Even the guy in the video is using a tee and it seems anything but "barely adequate"
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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.
It's user error of you can't figure out how to do a better job with the repair tool than with a tee. It took they guy in the video 3x as long as it should have.
Definitely quicker to use a repair tool, but that doesn't make a tee inadequate. I spend most of the time near the green just standing around waiting anyway.
It took 3x as long because it was a demonstration video. Tees are fine for repairing ball marks.
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 wouldn't guess that a majority of folks on this sight are even doing it correctly, let alone the masses of non-avid golfers who simply play once a month...
I've been playing for almost 20 years and learned this last year when Breed did a demo on TGC.
It's something so simple, but so rarely known.
Maybe I'll suggest our head pro include a video like the one you posted in his next monthly email. I'd love to see fewer uneven, brown spots on our greens...
People's thoughts on this type of tool: (Whoops, sorry for the giant pic)
I've never used one like this, and in fact, I don't know that I'd ever even seen one like this. But I was playing a club that was giving them away so I figured that they must prefer these, so I gave it a shot. I was apparently not doing it right because it seemed like I was doing more harm than good some of the times. I reverted back to my trusty 2 pronged ones after a few holes.
I would agree. It looks like the main difference from a design standpoint is the shorter, sharper prongs and the little surface below the thumb that pressed the ground down. But as you said, a traditional tool is still fine when used correctly.
It does say "Just Push!" right on the tool! :D
Yeah, that's basically it.