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PUTTER REVIEW! – Nike Method Concept

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Putter Tested: Nike Method Concept

(Written By: GolfSpy T) When it comes to putters, the staff here at MyGolfSpy is made up largely of a bunch of traditionalist, elitist fancy boys. They gravitate almost exclusively towards highly polished, CNC milled putters. It's form before function. They're practically communists. Fortunately, for those of you out there who have evolved beyond, this-one-looks-just-like-that-one blades, and mallets that looked like they were produced just so someone could say "hey, I made a mallet", one spy (me) is actually inclined towards what you might call unconventional designs. I find the beauty in what others might see as hideous. And most importantly, I'm not afraid to put a putter in my bag just because it doesn't look like everything else.

While the big golf companies have come out with some pretty interesting looking stuff over the years (PING's Doc 15, and TaylorMade's Spider spring to mind), one could make an argument that Nike's Method Concept, which hit the market in February of this year, is the funkiest looking blade...err...mallet...uh...let's just say putter that one of the big guys has brought to market in quite some time.

The goal of the Concept was to create a high MOI putter with a deep center of gravity; a putter with similar performance characteristics to large mallets, while maintaining a relatively compact footprint. Nike was able to achieve that goal by paring a lightweight aluminum face (less than 1/3 of the head's total mass) with a much heavier steel back piece. While my experience with the Concept suggests that they were largely successful, there is no denying that the nature of the design has some aesthetic implications.

Putter Features:

  • Multi-Material Construction (lightweight aluminum face with high-mass steel body)
  • 350 grams (34", 35") 365g  (33"), 390g (43" - Belly)
  • Loft: 2 Degrees
  • Lie Angle: 69 Degrees
  • Face Balanced
  • Double Bend Shaft
  • Red & Black Color Scheme
  • Nike Method Concept Grip

BALL USED: Nike 20xi-x

FEEL

Nike describes the Method Concept as having a soft feel. I'm inclined to disagree. The putters that come to mind when I think "soft" are, like the Method Core series, insert-based. I think Odyssey, and TaylorMade AGSI, and perhaps the non-insert Bettinardi Fit Face. Some of those, particularly the softer Odyssey inserts, give one the feeling of smashing the putter face against a pile of mashed potatoes. That's basically what I expected the first time I hit a putter with Nike's Polymetal Groove Technology.

To Nike's credit, their insert doesn't feel like the others. It feels solid, clicky. It's not mushy, and unlike many other aluminum faced putters, it's not tingy either. The best thing I can say about the feel offered by the Polymetal insert is that if you didn't know it was there, you'd never know it was there. It's not soft, but it's not overly firm either. It more or less feels like most of the other putters on the market today. That's good...but it's not soft.

LOOKS

When Nike first posted pics of the Method Concept on their Facebook page, some of the reaction was a little harsh. One fan wondered if Nike had entered an "Ugly Putter Contest", while another suggested the most redeeming quality of the new putter is that it's not named RocketBallz...and that was before Nike made a Green and Yellow version to celebrate the Masters.

I'm not going to sit here and tell you that you're wrong and that the Method Concept, despite it's unconventional design, and alternative color scheme is the most beautiful putter on the planet. It's not. The damn thing looks weird...no two ways about it. Personally, I don't hate it, and after having it in the bag for several rounds, I don't really notice the black bar. It basically looks like a blade with some training edge support.

SET-UP & ALIGNMENT

Some of the guys here get all worked up about alignment and sight lines. Me...I basically don't care (something you settle into quickly when you play strange looking putters). The Method Concept features the fairly common single line alignment system. What's not to like about that?

I do find that I'm struggling just a bit with finding my line. It's early in the season, so it could just be me, but I do find I'm missing by a couple of inches. Sometimes left, sometimes right, but rarely ever have I nailed it from outside of 10 feet. I'm always close, but seldom perfect.

PERFORMANCE

With it's face balanced design, the Nike Method Concept should be ideal for a straight-back, straight-through putter. Until last year, I thought that was me. It turns out I'm more of a slight arc kinda guy, which means, on paper anyway, the Method Concept isn't a perfect fit for me. The thing is, I have a flaw in my putting stroke. I have a tendency to bring the putter back slightly to the outside, then loop it around and bring it back from the inside out. Basically, I swing a putter like Jim Furyk swings everything else.

What I find is that something in the weighting of the Method Concept wants to pull the putter back a little bit to the inside. Sure, you can fight it, but why bother. For me, it's proven extremely beneficial and resulted in a much better stroke. The Method Concept remains very stable through impact, and remains consistent even on slight to moderate mis-hits.

