There is an epidemic in the amateur golf world in regard to putting that, I sometime call it "the recoil."
I see it all the time; it's when a player strikes the ball and immediately pulls their putter back hoping the ball goes in the hole.
This usually takes place because of two reasons. First, the player is concerned about hitting the ball too hard.
Second, he is more concerned with making the putt than the proper putting stroke.
What the player doesn't realize however is if you have a consistent putting stroke, you will have consistent results.
Instead of being confident as they stand over the ball, executing a firm putting stroke and following through, making sure all of the momentum and energy of the stroke go through the ball as it remains on line they suddenly recoil the putter and start wishing and hoping the ball goes in.
There is no wishing in golf.
A few things happen when you recoil your putter. First, your ball slows down.
When you don't follow through, your stroke starts to decelerate before you even strike the ball because (in your mind) you are already thinking about pulling the club back.
As a result, you are slowing the club down and the face wobbles from an open to a closed position. Both result in poor or disappointing results.
The first step to successful putting is recognizing that you have the tendency to recoil the putter and make it a point to develop a smooth, complete (hold the finish) stroke instead.