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

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...]

Hey Tiger! You’ve lost a step but you’ll win again

Hey Tiger, I hope you’re feeling better. I know it sucks after coming so close to winning the Open Championship. Well, I kinda know what you might be feeling. Sorta anyway. At least, the part that you might be feeling about being 42 and getting older, and not being able to do what you used to do with such ease. I feel somewhat empowered to write you given how long I’ve watched you—hey, I was there in 1997 when you won that first green … [Read more...]

You know how to reach your goals, but it’s the feeling that will take you there

“This is one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969 When Armstrong stepped out of the lunar module Eagle and on to the surface of the moon and uttered those words, it was a magnificent thing to behold. I vividly remember sitting in my uncle’s cottage surrounded by family and cousins watching it on TV. At the age of 12, I knew this was a huge deal. When Armstrong became the first man to walk on … [Read more...]

Some great big and not very scary words on commitment

In my twenties, I was in my Mordecai Richler novel phase. Geez, that guy loved to trot out some $10,000 words. I'd have to look some of them up. Words such as corpulent (obese), capacious (roomy) and perfidiousness (betrayal, lack of trust). After I'd look up the word, it seemed as though I would then trip over it every few days. I went from having never seen the word to seeing it all the time. Since delivering a series of workshops and … [Read more...]

How to turn accountability from a negative nag into an paragon of positivity

Yes, a hard question to start: Do you hold yourself accountable? Do you follow through and do the things that you say you are going to do? (Squirming yet?) Or, do you think about, say, going to the gym, but find that over and over again, that you don’t go? Do things seem to get in the way—like a bad night’s sleep, an argument with your partner, an obligation—and you talk yourself out of going? Similarly, how often do you formulate a … [Read more...]