The putting green is the area of the course that can make or break anyone’s score. That is why it is important to follow the basic rules and procedures to keep the peace in your foursome.

Here are five must-dos to remember whenever you encounter the putting green.

Let’s get started.

Repair Pitch Marks

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If the green is soft and your ball hit the ground from a decent height and speed, you will most likely see a small dent in the grass where your ball landed. This is called a pitch mark or ball mark, and it should be repaired as soon as possible to protect the putting green from lasting damage.

It’s helpful to have a divot repair tool in your golf bag, but if you don’t have one, you can use a tee in a pinch. If aren’t sure how to repair the pitch mark, ask one of your playing companions to show you how or look up a quick video tutorial when you can.

If you see more than one pitch mark from another player who forgot to do their own housekeeping, repair that one as well as quickly as possible as long as doing so will not cause a delay or affect the pace of play.

Mark Your Ball

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