball hits the face. Closer to the center, the RZN layer has a dampening effect. Further out, it compresses and delivers more energy to the ball so roll out remains similar and more consistent through the face.
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The face features full-length grooves that run heel to toe, a more common feature in 2016 putters, which delivers improved friction at impact and imparts more forward spin. The face also sports double the number of polymetal grooves found in prior Method putters, again, with the intent of picking up friction and helping to get the ball rolling with forward spin quicker and for longer.
The Nike Method Origin putter will be available April 22 in two models, the B1-01 and B2-01, and retail for $350.