With putting i am looking at the hole and the putt line way more than at the ball. Does a billiard shooter just stare at his stick and cue ball? Does a dart thrower look at his dart? Basketball players do not look at the ball when they are throwing it.
DO NOT GET BALL BOUND with your focus!!!
Yes i will look at the ball as i execute my stroke. I am glancing back and forth from the ball along the intended putt line to the hole and then backwards. I will do this as many times as needed until i feel that i can rock it in.
Then after my last look i will bring my eyes back to the ball and roll it within several seconds. Watch the best putters on TV or even better, in person – watch their eyes and where they’re focused. Look intently at an object across the room, then turn your head away or close your eyes – you can still see/feel the object for several seconds afterwards – you know where it is.
This same technique applies to chipping and other short shots also. Further away as in a short pitch or chip/bump and roll, i will look at the whole distance/line and the hole, but my primary focus is on where i want the ball to land – so that will be my last look before i initiate my movement.