What Is A Ball Marker In Golf

What is a ball-marker in golf and what is it used for? This is what I want to share with you today. Even though it is such a small part of the game of golf, it can be very important to know the rules and also the etiquette that goes along with ball-marker’s.ball-markers

The definition of a Ball-Marker in golf is as follows:

“A small flat object that is placed directly behind a golf ball before it is lifted from the green, identifying a players position.”

This sounds simple enough, Right? Well it is, but their are some simple things to remember when marking your ball, make sure when you are walking to your ball to mark it, that you do not step in another golfers line when they read a putt. What that means is you do not want foot marks to affect someones putt.

The Rules Of Ball-Marking

Do the rules specify what should be used to mark your ball on the putting green? well, NO!  It is considered inconsiderate to mark your ball with a large ball marker or something that could be distracting to your fellow golfers. If a fellow golfer has a large or shiny distracting ball marker and is interfering in your putt reading, you have the right to ask them to move the ball-marker either one or two club (usually Driver) lengths to the side of the mark, so that you have an undisturbed putt. This is the standard and the Etiquette of the game is that everyone follows the same rules, even if just playing with friends on a weekend.

The Rule Is Written As Follows:golf rules

” The position of the ball to be lifted should be marked by placing a ball marker, a small coin, or other similar object immediately behind the ball. If the ball-marker interferes with play, stance or stroke of another player, it should be placed one or more club-lengths to one side.”


Etiquette Is The Key To Ball-Marking

Golf is a game that without Etiquette when playing it makes it hard for everyone, this has been the standard since the first 13 rules of golf came out in 1744. These rules even though we have many more today are still the standard by which we play today. So everyone uses etiquette when playing it makes it more enjoyable for everyone.

When marking your ball in golf and it is in the path of another golfers ball, you must take out a club (usually a driver) and move your ball to the side by one or two club lengths, to not impede on the person who is reading a putt or getting ready to putt.getting ready to mark his ball

The Etiquette part of this is to be courteous to your fellow golfers and they should do the same for you. Another Etiquette based thing you should do is to make sure that you have a ball marker for one thing, and make sure that it is not to big or flashy to distract your fellow golfers. When I have been golfing and I do not have a ball-marker and you might have coins, the best coin to use is a dime. Your ball-marker should not be bigger than a quarter in size, so keep this in mind when shopping for ball-markers.

Penalty For Accidently Moving Your Golf Ball On The Green

As of January 1st, 2017, If you accidentally moved your golf ball as you were setting up to putt, the rules now say that this is no longer a penalty.

If you accidentally move your ball or marker, you have to replace them in the same spot as they were previously and this will not result in a Penalty. In the past before January 1st, 2017, this was considered a one stroke penalty.golf ball on green

Her Is The New Rule, 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1

” When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, their is no penalty if the ball or ball marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided by Rule 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This local rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

NOTE: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”

Different Ball-Markers From Amazon

When thinking about getting a ball-marker, think about how you want to carry it. If you wear a hat when you golf, you might want to get a ball-marker that clips to your hat.

Most golf gloves these days come with a ball-marker on the glove wrist or on the other side of velcro that hooks the glove together. This truly does give you easy access by just clicking it off when you need it and clicking it back on the glove when you are done.

You also may just have a ball marker that goes in your pocket, this is also easy access for marking your golf ball.

have here is a list of Amazon Ball Markers:

1) Giggle Golf Bling/Putt Now, Wine Later Golf Ball-Marker with a standard hat clip. Priced at $9.00

2) NFL Divot Tool Pack With Three Golf Ball-Markers, just pick your NFL team and almost always these are in stock. Price is $11.79-Savings of $5.20, this is quite the deal, u get a divot repair tool as well as 3 ball-markers of your favorite NFL team.NFL Divot tool pack

I have this set of the NFL team ball-markers and divot repair tool in one and I love it. My favorite NFL team is the Minnesota Vikings, so of course that is the ball-markers that I got.

3) New FootJoy WeatherSof Men’s Golf Glove (for the left hand) price runs from $10.99-$15.00 for different sizes.footjoy golf glove

4) Jef World of Golf Gifts and Gallery Inc. Ball Spotters (multi color) for only $3.99. These small ball-markers are a must have in your bag, when you have no other ball-marker with you. I have been their before and they really do work in a pinch.colored golf ball markers



I hope that I have shed a light on what and why we need ball-markers for everyday play as well as tournament play. If you have golf Etiquette ad follow basic rules for ball-marking it makes your golf experience more enjoyable for everyone.

If you have any questions or just want to leave a comment, please do below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keep Golfing,







6 Replies to “What Is A Ball Marker In Golf”

  1. Nice, I really enjoy Golf and improving my sing is something i get pretty OCD about, im a perfectionist I guess, but I just love watching a top class golfer have such a well balanced and powerful swing. But that aside I know what a ball marker is and how to use it, but you put together a really nice break down here Bobbi! Thanks a lot for sharing this!

    1. Thank you Marley, I think that all of us who are consistently working on are golf swing and our golf game have a little OCD. I know that I do, anyway thanks for the comment and if there is anything that I can do for you, let me know.

  2. Thank you for posting this. I was in a heated debated with my business partner over this very topic. He didn’t believe me that there is a proper Etiquette for marking a spot. I was able to show him this post and that ended the argument. I think i’m going to get him one of those NFL ball marking sets you highlighted in your post for his birthday. He’s not really a football fan so it will be a nice prank gift to remind him of our debate and who was the victor.

    Again thank you for sharing!

    1. I am so glad that my article could help you get one up on your friend or co-worker. I think that would be a great idea for a birthday gift and to keep him aware that the disagreement was won by you. ha,ha. Thanks Barry, much appreciated for the comment.

  3. another great article from you! I never really gave the ball marker much thought. I can certainly see why you would not want to use something that would distract your fellow golfers, good point of etiquette!

    by the way i just order the FootJoy WeatherSof Men’s Golf Glove’s, can;t wait to try them out! i will let you know what i think after my first round with them.
    thanks for some more great golf knowledge!

    1. You are welcome Brendon, I hope you enjoy the golf glove. I know what you mean about the golf ball-marker, ir is something that everyone forgets about till they are on the course and need one. I love my NFL Minnesota Vikings Divot tool, with 3 ball-markers, perfect size and now that the Vikings are winning it will be that much sweeter. Thanks for the comment and the purchase of the FootJoy golf glove.

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