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

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...]

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...]