While 3.5-4° has become the de facto standard loft for putters (you can probably thank Scotty Cameron for that), the Method Concept has only 2° of loft. That design coupled with the Polymetal Groove face causes the ball settle into its roll quickly with very little, if any skipping.

The single biggest reason I've become a fan of the Nike Method Concept is distance control. I've been primarily a belly putter guy for the last year+ now, and I had no designs on switching back to a short stick. While the purist crowd has gotten their knickers in a twist about belly putters offering an unfair advantage, what most would seem not to realize is that like most anything else in the bag, the choice between a conventional or belly putter is one of compromise. While I find belly putters extremely stable (and yes, comforting) on shorter putts, dialing in precise distance...especially from a distance can be an issue.

With the Nike Method Concept I'm more dialed in than I've ever been (especially at the start of the season). I'm averaging under 1 3-putt per round to start the season (and a couple of the 3-jacks are solidly on me...gross misreads, duffing the putter). I'm finding it extraordinarily easy to put my first putt within 3 feet from nearly any distance. And the stability of the Method Concept makes those knee-knockers anything but scary. You think belly putters are cheating? No...this is cheating.

  • Distance Control = 9.8
  • Accuracy = 9.4
  • Sound & Feel = 9.0
  • Appearance = 8.5
  • Alignment = 9.0
  • OVERALL = 91.40

FIT FOR STROKE™


Don’t change your stroke. Change your putter.

The (FIT FOR STROKE™) concept was developed by PING, yet another genius fitting system they have developed for golfers. It works hand-in-hand with the iPING Putter App which is highly suggest everyone getting (IT’S FREE!). You might be surprised to find out that the stroke you think you have isn’t the stroke you actually have.

This addition to the MGS reviews will allow you to become a more consistent putter by matching you with models that better fit your stroke type. They will be broken down into three categories: (1) Straight – for face balance putters (2) Slight Arc – for mid toe hang putters (3) Strong Arc – for toe down putters

“Results from hundreds of player and robot tests at PING offer overwhelming scientific support for the effectiveness of fitting for stroke. In recent years more diagnostic tools and testing equipment have become available, and the results prove that a golfer’s consistency improves when their putter balance matches their stroke type. It was interesting to observe that golfers putt more consistently with stroke-appropriate models, but they also show a personal preference for these models, too. Prior to putting with them, golfers are drawn to models that fit their eye, even before they fit their stroke.” says PING.

The Nike Method Concept is a: STRAIGHT


OVERALL

When trying to reach an ultimate appraisal of the Nike Method Concept putter , I came to the conclusion that it's very likely the Turkey Bacon of the putter world. Some people are going to love it, and will never want to go back to the traditional, while others will see it as an outright abomination. Me, I'm a turkey bacon guy...and I guess I'm a Nike Method Concept guy too. So yeah, if we're talking beauty pageants, the Concept probably isn't going to standout like Ms. Texas, but that doesn't mean it won't take home Ms. Congeniality. After-all, the performance makes this little ugly duckling infinitely lovable.

If you're struggling with distance control, like a solid feeling putter, and aren't afraid of a little extra attention around the green (everybody has something to say when the see it), at $199, you might want to pick up both the red and green ones.

Review Summary

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91.40

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

wdgolf April 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

I bet that handle bar is great for anyone who needs help standing up after going to the bathroom…oh wait, that’s a putter?

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Joe April 18, 2012 at 10:48 am

I am shocked by this review. I tried the putter many times and found it hard to set up and very hard to swing straight with. The look is admittedly odd, but that would not have bothered me (I even thought that Green and Yellow version looked cool), the thing is just feels very very strange and sure didn’t seem anything like a ‘straight swing’ putter at all.

In comparison, the Nike Drone was easy to set up and a very obvious straight back and straight through putter.

Maybe the design just threw me off so much I couldn’t do anything with it?

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GolfSpy T April 19, 2012 at 6:16 am

Joe – Thanks for the comment/feedback. First I would ask you if you’re sure you are a straight back and straight through guy. I would have sworn that I was, and it was only after I played around with the iPing app that I learned that I wasn’t (slight arc seems to be my natural stroke).

The other thing I would add is that despite being faced-balanced, the weighting of the Method Concept may not be idea for a straight through stroke. Granted, this is just one guy’s experience, but I found that the Concept really wants to pull back slightly inside. This is great for me since I tend to start the putter a bit outside, but I’m thinking that if that’s true for everyone, it could cause problems for someone who actually does putt straight back and straight through.

