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mixdenny 08-12-2019 10:30 AM

Ball markers while putting in the PGA
 
Do members get their own personalized silver markers as a perk? Or do they just use a lucky quarter from the year they were born like everyone else?

Dennis

kenobi 65 08-12-2019 11:01 AM

My understanding is that most pro golfers use coins, though apparently at least a few use poker chips.

I may be wrong, but I don't believe that the PGA issues them anything special or personalized.

Dinsdale 08-12-2019 03:13 PM

Never heard of anything like an "official" ball marker issue by the PGA. Have heard many mentions of the various coins people use. Or else the magnetic kind that affix to one's cap.

Didn't realize any used anything as obtrusive as a poker chip - at least when anywhere near a playing partner's line.

Doyle 08-12-2019 03:47 PM

The awesome story behind Phil Mickelson’s ball marker he only uses at Pebble Beach

https://www.golf.com/news/2019/02/11...-pebble-beach/

CarnalK 08-12-2019 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Dinsdale (Post 21802252)
Never heard of anything like an "official" ball marker issue by the PGA. Have heard many mentions of the various coins people use. Or else the magnetic kind that affix to one's cap.

Didn't realize any used anything as obtrusive as a poker chip - at least when anywhere near a playing partner's line.

Yeah, it's been a bit of a fad the last few years. Must be some cigar smokers cross over effect. Doesn't explain the people who stick a tee in the green as a marker.

notfrommensa 08-12-2019 07:57 PM

Poker Chips serve a purpose as they are close to the same diameter of a golf ball and players can easily see them from across the green in case they are proactive in reading the green while others putt before them.

kenobi 65 08-12-2019 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by CarnalK (Post 21802715)
Doesn't explain the people who stick a tee in the green as a marker.

Which is, as I understand it, generally legal under the Rules of Play, but not allowed in PGA tournaments.

Dinsdale 08-13-2019 07:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CarnalK (Post 21802715)
... Doesn't explain the people who stick a tee in the green as a marker.

I've been known to do that - but not often and not when it would interfere w/ another golfer. Sometimes I'll be feeling in my pockets for a coin, and don't readily find one. Or maybe I already used my coin to mark another golfer's ball. So if I just need to mark my ball to clean it, I'll use a tee.

Gray Ghost 08-14-2019 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Doyle (Post 21802320)
The awesome story behind Phil Mickelsonís ball marker he only uses at Pebble Beach

https://www.golf.com/news/2019/02/11...-pebble-beach/

Thank you for sharing. That is an awesome story. Well before my time there, and I never did get to see Phil.

As to the OP, wouldn't they want the marker to be as small as possible? I use the button on my golf glove, which is a touch under dime sized.

glowacks 08-14-2019 11:19 PM

I would think that a proper ball marker would have an indication of direction on it, because of the times you need to move it out of someone else's potential putting line. If you reposition the marker by a length of the head of your putter in these situations, as I've seen countless times, you should have a good way to tell exactly which direction to move it back, and not a vague idea.


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