A few months ago, I lost one of my favorite golf accessories – a little device called “Club Caddie”. In short, it looked like an over sized, plastic clothespin that you attached to the bottom of your club to keep the grips out of wet grass on early mornings. Sadly, they’ve quit making my beloved device and I started looking for a suitable replacement. Along my search, I came across a device called the “Mark Mender”.
The “Mark Mender” isn’t really a club holder at all, though it does a competent job of doing exactly that. This small accessory’s primary purpose is to repair ball marks on the green, but it sets itself apart by doing a couple of extra things as well. For starters, it has a magnetic ball marker attached to it and the clever design allows you to hold your club out of the wet grass or keep your cigar off the ground.
But the bottom line here is – how does it perform?!? In short, I was really impressed with the ball repair ability! When you come to a ball mark on the green, you unclasp the hook, releasing the two forks and place them on the outside of you ball mark. Then, simply squeeze them together and it slightly raises and pushes your mark back together. As you can see from the pictures, the repaired green is almost indistinguishable in the after picture. This thing does a fantastic job!!
The “Mark Mender” is available in two different models. The ‘Original’ is a lightweight polymer, weighing in at only 1 oz, yet is strong enough to repair any ball mark, and it measures just under 3-1/2” long, so it fits nicely in your pocket. It’s remarkably affordable at only $5.99 each!
The “Zinc Mark Mender” is slightly larger at 4” and a little heavier at 2.5 oz, primarily due to the stainless Zinc metal. This version appears to be the most durable and is probably the more preferred one if you’re going to use it for holding a cigar. It’s available for $14.99 each.
A cool option is the ability to have your “Mark Mender” customized with a logo on the attached magnetic ball marker. The best part is there isn’t an additional fee for this customization – although you have to order a minimum of 50 to get this deal (there is even discount pricing for orders over 100). Having done several charity tournaments, this is an attractive and relatively inexpensive item to add to any ‘Tee Favor Bags’!
The original reason I went looking for a new accessory was to keep my clubs off the wet grass for my early morning rounds. As you can see from the picture, this does exactly what I’d hoped for – the bonus is that it’s a simple and effective green repair tool, plus ball marker. All of those things combine into a really great tool for any golfer. If you want to add this little baby to your bag, and I definitely recommend it - you can pick one up at www.markmender.com
-- P.J. Evans