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Joe April 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

I think you are bang on there. All my swings with it felt like they were pulling me inside. It was like I had to fight against it to keep it straight- which is never good if you are trying to putt ‘relaxed’. My best experience was with the old TM Tc3, the Ping Craze and now the Scottsdale Wolverine (though I loved the Syndey as well). Those are all straight back and through putters- so that tells me I must be a straight back guy.

But I do want to try out that app.

Thanks for review- this is quickly becoming my favourite site. I may have formally become MGS member!

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robmailman April 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

thank’s guy’s i’ve been waiting for a review, i’d like to try this but i don’t like double bend shaft designs, do they offer anything else regarding this ?

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Silkky April 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Picked up this putter and replaced my Scotty Cameron Newport 2. Number of 3 putts went down and 1 putts went up. I feel like I can make anything within 10 feet.

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Kevin April 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Have they corrected the problem of the putter not sitting square at address?

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Peter Ciambrone April 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Unfortunatly I tried this putter, now I have the yips..

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mikerio April 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Ok T is now a Nike beeyach…..the vr and now this……taylormade won’t be happy bud! Tho bout time someone noticed Nike consistently bringing out good stuff of late…..nice one T….still a p#ssy!

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GolfSpy T April 19, 2012 at 4:32 am

Mike…you should check through the archives. I’ve been pushing Nike as perhaps the most underrated brand in the industry for a while now. Their woods (and hybrids) have all performed very well for us, and their forged irons are getting better with each release.

There’s almost a reverse Tiger effect in play. Many golfers seem to look down their noses at Nike for some reason.

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Slobson April 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I currently have a method 001 in the bag and love it, so I gave this baby a try last week. As ugly as it is, the damn thing was like a mouse for me, point and click. Very fun to roll, until your buddy sees you with it. Kind of like a moped, or. . Nevermind. Once these go on sale I just may pick one up.

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Lou April 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I’ll stick with my trusty 20+ year old Odyssey Rossie Blade.

At least the Nike isn’t a long putter…………..yet.

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GolfSpy T April 19, 2012 at 4:31 am

Lou,

I’m guessing you won’t be delighted to hear that the Method Concept is available in a belly version. Since we are working on a review of a belly version of a different Nike putter, we decided to review this one at conventional length.

Different strokes…right?

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Steve P. April 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm

It’s OFFICIAL, mygolfspy’s reviews have jumped the shark.

sad. :-(

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mygolfspy April 19, 2012 at 7:50 am

I would love to hear your conspiracy theory on why you think the reviews have “jumped the shark”.

Is it because you tried this putter and don’t agree? Or maybe the typical theory that we are sooner or later going to sell-out to the big OEM’s.

Don’t even need to really address the whole selling out thing AGAIN. Trust me that won’t happen. But if it’s because you disagree with the scoring of this putter compared to your findings…I can respect that. This putter surely is not for everyone. But for those that tested it at MGS these were the findings.

We love constructive criticism at MGS…so if you have some we would love to hear it. But just saying we “jumped the shark” won’t help us very much.

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Diablo tour July 27, 2014 at 12:39 am

this putter aligns easily and puts a GREAT roll on the ball. like any other putter….putt through it. I slightly arc and have no troubles. what I like most…is the 6′ – in putts….confidence!!!

negative reviews are most likely people that don’t like odd design…or like myself…NOT a Nike fan. I didn’t get it at first because it was nike. a good putter puts a great roll on the ball…this one does…trust your eyes and hands

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Ed April 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

Hmmm… I think this is a very good putter and a great review. I have tried it in the belly version and I find it very smooth and easy to use. Sort of rhymes doesn’t it. But at the end of the day, I slithered back to my Napa.

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Craig Wiper April 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

I bought one of the Master’s-colored versions of the Nike Method Concept, just because I liked the way it looked.
Tried it last week. I’m hooked. I had more 1-putts than usual. The NMC has a nice, solid feel to it. The larger-than-usual grip feels good in my hands as well. It’s definitely an interesting looking putter, but it gets the job done well (so far).
I have been switching back and forth between 3 putters, a 1999 Cameron Newport Mid-Slant, a Rossa Corsa Ghost mallet, and a Yes Donna. I’m going to leave the Nike in the bag for a while and see how it goes this season. So far, so good.

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Craig October 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I bought the first one, the green and yellow Master’s version. Liked it so much that when Nike was offering the U.S. Open red, white & blue version, I bought one of those too. I use them interchangeably now.

