Sweet T laughed at my typical draw times of around 1.05 s on Distance Change-Up and told me to get my support hand to the gun earlier. I worked this in dry fire and came out guns blazing today. Best draw on the 5-yard target to start Distance Change-Up was 0.90 s, with plenty clocking in around 0.93 s. I can feel that there's still room for improvement. Anything slower than 1.0 s felt s-l-o-w. I need to work this into my draws where I'm taking a step into the shooting area as well.
I often joke that if you feel like you're bending your knees and getting too low when you shooting, then you might be almost low enough. Similarly, on the draw, if you feel like you're moving your support-hand early, then you might be moving it almost early enough.
Despite the sweet draw, cold run on Distance Change-Up had two Mikes on the head. Ouch. Sight pictures were there, but I'm almost certain that I pushed the shots slightly to the right of the head while pulling the trigger.
Running the drill a bunch more times, there's a definite connection between how well I nailed my grip on the draw and continued crushing it while shooting with how much care I needed to give the trigger press. If I nailed my grip, I could practically slap the trigger twice and shoot Alphas on the head. If the gun came out of the holster slightly wonky, then I had to press the trigger much more carefully. Practically, this was the difference between a 3.10 s run and a 3.40 s one.
Nailing my grip also made the gun transition more precisely. Thinking back on split times, I think that most of the variation in drill time comes comes from the transition to the head. It will be 0.85 s for me on a good run but can easily creep up over 1.00 s if my grip is a bit off. A good split time for me is 0.45 s, but that can creep up over 0.60 s or so.
I wanted to get six clean runs in a row before moving on and had a few frustrating stumbles where I'd be on the fifth or six run and pull a head shot just a hair. This is a great way to build pressure in practice and learn to deal with it. I'm experimenting with shooting straight through vs. unloading the gun and dry firing it a few times between runs. My times are in the 3.10 s to 3.40 s range when shooting for six in a row. I'm letting the sights settle a bit more on the head for both shots and paying close attention to trigger-finger isolation, which necessarily slows the splits.
I think there's a lot to be said for running this or any other drill with a non-negotiable par time and paying super-close attention to everything that's happening. It's not so much the fact that shots go sideways, but seeing and feeling the details of how they're getting steered off course to drive corrections.
Did a couple runs on El Presidente after that. They landed a hair north of 5 s with three or four Charlies. I think that there's an easy 0.20 s that I could knock off the draw time—there's a noticable delay between the gun initially coming up on target and the shot breaking.
Final drill was taking a step forward while drawing, shooting two on a 15-yard open target, then transitioning onto a 4" plate at 15 yards. I'd load ten and go for three runs, which gave me one make-up shot on steel. Getting six in a row wasn't any easier here. Most of my misses on the plate came from pulling low. Most of the solution there came from gripping harder with my pinkie and ring fingers, which I find to help mitigate pre-ignition flinch.