|Written by Richard J McLuckie|
|Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00|
We All Love Putting Greens but HATE Pitch Marks
Walking onto a putting green and finding an un-repaired pitch mark drives us all crazy!
Not only can poor condition putting greens be harder to putt on – looking after the golf course and in particular the putting greens is good etiquette – which is a huge part of golf.
Pitch marks can take up to THREE WEEKS to recover fully if not repaired immediately and correctly
For those of you that are new to golf, let me first of all explain what a pitch mark is.
When a golf ball flies onto the putting green, the ball often makes a small dent where it lands – this is called a ‘pitch mark’. The size of the pitch mark will depend on many things such as what angle the ball lands on the putting green and also how soft the putting green is. In certain situations a small part of the surface can detach itself from the putting green – NEVER replace this into the pitch mark since the roots have been broken and will never re-attach themselves.
Repair your pitch mark as soon as you arrive on the putting green
It’s also perfectly legal for you to repair any other pitch marks that you find, so go ahead and repair those too while you are waiting for your playing partners to putt.
If we all repair our own pitch marks then there should be NONE on the course
The sooner a pitch mark is repaired the sooner it will fully recover.
Statistics show that if a pitch mark is almost immediately repaired (and correctly – see below), it will recover within 24 hours (NOT 3 weeks as it is when left to someone else to fix).
How To Repair A Pitch Mark Correctly
First of all you need a ‘pitch mark repair tool’ or ‘pitch mark fork’ which you should have in your pocket every time you go onto the golf course. They’re available from all pro-shops and cost less than a pound… In an absolute emergency a long tee peg is better than nothing, but will not do a very good job.
Look after your putting greens...
What you are aiming to do is to gently pull the outside edges of the pitch mark towards the center of the pitch mark being careful not to break/snap any of the roots. To do this push the pitch fork into the ground at the edge of the pitch mark at an angle of approx 45 degrees and then push the edge towards the center. Work your way around the pitch mark until it’s closed and then tap the surface down with your putter to make a nice smooth and flat surface again.
If you are too violent or use a strong twisting action you may break the roots thus not allowing the grass to re-grow. It’s very important that you don’t simply push the pitch mark in at the side of the divot and then lever the center of the divot up since there will be nothing to grow – you’ll simply end up with a small bare circle with no grass!
Finally - remember that . . .
|Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 08:49|