Ball Mark Repair How-to
Properly repairing ball marks is just good manners. Luckily it's easy and quick. Here's how to do it:
1. Insert your ball mark tool behind the ball mark angled away from the ball mark.
2. Move the handle toward the ball mark. Your tool should be approximately vertical at the end of this step. Avoid twisting, "scooping," or prying motions. These damage the greens.
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 a few times around the mark. If a piece of the green was removed repeat steps 1 & 2 a few times at different spots around the mark to gently stretch the grass over the hole.
4. Tamp down the grass over the mark with your putter to restore a smooth surface to the damaged area.