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MCoz April 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

While I thoink there is a certain amount of bravado and cool in the “concept”, it just doesn’t work for anyone that I know who has tried it. The overall shape plays with your vision and makes it very hard to take it away squarely (or straight). The funny thing is I have seen several people develope a “loop” when trying to stroke it.
One other thing that virtually all Nike putters have (except those for TW) is a more sharp leading edge on the bottom making it easy for people catch on the grass surface while putting especially on putts into the grain.

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mygolfspy April 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Personally I would have to agree with you MCoz. I feel like there is a looping issue and also I feel like they have issues with some of their leading edges.

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MCoz April 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

The early Nike putters were so sharp on the leading edge you could shave with them. Even the newer ones could use more beveling.

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Yohanan April 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Pass. I picked it up and found i was pulling it left more than i do with tbe same back and up and across the ball move. I dont own an I Pbone. Droid. Anyway distance control or lagging where i cone from is not my problem. Pulls left and this bar belped that. I wonder what would happen if i fillped the bar -belped or nike did -or nike or some made the first adjustable putter? HHmmmmmm

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NevinW April 21, 2012 at 7:11 am

I would like to try the belly putter version. How a putter looks isn’t as important to me as how it performs.

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Theoo May 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

i LOVE this putter. Was a bit sad not to be able to get the green and yellow version. But overall i am very happy with this putter.

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Steviemain October 30, 2012 at 1:13 am

Let me start with….you can have my Nike Concept Putter when….well, you can’t have it! I’ve had this putter now for 6 months and have never had more confidence standing over a putt, be it 2 feet or 20 feet, than I have now and I’ve been playing golf for 27 years….

I’ve tried several putters over the years (who hasn’t) and although I found some to work better than others, none of them gave that warm, fuzzy feeling like my Concept Putter does (it’s a 35″, red/black model)

Here’s what happened….I was on a golf vacation to Panama City Beach, Florida. I was a walk-on at the Hombre and it was going to be about 1.5 hours before I could play…hazard of being a walk-on, right? Well, I was exploring the pro-shop and they had a very good selection of putters so I halfheartedly started hitting some putts with various putters…more out of boredom than with any real intention of buying a new putter. As was normal with my putting, some went left, some went right, some went too far…and…you get the idea. So I saw this strange looking putter and decided to roll it a few times. The first thing I noticed was that every putt I hit went straight and either into the hole or right next to the hole. I immediately put the putter back (remember, I wasn’t in the market for a putter) and proceeded to the driving range, Well, the entire time I was hitting balls I was thinking about this putter. I finished at the range and proceeded back to the pro-shop, hit some more perfect putts and asked the salesperson if he knew anything about the putter or anyone who was playing it. He said they just got it in (April, 2012) and only the Pro had tinkered with it and he had mixed reviews. I then asked if I could take it outside to the putting green….no problem. Guess what? Every putt went straight where I aimed it and I was making putts that on any normal day of golf I would be happy to two-putt. I made everything in the three, four and five foot range. I proceeded back to the pro shop and the salesman asked me what I thought and I told him, “I’ll take it”! I have never looked back.

I noticed there were several comments about alignment and putter paths, so let me explain how I stroke my putts and align the putter.

Stroke: Slightly inside out to straight back and through.

Alignment: I’ve tinkered with this, but have used this same technique now for four months. I align my ball’s alignment mark/line (Titleist) on the line I want to take. I then place the putter down and place its mark slightly off-center of the ball with the ball being towards the toe (about 1/4 inch) so that I can see the parallel lines between the ball and the putter marks (this is easier for me see than the straight line). I then use the Dave Stockton press (hands pressed slightly forward) and stroke the putt. The putter head is still center of my stance and now my hands are almost in front of my left thigh.

Results: A beautiful putt that starts rolling immediately without any skips or hops. I literally “feel” the ball come off the putter as if I’m rolling the ball out of my hand towards the hole. I’m confident that I will make everything within the 10-15 foot range (and do about 25% of the time). Long putts, almost always within a three-foot circle and three footers are now “gimmes” where before they were knee-knockers.

What few comments I get about playing this strange-looking putter are soon put to rest after people see me putt with it. So although this putter may not be for everyone I love it…what a “Concept”, huh?

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Greg January 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I recently purchased the Nike Method Concept Putter. I immediately got over the weird design of the putter when I started dropping shots from all over the green. No matter which review you read whether people like the look of the putter or not, nobody who’s tried this putter can deny the performance. If your in the market for a straight putter, look somewhere else, let me take all the glory and look like a green reading putting genius.

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