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Here’s what some of my students are saying

After feeling stuck and tired of inconsistency, I went to Tim O’Connor for lessons at The Golf House. With Tim, I learned how to swing freely through the ball toward a target. I now strike the ball better than ever, and I can hit draws and fades at will. I am confident that I will shave a couple of strokes off the card next season. Tim has been a big help. I am grateful for his insights and patience.Larry KichFrustrated by my golf game and … [Read More...]

Tom Watson’s high tech training device—a wire coat hangar

I love this. In a high-gloss golf instruction world teeming with high-production videos and digital devices comes a reminder that simple and cheap can be amazing. Take a gander at this wonderful bit of vintage Tom Watson that a friend sent me this week. The video nicely jives with my image of Watson as no-nonsense, down-to-earth guy. In the video, ol’ Tom shows how you can fashion a coat hanger into a training device. Yes, a measly wire coat … [Read More...]

If you’re struggling, you may be mistaking the ball for the target

When I start working with a new client, I will almost always play a game of catch.(To read my latest blogs, please visit toconnor.substack.com)While I walk around, the student stands in one place and throws a golf ball to my out-stretched hand, which is sometimes high and low, but always moving.Without fail, the person will throw the ball accurately to my hand every time. I’ll then ask them how they did it. The answer is almost always: “I have no … [Read More...]

My blog has moved … to Substack

Thanks for coming to my website. FYI, that I have moved my blog to Substack and even given it a name: Up & Down. You can find me there on toconnor.substack.com. In moving to Substack, I'm taking a deeper dive into writing, and posting more often. It's my hope that if you've enjoyed my stuff in the past, or you're intrigued, that you'll take a look at my new blogging home. The website will continue to provide information on my golf and … [Read More...]

I’m Not Really a Goals Guy

It was bound to come up. I was hoping it might not, but it did. We had a couple over for dinner on New Year’s Day. We had a wonderful time, doing what couples do: reviewing our Christmas holidays and what we did on NY Eve—for the record, we made it past midnight—and the state of our dogs and kids. Then, the question was asked. “So, Tim what are your goals for this year?” There it was. I took a breath and offered that I was focused on … [Read More...]

A cold that’s so cold it slaps you in the face

How cold is -30 Celsius? It's so cold that when you throw boiling water in the air, it instantly crystallizes as my niece Siobhan demonstrated during our visit to Canmore, Alberta the week before Christmas.There’s cold and then there’s cold. Where I live in Guelph, Ontario, it can get down to -10 Celsius in January and February. To me, that’s cold. With some wind, it can feel like about -20, which is serious cold.  On those -20 with the … [Read More...]

Why the advice you get doesn’t work

The best advice—or at least the advice I recall most vividly—that I ever got from my father was not about golf, school or business. It was about how to talk to a girl. Early one morning in our suburban living room, both of us in our pyjamas sitting on our floral coach, I told Dad about my predicament. At my high school, there was this angelic black-haired girl with dark brown eyes and olive skin. I was completely head-over-heels. But I was in … [Read More...]

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