HOW & WHY TO FIX A BALL MARK
Ball marks also called pitch marks – are the bane of smooth-putting and healthy greens on golf courses all over the world. They’re the little depressions, or craters, sometimes made when a golf ball descends from the sky and impacts the putting surface.
Repairing those little depressions is very important. Equally important is doing it the right way. Because while many golfers fail to repair ball marks – and shame on you if you are one of them – there are also many well-meaning golfers who do “repair” the pitch marks, only to do so incorrectly.
A ball mark can cause the grass in the depression to die, leaving not just a scar but also a pit in the putting surface that can knock well-struck putts offline. Repairing a ball mark restores a smooth surface and helps keep the grass healthy. But “repairing” a ball mark incorrectly can actually cause more damage than not attempting to repair it at all, according to a study done at Kansas State University.