As way-out putter designs go, the Nike Drone 2.0 isn't too offensive to the eye.
The one thing you can say for certain is that it's a huge improvement on the
original Nike Drone which looks a kitsch belt buckle attached to the end of a
As it is, the Drone 2.0 looks merely as if one of the spacecraft
miniatures used to make the Star Wars films has flown down to earth and landed
behind your golf ball. Maybe "The Force" will act on your ball to take it into
the hole à la Darth Vader,
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Seriously, the look of the putter is obviously designed to help you align
the face of the putter to your intended target line and that's why the
super-long aimline is such a great feature. In fact this is one of the longest
aimlines on any putter we've ever tested at
... on a Nike Drone putter
Whether the conflicting angled lines surrounding the aimline appeal or not is
likely to be a personal preference. I can't say that they helped me a lot, or
particularly appealed to my eye, but you may be different.
How does it feel?
The great element of the feel of this putter is undoubtedly its stability
through impact. This is the benefit you get for the unorthodox appearance of
this and all
The large head size allows the weight of the putter head to be located in the
most effective places to produce a high "moment of inertia" (known as MOI). This
means that the face resists twisting on off-center strikes and feels like it's
moving on its own pre-set swing path.
Both are good news if you are a mid-high handicap player who misses the center
of the putter every now and then.
The Drone 2.0 does feel quite a bit harder than the
Nike Method 00 range, however, so if you're after a soft feel for very fast
greens, one of these would be a better choice from the Nike range.
How does the Nike Drone 2.0 roll the ball?
The roll from the Nike Drone 2.0 is good - no complains here!
If the looks don't put you off this putter, then you'll find the hugely long
aimline, feel and roll attractive characteristics.
Others to consider:
Lots of hype when this putter launched, but initially the pros who rely on their putters didn't stick with the Spider. Since then it's evolved into a great 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 7
Super popular shape available in many different models with a winning alignment system and amazing feel
Odyssey White Ice Progressive Terron Mid
Sharp-edged spaceship of a putter - you need to like futuristic shapes to use this one!
Ping Crazy E
One of the easiest putters to line up we've ever tested, but feel is hollow
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
TaylorMade Ghost Corza
Odd-looking putter to start with, but a great putter in terms of roll and feel with a look you can get used to. Justin Rose used this putter for his first PGA tour win.