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I think one of the hardest clubs to test is a putter because it comes down so much on how you like the look at address and the feel at impact and all this can be subjective. If you hole three or four putts in a row on the practice green with a new putter you are going to be far more confident once you are out on the course.
I have to say as I get the new Nike Method Matter in my hands, the look, balance and weight feel perfect and after a couple of practice putts on my putting mat at home, the feel at impact is solid and rolls beautifully and more importantly sits behind the ball just the way I like my putter too, now to get this little black beauty out to Minnesota to put it through its paces.
Nike use an RZN layer which they used in the Vapor combo irons I tested earlier in the year, and this gives the putter a nice soft feel at impact and that all important faster forward roll movement to reduce the time the ball skids at impact, this also works well with the lower centre of gravity which again helps reduce spin at impact.
Nike use what they call an RTS System and this is to help you line up your ball at address and with the two weight and height options relocating the weight to the perimeter, helping increase stability, you should now be able to get the clubface back to square on a more consistent basis.
When I pulled out the Method matter on the Helzeltine National greens which were running at 13 on the stimpmeter I needed a weapon in my hands that I felt comfortable with and after holing a few great birdie putts for my group I was certainly gaining a lot of confidence with this baby.
As I said when I first got the club to test, the feel and weight were perfect but itís when you make that first crucial putt, the way you feel the ball come off the face at impact is when you know it's going to be a great match.
When I am not using a bladed putter I do enjoy playing with a mallet putter and everything about the Method M4-12 from the dark looks, the feel of the putter as it strikes the ball and the weight of the putter in my hands, all inspired confidence and when you have that you soon start to see your scoring improve and I would make sure you put this beauty on your testing list.