Learn golf etiquette such as fixing the ball mark with expert tips in this free golf instruction video.
Hi! I am Jason Wyatt, head golf professional at Sunnydale Golf & Country Club and I am here today to show you how to properly fix a ball mark. A lot of people, when they hit their iron shots on to the green make a mark, which a lot of people do not realize. If these marks are not properly fixed, it causes a little blemishes in the green, which causes for poor putting surfaces. So what we are going to do is I am going to imitate a ball mark here by throwing a golf ball down onto the green. Tough to see here, but this is the ball mark in here and we made a little depression. What we want to do is we want to take our different repair tool. If you do not have one, come and see your golf pro, he will give you one because this is what you need to do. You are going to stick it in by the ball mark and you are going to push it into the center. What this does, it raises the grass in the ball mark. Once we have raised the grass, step up, we are gently to going it down to the tap it down either with your foot or a putter and now we have got a smooth putting surface for the next person to putt on. What we see though on a lot of golf courses is improperly fixed ball marks. An example would be this one right here. All you can see is a bunch of dirt and there is still a dimple there or a depression. What happens there is the person has gone in, put their ball mark or their divot repair tool in and pushed down on it which has caused the dirt to pop up instead of the grass to fold in. Once we step on this, it still leaves dirt, which now takes almost 27 days to repair itself. So please make sure when you are on your putting green fix your ball marks properly to allow the next person to putt behind you, a peer putting surface.
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