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Thursday, July 19, 2012
I wanted to take a minute this morning and talk about ballmarks. Although play has slowed down some due to the extreme heat, I've been noticing an increase in unrepaired ballmarks. This time of year, when the agronomy staff has to spend more time handwatering the greens, this leads to somewhat softer conditions that we are used to. This causes the ballmarks to be much deeper, therefore it becomes very important to repair them so that the we can all enjoy the smoothest playing surface possible. If you have any questions as to the proper technique for repairing ballmarks, please refer to the graphic below. Thank you.
The right way to fix a ball mark
Step 1: Use a pronged ball mark repair tool, knife, key or tee.
Step 2: Insert the repair tool at the edges of the mark; not the middle of the depression.
Step 3: Bring the edges together with a gentle twisting motion, but don't lift the center. Try not to tear the grass.
Step 4: Smooth the surface with a club or your foot. Repeat steps until the surface is one you would want to putt over.