Have you ever damaged the tee box, fairway, or putting green during a round of golf? Don’t feel embarrassed, it’s a common occurrence for most golfers when they play. As we swing our golf clubs at the tiny ball, sometimes we take a chunk of turf out of the ground. This is called a divot. Golf etiquette requires a player to fix the divot to the best of their ability in order to keep the course in peak shape, especially for who will come behind you. Seems simple, right? Wrong! Repairing divots can be quite a struggle for new golfers, as well as seasoned players. Hopefully after reading this post and acquiring the tips that come with it, correctly repairing a divot will no longer be a problem.
Tee Box Divots
The bulk of tee boxes that golfers encounter contain sand boxes located along the sides. The sand box is positioned to assist you with repairing a divot. A sand box is a unique combination of sand and grass that should be placed in the divot. When the contents of the sand box are placed on the divot, it sets the process for the tee box to re-grow the missing grass and eventually levels with the surface. To execute this act properly, dig into the the sand box with your hands and scoop up the dirt to cover the divot. You’ll want to push down on the sand to keep it in place and to ensure that it is leveled enough.
The fairway is the area where you will find the most divots. Golf courses are equipped with sand bottles that accompany golf carts to help. When you’re faced with the challenge of a divot on the fairway, the best action to take is placing the damaged piece of grass that you knocked out with your club and setting it back into the divot. Place some sand over the top of the divot and press down with your shoe to secure it in place. One thing to be cautious about is ensuring that the piece of grass and sand is level with the rest of the playing surface. In the event that the clump of grass you sliced out of the fairway is nowhere in sight, fill the divot with sand.
Ball Mark on the Greens
When damage occurs on the greens, it is commonly called a ball mark. A different procedure is required than with the tee box and fairway divot. You will need a ball mark tool and to place it at a 45-degree angle. You will want to enter the ball mark tool into the side of the divot and push vertically. At this point, the grass on the green should be even with the rest of the surface. Position the tool to to raise the divot a bit past the putting surface and press that area down gently with the head of your putter. A tool that we reviewed in the past, The Golfer’s Belt Buckle may be an interesting piece of equipment to research for this sort of scenario.
Remember while golf is entertaining, relaxing, and challenging – proper respect for the course is equally important. Repairing divots correctly fits in with this philosophy and maintains good course conditions. Now that you are armed with these helpful tips, are you ready to lend a hand in caring for some of your favorite golf courses?