October 9 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Nike's latest Method MOD putter line is a mix of old and new. Inspired by four of the most popular putter models over the past four decades, there's no doubting the MOD line, which stands for "Modern Classic," has a throwback feel with models that look similar to the classic Bullseye and RAM Zebra putter.
While each putter has a classic look and shape, Nike added its own twist to the line with the addition of the company's Polymetal groove technology — a staple of the Method line that offers an improved roll and higher moment of inertia.
“We were able to take a range of classic designs and make them perform like modern putters,” says David Franklin, Nike Golf's putter designer. “We incorporated Polymetal Groove technology, which allows athletes to lift the ball, launch it and turn it forward as quickly as possible for a truer roll. We removed weight from the center, placing it in the heel and toe instead for a lower and deeper center of gravity. It’s Nike’s interpretation on classic, familiar shapes.”
The lighter weight polymer in the middle of the putter head also allowed Nike's R&D team to add more weight to the heel and toe of the putter, lowering the center of gravity and improving the stability of the head on mis-hits.
Each putter is milled from a block of 303 stainless-steel and comes in a stain chrome finish.
Nike's Method MOD line will be available Nov. 1 for $299 in four different models — MOD 00 (face-balanced); MOD 30 (30 degrees of toe hang); MOD 60 (60 degrees of toe hang); and MOD 90 (90 degrees of toe hang). All models will come in 33, 34, and 35-inch lengths.