Mine And One More
The Texas WedgeHog – Rootin’ Out The Truth
Today’s Topic – “Mine And One More”
How many times have you hit a great drive, only to find it lying in a divot that some golfer before you didn’t take a few minutes to fix? Or walked upon a green and seen it pockmarked with so many ball marks it looks like it was used as a target for military mortar training? Doesn’t that just burn you?
Some years ago, at a club I had recently joined, I caught up with a guy late one afternoon and we agreed to play in together. When we walked up on the next green, I noticed he walked right by his ball mark. I . . . very politely, mind you . . said to him, “Don’t forget to get your ballmark”. He replied, in a rather put out manner, “What do you think we pay a ‘greenskeeper’ for?” I was stunned for just a moment, as this was a member at my new club, but my German hackles went up and I found myself replying, “Not to follow all of us and fix our ball marks, I don’t believe.”
Then I told him I had to go and walked over to another hole to continue my afternoon golf. Sheesh!!! I was steamed at first, but then wondered if that’s what too many golfers really think?
And then I asked myself: “But have you ever failed to fix one of your own divots? Either fill it with sand or at least kick in the edges? “
“Or have you ever failed to fix your own ball mark on the green? What about yours and one other?”
And that day, I made it my policy to treat every golf course I play as if it were my own. I mean, come on . . . how long does it take to fill one more divot than your own? Or kick in the sides of one if you don’t have sand? Or fix a few ball marks while walking across the green or waiting for others to putt?
Belonging to a member-owned private club now, I take it one step further and use my ball mark tool to dig out a foreign weed on the green or fringe when I see it, or do anything else that can help our course superintendent continue to use his time to work the magic he does on our course. It makes me feel like the owner I am, and it doesn’t take that much time, either.
But whether you play at a private club or a muni, or when you are traveling, I’m proposing a crusade for all oobgolfers and WedgeGuy Readers to embark upon . . . .
“Mine, and One More”
If we will all take a little “ownership” of the courses we play, and take a few seconds to repair just one additional divot, one more ball mark, then we can help make the game more enjoyable for everyone, and feel good about the cause, too.
So, guys, join me in the “Mine And One More” movement, OK? Let’s change the world, one divot and ball mark at a time.
What do you think?
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I'm "in" though I do have a couple follow up questions. Do you take any stock in all this crap about one divot tool being better than another? I've even heard people say the "standard" divot tool we use is so bad for the green that it is better off if we don't try to fix our marks.
I fix my ball marks and others as well but my biggest bet peeve is that i find so many range balls on the course. One time I caught up with a guy who had stuff them in his bag and was playing his round with them. I told him to cut it out. If you can't afford your own balls your in the wrong sport.
I've been following the "Mine, and One More" mantra since being a caddy at Lancaster Country Club back in the day. I am always amazed at the number of golfers I get paired w/ that totally disregard this responsibility during their round.
The other thing that amazes me is the number of golfers that do not know the proper way to repair a ball mark on the green. The divot repair tool is not meant to pry up the center of the mark...this will only disrupt the root system and cause the entire area to die. Also, don't replace the piece of turf that is sometimes ripped off the ball mark. The roots will not be able to take hold and this peiece will die and kill any live roots in the green beneath it.
See the following link for a quick lesson (with pics): www.gcsaa.org/cm/contentm/modules/display_dynami
Also, here is a good study showing that PROPER ball mark repair decreases turf grass recovery time (including some discussion on types of repair tools): www.gcsaa.org/GCM/2008/sept/pdfs/effectsballmark
you should fix your ballmark
HotBacon, that's a great link. There are too many people out there that think the center of the ball mark is supposed to be lifted. In fact, I have an etiquette booklet from the USGA that says something to that effect.
Yep, it yanks my chain too when people don't fix their ball marks. The group I usually play with are all very good at mine and one more. Only takes a sec. Always try to replace divots also if possible. I hate going out and the fairways looks like somebody is trying to plow it and start a farm.
I couldn't agree more and am glad anytime I see someone trying to raise awareness about repairing ball marks and divots. I'm a member of a private club and it always pains me to see a ton of ball marks, especially on days when member-only play occurred. Just because you have a maid doesn't entitle you to be slob.
I cannot say I've always repaired all my ball marks, but I always try to. Sometimes I cannot find them. If I can't find mine, I at least try to fix someone else's (it's virtually guaranteed there will be some).
