My first impressions of the Nike Method 005 were that it's an elegant shape and
is dominated by the long aimlines down the back of the putter.
face balanced putter and as such it's rare because the shaft enters the head
very close to the heel - most face balanced putters have a shaft insertion point
which is much more towards the centre of the head to balance the face, but this
must have some extreme weighting in the head to achieve the same face balance effect with the
insertion point it has.
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The advantage of this is that you get to see virtually the whole of the top line
of the putter face and this helps with alignment.
What didn't suit my eye was the very small amount of
in the shaft. I particularly like having my hands ahead of the putter face at
address (as many top putting teachers suggest), and this had the effect of
closing the face of this putter.
In order to square up the face, I really felt I had to bring my hands back level
with the putter face, which felt unnatural, or deliberately open the face up.
Either way, if you're like me and set your hands ahead at address this probably
isn't the putter for you.
I'm sure this putter will appeal to some golfers, but if you put it alongside a
Scotty Cameron I'm afraid it looks rather cheap. Somehow the material and
finish just isn't up to a comparison with putters made by these market-leading
How does it roll the ball?
Until I had figured out how to align the Nike Method 005 correctly, the roll was
pretty dreadful - smothered and left every time. In fact I could even see the
ball jumping a bit as it got rolling - my stroke had obviously driven the ball
into the green very slightly.
I'm glad to report that the roll did improve, however, once I had figured out
where my hands needed to be aligned to present the face to the ball as the
designer intended. It was a good, soft roll and I could imagine this putter being
excellent on fast greens.
How does the Nike Method 005 feel?
Again once I had worked out how to properly address the Nike Method 005, and was
making proper contact, its feel was excellent - soft and responsive. I got a
good feeling of the energy of the putter being passed straight into the ball,
and therefore distance was easy to judge, too.
If you have my style of address position, with the hands level with the ball and
ahead of the putter head, then there's no way you should purchase this putter!
All you'll get is pulled putts.
However, if you give this putter a try and see that the ball is rolling
beautifully right from the get-go, then there's no reason not to like the Nike
Method 005. The looks may be a bit lightweight compared with other more
expensive brands, but that's probably true of 90% of putters.
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.