Pitch Marks on Greens

Published on 18th May 2020 in Course News, Golf News, Local and Member News, Members News

If every golfer correctly repaired two pitch marks on every green, how many would be left? 

Zero.  The difference is up to you.

If you repair a pitch mark badly it can actually do a lot more harm than if you had left it alone, so it’s essential you know how to do it correctly

It’s not just for the sake of the greens either, there is nothing more infuriating for a golfer than to see a perfect putt knocked off line, especially through no fault of their own.

But it is alarming how many golfers seemingly neglect to repair a pitch mark, don’t know how to repair a pitch mark in the correct way, or perhaps think they are not allowed to because of the Rules of Golf.

As you can see below, the end product of a badly repaired pitch mark is an ugly brown scar left on the green that not only looks awful, but that also affects the roll of yours and other peoples’ putts.

How do I repair a pitch mark correctly?

To achieve the ideal look, you need to push the earth inwards as demonstrated above, rather lifting it upwards, which is what causes the unsightly scarring.

Once you have circled your pitch mark gently pushing the earth inwards towards the centre of the crater, you can then tap down any excess material to leave the smoothest possible surface.

Aren’t there certain rules around repairing things on the green?

There are things you can and can’t do when on the green involving pitch marks, spike marks and loose impediments, This video helps explain what is within the Rules of Golf and what isn’t.


Finally, a document from our friends at Golf Australia on care of the course – specifically putting greens.  CLICK HERE for a downloadable copy.


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