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Nike’s Method Origin B1-01 and B2-01 putters

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If you follow our WITBs at GolfWRX, you know that Rory McIlroy switched putters to a Nike Method Origin putter at the 2015 Tour Championship, and it has been in the bag ever since.

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On April 22, Nike is releasing the Method Origin B1-01 and B2-01 putters, the latter of which is in the bag of McIlroy, who has won four times worldwide with the putter. Also, Charl Schwartzel won the 2016 Valspar Championship with a Method Origin B1-01 putter in his bag.

The new Method Origin putters are results of feedback and insight from McIlroy himself and Tiger Woods, according to Nike Golf representatives. The B1-01 has the square look Tiger prefers, while the B2-01 has the rounded look that McIlroy prefers.

First off, they’re made to have better distance control by minimizing the effect of off-center hits. To accomplish this, Nike used a layer of its RZN (resin) technology between the milled 304 stainless steel face and body, which helps better return energy from the putter to the golf ball on strikes that occur low on the face, heel or toe. The worse the mishit, the more benefit the technology provides over a standard putter, according to Nike.

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The putters also use Nike’s new poly-metal grooves for a better roll and softer feel. The linear grooves — there’s seven in total, which are smaller and thinner than the five that used to be on the company’s Method putters — are each comprised of two parts; a metal portion that “grabs” the ball for better roll, and a polymer portion that creates a softer feel.

The putters have four weight slots in their soles, allowing additional weight to be added to the head. The weights are also beneficial in controlling head weight for Nike’s CounterFlex versions, which have a 75-gram sliding weight in their 15-inch grips, allowing golfers to adjust their counterbalance effect.

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The Method origin B1-01 and B2-01 putters will be available for $349.99 in the standard models, and $419.99 with a CounterFlex grip.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Keoni

    Mar 23, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Scooter; didn’t you mean it’s a Karsten Ping Anser?

  2. Brandon

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:37 am

  3. Dj

    Mar 22, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Best putter out there. Now to decide which one I want

  4. Scooter McGavin

    Mar 22, 2016 at 8:11 am

    So it’s a Bobby Grace putter?

    • Charlie

      Mar 22, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Can you show us the putter(s) in question?

    • Brandon

      Mar 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

      You could say that. I have been waiting for a mainstream manufacturer to come out with something like this. I remember when Bobby first started using this tech right before he left MacGregor and he made the DCT(Distance Control Technology) putters. Then, when he started making his own designs the DCT turned into HSM(Hole Seeking Material) and started using material to create immediate roll. My only complaint was that the head designs he was using didn’t appeal to me.

      I am really shocked Taylormade or Odyssey didn’t do this about 4 years ago.

      Not really a Nike putter, but definitely will give this a STRONG consideration. It would be really cool if more manufacturers would start to put this kind of technology in their putters. It definitely makes it easier for amateurs who struggle with missing the sweet spot. Standing over a putt and not having to worry as much about distance control is a huge advantage for putters.

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Brian Harman, Patton Kizzire Winning WITBs: 2018 QBE Shootout

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Brian Harman

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Concept Series X-flex

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 661 S-flex

5-wood: Titliest 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 757 S-flex

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H1 (21 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (46, 50, 53, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider OS CB

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (2017)

Patton Kizzire

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder TR 757 X-flex

3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 95 X-flex

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core X-flex

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), Titleist 718 CB (5-6), Titleist 718 MB (7-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (48, 52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Onyx X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Golo Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x (2017)

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Bettinardi signs Eddie Pepperell

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Eddie Pepperell is a singular quantity in to world of golf, so it’s not surprising that the Englishman has taken a unique route to becoming a Bettinardi staffer.

20 months ago, the two-time European Tour winner walked into Core Golf in Thame, Oxfordshire, and bought four putters, including a Bettinardi Studio Stock No. 8.

Pepperell, who jumped from No. 513 to No. 38 in the OWGR since putting the Bettinardi in play in April 2017, won’t have to pay for his putters any more. He joins the likes Francesco Molinari, Haotong Li, and Matt Kuchar as a Bettinardi staffer, the company announced the today.

“I’ve tried a number of putters and time and again, it’s the one model I keep coming back to.” said Eddie. “Positively I won’t have to buy a Bettinardi putter again, but having bought four putters from Core Golf I’m just hoping I haven’t put them of business as a result!” he added.

It was after Pepperell’s British Masters triumph in October that negotiations to bring him on board began in earnest.

“Once Eddie stayed ahead of a strong field at the British Masters to win his second Tour title of the year with a Bettinardi putter, we decided to reopen negotiations and we’re delighted with the outcome. It means that we now have another top 50 player in the world playing Bettinardi putters…” said Executive Vice President, Sam Bettinardi.

Here are the specs for his Studio Stock No. 8, courtesy of Bettinardi, which also provided the photos below of Pepperell’s putter (pre rust).

Material: Mild Carbon Steel
Finish: Mercury Gray PVD Finish
Face Milling: F.I.T. Face
Weight: 358 grams
Length: 33.25”
Lie: 71 degrees
Loft: 3 degrees

A more recent (and rusted shot) below of Pepperell’s putter at The Open.

 

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Miura offers fully assembled custom club e-commerce service

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Miura Golf has announced that the company now offers fully assembled custom clubs direct to consumers through its website.

The new e-commerce platform was launched over Thanksgiving weekend, and it allows golfers to build an entire set of clubs custom to their preference. Golfers can choose from 10 different types of irons and custom make their club by choosing between different head, shaft and grip options. As well as the irons, Miura also provides golfers with the opportunity to custom make their driving irons, wedges and putter.

For Miura’s premium club, the MC-501 Chrome (4-iron-PW), customers have the choice between eight different heads, 13 shafts, and 14 grips.

Speaking on the new service, Miura Golf President Hoyt McGarity stated

“We are committed to introducing more golfers to the pure pleasure of hitting a Miura club. With miuragolf.com’s new e-commerce capability, it has never been easier for golfers to have such direct access to Miura products.”

Lawrence Place, CFO, spoke to the target consumer for the fully assembled custom club offerings

“Miuragolf.com is primarily for someone who already knows his/her specs or doesn’t have easy access to an authorized dealer. Our eCommerce offering is not intended to replace a full fitting at an authorized dealer, as we still believe that this is the best way to fit into a set of Miura’s.”

While long-time Miura enthusiasts may be wondering why the company chose this route now, it seems the answer is simple economics: demand.

On that subject, Will Miele, North America Sales Manager, said

“At this point, we wanted to be able to fulfill the demand for consumers who did not have an option to order full built sets of Miura products. So this phase one release gives golfers, who have their specs, the opportunity to go online and place a custom order. We highly recommend golfers seek out Miura dealers in their area through our dealer locator on our website and get properly fit.

“As we develop our website we will be adding features that will help consumers who cannot get to a local dealer a way to narrow down their options for better performance.”

The most expensive custom made iron options begin at $1,960, while the most affordable options start at $1,350. The custom clubs are available now at MiuraGolf.com.

 

 

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