How to Mark a Golf Ball on the Green

By Nichole Brophy

Removing and replacing your golf ball is an integral component of the putting routine. Knowing how to do so properly will help expedite the process as well as protect you from infringing on the rules of the game.


Difficulty: Easy
Step 1
Select a coin, ball marker or other small item to be placed on the putting surface and note the position of your golf ball.
Step 2
Approach your golf ball (ideally resting on the green near the hole) while facing the cup and place the coin or marker directly behind the ball. The marker's placement should be less than a quarter inch from where the base of the ball touches the turf.
Step 3
Remove your golf ball from the putting surface, taking care so as not to alter or interfere with the placement of the ball marker.
Step 4
Clean your golf ball and proceed to read your putt.
Step 5
Replace your golf ball directly in front of the previously placed ball marker.
Step 6
Use caution while removing the ball marker from its position behind the ball.
Step 7
Store your ball marker in a pocket or other compartment and proceed to hit your putt.

Tips & Warnings

Many golfers go through several ball markers over the course of a round. Some ball marker designs prevent loss through magnetic visor clips that secure the marker when not in use.
Caution: If contact is made with the ball during placement or removal of the ball marker, resulting in movement from its resting location, a penalty stroke may be assessed.

About The Author

Nichole Brophy is a golf journalist whose ventures in the sport have led her to numerous golf destinations including the birthplace of the game. Brophy regularly interviews and features PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players. Her most recent interviewees include Sergio Garcia, Tom Lehman and Peter Jacobsen.

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