Good Golf Tips with Erik Greulach
The Villages has adopted the theme of Good Golf to identify those actions and behaviors expected from all golfers in order to preserve the integrity of the game, and provide enjoyment for all golfers on the course. One of the biggest aspects of Good Golf is to leave the course better than you found it! And one of the most important parts of that process is the proper repairing of ball marks.
When a golf ball impacts the greens surface, in most cases, it leaves an indentation in the green referred to as a “ball mark”. If this ball mark is not repaired it will take up to three weeks to heal, where as a properly repaired ball mark will heal in 3-4 days. While it’s understandable that on some occasions you may not be able to find your exact ball mark, what we suggest is that you always try and find yours and one other. If everyone were to repair at least two, we should be able to cover for each others’ missed ones and everyone will benefit in the form of smoother putting surfaces!
During the month January, on select days, our starters will be passing out the following diagram to all golfers…please help do your part and most importantly…pay it forward by keeping accountability within your group, ensuring everyone takes care of their responsibility.
For a ball mark to heal in a timely manner it is extremely important that it is repaired properly according to the diagram below:
Use a pronged ball mark Insert it at the edges
Repair tool, knife, key of the mark-not the
or tee middle of the depression
Bring the edges Smooth the surface with
together with a gentle a club or your foot.
twisting motion but You’re done when it’s
don’t lift the center. A surface you would
Try not to tear the want to putt over.