Its vitally important that we all repair our Pitchmarks correctly to keep the greens in top condition. Correct repair will help protect the grass root system and benefit all members and visitors who enjoy the course.
Did you know? – A pitchmark only takes a few seconds to fix correctly however, a pitchmark repaired incorrectly takes over 3 weeks to heal.
Did you also know? – The player may repair an old hole plug or damage to the putting green caused by the impact of a ball, whether or not the player’s ball lies on the putting green. If the ball is moved in the process of such repair, it shall be replaced, without penalty, Any other damage to the putting green shall not be repaired as it might assist the player in their subsequent play of the hole.
Please see below the diagrams on how to correctly repair pitchmarks;
How to repair a pitchmark on a green Correct Method;
1. Discard the loose piece of turf taken out by the ball 2. Insert the pitchmark repairer tool just outside of the back of the pitchmark 3. Lever the turf towards the centre of the pitchmark 4. Repeat this motion from all sides of the pitchmark 5. Gently tap the repaired area with your putter.
This action stretches undamaged turf over the pitchmark, providing instant recovery
1. DO NO replace the loose piece of turf taken out by the ball. It will die and delay the healing process. 2. DO NOT pry up the centre of the depression with the pitchmark repairer as it exposes the soil and will delay the healing process 3. DO NOT insert the pitchmark repairer and twist it. This only breaks more turf loose.