The CSGA Links Volume 6 Issue 4 August 2018 - Page 43

ball marks! weeds— a serious problem. 3. Certain putting greens are more vulnerable to ball marks than others. Any putting green that typically receives high, lofted approach shots will be more susceptible to ball marks. The putting greens on par-3 holes are a perfect example. If you recognize that a putting green is prone to damage from ball marks, it is important to be mindful of repairing your own ball mark and a few unre- paired ones nearby. 4. Soft conditions mean more ball marks. When putting greens are wet or soft, ball marks will be more of an issue. This is just one of the reasons why superintendents work hard to promote firm playing conditions with aeration, topdress- ing and other maintenance practic- es. If excessive thatch accumulates beneath the putting surface, ball marks and other turf issues will be more problematic. 5. Almost any pointed tool can be used to successfully repair a ball mark. Many different tools have been created to repair ball marks, including single-pronged and fork-shaped tools or a golf tee, can be used to repair a ball mark. Using the proper technique is the key to success. CSGA Links // August 2018 43