Good manners for METSUCHI(Divot Sanding)

April 22, 2009 8:09 PM update

When hitting a ball, one can scrape away the green. In the golf terminology, it is said as 'Take a divot' , but hitting a ball causes a divot on the green even by the correct way of hitting a ball. The state after scraping it up is called a Divot. In the other words, it is like the situation that a hole is on the green, but the others playing after have to have the ball be into the hole, so that it causes the difficulty for hitting a ball if the divot is left. Moreover, new green has to be brown on the dented surface. Therefore, we fill up the hole with sands to make it be even as well as to make the condition in which the green can be easily grown flatly. This action is called ' Metsuchi', which means repairing divots with sands, in Japanese.
Usually, the sands for Matsuchi are found at the sand yards beside the tee, and are put into the divot sand bag or the bag equipped at the cart. They are placed at each teeing ground, so it is easy to restock the sands if they are used up.
It is the good way for repairing divots to put the amount of sands slightly more than the divot size with a shovel, and step the raised sands lightly to make there be flat.
For your information, lawns cannot take root even after the turf is put back. In case of bent grass, it easily takes root, so it is a good manner to put the turf back and put the sands on it.
It might not be known well that the special sands are used for repairing divots for the tee.
Especially in the par-three holes, the green easily gets damage because players mostly use the irons that make divot easily; besides, many golfers putt the ball at the same position. Therefore, it is general that the sands mixed with fertilizers are used to make the green grow. These special sands are prepared in the container beside the tee, so you can fix the divot with the sands.
In case that some beginners join the party, the others being more relaxed had better help them. Even if the others compel the beginners to repair divots, it will cause the games delay and make trouble to the others. It is enough that each one fix a few divots, which results in reduce of the divots as a whole. It is important that the manners should be according to the circumstances, isn't it?
It is from the 2nd point to the green that has a lot of deep divots. Especially in 100 yards, many players tend to hit a full shot with a short iron, so such area has a tendency to get some deep turfs. We particularly want to repair the divots around here.
The most common inattention among the beginners not familiar with repairing divots is to leave their divot sand bags on the course. Even the mature golfers, still not accustomed to bring it, have to leave it as same as the beginners do, so you'd better form a habit to mind each other when they are not sure if they don't leave it, or put it in plain view on the direction of travel if they put the bag on the course. Moreover, when you are on the green, be careful to put the bag outside the green. It is also a manner that you have an attention not to mess up the green with the sands in case of the sands spilled out from the bag.
Let's focus on using up sands in the divot sand bag on the final hole. If you bring back the bag with sands to the nineteenth hole, you must find no place for disposal of the remaining sands. You cannot throw the sands somewhere around there. If you do, it is of course a patent breach of good manners. If you still have the sands after the course, you'd better return it back to the divot sand bag equipped at the course or to the sand yard for repairing divots.
When you bring back your Divot sand bag, it is also breach of manners if you take out the sands from the bag by using air gun (equipment for removing some dirt or grasses on the golf shoes and wears with air pressure). The sands must fly off around the nineteenth hole. The smart way for bringing it back is to prepare a zippered cover for divot sand bag to be able to put it into the golf bag, which avoids some dirt to the golf bag and doesn't spread the sands all around the place. It is the age of "Ecology & Manner'" for golfing!