“Marking your golf ball on the putting green should be a simple task for every golfer, but you would be surprised how many golfers ignore some of the basics of ball-marking,” says Buck Deibel, director of golf at the Club at Boca Pointe and its beautifully designed 18-hole championship golf course.
“Most golfers think they are marking the ball properly, but they do not. Many golfers place a ball marker an inch, or even a half or quarter inch, in front of the ball,” points out Deibel, who is one of the few Master golf instructors in the Boca Raton area. “Even though a half or quarter inch does not seem like a big deal, it really is incorrect. It is always good to remind our golfers of this simple task,” says Deibel.
“Marking a ball is really simple. Place a small coin or ball marker directly behind your golf ball on the putting green. Make sure your ball marker is on the ground before lifting the ball. Never lift the ball and then place a marker where the ball was. Place marker first, lift ball second. The natural tendencies seem to be to leave a small space between the ball and marker. This is incorrect,” explains Deibel.
Here are situations in which your ball should be marked:
- When you want to clean the ball
- When you want to align the ball’s graphics
- When you believe your golf ball might be in the way of another player
- When another player asks you to do so.
If you are asked to mark the ball and do not and the player’s ball hits your ball, you incur a penalty. If the player does not ask you to mark the ball and his ball hits your ball, the penalty is on the player who did not ask you to mark it.
Boca Pointe hopes this golf tip helps you further enjoy your day out on the links! As a non-mandatory equity country club, Boca Pointe offers both equity and non-equity memberships. The Club at Boca Pointe enables members to define their own lifestyle, offering social, tennis and golf memberships.
Golfers have many membership options. For avid golfers who do not reside in the Boca Pointe community, a great membership choice is Club’s non-equity Annual Golf membership. This membership is focused on golf and entitles the member to unlimited golf play along with lunch and the lounge privileges. Another highly popular choice among golfers for residents and non-residents of Boca Pointe is the Club’s non-equity Premier Membership program. This membership is ideal for both seasonal and year-round Floridians. It allows members to enjoy all aspects of club life for however many months they are in Florida. For year-round residents, Boca Pointe’s equity golf membership programs are another excellent consideration and offers attractive additional perks. The Club welcomes you to call membership at 561-864-8539 or click here to learn more.