The divot tool is a must-have accessory for any serious golfer who understands and respects the game. It is a small, handheld device with two or more prongs that is used to lift up the turf and repair ball marks.

Ball marks are indentations or impressions caused by golf balls landing on the green from your approach shots. The divot tool repairs the green so that your putts and those of your fellow golfers roll true and online. There's nothing worse than watching your putt hit a bump or ball mark and veer off line causing you to miss your par putt.

The best divot tools make repairing the green a breeze. Many also include a magnetic ball marker so you can identify your ball on the green and line up your putts.

Repairing ball marks is important because it helps to keep the green in good shape. Aside from being courteous, repairing your divots actually benefits the golf course. A well-maintained golf course results in better playing conditions for everyone. And who doesn’t want that?

If you're new to golf, you might be wondering how to use a divot tool.

Here's a quick guide:

Locate your ball mark. This will be a small indentation in the green where your ball landed. Look for the spot that has the most turf deformation. Place the divot tool next to your ball mark. Insert the blade of the tool into the turf at an angle and gently lift upward. You want to create a small flap of turf that you can then replace over the damage created by the ball mark creating a smooth and level surface.

Do your best to make sure that you lift all parts of the indentation. It's often easy to go around the edge of the mark and lift up the turf in several sections.

Once you've lifted up the turf use the bottom of your putter to stamp down the green and smooth out the surface of the green where you repaired your ball mark. If you're wearing spikeless golf shoes you can gently pat down the green with your shoe. Try to make the repair perfectly level with the rest of the green so that you don't even recognize a ball mark was there.

Magnetic ball markers are handy because you can quickly and easily attach them to your divot tool after replacing your golf ball. This way, you won't lose your marker and will have it ready for when you need it again.

A divot tool is a handy addition to any golfer's kit—it helps keep greens in tip-top shape so everyone can enjoy them. If you're new to golf, don't worry—using a divot tool is easy once you get the hang of it. Just remember those four simple steps and you'll be repairing ball marks like a pro in no time!

And if you want to take your game up a notch, invest in a divot tool with a magnetic ball marker—see below, you won't regret it!