The Method Matter putter line offers clean, traditional shapes with modern technology in the form of the RZN insert that promotes a soft feel and early roll
Four beautiful putter shapes that are simple, yet easy to align and feel soft off the face and roll the ball on line
Takes some time to adjust to the extra roll out. Some players will want more feedback on strike
The Golf Monthly Test Team's Nike Method Matter putter review, a range that includes four traditional head shapes with RZN face technology to improve feel and roll
The Method Matter putter family includes two blades, a mid-mallet and a full-mallet shape designed with input from Nike tour pros
Replacing The Method Matter family replaces the Method Core range.
Golf Monthly Nike Method Matter putter review
Address View The Nike Method Matter putters have a clean and simple look on top with minimal distractions on very traditional putter shapes. A semi matte-black finish reduces glare and is joined by one white alignment line extending across the flange.
Shelf Appeal The four shapes in the family, as well as the premium finish, red RZN insert and Nike swoosh on the face, mean this putter line has more than enough pop off the shelf to catch your eye, aided by a retail price under £100.
Grip A lot of thought has clearly gone in to the traditional mid-size grip with its shape seemingly fitting snugly in your hands however you hold the putter. It has a slightly rough but soft texture that really enhances the feel you experience at impact, while the shaping helps you return the face squarely.
Face technology Nike’s RZN Groove insert softens the feel and delivers a faster forward roll, aided by the stainless steel body. The loft is relatively low at 2.5°, which may also contribute to the ball rolling out a little more than you would expect, enabling you to adopt a more compact, controllable stroke.
Fitting Nike’s new RTS (Return to Square) colour-coded model selection system gives golfers a starting point as to the type of putter they should be playing. Using a special mat, you are recommended either a straight, slight or strong arc putter based on how far you stand from the ball at address and your ability to start the ball on line.
Adjustability The putter heads feature two sole weights in the heel and toe. A head weight of 345g comes as standard in the four models, with a 34-inch shaft, but this can be altered slightly up or down by changing the sole weights during a custom fitting.
Forgiveness Although slightly less forgiving than the Converge line, the design and length of the RZN insert offers a generally consistent roll and feel from different strike points, which is especially noticeable from long range.
Consistency The consistency of the roll-out is a reassuring trait, leaving you less worried about finding the sweet spot. Only really poor strikes feel significantly different. Once you’ve found a model that fits your stroke type via the RTS system, you should be able to hole-out regularly from close range.
Distance Control The face technology certainly helps, and being able to add or take away weight from the head allows you to control distance more effectively, too. Initially, the ball rolls out a foot or two more than expected from distance, so spend some time on the practice green before putting a Matter model in play on the course.
Feel If you like a soft-feeling flat stick with a quiet, muted sound, the Method Matter putters will be right up your street. There’s barely a sound made when you strike the ball and yet it rolls true, thanks to the two types of material used in the RZN insert. That said, there’s just enough feedback to let you know if you’ve found the sweet spot.
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
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