Nike Method Core Drone 2.0 putter
Saturday, December 14, 2013
The original Nike Method Core Drone putter had a unique V-shape that made it look like something out of a "Buck Rogers" movie, but with its Method Core face insert, the company believes that it was a great option for players who want a high moment of inertia (MOI) putter that gets the ball rolling fast.
With the putter's next generation, the Method Core Drone 2.0, Nike refined the club's looks but kept the playing features that made the original putter so distinctive.
The V-shaped wings that extended from the face of the original Drone have been morphed into a new W-shape with a white alignment line extended from the face to the back center of the putter. Nike also joined the sections and added non-adjustable weights to the Drone 2.0's sole to lower the center of gravity (CG). According to Nike, shifting a significant amount of the putter's weight away from the face and to the back of the head makes the club more stable and impact, especially on off-center hits, which should lead to more consistency.
While the Drone 2.0's looks have been updated, Nike gave the club the same polymer-grooved face insert found in other Method Core putters. Inside the red aluminum face insert, channels have been partially filled with a polymer, leaving the bottom edges of the grooves exposed. Nike claims the unfilled areas within the grooves grab the ball at impact and start it rolling forward more quickly, while the polymer softens impact and enhances feel.
The Method Core Drone 2.0 putters are available in left- and right-handed models in 33-, 34- and 35-inch versions for $169.