According to the United States Golf Association, when your ball is on the putting green and you want to clean your golf ball, line up your next putt, or just get your ball out of the way of the other players in your group, you should mark your ball, preferably with something around the size of a coin. There is always a great range of fun and interesting ball markers available in your club’s Pro Shop.

In this video, I take you through some of the do’s and don’ts of marking your ball.

Marking Your Golf Ball

To mark your ball on the green simply place the marker behind the golf ball in line with the hole. Often I see new players move the ball out of the way first thinking they have to put the market exactly on the spot where the ball is. In fact, according to the rules of golf, it is not legal to move your ball before it is marked.

Another good reason to mark your ball is to line up your next putt. Many golf balls and putters have lines on them printed by the manufacturer, so you can line both up with the direction of your putt when you are replacing the ball after marking it. You are also permitted to draw a line on the ball with a sharpie for that purpose.

Brooke Henderson lining up the ball in the Volvik Championship | Photo: Ben Harpring for
Brooke Henderson replacing her marked ball in the Volvik Championship | Photo: Ben Harpring for

So, remember … place the marker behind the ball before you pick it up, and then line the ball up with the direction of the putt before you pick up your marker.

Always follow the rules of golf to make sure that you enjoy the game and live positive and golf positive!


Debbie Oconnell Womens Golf Teacher
Debbie O’Connell

Debbie is an award-winning Class A LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP), and the founder of Golf-Positive.
Debbie teaches private and group lessons and is also the
co-site director of the Greater Newark LPGA USGA Girls Golf Program.
As a seasoned media professional, Debbie is the best selling author of “Golf Positive! Live Positive!” and appears regularly on the Golf Channel.
Her positive energy and enthusiasm made her an easy choice to be the lead LPGA Professional for the LPGA Leadership Academy, whose mission is to empower teenage girls and teach them leadership skills and strategies through the game
Before establishing Golf Positive, Debbie spent over 20 years as a club professional and has received many accolades, including:
• LPGA Top 50 Best Teachers presented by Women’s Golf Journal (2017)
• LPGA Northeast Section “Teacher of the Year” (2016)
• LPGA’s prestigious Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award (inaugural 2007 award)
• LPGA’s National and Southeast Section “Professional of the Year” (2002)
• LPGA’s 50 Best teachers
• Golf Digest’s “50 Best Women Teachers in America”

Contact Debbie O’Connell at or by email and phone 772-708-0721.
Follow Debbie online on Twitter: @golfpositiveFacebookInstagram, and Pinterest
Feature Image: Cheyenne Woods at the 2017 Volvik Championship | Photo: Ben Harpring for