Nike has finally satisfied the curiosity of golf gear aficionados the world over by announcing the launch of its new Method putter range.
The putter had been spotted in the hands of Paul Casey, Trevor Immelman, Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover in the form of a prototype in recent months and speculation had been rife that Nike were to release it for general sale.
Now the company has confirmed that the Method will be available from February 1, 2010.
The putter already has two major championship victories and three other tour wins to its name as well as transforming the putting fortunes of Paul Casey, who has moved up 46 places in putts per round, and Lucas Glover, 116th to 45th in the same stat, since they put it in their bags.
The design incorporates polymetal groove technology after Nike designers experimented with combinations of steel and polymer. The result is a groove system which is designed to impart more top spin on the golf ball at impact to get it rolling quicker rather than skidding across the green.
This has the effect of both keeping the ball on line and aiding distance control on putts.
US Open champion Glover said: “This putter has made all of the difference in my game. I attribute a lot of the success I had at Bethpage to my putting. I give a lot of credit to Nike for coming out with such a great product.”
Casey, who was the first player to win with the Nike METHOD this year after putting it in his bag last Autumn, added: “I fell in love with this putter the first time I putted with it.
“You can really feel the difference in how the ball comes off of the face and you can see the difference in how it rolls. It’s really helped me with my confidence on the greens.”
The new Nike METHOD putter will retail for £160 and will be available in five models, four of which are traditional blade designs, and one is a mallet.