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Experts Explain: Ball Mark Repair Tools

Posted: 3/11/2013

What is the best tool for repairing ball marks? (California)

  ball mark repair tools

Ball marks vary in shape and severity so there is no one best tool. In fact, virtually any pointed tool will work as long as the proper method of repair is performed. This has even been the focus of several research projects in recent years where multiple repair tools were evaluated. Each study concluded that no particular repair tool was significantly better than any other when used correctly. 

With the understanding that it is the method, not the tool that is most critical to restoring a smooth surface and allowing turf to heal quickly, let’s address the keys to success for this important area of golfer etiquette. Begin by inserting the repair tool into the soil behind the rear of the ball mark at about a 45-degree angle. Gently pull the top of the tool toward the center. Continue working around the ball mark, gently stretching the surrounding turf toward the center until the indentation is filled in. Less is generally more when it comes to ball mark repair, so this should be done just three or four times; anything more generally adds injury to the already damaged turf. Use your putter or foot to tamp down the repaired area to make it smooth and level with the rest of the green. Avoid prying actions that tear live roots and bring soil to the putting surface. Doing so causes significant damage and greatly slows recovery.

 

Related Content:

How To Repair Ball Marks Video (English)

How To Repair Ball Marks Video (Spanish)

It's Not the Tool – It's the Toolee

 

Supporting Research:

Effects of ball mark repair tools on an annual bluegrass green

Ball mark repair tool efficacy on creeping bentgrass greens in Mississippi

Proper ball mark repair cuts turf recovery time

 

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