46 Scor­ing zone

In an ex­clu­sive ex­cerpt from their new book, The Lost Art of Putting, Gary Ni­col and Karl Mor­ris ex­plain why pace is more im­por­tant than line

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How the hole changes size de­pend­ing on a putt’s speed.

In your opin­ion, what is the most im­por­tant fac­tor in putting: line or pace? When­ever we ask this vi­tal ques­tion, the most typ­i­cal ini­tial re­sponse is line. Def­i­nitely line. Line is ev­ery­thing.

If we then ask golfers why they pri­ori­tise line over pace, the most com­mon an­swers in­clude: “Well, if it’s on line, it al­ways has a chance of go­ing in”… “The ball can’t go in if it’s not on the right line”… “Now that I come to think of it, I’m ac­tu­ally pretty good at get­ting the line right, but my pace isn’t al­ways great.” That is gen­er­ally the mo­ment when the penny drops. The mo­ment when they re­alise that while they may be plac­ing more im­por­tance or value on line, the rea­son they don’t hole more putts is pretty straight­for­ward: they aren’t get­ting the pace right. Af­ter a bit of thought, de­lib­er­a­tion and a short dis­cus­sion, 100 per cent of the peo­ple we work with then de­cide – we don’t tell them, they draw their own con­clu­sions – that pace is in fact more im­por­tant than line. PACE IS KEY AND PACE IS KING. PACE GIVES

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