Nike One Platinum ball

Claimed to be the ball that Tiger uses to make the best use of deep-faced drivers. Read our verdict.

Bob Warters's picture
Fri, 10 Jun 2005

Nike One Platinum ball
Technology:Progressive Density Core, proprietary 408-dimple pattern, inner cover closest to the core to reduce spin off driver
Price:£40 a dozen

Sleeve of Nike One Platinum

It’s billed as the ball Tiger Woods uses; the ball that Nike engineers developed to make better use of the deep-faced 460cc Ignite driver he used to regain his World No.1 position.

Though the ball Tiger used in 2004 had the optimum spin-rate he needed to be more efficient and longer with a higher trajectory ball, Nike engineers reckoned he was still not reaching his potential.

The challenge for Nike Golf's ball team was to develop a ball that was longer and controllable with larger headed drivers, without losing the spin performance around the green.

And with Tiger’s average of 301 yards off the tee, including a 407-yard effort in the Mercedes Championships – not to mention three victories this year, including the US Masters – Nike reckons it has found the ball for Tiger.

But is it the same ball Phil Matthews - a nine handicap Ian Poulter lookalike – and myself used yesterday? I doubt it.

Nike One Platinum box of a dozen

While the ball definitely flew high through the air – at least for big-hitting Phil – it lacked the feel around the green of a Titleist ProV1, Callaway HX or Maxfli BlackMAX.

True, the greens at Greetham Valley were fast and firm but we both expected more bite and spin from those nipped approaches off tight fairway lies.

Said Phil, a sports science student at Stirling University: "I’m a fan of Nike’s recent balls and this seemed to fly well through the air – until I lost my sample ball with a high swinging hook out of bounds - but the feel wasn’t what I’d expect from a ball that it’s claimed Tiger uses.

"It felt more like a Top-Flite than a Pro V1 and that may have had something to do with the white paint work. I prefer balls to have a creamier look – the feel is better." I’d have to agree. There was a hardness to the ball I didn’t think would sit well with better players – never mind Tiger and his fellow Nike Tour pros like Stewart Cink and Justin Leonard.

And my surviving ball looked like it had been ten rounds with Ricky Hatton – so a question mark hangs over its durability.

The Golfmagic Verdict
Summary:If you’re a Nike devotee and want to try to emulate Tiger, the One Platinum is made for you. But somehow it’s look at address lacks the symmetry and style of balls offered at a similar price. And by the time I’d painted my two identifying dots beside the number, combined with the resident Nike swoosh, the ball looked like it was scowling at me!

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