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Re: Repairing Ball Marks
I don't mean to pick on you, but I hear people use "divot" for the impact mark on the green. Do I have my terms confused? I thought divot was just the chunk of ground displaced by an iron shot on grass. Or does it also mean the ball mark on the green?
Re: Repairing Ball MarksI unfortunately, have been a pusher, because that is the way some other misguided golfer showed me. It takes longer, is obviously less effective and I could tell after playing a few rounds with better golfers that it was incorrect. I watched them do it, but they fixed their marks so quickly I couldn't see how to they did it, and was embarresed to ask. Now I know and will start repairing this way, just need to make more of them...
Re: Repairing Ball MarksSo I was paying special attention to how I repaired ball marks this week, and I really don't see the problem with using a tee. The holes from the tee are not substantial, you cannot notice them. The other devices he recommends may be better, but to totally rule out using a tee (or even some of those other tools) as unexceptable is over the line in my opinion.
The article is great in regard to how to fix a ball mark, but I disagree with the "unexceptability" of some of the tools he criticizes. They may not be preferred, but they still work, and are better than not fixing your ball mark at all.
Correct way to repair a ball mark on the green
The majority of yall already know the proper way to do this, as you probably hit a lot more greens than I do. But this is a mild rant.
I have seen a lot of people stick their divot tool into the green and pull up aggressively, using it as a lever to "lift up" the part of the green that has been depressed by the ball. This results in the roots of the grass breaking and is the improper way to fix a ball mark. Days later you are left with a golf ball size brown mark on the green due to improper ball mark repair. The sound of the roots breaking from across the green makes me cringe.
Incorrect: prying up grass that is depressed and breaking roots.
Correct: entering at an angle scrunching gross towards ball mark, and patting down.
In case I haven't worded it nicely here is the correct way to do it:
I was taught the same way your video shows when I started caddying at Bob-O-Link in Chicago while in highschool. That's how they taught us to do it. I still fix all marks this way and know it is the best way toi fix a mark. But, no one else fixes that way :) 99% of people I play with fix them the way you first describe, they push in and pull up breaking the roots. Even the pros fix them that way. Watch on t.v or in person if you can. Almost every single pro will stick in their tool and pull up. I've been watching that specific act for decades. I think people feel this is the best way to get a flat surface. If that's not it, I don't know why so many fix it like that especially the pros.
I also use a tee as I feel it's the best tool to use to fix ball marks.
Also, why does it seem like none of the pros carry a ball mark repair tool? They always use a tee which is barely adequate...
I'll argue all day long that a tee is hardly adequate. I've been fixing ball marks with a tee for decades and they are as adequate as it gets. In fact I'll argue that it's the best tool to use. The tool companies will disagree because it's basically a free divot repair tool and they are in business to sell their own tools.
I've tested most tools. Now they are even making tool that resemble tee's. Callaway has one out. They only have one prong instead of the old standart two. The one prong looks like a skinny tee but the problem with those is that they are too skinny.
The two prong tool is good to fix marks the wrong way by sticking and pulling up but I don't find them as effective to fix the correct way. In fact I have found they actually do more damage to the green especially compared to a tee.