Putting a line on your ball distracting or not helping

Do any of you find that putting a line on your ball is distracting or doesn't really help my putting at all.

What TPI has found out is that if you are a visual putter, the line can be distracting especially if it doesn't match up exactly as you see it.  However, if you are more of a mechanical putter, the line will help free up your stroke so that it is one less thing to think about when putting. 

According to putting guru DS, there should be no line on the ball because it distracts you from focusing on visualizing the path of the ball into the hole.  He says that when you use a line you worry about whether the line is aimed correctly, instead of focusing on what matters most ---- seeing the line of the putt.

I find it very helpful, if you can ready the putt properly.  Line or no line if your read is wrong, nothing is going to help!

Matt,

There was a similar post made a couple weeks ago (late June) with multiple replies.  You might want to scroll down and take a look at the post and all the replies.

I definitely find using the putting line or the Titleist script for lining up my putt to be distracting.  I tried to use both the line and text in the past, but found that it just didn't work for me.  I like to read my putt, pick a spot for my line from behind my ball, place my ball so no lines or text are showing, line myself up and pull the trigger.


Barry

Well I find if you point the Titleist name or the aim line to the point of the line I want my putt to take, that my putter alignment line will be in align with my stroke. If the name or alignment line waver or do not roll in a straight line and wobble, then I did not make a straight clubface strike on the ball! if I hit the ball with an open or closed face the ball line will not roll straight to line I wanted to hit. And even if you make a good distance stroke and you miss your line then you don't have as good of a chance to sink the putt.Your head should be still at impact anyway and staring at the alignment line or Titleist name will keep you from moving your head and keeping your eyes on the ball. But , try striking a ball with the line and see how straight the line stays.
I find that the line on the ball helps me. I am able to concentrate more on the speed of the putt which helps free my stroke .
I believe the line is very helpful. I line it up and then concentrate on the speed. It allows me to have a free stroke. I believe that the fewer things running through the mind the better.
Matthew, The line can be a distraction. To be honest, I am moving away from using the line exclusively, to only using it when the putting line is inside the cup. For those flat 3 and 4 footers, the line really helps me. But for anything a ball or more outside the cup or that slippery downhill breaker, I find the line distracting. Especially, when I get over the ball and it appears that I do not have enough or have played too much break. At that point the guessing game begins, trust the line you saw behind the ball or adjust for what you are seeing now. I was pretty happy with my 28 putts on this past Saturday using the line only on short straight putts. From reading this thread, it appears I am more of a visual putter, than a mechanical.

Matthew A

Do any of you find that putting a line on your ball is distracting or doesn't really help my putting at all.

No, just the opposite.  IMO if my line is on target and my putter is lined-up with that line, it takes a lot of the guess work out of  aiming and let's me just stroke the putt.

The only thing I don't like about the line is removing the marks from my AP2s and wedges... :-)

i personally find it very distracting to put while looking at anything on the ball. i always move it when i mark it to the blank part so i see nothing. it actually clears up what i'm looking at.

brian p

i personally find it very distracting to put while looking at anything on the ball. i always move it when i mark it to the blank part so i see nothing. it actually clears up what i'm looking at.

 Ditto for me.  I'm a feel player and I usually like to stare at a white ball before putting and don't like to be staring a line.  Some people take forever to line up a putt using them lines.

I have tried using a line on the ball for putting on and off, and have come to the conclusion that it does more harm than not. I always seem to second guess myself, and often find it difficult to set the ball down perfectly without it rolling ever so slightly on the green, which in turn throws off the whole point of lining it up with a line. 

Cathi, Titleist Club Concierge

What TPI has found out is that if you are a visual putter, the line can be distracting especially if it doesn't match up exactly as you see it.  However, if you are more of a mechanical putter, the line will help free up your stroke so that it is one less thing to think about when putting. 

 
This is an interesting topic and the comments both for and against are in line with Cathi's comments from TPI.  Personally, I prefer to put the alignment aid on my intended line to ensure I start the ball on the correct line.  I can also see where this would be a distraction for some who prefer no alignment aid and pick a spot on the line to start their putt.  I guess after I read a lot of these comments I fall into the school of a mechanical putter.  Once I set the ball down with the alignment arrow on my line, I feel I am free to just focus on speed and putting a good stroke on the ball.

I have been putting ever since using a line over the ProV stamp. It helps me aim better and forget about where to aim for the highest point in the putting curve line. I play to a 1 if that helps. Also play better with a Putter with a sight dot (009). Recently got an IBRM which has a flange line and it helps me to confirm that I'm aiming at the correct line.

Just my $0.02