If you’re a fan of the Nike METHOD putter like I am, you’re probably aware of the technical innovations that make this one of the most progressive designs in the premium putter category today. The polymetal groove technology in the METHOD reduces skid and gets the ball rolling off the putter face more quickly and consistently than conventional putters, as proved by many tests at the putting lab at Nike Golf’s The Oven. All I know is the ball hugs the green and tracks to the hole, making distance control easier with this putter than with any other putter I’ve ever used. You can read my review of the METHOD putter here.
I came across a post about the original patent applications for what is now called the METHOD putter on Golf-Patents.com. The post was authored during this year’s Open Championship, when Tiger’s switch to the METHOD putter put it directly in the media spotlight for the first three days of the tournament. It has details about two of the utility patents for the METHOD, as well as a design patent for the arrangement and orientation of the face grooves. Knowing what I now know about the METHOD, as well as gaming it in my bag this year, it was cool to hear about the technical origins of this groundbreaking putter design. If you’re a golf equipment junkie, a putter addict or a fan of the METHOD (I happen to be all three), check out the original post — you may (as I did) find this to be an interesting read.