I have noticed of late that I seem to be far more likely to make putts when the sun is in my face as I am lining up my putt. Is there any possible reason for this, or am I becoming dotty in my old age?
My Dearest Mr. or Ms. Shadow:
Why does Dr. Putt offer these suspicions? All other things being equal, grass on greens grows toward the setting sun. So if you play in the evenings and the sun is in your face as you stand behind the line of your putt, then you are likely to be putting with the grain of the grass, which helps the ball roll a bit further and along a truer line. The effect of the sun is more likely to determine the grain of the grass if no pond or lake is nearby and if the days are relatively short, as they are likely to be in the north.
As for your dottiness, Dr. Putt cannot make a definitive
diagnosis without a complete examination. However, anyone who has allowed
other activities to push golf to the late evening hours is almost surely