On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Nike Converge Method Putter, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other putters we have recently reviewed.
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Nike Method Converge
The Method Converge is offered in 4 models and in all honesty two of those aren't beautiful. However the red detail and T-Alignment system does have a positive spin in terms of aesthetics and performance. The RZN layer tightens dispersion,which is fantastic. Reasonably priced, but just make sure you know what type of stroke you have before purchasing (see recommendations in our review)
Pros and Cons
- Effective red T-Alignment system on all the models that certainly helps you line up correctly at address
- The RZN layer between the 304 Stainless Steel tightens dispersion subsequently lowering your strokes per round
- Two of the models aren’t beautiful at all and also don’t have that soft, solid feel at impact either
- Make sure you choose the correct head to match your stroke type otherwise you’re going to make putting that much more difficult than it already is (see recommendations below)
|Product Details||Nike Method Converge Putter|
|Launch RRP||From $179.00|
|Handicap Range||Low – High|
|Hand Availability||Right Hand (Left Handed in two models only)|
|Putter Length||33, 34 or 35″|
|Putter Type||Blade and Mallet|
Nike Method Converge Detailed Review
Design & Appearance
Ok as they say in the classics let’s “call a spade a spade”.
The Method Converge has four different models to choose from – firstly the traditional square blade looking B1-01 that is decent, but just too square for our liking even though from the aerial point of view (in all the models actually) have effective red detail bordering the actual putter face and also as the alignment line.
The second model is the M1-08, which is rounded at the toe and has the shaft entering at the edge of the heel and in our opinion is the best looking of them all.
The third model is the S1-12 which is a very large rounded head (see above aerial view image) and looks slightly cheap in all honesty. The last of the four is the S2-12, which is enormous and almost looks like it’s supposed to have been used as a weapon in Star Trek.
Large, chunky, sharp lines that aren’t a pleasure to look at – however is it actually effective though in practice?
Nike have pushed all boundaries here and put these putters through stringent testing – arguably more than that of it’s competitors.
The primary factor in the build quality is the RZN layer that is positioned between the 304 Stainless Steel and has a primary role in aiding performance. How is that you ask? Read below under Performance to find out.
Nike have also offered length specific head weights which nowadays are a great benefit. What’s also handy is the T shaped alignment system that really helps improve alignment at particularly the address position.
Control / Feel
The Tour Proven RZN groove system does soften the feel in the Method Converge, but the feel is definitely best in the two more traditional styles of head (B1-01 and M1-08). The other larger styles have a slightly hollow sound to them at impact due to the actual design.
The feedback is ok, but again best in the first two mentioned where you can tell EXACTLY where you have struck the ball on the putter face and often that’s a good feeling.
With the bigger mallet heads one tends to mis-strike too high up on the face and the roll and feel aren’t extraordinary.
Here’s where we get to the nitty gritty. Now although this is claimed by Nike themselves and hasn’t been tested thoroughly by unbiased sources we can definitely agree that somehow the RZN red layer between the 304 Stainless Steel does actually have a positive effect on minimizing dispersion.
That is claimed to be 10% and it was tested from a length of 21 feet, which is the kind of length putt that you have at least 8 times a round.
Now you know and I know that a tighter dispersion in terms of putting – hell make that any shot in golf – makes a big difference to your confidence and shot results.
The key is though, do you know what type of stroke you have? ie. slight arc, arc or straight? If you are unsure then I suggest you visit your local professional and let him help you on that, but it’s important in the Method Converge especially.
The square traditional head favours the slight arc, the traditional rounded toe model works best with the arc stroke and the last two mallet heads completely favor the straight stroke.
If you have a rounded stroke and opt for one of the large mallets you are not going to be doing yourself any favors.
Value for Money
Starting at $179.00 the Nike Method Converge Putter range is basically in the middle ground and on one hand it is nice they only have 4 head options to keep it simple for a customer, but some competitors have up to 8 different head options so provide a wider variety and more potential of finding one you really like.
The looks are debatable, but we do like the two more traditional styles of head and think you’ll agree with us on that one.
If you like to be different from the rest and your stroke is suited then opt for the mallet heads. The red T alignment system you’ll enjoy and you will notice your improved dispersion rate over time. Overall a good product from Nike.