Thought about this very thing this past weekend.
Missed another green and had to chip. I dropped the putter disgustedly down near my ball. Looked at it for a moment before I realized what that looked like and got the putter away before I took my stance.
I've seen this move with both trolleys and buggies. I've never called anyone on it but I sure have thought about it.
I'm not trying to push you out or be overly confrontational. The article is a decent read, even if it's just to see the other side (my side) of the (non-existent in the greater scheme of things) debate. I posted the article because that is what I saw, and agreed. Easier than me typing out all of my thoughts on it or repeating more of what was said in the article.
I didn't word that very well. I meant that you can mark your equipment however you like, not that you can use your equipment as an alignment aid. I used to park my push cart parallel to my line of play, but stopped doing so because that could be considered an alignment aid.
That's fine. I will gracefully bow out of the conversation here.
Your input isn't as productive then. You are responding to a post about an article you haven't read.
The difference is that you are placing the ball. Now that we mark on greens, we are no longer playing it as it lies, though we are replacing it in the same place some people choose to purposefully replace it in a different orientation to give an advantage. I think that the playing as it lies rule is good and should be upheld as tightly as possible, and the line-up technique doesn't really fit in with that. Obviously the rules allow for it now, but it is something that you could easily make an argument to do away with.