By Joel Tadman
The Nike CounterFlex putter is Nike's answer to the anchored putter ban using a 75-gram sliding weight inside the grip to change the putter's feel and improve tempo
With the anchored putter ban fast approaching, Nike Golf have unveiled their method for golfers to overcome it.
So far, many manufacturers have release counter-balanced putters that feature a heavier clubhead and a weight in the top of a longer, thicker grip. But from their own research, Nike discovered that not all golfers necessarily putt best with the weight in the top of the grip.
“Our research tells us that only 30 percent of golf athletes found his or her best match of rhythm and tempo when the weight was locked in the top of the slide as is the case with most fixed mass counter-balanced putters. The remaining 70 percent played better when the 75 grams were located in the middle or bottom position,” said David Franklin, Nike Master Modelmaker.
“With Nike CounterFlex we have infinite positions for the weight so athletes can actually tune it to get their delivery and timing smoothed out and perfect at impact.”
The Nike CounterFlex system joins the Method Matter putter in the line and uses a 15-inch carbon fibre rod housed inside the grip. On this rod is a 75-gram weight that can be unlocked, slid up and down and then fixed again in position depending on the golfer’s preference to calibrate the putter's weight balance.
CounterFlex technology changes the club’s moment of inertia and the overall swing weight, ensuring anchor-like stability, adjustable to any stroke. It essentially alters the feel of the putter to help golfers improve the rhythm and tempo of their stroke.
“One of the key components to putting is stable stroke and delivery at impact,” Franklin said. “Whether you’re a tour player or an amateur, CounterFlex offers adjustability to tune the putter to get the most stable delivery at impact.”
It has been paired with Nike’s Method Converge putters, specifically the mallet b101 and bladed s112 models, and incurs a £40 upcharge on the original £129.99 retail price. It is available in both 35in and 38in shaft lengths.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x