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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 198
M ORE than 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 minimises distractions: the METHOD ORIGIN PUTTER. “When we design a putter, our entire goal is to make the putter an extension of the athlete,” explains David Franklin, Nike Golf’s master modelmaker. “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 ‘The Oven’ to craft a classic-looking blade putter filled with performance-boosting innovations, including integrated RZN – a family of responsive materials also used in Nike’s RZN golf balls. In the case of this putter, they employed a unique construction comprising three pieces: the face, a secondary mass on the back and an 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. The compliant RZN layer is activated on off-centre hits, returning energy to the ball within the contact time. “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. So they completely re- engineered 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. The newly designed face features twice the number of polymetal grooves of previous Method putters. More grooves means increased co-efficient of friction and traction on the ball, creating earlier forward roll and a smoother, softer feel at impact. E NIKE METHOD ORIGIN PUTTER Available now, RRP: $650; nikegolf.com ROLL LIKE thegear AVAILABLE IN TWO MODELS, THE B1-01 AND B2-01, THE METHOD ORIGIN PUTTER IS IN THE BAG OF RORY MCILROY (B2-01), CHARL SCHWARTZEL (B1-01), RUSSELL HENLEY (B2-01), SCOTT PINCKNEY (B1-01), RYAN RUFFELS (B1-01), NICK WATNEY (B2-01), LUCAS BJERREGAARD (B1-01) AND ROSS FISHER (B2-01).
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