Great analytics and thanks for clarifying on why exactly you don't use it either! I believe I am officially going to stop using it, and hopefully some more putts will drop!
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Hmmm. I started using a line while back and I really like it. I found to line it up correctly I squat behind the ball, line it up and then take a step or two back and verify the alignment. I can not reliably line it up squatting behind the ball, I have to step back. I currently putt with a Manta Belly putter, it is white with pronounced alignment lines. I feel when I do that, alignment and line are done. It is all about speed. Sounds odd but I also like white shoes. It also helps me with alignment, go figure.
I was on a SAW putt lab machine twice many months apart and I am able to start a ball on line consistently using this method.
Tiger is arguably the best putter out there (or was) and it seems to work for him.
I am not the greatest putter in the world, but I prefer to look down at the "clean" unmarked side of my ball. This gives me more confidence in knowing that I already see my line, know where the break is, and now I can concentrate on my stroke. When I used the line in the past, it gave me doubts and second thoughts/guesses. It gave me more to look at and align and this resulted in even more second guessing. I find that the less doubt, thoughts and alignments I have in my mind, the more likely I am to produce a solid stroke that is either in or near the hole.
I just started doing this and I've seen a dramatic difference on my putts within 6 feet. It gives me total confidence. I agree with what some others have said about it not being as helpful on long putts, because I can't tell if it's lined up with the hole. But for shorter putts, I'll never go back to not using it.
For the longest time now, every time I putt I naturally mark my ball on the green, wipe it off, and then aim where I want it to go using the straight line already on the ball or one that I previously drew. Lately, however, I am noticing that behind the ball, where I line up usually is off line- when I am over the ball, I almost always adjust and stray away from the line, and usually my gut feeling is correct. I had added too much break or not enough from looking at behind. So, my question is, would it be smarter to just simply place my ball back down without using the line to aim and just glance to see what kind of break I am to encounter? What would the point of using a false aiming point?
Also, does anyone else have/had this problem, and what did you do?
(By the way, I do not pull or push putts, so it is not my stroke. My stroke is technically sound.)
Thanks so much and may God bless you all! ^_^
I do, and I've had this problem. It happens when I'm on a sidehill lie, usual sloping to my right, and the line usually looks like its not giving enough break.
I think its because you're on a slope. So if the line is opposite of the ground, and your eyes are over the ball (such that if you dropped a ball from your eye, it would hit the ball below), the line and your eyes are not on the same plane (probably not the right term). You're eyes are perpendicular to level, the line on the ball is pointing away from you. From behind the ball, you're standing with the slope, so it looks right.
When I don't use a line, I have trouble hitting my line. For me that error exceeds the error in lining up the putt.
I use to draw a line on the ball but I found it more distracting when making approach shots. It always seem to facing me in some odd manner, so I quit that. I still use the OE marker line on the ball while on the green. I think it helps me alot. Although I will admit as one mentioned earlier that after I line it up while down on the ball it looks completely different while in my putting stance. My gut says do something else, but for me I stick with what I lined up for while down on the ball and that seems to be correct more times than not. Good post.
This is more important as you are closer like 15 feet and within.
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