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 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...]

Pugnacious Patrick Reed’s ‘just go play golf’ approach earned him a green jacket

Despite his this-is-serious-stuff demeanour and pugnacious personality, Patrick Reed was swinging with rhythm and grace during Sunday’s final round of the Masters. Rory McIlroy looked tight, tense and that he was trying hard—the bounce in his step that telegraphs when he’s feeling good became more of a trudge as the afternoon wore on. It’s my sense the enormity of winning the career Grand Slam, never mind the pressure of winning a Masters, is … [Read more...]

What do you really want from your golf this season?

For golfers, this is that most wonderful time of the year. We’re enchanted by azaleas, a dangerously beautiful junction known as Amen Corner, and our own favourite Masters moments. And this year is even more special with the return of Tiger Woods, and great story lines around Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau. And after a long winter, the Masters also signifies the start of the golf season for most of us in North America. So, … [Read more...]

Why trying to make a good stroke is useless. Set your intentions on sinking the darn thing instead

I'm giving a presentation on Moe Norman on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario. Featuring footage from the upcoming documentary about his life, the talk is called, "What We Can Learn From the Eccentric Genius of Golf." Admission is free, there will be a cash bar and I'll sign copies of my book, The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story. Come on out!   Feb. 2, … [Read more...]

How setting an intention could give you the courage to do a polar bear swim—and play better golf

Jan. 9, 2018 Ezine—I have never understood the polar bear swimmers who run screaming into the icy water on New Year's Day. Jeez, are you kidding? I couldn't imagine myself willingly exposing my nearly bare naked body to that. Until I did. Well, sorta. For New Year's, my wife Sandy and I set out to spend the weekend with some friends in Muskoka, the lovely cottage area north of Toronto. Besides plenty of drinking and eating, there was … [Read more...]