When setting up to putt... I position the ball with the alignment mark in the direction I want the ball to go. I then focus on keeping my stroke in line with with the mark.
I'm curious how everyone else lines up their putts.
I pick a spot in the line I want the ball to start. If it is uphill, that point may be past the hole. If it is downhill, it may be before the hole. This helps me with distance control. I try to equate the slope to how hard I would hit a flat putt. The last thing I do is look at my target. When I bring my focus back to the ball, I forward press then putt, no waiting.
A spot on the green before the hole I want the ball to roll over. I pick it, then don't think about it too much and focus more on the speed. I imagine a line from my ball to the hole the entire putt. I can usually hit my line I want ( whether I read the break right or wrong ), but speed is the key for me. I'm averaging 31.7 putts this season over 5 rounds, down from 34 total last year. Hopefully I can get it down to around 31 for the entire season. My putting has become a strong point of my game
I like to think i have a strong putting game, and I use all feel for it. I 3-putted once every two rounds last year. I also have a lot of confidence within 8ft. I don't really know what i focus on when I look down. I focus and fully rely on my line that i feel will put the ball in the hole, and I hit the putt. I prolly look just behind the ball when I make the stroke though to make sure I hit it clean. But, my preshot routine involves trying to make little eye contact with the ball so I don't jinx myself or get too excited.
i go behind the hole and see the line...go behind the ball and see the line...stand behind my ball perpedicular to the hole and take 2-3 practice swings to gauge speed (ala Sergio Garcia) and then walk up to the ball...align putter...then stance...practice swing behind the ball...putter behind the ball...swing away.
Mine is a spot on my aimline, then i usually feel out the speed from there. I never pick a spot on my line, unless its a straight put. For example, i had a 25 foot putt yesterday that had 3.5 feet of break to it. The best spot i liked was the other golfer's ball mark. That spot was off my line but on my starting line. So my ball followed up towards that ball mark then broke, came up about 2 feet short, but it had a good line to it.
Yeah, i'm curious about that too... I was going to add that to the poll but I didn't want to complicate it.
I follow my putter with my eyes as it swings back. That's probably a bad idea and i should probably have my "eye on the ball" but it seems to work. I average 1.9 putts per hole.
I hesitate to say that I really focus on anything. I sort of just allow my eyes to "see" a spot between my ball and the intermediate mark on the green that I used to line up my putt. IME, I find that if I focus on something particular (ball, spot, whatever), I become fixated and I end up trying to steer my putter. At that point, the results are usually a choppy stroke with poor contact,