Top Tips with Jack O’Keefe: Putting

Improving your short game is the best way to shave strokes off your score.  Ole Miss Assistant Golf Coach, Jack O’Keefe, is back this week with his top tips to improve your putting. 


  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Keep your feet parallel to the target line of the putt.


  1. Golf ball should be positioned 3-4 inches inside your left foot (right handed players).
  2. 60% of your weight should be on your left side.
  3. The end of putter grip should be ahead of the golf ball (hands ahead of ball).
  4. Your arms should make a V on the set-up.


  1. There are probably at least 25 different grips to use (find one that is comfortable for you).
  2. Make sure both thumbs are on the flat part of the grip.
  3. Use light grip pressure (imagine holding a tube of toothpaste with the top off).


1.On short putts (3 feet and in), the putter should swing straight back and straight through.

2.On longer putts (longer than 3 feet), the putter will make an arc stroke (inside going back, hopefully square at impact, and then inside a little on the follow through).

Follow Through

  1. The putter should swing back (backstroke) and through (follow through) the same distance.
  2. Smooth acceleration is the key to making putts.

Putting Tid Bits

  • Putting accounts for almost half of your strokes in a round of golf.
  • Practice putting consistently for a month (10 minutes a day, 6 days a week = 1 hour of good putting practice). Do this for a month and you will knock off at least 5 shots from your score.
  • Putting is almost always the last shot hit in tournaments and everyday play.
  • Anyone can putt. You don’t have to be physically gifted or coordinated.
  • Putting is very mental. If you think you can make the putt, you have a good chance of doing it.
  • Enjoy putting and you will enjoy golf more too.

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