Originally Posted by David in FL
Yep......to the West. ALWAYS to the west!
What about if you live south of the equator...isn't it backwards there? What if you live so far west that you are in the far east. Do the putts break straight down? I once spilled spot remover on my dog...that didn't work out too well.
Putts break downhill. The west (SouthWest) refers to the setting sun and the myth that the grain always lays that way under the Heliotropic Theory (think Sunflowers how they grow to face the sun). Grain has little to no influence on break versus decades ago due to closer mowing, mowing patterns, aeration, and better species so I suspect that this may have come from an old adage. From what I remember, grain was a Bermuda issue in the Southeast that has virtually been eliminated with modern maintenance and most of it's influence is on speed.