I recently received the new Nike Method Core 02W putter to review and it has been a great experience. I believe, if anything, you should give the benefit of the doubt to this new line of putters and give them a shot at your local Nike Golf Dealer.
The look of the Nike MC02W is flawless with silver, grey and red tones. Setting it down at address, it looks really clean with the black aiming line and red face insert with the Polymetal groove technology. Having this putter in your hand gives the user a feeling of confidence to attack any putt on the course. Also the included head cover looks really sleek with clean lines and colors. The overall look of this putter is 8/10.
Have you ever used a putter that has literally eliminated the spin off a ball to start a true roll right off the face? I never have with all the putters I have ever used and owned before getting my hands on the MC02W. From bumpy greens to fringe putting, I have never been so impressed with how quick the ball gets a true roll with almost all elimination of the dreaded bouncing ball off the face. The Polymetal grooves are truly revolutionary to the short game. I have always preferred insert-faced putters like the Taylormade Nubbins and Ping G20, but this one takes the cake on best feel and roll. I give the overall roll of 10/10.
Most putters I usually load-up with lead tape to give the feeling of heavy green-hugging weighting but this is the first putter I have used that has flawless heel-toe weighting with the tungsten sole weights. This eliminates the whole necessity of having to put lead tape to have a more solid feeling putter at address and when performing the shot. I give the overall weighting a 8/10.
After owning around a dozen putters in my lifetime, I thought I finally found the best answer in the Ping G20 which has been in my bag the past few years and averaged about 2.3 putts per round. Since using the new Nike MC02W on a variety of courses, from average public courses to the California Golf Club of San Francisco, my average has gone down to 1.85. The performance of this new putter by Nike is exceptional and already paying dividends on the greens by dropping more putts and knocking lag putts to tap in distance. The accuracy with the truer roll is more on line with increased consistency. I have actually pulled the Ping G20 from my bag and sent it to the garage to collect dust. The performance of this putter I give a 9/10.
I have never been so impressed with a putter in my life. Most golfers just assume the most expensive putter in the store will give you the best results instead of testing everything under the sun to find something that fits their game. The Nike Method Core weighted putters are an affordable price, and I believe a step above a lot of putters you will find on the market. I think everyone should go to their local Nike Golf dealer, give these a try, find the MCW putter version that fits their game and start lowering your scores today.
OVERALL RATING GRADE: 35/40
Below is the Official Press Release of the Nike Method Core Putters
Nike Golf Releases New Method Technology with the Nike Method Core Weighted Putter
-Polymetal Groove Technology combined with a weighting system-
Beaverton, Ore. (October 25, 2012) – With professional wins across the globe, Nike Method technology delivers putting confidence. Creating and innovating never stops at Nike Golf with the newest edition to its Method franchise, the Method Core Weighted putter.
The Nike Method Core Weighted putter utilizes fixed weights on the heel and sole of the putter to provide proper weighting by putter length. The weights help to lower the center of gravity as well as move the center of gravity away from the face.
David Franklin, Nike Golf Master Modelmaker, stated, “Most people don’t realize that they are about 3/10 of an inch above the ground at impact. You need to keep the center of gravity of the putter as low as you can so that it never gets higher than the CG of the ball. This stops the putter from driving the ball down and creating backspin on the ball.”
The Method Core Weighted putter works to solve this potential putting inconsistency with its strategically designed weighting system. Franklin continued, “With the Method Core Weighted technology, we worked to get the center of gravity lower than the ball, enabling the putter to rise up at impact, lift the ball and turn it over quickly.”
The Method Core Weighted putter delivers stability and absolute confidence when every putt counts. Nike Method technology utilizes a milled face and Polymetal Grooves that have been proven on global professional tours to generate a more true and consistent roll, keeping putts on target.
The revolutionary Method putter technology was born of innovation and fueled by the demands of Nike Golf’s Tour athletes. This major-winning innovation delivers the roll, feel, and sound necessary for clutch putts in big moments. The Method Core insert is a combination of aluminum face and polymer grooves to lessen impact and vibrations and provide pure sound and feel.
Nike Golf’s Method Core Weighted putters will be available November 1, 2012 in five models, each with a lustrous tour satin chrome finish (4 blades; 1 mallet). The MC01w will also be available in a left-handed version.
Nike Method Core Weighted Putter
Specifications: MC01w RH/LH 2.0˚ 33″/34″/35″; MCO2w RH 2.0˚ 33″/34″/35″; MC03w RH 2.0˚ 33″/34″/35″; MCO4w RH 2.0˚ 33″/34″/35″; MC11w RH 2.0˚ 33″/34″/35″/41″/43″
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