The Nike Method 004 is to all intents and purposes an
Anser style putter, but what strikes you when you address the ball is just
how thick the top of the putter face is.
This unfortunately left me with the feeling that what I had in my hands was not
a delicate, precision tool, but a somewhat blunt instrument, that I would get
little feel or touch with.
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The double-bend shaft used in this putter is also not the standard for an Anser
shape. What this means is that the shaft inserts straight into the
putter head (as you can see from the picture), rather than into an upward
extension from it (Ansers usually have what's known as a "plumber's
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Why does this matter at all? Well, the advantage of having a double-bend shaft is
that it obscures less of the leading edge of the putter, because there's less
metal to get in the way. What I found with the Nike Method 004, however, was
that this was anything but an advantage - you just saw more of the brick-like
shape of the putter head, which is not its best feature!
How does the Nike Method 004 feel?
Thankfully my disappointment with this putter's appearance ended quickly - as
soon as I struck a ball, in fact. The feel from the whole of the Nike Method 00
series is its real strength. It's a solid, yet soft feel which is good for all
speed of greens.
Phew - at last something to like!
How does it roll the ball?
The roll of the ball from the face was great too. You could clearly see how the
ball came out "end over end" without wobbling or deviating, and I'm sure anyone
would make a good number of putts with this blade.
Perhaps my dismay at the look of this putter is unjustified. After all I loved
the roll and the feel.
But for me, there just has to be some feeling of subtlety and delicateness in a
putter head's appearance if you're going to have real confidence in your ability
to slot a slick downhill four footer when the pressure's on.
Unfortunately the Nike Method 004, just didn't have it.
A straightforward heel and toe design with great roll from the C-Groove
Nike Method 001The best of the Nike Method putters. Favored by Tiger Woods while he was contractually obliged to use a Nike putter. A standard looking Anser style putter, with nice roll and feel. But not good enough to stay in Woods' bag once Nike gave up on the golf equipment industry.
Nike Method 004Face balanced version of the Method 001. Favor this putter if you routinely pull your putts or you're trying to produce a straight-back-straight through stroke.
See some of the history and early advertising for the Ping Anser here.