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Nike Drone

Nike Drone

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 disagree.

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 well.

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 why the Anser style putter is the most popular and enduring shape in the world of golf.

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 Nike Drone 2.0 which has far better playing characteristics and looks better, too.


Others to consider:



Cleveland logo

Cleveland

 

Cleveland T Frame 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...
 

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Never Compromise

 

Never Compromise Voodoo Daddy Belly Putter Never Compromise Voodoo Daddy Super-long aimline and futuristic design. Solid, affordable belly putter.



Never Compromise NCX Ray Never Compromise NCX Ray Nice face balanced belly putter with a big, but light head.

on a Never Compromise putter...

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Odyssey

 

Odyssey 2 Ball Odyssey 2 Ball The iconic putter of the 2000s - easy to aim, great feel



Odyssey Backstryke Odyssey Backstryke One of the most revolutionary designs in putting. Love it or hate the look, the results are good



Odyssey 2 Ball Blade 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 Odyssey White Hot 7L Great looking long putter with slightly dead feel - excellent for fast greens

 

Odyssey White Ice Progressive Terron Mid 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...
 

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Ping



Ping Crazy E Ping Crazy E One of the easiest putters to line up we've ever tested, but feel is hollow



Ping Scottsdale Pickemup Ping Scottsdale Pickemup This cross between the Batman sign & a Star Wars fighter has surprisingly good feel



Ping iN Wack-E Ping iN Wack-E A radical spin off from the successful (but hollow-sounding) G5i Craz-E



Ping IN Ping IN 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 Putters logo

Rife

 

Rife Hybrid Tour Mallet 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...
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Scotty Cameron

 

Scotty Cameron Futura 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...

 

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Taylormade

 

TaylorMade Rossa Spider 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 TaylorMade Ghost Corza Beautiful square-designed Anser with great aimlines - well worth a look!

on a Taylormade putter...
 

Yes Golf logo

Yes

 

Yes Natalie (C-Groove) Yes Natalie Futuristic design with amazing roll and super long aimline.



Yes Emma Yes Emma 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. Return to the Best-Putter.com homepage



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