Soon You Won’t Need to Be a Nike Staffer to Play the Nike Method Origin Putter
Rory has won with it, and almost two weeks ago Charl Schwartzel won with it at the Valspar Championship. They have been playing with the Nike Method Origin putter since the fall, but soon you will be able to put it in your bag.
The Nike Method Origin putter was designed in collaboration with Rory McIlroy, whose putting sorrows have led to a change in his putting style, and Tiger Woods, who is probably putting on a simulator. So take that for what you will.
A three-piece construction is the defining characteristic of the Method Origin, and it consists of a back piece, the face, and a middle that Nike calls “secondary mass“. The secondary mass is made out of Nike’s RZN, and it’s meant to act as a sort of dampening material. Nike wants to slow down the center of the face, and that might leave you scratching your head, but the logic makes sense and performance data backs that logic up. Simply put, if you slow down the center of the face, it’s easier to “speed up” the area progressing away from the center. That results in more consistent rolls from everywhere on the face.
Nike wants to help you roll it more consistently, but they also want to help you roll it sooner. The Nike Method Origin has double the grooves compared to prior Method putters, and Nike says that this groove design prevents early skipping and hopping and gets the ball on its intended line directly off of contact.
Nike Method Origin Availability
Available in two models, the B1 and the B2 — Rory uses the B2 style — the Nike Method Origin will come in weights of 345g (32″ and 33″ shafts) and 353g (34″ and 35″ shafts). A counter-balance, or CounterFlex, model weighs in at a hefty 370g.
On April 22, you can buy the Nike Method Origin for $349.99 and $419.99 for the CounterFlex.