I can relate to Suzann Pettersen's success. Well, sort of.
I popped the top on a shipment from Nike Golf a few weeks ago. Inside was my very own Nike Method Core Drone.
I've played a handful of rounds with the Drone so far and I think it's an outstanding putter. From the unique "plink" sound it made when I hit my first putt to the overall look and feel, I have a notion this club will be in my bag for a long time.
I'll admit, it took a little getting used to coming from the smaller, lighter Method 002 blade I've been using. But I expected to develop even more confidence with it as I got accustomed to the size and weight—and I have.
Speaking of which, the best thing about this new putter is the weight distribution from the center of the club head through the wing tips. Nike calls it Opti-mass weighting. It makes it easier to keep the club head on the proper path and helps prevent any twisting—which I have struggled with in the past.
Absolutely, mission accomplished. It's high-MOI (Moment of Inertia) in a big, mallet shape.
And it includes Nike's patented Polymetal Groove Technology that exists in all their Method putters, which I also enjoyed with my 002.
The idea here is to generate a faster forward roll at impact. It virtually eliminates backspin, which causes skidding and misdirection. The less backspin, the more “true” the putt will roll. The result? You guessed it—increased accuracy and distance control.
I tried a series of straight three-footers on the practice green before playing with it the first time. I made every one. Back and through. Simple. The club was doing its job.
The last time I played with this club—anything inside five feet was automatic.
On the golf course, my distance control, for the most part, was improved. And I definitely had more confidence standing over the three- to five-foot putts. There is no question about that.
Now, if I could just get the Drone to read putts for me.
The only thing I'm not crazy about with this putter is the bottom of it. It's a mirror. Sure, if one of my contacts pops out of my eye during a round, it's going to come in handy. Otherwise, I would've preferred a dull finish there. But I'm not looking at the bottom of the club when I'm putting, so it really doesn't matter.
I've got more Nike Method Core Drone pictures on my Twitter.
Suzann Pettersen is on fire with the Drone. And I expect plenty of other PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players to follow suit in the near future. The same goes for amateurs, like myself, who just want to knock a few strokes—or more—off their game.
The Nike Golf Method Core Drone will be available in stores November 1 for $203.99. It comes in right- and left-handed models at 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths. There is also a 41" Belly Putter (right-hand only), which will retail for $227.99.