It is always fascinating to me how many of us seem to emulate the Tour players.
In many cases, this may be a good thing but in other instances it may not be. Following the habits of a Tour player such as — plumb bobbing, dressing like a pro, OR lining up the ball with the target point on the green – may or may not help improve your performance.
Let me explain; plumb bobbing, from a purely technical point of view only works if you really know what you are doing, and if the slope of the green is the same from where you are standing all the way to the hole. Dressing like a pro often gives you confidence as it makes you feel like pro. Lining up the ball on the green is a common habit on tour and emulated too often by many of us.
Research has shown that there is no statistically significant difference in putting performance whether you line up the ball or not.
The upside is that if you do it correctly it may give you some confidence when you are over the ball and ready to pull the trigger.
The downside is that;
It can take up a lot of time.
If it is slightly off line when you get over it, you will attempt to re-align the ball a second time. If perchance it is still off line with the target then most of the elite golfers we have helped, will alter their stroke a little to compensate.
It is never good to have any doubt or mental distraction when you are over the ball ready to make the putt. This only interferes with and inhibits your intuitive ability to take over.