I've been dryfiring regurarly since last October and seen good results speed wise were I've been able to close the gap on some of the top guys in my area. On the orher hand I've been experiencing more nasty crashes with mikes and no-shoots ruining more than one match for me. I think I've been doing almost all my dry fire in speed mode. I'm planning to put the timer away completly until Christmas. Any value in this or should I just simply "concentrate" more on getting good hits under time pressure.
That seems like a long time to go without using a timer. I would probably just reduce the amount of speed training significantly, but don't abandon it entirely, especially for reloads, movement, etc...
I'm beginning to think that Steve Anderson has the right idea with 'speed mode' and 'match mode'. I've been experimenting the last few weeks with separating them more clearly. The closer I get to a major match, the more work I do in match mode, worrying only about what I can see, not about the timer. trying to see the sights for both shots, and shoot as early as I can see the sights.
Its very easy to develop bad habits (jerking the trigger, pulling off early, etc...) in speed mode, but it can definitely help you develop a feel for going faster, and make going fast the new normal. It has become clear to me tho that trying to go fast in a match leads to worse hits, less awareness of the sights, and is not signficantly faster than shooting what you see.
It's hard to depend on your vision because it feels slower, and for a week or so it may actually be slower, but I think as a mid-pack A I have just about plateaued and will not get much better without learning to call every shot. I did have a no-shoot and a Delta in the match this weekend, but I saw them both as they happened, and was not surprised at all, so that made me believe I am starting to make some progress. I did not catch myself pulling off any targets early, another sign of progress. Even when I get the hits, I have been aware that my eyes have sometimes already left by the time the 2nd shot breaks.
But I'm still figuring this out too, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. If I make M next year, then you can believe me.