Nike Method Midnight putters
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Nike originally released five Method putters in late 2009 after Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink won major championships using one earlier that season. However, what many consumers might not have known was that head shapes Glover and Cink used in victory were not among the five sent to pro shops.
That changed in mid-2012 with the release of three Nike Method Midnight putters, the 006, 007 and 008. Glover and Cink used a 006 prototype to win their major.
The original Method putters came in a brushed-chrome finish, but the Method Midnight line has a darker, Nickel Chrome finish that should reduce glare.
What both putter lines do share is Nike's polymer-metal grooved face technology. Grooves are cut into the face of each clubs and then partially filled with a polymer applied via a large channel created in the sole. The polymer in the grooves softens impact and enhances feel, while the exposed metal in the grooves digs into the ball to reduce backspin and get it rolling faster.
Thirty grams of weight are removed from the head during the process that creates the channel in the sole and the grooves in the face. Nike repositioned that weight in the heel and toe areas through tungsten weight pads. This increases the moment of inertia (MOI) to provide increased stability.
The Method Midnight putters are available in 33-, 34-, and 35-inch models for $270.