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

How to make more putts without changing your stroke

Most golfers are frustrated. Not because they don’t put in enough effort to play what they consider ‘good’ golf. They are frustrated that they put in all kinds of effort, but they consider most of their golf to be ‘bad.’ However, every once in a while, you have gained a glimpse of your true potential when golf seemed easy. But those moments seem fleeting, and they often take us by surprise. This blog is about how surprises can often show … [Read more...]

The Rabbit Hole: Why it’s so hard to avoid going down there

Today's blog deals with the dilemma we face every day, but especially on the golf course. We miss a few shots or putts, and down, down, down we go ... into The Rabbit Hole. To help you avoid going down The Rabbit Hole and overcome many of your short-game woes, I am offering a six-week online group coaching experience called Quiet Mind Putting: How to Make More Putts Without Changing Your Stroke. It starts June 22.  Click here for more … [Read more...]

Moe the Tournament Player: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

The following is an excerpt from the opening to Chapter One of the original 'Feeling of Greatness' published in 1995. I rewrote the beginning of the book for the second edition, which was published by Brown Books in 2017. Much to my regret, I did not find a new place for the story below in the second edition. It’s one of my favourite Moe stories of all time. Moe moved into his rigid stance, legs spread wide and ramrod straight, his arms reaching … [Read more...]

Golf culture is preventing us from getting better … and having fun

In golf culture, it appears the only goal of the game is to 'get better.' In many ways, that dogged pursuit prevents us from getting what we want and from savouring all that golf has to offer. The following was written by Peter Mumford, Publisher and Editor of Fairways Magazine, the Greater Toronto Area golf publication, and is based on an interview Peter conducted with me. I've edited it slightly for length. Geez, I can talk! As … [Read more...]

Woke up this morning and my golf was dead

I woke up this morning feeling bummed. I was supposed to play golf at 8:17 a.m. today, but the Ontario government declared that golf courses were closed at 12:01 a.m. I went from bummed to angry as I read that health experts were slamming the government for failing to close manufacturing plants and warehouses, and for depriving people of healthy outdoor exercise like golf or tennis. Then I listened to myself fulminate to my wife that plants are … [Read more...]