Putting: Speed or Line?

When putting, what’s more important; Speed or Line?

Trick question. For longer putts speed should be your primary focus, but as we move closer to the hole, your pre-putt thought should switch to line.

This video from John Graham provides a great example of why line is more important as we move within five to ten feet. Graham is testing three different lines at the same speed.


As we move further away our thoughts should shift to proper speed. A putt on line yet too hard or soft will set you up for the dreaded three putt. But if you have proper speed it shouldn’t matter if your line is off, relatively speaking.

For a deeper dive into putting speed check out this video from the guys at Sports Science.


Happy Putting!

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