Repairing a Pitch Mark

Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club prides itself on the continual excellence of the greens, due mainly to the hard work and dedication of the Head Greenkeeper and his Team.

However to maintain the greens' true surfaces - free of pitch marks - the help and cooperation is required of all who play on them.  

Each time a golf ball hits the putting surface, it leaves a mark.

Golf Etiquette dictates that YOU repair any damage to the putting surface.

  • A properly repaired pitch mark takes just a few days to recover
  • An un-repaired pitch mark takes on average 25 days to recover
  • An improperly repaired pitch mark can take almost 40 days to recover

So we APPEAL to EVERYONE to take the 15-20 seconds required to repair pitch marks -  properly!


Five simple steps are all it takes:-

  1. Look for a golf ball pitch mark on the green near your ball.
  2. Always use a ball mark repair tool to fix the indentation left by the ball.
  3. Insert the repair tool into the OUTER edge of the pitch mark with the prongs angled at 45o, and then gently work the turf up and back into place by gently pushing up and forward. DO NOT dig out the indentation as this snaps the roots and stifles the recovery process.
  4. Repeat step 3 around the entire ball mark as necessary.
  5. Gently pat down the repaired ball mark with a putter, until the mark is as smooth as the rest of the putting surface.

Here's an example of one of many YouTube videos on the subject.