More than a few golf fans have lusted after the Nike Method Prototype 006 putter Rory McIlroy has wielded for some time, but until now, unless they possessed Tour status, it was out of reach.
There is word today that the flat stick used by McIlroy and other players like Francesco Molinari, Seung Yul-Noh will be available to non-tour players for the first time (Canada included) as of April 17th.
The man behind the creation, Nike Master Craftsman David Franklin, pays loving attention to each of his designs, including the 006 that features Polymetal Groove technology in the face to provide a soft feel and fast forward roll.
“We took the opportunity to blend superior craftsmanship with innovative science to create a putter that not only looks beautiful, but also truly gives the athlete an advantage with a superior roll,” Franklin said.
The Tour level putters are built at The Oven, the Research and Development facility for Nike Golf located in Ft. Worth, Texas. It is there that Franklin and his team lovingly mill each putter and make the fine adjustments to precisely suit the end user.
“When we get together to discuss what the athletes need to perform at a world-class level, we bring our expertise to the table and they bring theirs,” Franklin said. “There is power in that and we take it very seriously.”
Each Nike Method Prototype 006 Putter sold will feature a laser-engraved Nike Oven logo and will be bundled with a tour-packaged box of RZN Black golf balls, a volt Nike head cover and a booklet with more information about the club.
The putter will be available in limited quantities at select retailers on April 17. The Canadian retail price is $550.