The golf course maintenance staff walks the greens in the pre-dawn hours with a flashlight and a golf tee as their tools. In those hours, they are cleaning up messes left behind by others.They're ugly, hideous depressions in the greens -- ball marks left behind by golfers who didn't care to take the 10 seconds necessary to heal a scar on the putting surface, where a true roll is of the utmost importance. A ball mark that goes un-repaired can be unsightly for more than two weeks, cause putts to roll off line and possibly become a bigger problem if a mower -- one capable of cutting within a tenth of an inch -- goes over it in the pre-dawn hours, leaving a blemish the size of a soft drink can. The importance of repairing ball marks applies to every course and every golfer. Repair is not only a courtesy to those in later groups on a given day, but it should be a common courtesy no matter the importance of the round.
So, what is the best way and tool to use to fix a ball mark? 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.
As always any questions, comments or concerns is always welcomed.
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