Cause & Cure
Upon close examination, we find that contrived alignment aids do nothing to help with correct setup; in fact alignment aids do nothing more than clutter and confuse during the time when you need clarity of purpose. If you do not believe this then ask yourself -- why there are no alignment aids on hammers, or pool cues, or tennis racquets, or baseball bats?
Even though your line and touch intentions may be correct, if your putter and putting setup is non-intuitive and confusing, it will cause you to miss your putt. It is a fact that impacting tools must move intuitively for best performance; never in a contrived purposeful way. This is why alignment aids that clutter the view of the putter and confuse your thinking, do more harm to precision putting than good.
Golf putter alignment aids have become all the rage since the Odyssey 2-Ball putter came upon the scene, and now every putter maker is climbing over the others to make more and more innovative alignment aids. But the only alignment aid that actually helps is an aid which indicates whether or not the golf putter head is perpendicular with the golfer's intended line. All other so called alignment aids actually attempt to influence a golfer's intended line and that is entirely useless and may even cause misalignment.
It is important that the golf putter head be perfectly perpendicular with your intended lind line at the instant of impact and that the point of impact is at the center of gravity of the putter head.. The new technology Quantum Symmetric Golf Putter assures that with "intuitive alignment". .As you can readily observe in the sidebar illustration, it is easy to tell when the putter face is too open or too closed; when just right the reflection line on the black straight shaft, aligns perfectly with the silver guideline on the top toe end of the putter head. Furthermore, it is intuitively natural to impact the ball at the center of mass of the head because that is where the shaft is vectored. The benefit is that you always have perfect impact alignment without even thinking about it -- -- easy-peesy!
So if your old golf putter causes alignment confusion and lacks easy-peesy intuitive alignment, it should be tossed in the trash heap of defective design and you should bag a better golf putter.
Clutter Causes Confusion
Shows when your setup is opened or closed to your intended line,
Of course only you can determine your intended line and touch, but after that your Setup alignment will decide whether or not your intention will be carried out. So obviously, intuitive alignment is vital, and misalignment is devastating to precision putting.