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Let's talk about repairing ball marks on the putting green, and doing so properly. I see a lot of people do this improperly. Unfortunately, many of them are PGA Tour players, and they do it on television. They put their divot repair tool in the ground, pop up, and tap down. This is the wrong way to repair a ball mark. It damages or rips the roots and the grass does not heal in a short time, taking weeks to recover. We had an old topic on this, but it's old, and the videos and links in it are probably almost all outdated. So I wanted to revisit the topic anew. First, a video, an old one but a good one, from Lake View Country Club. Next, an image from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Third, a PDF I built based on the old Lake View site: https://thesandtrap.com/media/misc/repairing_ball_marks.pdf. In short… Push, Don't Pop. Finally, a photo of a recent repair I made to an improperly repaired ball mark: I did this by: Coring out the dirt part. Just inserted the tool and twisted. Progressively working the edges of the nearby turf around the edges toward the center of the hole. Tamping it down. I took the photo before I tapped it down with a putter (which smoothed it out nicely), and which not only looks better, but which will heal much more quickly. The left photo, the "badly repaired" ball mark, may putt quite well, but the person who repaired that ball mark didn't do his job correctly. He popped. He didn't push.
Does anyone have any experience with the Pitchfix Twister 2.0? I realized the other day that I fix a lot of pitch marks: mine, my play partners', players in groups ahead of me, etc. (This one group must have been pretty good because there were a lot of fresh pitch marks on the green, I'm guessing they all accidentally left their repair tools in their cars ) Anyway, I was thinking maybe I should upgrade my repair tool to something better. I currently use one of those souvenir ones with the fatter tines that I remember reading somewhere aren't the best for the turf. This one seems good and easy to use, but what do you do if you pop a divot out of the green with your pitch mark? You can't pull up on bare soil to repair a green.