How To CORRECTLY Repair Ball Marks On Greens!
Over the years I have been shown and taught a couple different ways of repairing ball marks on Greens. It wasn't until recently that through conversation with some curators that I and many others were very wrong in how we repaired Greens.
They told me that repairing ball marks is one of the single most time consuming activities he and his staff had to fix daily. They would spend hours fixing up damage done by players who either made no effort to repair the ball mark or by those who failed to fix it correctly. Apparently the difference between grass dying due to poor repair and survival is as small as how the repair is done. Let's go onto how this is done right.
The simplest way to look at this is that we're trying to preserve the roots of the Grass. Lifting or pulling the turf upwards can damage the root system and lead to the Grass dying. Let's take a quick look at the video below as I try and demonstrate how this is done.
1. Avoid pulling the grass upwards as much as possible. Doing so can break root system and as a result could take up to a month for the grass to grow back over.
2. Use a twisting motion with the ball mark repairer twisting the grass inwards towards the mark. This process will ensure that any minor blemishes with take 2 days tops to appear as if nothing had landed there at all.
3. Use the bottom of your putter after to ensure surface is smooth for all players following you.
I do hope this has given some insight like it did to me, and help you in repairing your ball mark on the greens so that you and all other players can enjoy a great putting surface at your club.
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