The Woes of Cup-Cutting
(In the Dark)
Some jobs take time to master! That is true for cutting cups in the dark. The concept seems simple and would only take a short time to master but four months latter I am still making mistakes. Everything is harder under limited visibility. You learn that very quickly as an Infantryman. I would like to share some of my experience thus far.
During my first two weeks working at Tampa Palms the assistant superintendent and the previous cup cutter trained me to cut cups with some oversight from the superintendent. All three have different techniques but they all achieved the same results, a plug that was smooth with the surface as not to affect ball roll or get scalped by the greens mower. After a brief introduction I was off to work.
My first challenge was working in the dark. I could not for the life of me to get the pin to sit straight. Ensuring the pin is vertical is important for ascetics, and the golfers ability to judge range and wind direction. Another factor is, if the pin is not straight, neither is the cup and it can effect the ball rolling into the hole the way it should. Everyone hates that!
Knowing the construction of the greens and the ability to feel the undulation of the greens helps with keeping the cup cutter level to the cutting service. As a golfer I do this on a regular basis but doing it in the dark is different. I came up with two solutions. I upgraded from a low power headlamp and upgraded to a high lumen light that allowed me to scout the green and see the undulations. Once I found where I wanted to cut the cup. I then placed the light close to the ground and focused on the black and blue of the horizon just above the tree line facing the faraway or tee box and made my cut. Perfectly level every time.