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

Realizing what’s important helps Rory break through

When he knocked in his last putt to close the deal on the PLAYERS Championship on Sunday—mercifully killing off the dominant story of 2019—Rory McIlroy showed little emotion. He didn’t exult or act like he’d got a monkey off his back by finally winning after so many close calls that had the chattering classes of golf wondering if the four-time major champion had lost his ability to win when in contention. Going back to last year, McIlroy … [Read more...]

What kind of golfer do you want to be in 2019?

With apologies to Dale Carnegie, do you want to win friends and influence people on the golf course this year? Of course, you do. No one wants to be a jerk—self-absorbed, petulant and pouting (‘Oops, did you say something?’), dis-interested and disconnected (‘I didn’t see it’), fulminating at the golf gods (‘Wow! Another three-putt!’), or a blamer (‘I can’t putt on greens this slow!’). No. You want people to want to play golf with … [Read more...]

Ben Kern convinced me golf could be fun. Wow! Who knew?

Trend speak drives me crazy. No one tells stories anymore. Now everything is a ‘narrative.’ Rather than delve into an issue, we ‘unpack’ it. Ugh. Another trendy word is ‘disruptor,’ which is generally trotted out these days to describe intrepid entrepreneurs who swoop down like super heroes and carry us to enlightened consumer nirvana. Actually, I like disruptor, although a substitute could be shit-disturber. Sometimes it’s dangerous to … [Read more...]

Sharing my stories of Moe with Karl Morris on his Brain Booster podcast

What a great experience: I was interviewed by Karl Morris, Europe’s top performance coach, about my book—The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story—and my memories of Moe for his Brain Booster podcast. Click hear to listen. It was fun to plunge into how Moe became the best ball-striker of all time, and what we can learn from him in developing our own games, especially with Karl who shares a fascination with Moe. It was also a thrill … [Read more...]

Brooke captures Canadian win in her own unique way

“Well, it’s not a swing you would teach,” opined Judy Rankin during Brooke Henderson’s triumphant march to winning the CP Canadian Women’s Open, the first Canadian victory in our national championship in 45 years. One of the most respected voices in golf broadcasting, Rankin noted specifically that Henderson unconventionally grips down about three inches on all of her clubs, which fellow Canadian Moe Norman was notable for. (Interestingly, … [Read more...]