There’s A ‘Method’
To Tiger’s Recent Success
BY MIKE PURKEY
It seemed like old times to
see Tiger Woods rolling in crucial
birdie putts on the final two holes
at the Chevron World Challenge.
But it was a new day for Nike as
Woods won for the first time using
the company’s Method putter.
After months of testing, Woods
and Nike designers found themselves on the same page with a
putter that he could be comfortable
with. More than 50 Method putters were made for Woods, ranging
from hand-made prototypes to off-
Tiger Woods used the
Nike Method 001 to win the
Chevron World Challenge.
the-shelf stock putters. To find the
right one took a great deal of work
from all parties involved.
“Every characteristic of a putter is important to Tiger,” said
David Franklin, whose title is
Master ModelMaker at Nike, who
specializes in putters. “Obviously,
specs like loft, lie, length and
weight must be spot on. Those are
actually easy; it’s the nuances and
details that are the most difficult
and the most important to Tiger.
“His Method putters are
machined like any other, but his
is extensively hand worked to
achieve perfect blends and angles.
The characteristic of feel is very
important to Tiger. The putter
must give him a very specific
The Method features a polymer
insert and face grooves that the
company says improves the roll off
the putter face. Woods was par-
ticularly discerning in this area.