We frequently get asked what clubs the pro's are playing and the answer is not always simple, especially when fans are eager to get their hands on them.
We all know that the a lot of the clubs in the pro's bags are highly tweaked versions of what hits the shelf but in the case of putters you often find that they are not available at all. Welcome to the world of prototypes where the world's best have clubs created just for them.
Until now this was true of the Nike Method Prototype 006 putter used most famously by Rory McIlroy, but also in the bag of fellow pro's Francesco Molinari and Seung Yul-Noh.
Given the Northern Irishman has used it to win two Major Championships it is not surprising interest in his flatstick is high, and Nike has now decided to make a limited number available to non-Tour professionals for the first time.
For those familiar with Nike putters the technology behind the Method Prototype 006 will be no surprise with the striking Polymetal Groove technology, first seen in the original Method putter back in 2009, to the fore.
When a technology lasts that long in the fast moving world of golf equipment it's a good sign that it works and this is certainly the case here. Designed to reduce skidding on the greens and to get the ball rolling quicker and on line.
Developed in Nike's famous Oven by Nike Master Craftsman David Franklin this aspect of the putter is a key to the design:
We took the opportunity to blend superior craftsmanship with innovative science to create a putter that not only looks beautiful, but also truly gives the athlete an advantage with a superior roll.
The 006 shape is not new, at least in name (or should that be number), with the Anser style, heel-toe weighted shape appearing as an option in Nike's Method Midnight line but this is the first time it has been made available in the Method Prototype 006 head.
The Oven is prominent on the 006 Prototype as well with each putter featuring a laser-engraved Nike Oven logo on the sole, highlighting the exclusive nature of this release with only 200 putters available in Europe.
This is a theme that continues with Nike packaging the putter with a box of RZN Black golf balls, volt Nike head cover and a booklet with information about the club.
The Nike Method Prototype 006 will be available from nike.com from May 7th and selected retailers from May 15th.