Tim O'Connor

Tim O'Connor is a golf performance coach, an award-winning writer, author of four books, presenter, editor and a leader in training in the ManKind Project

The secret to making a swing change revealed—ignore your whiny ego

The secret to making a swing change revealed—ignore your whiny ego Hey, we're not grizzled veterans, just veteran ... coaches. Mike Martz (left) has helped me get my game back on track--and to stay with the process when I struggled."That shot had character,” Mike Martz said, watching one of my iron shots flying on a penetrating trajectory to the yellow flag on the range.“Character?” I inquired.The coach explained: … [Read more...]

A caddie’s tattered running shoes and a black life

Until a week or so ago, I was unaware of Juneteenth, which commemorates that on June 19, 1865, a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned that they had been freed by emancipation. At 63 years old, as a former journalist, and someone who considers himself fairly aware of social issues, I felt embarrassed that I was not aware of this important historical event, although I read in the New York Times today that “this holiday … only … [Read more...]

The Voice doesn’t go away, but you can pause it

“How do I silence The Voice that is constantly saying negative things to me?"This is one of most frequently asked questions that I get every year as a coach who is known for dealing with mental stuff. In fact, I was asked twice this week during my Obedience Training For Your Brain webinars.What is The Voice? It's the innner dialogue in your head. That constantly barking critic that tells you what to do, and especially what you can't do. It calls … [Read more...]

Like an easy swing, a little humility goes a long way

Thomas Merton, the late Trappist monk and author of New Seeds of Contemplation, Oh Lord, it's hard to be humble, but I'm doin' the best that I can.                                                         Mac Davis If I wrote that saying thanks to the person serving you your morning coffee would make you a better golfer—or better at whatever you do—would you be more likely to try it? A silver lining of the pandemic lockdown is that, … [Read more...]

Real leaders get. It’s not about power. It’s about service

If you need more reasons to say thanks to the person who serves you your morning coffee, here’s a couple: By doing so, you will be committing an act of service. and honing your leadership skills. Among the silver linings of the pandemic lockdown is that we’ve been pushed out of our rote ways of living. We’ve all had to adapt. You could resist. Some are. I believe that a contributing factor to this whole mess is that we have demanded the world … [Read more...]