How to Use a Golf Divot Tool

By John Wagner
Hale Irwin and Bernhard Langer fix ball marks during the 2008 U.S. Senior Open.
Hale Irwin and Bernhard Langer fix ball marks during the 2008 U.S. Senior Open.

Taking proper care of the golf course is the responsibility of every golfer. When you hit a shot onto the green it normally makes a ball mark. If fixed properly, a ball mark can heal in 24 hours. A ball mark left unfixed can take up to one week to heal.

Locate your ball mark on the green. Ball marks can be hard to find sometimes, so look in the exact area your ball landed on the green.

Stick the divot repair tool in the ground, at a 45-degree angle, on the outer edge of the ball mark.

Push the divot repair tool down and slightly forward. This motion pushes the side of the ball mark in toward the center. Never try to pull the grass up with the divot repair toll, always push down and forward.

Repair all sides of the ball mark to fully repair the ball mark. The grass should fully cover the mark when done.

Gently tap down the ball mark with your putter. Tapping down on the ball mark helps level the repair out.

Fix one extra ball mark if you have time. Always try and leave the golf course in better shape than when you got there.

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About the Author

John Wagner is a certified golf instructor and professional golfer with more than 10 years of experience. As a certified GolfTEC, TPI Level 3 and Chuck Cook Golf Instructor, he has given more than 9,000 golf lessons.

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