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

Walking Your Talk: Creating a Culture of Accountability

Originally published in Golf Business Canada,Summer 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 2. What do close-knit families, high-performing sports teams and successful organizations—including golf courses—have in common?They regard accountability as one of pillars upon which they stand.When accountability is practised with intention and mindfulness, it is a powerful and positive process. It is an aspirational force.(Click here to see a video of me extolling the … [Read more...]

Asking a potentially ‘stupid’ question is a smart thing to do

Do you find yourself in situations where you feel compelled to ask a question but don't out of fear how you'll be judged? Sometimes, the bravest and smartest thing you can do is to take the risk--and ask the question. “It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.”― Mark Twain This bon mot attributed to the author of Tom Sawyer is regarded as a sage piece of wisdom, but sometimes staying silent … [Read more...]

How the guy code is killing your golf game and keeping you stuck

Like many men, George Daranyi thought he could think his way to a better golf game and life, but it wasn't until he took a hard look at his beliefs and behaviours that he broke through. Last September, George Daranyi was in “full and utter despair.” He was once again in the throes of the driver yips. It got so bad that he considered giving up golf. Then “I realized, childishly, stupidly, ‘What if I got someone to help me?’ It took … [Read more...]

Tiger wins: A tale of transformation

This is my take on how Tiger transformed to become the father, son and man he always wanted to be, and—bonus—a Masters champion once again. As Tiger Woods was joyously hugging his kids, mom and girlfriend after winning the Masters, my brother Sean sent me a text:“Stop crying.”Me: “I can’t.”All over social media, people shared how Tiger’s victory caused major waterworks. The poignancy of Tiger’s unlikely comeback from immense personal and physical … [Read more...]

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...]