Don’t know how to repair a ball divot? Brad Owen is the superintendent at Augusta National, host course to the annual Masters Tournament. In an interview with USA Today, Owen shows us how he repairs divots on the Augusta greens to keep them looking pristine:
1. Using a ball marker repair tool, insert the prongs into the turf at the edge of the divot. Do NOT insert the prongs into the depression itself, but at the rim.
2. Twists the grass toward the center of a ball mark on the green. Owen says that many golfers actually fix their ball marks by lifting the turf toward the mark, but he prefers the grass be gently twisted to the center of the mark. Do not push the bottom of the divot upward as this will only tears the roots, and kills the grass.
3. Gently tap down the repaired divot with the bottom of your putter or foot to smooth the putting surface.
Voila! You now know how to properly repair a divot on the green. Remember to be courtesy and leave the courses you play on in the same shape you found them because it’s expensive maintaining a golf course!