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

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...]

You’re invited to the ‘Coaches Coaching Coaches’ Zoom Call today

Whether you are a golf professional or coach—or a golf nerd fascinated by the process of coaching—you are invited to join our weekly Zoom meeting: Coaches Coaching Coaches. Click here to join the call today (Tuesday, April 28) at noon-1 p.m. ET. During the call, golf coaches from across North America share how they have become better coaches and built their coaching business, before and during virus lockdown. The calls are … [Read more...]

What’s this mess of feelings we’re feeling? Grief

I read a friend’s email and thought she was feeling down. I was feeling low myself.  I popped in my headphones, headed out for a walk and phoned her. We both commiserated that we had the Lockdown Blues—from the grind of staying at home day after day, the hits to our businesses, and so on. One reason she was sad was because, if not for the virus, she would have been on vacation in the sunny south. On top of that, she felt guilty about … [Read more...]

How Lou Reed taught me to play better golf

In this blog, originally published in March 2017, I recall Lou Reed telling me in an interview that he didn't worry about what his songs meant. Otherwise, he might 'interfere with the process' of songwriting. Years later, I realized it was a great lesson for golf, writing and any kind of performance. Need a pick-me up during the lockdown? Listen to Rock 'n' Roll from Rock 'n' Roll Animal.  I had the coolest job in the world. In my world, at … [Read more...]

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