How to Replace Divots
Divot has two meanings. It can be a scar, hole or patch of a bare area or gouged grass left behind in the fairway and sometimes in the teeing ground also referred as the divot hole. Another definition would be based on the expected result of a good golf swing especially when using an iron or a wedge or a mis-hit when using a wood with a steep angle approach in your attack wherein a thin piece of grass is scraped off from the ground and sent flying and displaced exposing the ground underneath. A “nice divot” is when the cut off grass remains in one piece.
Don’t feel bad if you made a divot. There is no shame in making it. It is very normal to make one and is part of your play. It happens to all golfers as they strike to play when using clubs that are designed to have a descending path. In fact, divots can determine what kind of player you are. Divots made after impact with the ball means the use of proper descent motion of your shot is the right kind and done by professionals while beginners most likely hit the ground before they hit the ball. Whenever the case may be, you have to fix your own divot.
According to GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America), replacing or repairing a divot greatly speeds up the healing process of the turf by a couple of weeks. Replace your own divot as a courtesy to the next players and to help keep the golf course in shape since the Rules of Golf clearly stated that “…a player should ensure that any divot hole made by him and any damage to the putting green made by a ball is carefully repaired.” Also, the ugly appearance of an unrepaired divot is undesirable. While there is a so-called divot tool, it is incorrectly termed. A divot tool isn’t actually used to divots rather it is a two-pronged metal or plastic tool used to repair ball marks on the putting green.
Fixing divots is quick and really easy to do. Here’s how:
- Check if there is a carafe attached in the golf cart. This container is provided by the golf course for you to utilize in replacing your divot. It is filled with sand or sand and seed mixture or sand and grass mixture that helps to regrow the missing grass and eventually levels with the playing surface.
- Take the container from the golf cart and pour the mixture into the divot.
- Pour a healthy amount of sand until the divot is completely filled in.
- Tamp down the sand and use your foot to smoothen it out.
If there is no sand mixture provided by the course, you have to find the whole piece (if you made a nice divot) or fragments of grass and try to neatly put it back in place as the way it looked before and set it firmly by tamping it down with your foot.
Sand mixtures used depends on the grass and season of where the golf course is located. Divot mixes for cool-season turf contain a combination of sand, seed, and soil and sometimes added with fertilizer to aid in germination and growth. And with enough soil and/or organic matter to maintain adequate moisture to aid germination. In warm-season turf, straight sand (seed rarely included) is usually used to fill divot scars. Recently, divot mixes are dyed in green color for aesthetics purposes to match the appearance of the grass but are quite expensive. Though replacing divot doesn’t make any difference in certain times of the year or even in certain types of grass it reflects your conduct towards the game. Imagine if you came to play golf and see a divot-filled course. Isn’t it a bit disappointing and unpleasant to go on and play? And what if your ball hit a divot? It will be hard for you to play and may piss you off knowing that it should have been taken care of by the previous player besides it is just a simple 4-step regulation to follow.