Let's Learn How To Love Earth
By Kickntrue on 4/22/10
It's Earth Day oobers! I'm not just here to mock, I'm here to educate. According to (always right, screw you college professors) Wikipedia:
Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is celebrated in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Earth Day Network, a group that wishes to become the coordinator of Earth Day globally, asserts that Earth Day is now observed on April 22 on virtually every country on Earth. World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5 in a different nation every year, is the principal United Nations environmental observance. Many communities also celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of environment-related activities.
Uggh... is someone going to make us start hugging tress? Just kidding. Unless you're going to do it. I realize this is childish- but, really? The guy who founded Earth Day... his name was Gaylord? You don't realize how hard it was for me to type this sentence instead of what I wanted to...

So- in honor of Earth Day, I thought I'd encourage everyone to replace their divots and fix their ball marks. Everytime I play- I'm reminded of how many people do not know how to properly fix a ball mark- so I figured a video lesson was in order (bottom of the page).

Also- since it's Earth Day I thought I'd link to a list of Audubon International Sanctuary Courses, which basically means they are earth friendly, plus you may see a cool animal or two. Go play one of those courses this weekend instead of your normal track. You're doing good by the earth, and all joking aside, who doesn't want her on our kids' side?

Earth Day Wikipedia
Audubon International
Fixing Ball Marks (reading version)

[ comments ]
knthornt says:
Definitely worth mentioning. Lifting up the center of the ball mark rips the grass roots and pretty much kills the grass. Doing it the proper way just puts things back where they were.
Kurt the Knife says:
nice job posting this description.
I am kind of a "ball-mark nazi" on the course.
I figure if I can't swing wortha darn, find something on the course I can do well.
I try to fix as many marks as I can find (wayyy too many) when I arrive on the green.
Its really embarrassing how many players don't bother.
SingleDigits says:
+1. Fixing ball marks (and replacing divots -- when they have roots) keeps the course so much more playable for everyone. As the video shows, push the grass back towards the center, don't use the tip of your divot tool to lift up on the grass, that will tear and destroy the roots.

I also carry a bottle of sand & grass mixture to fill in divots.
falcon50driver says:
Replacing the scalp doesn't do any good, It's just a dead strip of hay after being ripped off the turf. It's better to fill the divot with the sand mixture on the cart, and let nature repair it in a week or so.
sepfeiff says:
@Kurt, haleluja. I try to find as many as I can when I'm on the green also.
lcgolfer64 says:
Props to Kurt, Sepfeiff and the guys and gals that fix more than one ball mark on the ball. I try and fix a couple while I'm waiting when the guys are getting a line to the hole. Doesn't really take any extra time, and hope that the guys on the box see it and pick up the trend. A little goes a long way.
Swingem says:
If you fix your own ball mark, plus at least one other, golf karma dictates that you increase the probability of sinking your putt.
lcgolfer64 says:
@Swingem - I'm going to have to fix a LOT more ball marks then...
coojofresh says:
@ Kurt the Knife ha ha i do that too, just not so obsessively. i read somewhere, or heard somewhere that you should fix your ball mark and one more. i don't usually make them so i try and get at least two on my way to the flag stick.
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