This is something they teach you on all of the beginner videos, but it never really clicked with me until now.
Lately, my push putting has gone downhill. I used to be money inside the circle but have been struggling quite a bit, often hitting the top of the basket with putts even from close in.
Focus on a single chain link when you aim
When I don't pick a specific spot on the basket, I visualize it as a whole, and quite often the focal point that sticks into the subconscious is the top of the basket. Sometimes it has a flag on top or a marker or is painted yellow. If you don't have a specific target picked out, the top of the basket is often what your brain defaults too. The second most common default point to subconsciously aim for is the basket itself which ends with your disc bouncing off from being thrown too low.
By focusing on a specific link in one of the chains when you are aiming, you eliminate the subconscious tendency to aim for the top or bottom.
This has helped me dial in my putts a lot better and avoid some of those "too high" or "too low" puts.
It's simple, and I've heard it many times before, but today the "why" of it finally clicked.