How does it look behind the ball?
There's little doubt that the looks of Nike Drone will divide opinion. I'll
state right up front, that I'm not a fan. If you are, then please skip the
"look" section of the review and read on below, because we'll just to agree to
My problems with the Drone are numerous. Firstly there are just too many angles
in the design and I'm not convinced they would help you to align the putter head
It seems to be conventional wisdom in putter design that the lines of the putter
shape should be either parallel to or at 90 degrees to the target line. This is
Anser style putter is the most popular and enduring shape in the world of
on a Nike Drone...
If the design doesn't have square lines, then the sweeping curve of D-shaped
head would be the next most popular, but obviously there's none of that in the
Drone at all. It's a mishmash of angles and lines and just didn't give me much
confidence about where the face was aiming.
During the test the odd shape of the head even distracted me when addressing my
putts when I should really have been focusing on the ball and the
target line. I'm sure you'd get over this quite quickly as you get accustomed to
the putter, but still...
The face of the putter also looks a bit weak, being just a simple bar of metal
that looks super low-tech.
At least the aimline is clear and long-ish, although many other futuristic
putters have far longer alignment aids than this.
How does it feel?
The short answer to describe the feel is "very tinny". The strike was hollow and
lightweight and didn't inspire confidence.
If you're using a putter that is designed for function rather than beauty - as
you can only assume the Nike Drone is - then you'd be looking for a more solid
and reliable feeling than this.
How does it roll the ball?
At last I have something more positive to say about this putter - the roll was
good, and I have no complaints here.
Whether you love or loathe the look of this putter is your choice, but - take my
word for it - the feel is tinny and cheap and I wouldn't recommend it even if
you love the shape. Far better to look at the
Drone 2.0 which has far better playing characteristics and looks better,
Others to consider:
Cleveland T Frame
Surprisingly well finished futuristic putter. If you like see through frame designs this is a good value-for-money option
on a Cleveland putter...
Never Compromise Voodoo Daddy Belly Putter
Super-long aimline and futuristic design. Solid, affordable belly putter.
Never Compromise NCX Ray
Nice face balanced belly putter with a big, but light head.
on a Never Compromise putter...
Odyssey 2 Ball
The iconic putter of the 2000s - easy to aim, great feel
One of the most revolutionary designs in putting. Love it or hate the look, the results are good
Odyssey 2 Ball Blade
Padraig Harrington used this combination of blade and 2 ball design to win majors, but what's it like?
Odyssey White Hot 7l
Great looking long putter with slightly dead feel - excellent for fast greens
Odyssey White Ice Progressive Terron Mid
Sharp edged star ship of a putter - you need to like futuristic shapes to use this one!
on an Odyssey putter...
Ping Crazy E
One of the easiest putters to line up we've ever tested, but feel is hollow
Ping Scottsdale Pickemup
This cross between the Batman sign & a Star Wars fighter has surprisingly good feel
Ping iN Wack-E
A radical spin off from the successful (but hollow-sounding) G5i Craz-E
Technology has led the Ping designers to create a holy mess of a putter. If you love the weird and the wacky, you might (just) like this
on a Ping putter...
Rife Hybrid Tour Mallet
Despite the Tour element to this putter's name, we haven't seen any of them actually on the pro tours. One of the least impressive of Rife's range
on a Rife putter...
Scotty Cameron Futura
Phil Mickelson toyed with the Futura, before heading back to a blade. The first of the truly futuristic putters, and probably about as attractive as they're ever going to be
on a Scotty Cameron putter...
TaylorMade Rossa Spider
Lots of hype when this putter launched, but pros who rely on their putters have not stuck with the Spider
TaylorMade Ghost Corza
Beautiful square-designed Anser with great aimlines - well worth a look!
on a Taylormade putter...
Yes Natalie (C-Groove)
Futuristic design with amazing roll and super long aimline.
The least attractive of the Yes belly putters - although that's just our opinion
on a Yes putter...
Not sure if a Nike Drone is for you? Click here for our article on choosing a putter to fit your stroke.
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