Oh, and thanks to HotBacon for the link. I'll definitely pass that around.
What about repairing ballmarks in the fairway just short of the green? I often see them but have never paid them much mind. They are definitely not on the green or fringe, but I didn't know if I should worry about repairing them.
Matt F says:
I always repair mine, when I can find them, and others. I use this: www.markmender.com/ it repairs the mark the way it should be done and takes absolutely no time at all.
I always fix mine and as many as I can find. I use this www.greenfixgolf.com/
You push, instead of pulling. It prevents damage to the roots and works like a charm. I think golf courses should give them away to help minimize the problem, as we know there will always be inconsiderate people who just don't care what happens to the courses they play. But the greenfixgolf tool makes ball marks disappear.
Ben Crane says:
I hit a great drive last night only to have it lying in a divot somebody didn't repair. While I was mad at my misfortune, hitting into a bunker that wasn't raked was worse.
Here's a good example for those who don't know how to repair one or need a refresher. :)Sometimes I play with people who were never shown how it's done, so it's good to spread the knowledge too.
the golfer places the ball on the tee on a short par 4. he hits a huge tee shot that flies low. the golfer watches the low-flying ball bound toward the green. at the 305 yard mark, the ball lands just 35 yards from the green. it rolls toward the green, but soon the ball rolled into an unfixed divot a few yards short of the
green. if the golfer who made the divot would have spent 5-7 minutes fixing it, the ball would`ve probably rolled up to the green. that`s why we should repair divots!
I have a shallow swing, so if I take a divot at all the divot usually has no sod, just partially severed roots. So replacing the divot does no good. My course provides a box with sand/seed mixture on each of their carts. Since I walk, I take a bottle of that mixture with me and fill in my divots. Doesn't help if your ball rolls into my divot soon after...
Eric Duquene says:
I do repair my ball marks all the time. I do disagree with private clubs and courses as when I was younger I used to caddy at a private club and part of my responsibility as a caddy was repairing ball marks and raking traps. At no point was a member expected or should be repairing his or her own marks as that's part of what they pay a caddy to do. At least that's the way it was explained to me.
I couldn't agree more. Take pride in the courses you play. Rake the traps, fix the ball marks and repair the divots. It's not that big of a commitment.
OMG, most of the videos on YouTube including the one above show an incorrect technique to fix ball marks. Twisting or lifting the grass will tear the grass roots. You need to insert the ball repair tool at a 45 degree angle and then push the grass towards the middle of the ball mark.
This one is a pretty good explanation:
and so is this one although he does twist his repair tool a bit:
come on just fix ur ballparks!! its rele rele not all that hard and it takes maybe 10 seconds
I am the President of our Men's Golf Association at my club. I have been on a 3 year rant to my members to fill their divots and fix their ball marks. I like the attitude of treating the course as if you owned it! Great thoughts and I am going to point all my members to this article! One thing is we have many "outside" events - non-members who treat the course like their own personal playground. I definitely see the difference in course conditions after an outside tournament. I have been working with management to somehow make the outside events put down a deposit and if the course has been taken care of, then they get it back. If not, we keep it and use the extra money to make repairs.
In addition to the comments above, on par three tees, whenever possible, I will use a broken tee too tee up the ball slightly to minimize destruction to that tee box! Common courtesy and respect for the course are a foundation of this "Gentlemans Game"! JWHpurist
Thanks everyone for the comments and discussion on this topic. I have learned that I have been repairing pitch marks incorrectly and damaging the courses I play :( I shall be repairing 'mine and one more' from now on, and most importantly I shall be doing it right! Good job golfing community!
Ahh.. that's sand and seed mixed in the bucket on the cart.. I thought it was just sand... and yep, I rake the sand and replace divots.. but I rarely replace ball marks.. because my shots don't land on the green... yet.
I generally make it a rule to find at least 3 ball marks to repair on every green I come to. If I see alot of fresh pitch marks left by the group in front of us, I will give them a polite reminder that they aren' the ony ones on the course and that they should fix their marks. I have seen alot of nice courses lose alot of business after a heavy traffic season due to the greens filled with pitch marks and depressions. A greens keeper can only roll the greens so many times before making the greens hard as concrete. This in return affects your approach shots. NOT fixing divots causes a domino effect of problems that ruins the game for others!
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