Just be careful when you're messing with your grip. Everybody's hands + their gun combo is different, and I don't know what you've been using, or are currently using. I used to try and make it so that my palm covered the checkering on a Shadow's backstrap last year.
Turns out that I can't get that same grip when I draw or in particular do a pickup so I went with what I have now, which sacrifices some contact area with the backstrap in return for the grip I naturally place my hands in when drawing or picking up a gun, so I just make sure I maintain a firm grip with my strong hand. I'd argue that making sure you have consistent placement of your hand(which I'm guessing you do as you're GM), and that you maintain constant grip pressure(whether deathgrip, or firm) is more important than trying to twist your strong hand to cover more backstrap, in case you're thinking of doing that. As someone once told me "Consistency is King".
Oh, and you'll get dots easy enough. I'm a C/B class noob right now(I think?) It only took me 800+/- rounds to be able to clean sheets somewhat consistently @ 5yd. I still can't clean more than 2 dots in a row @ 7yds though. I'm thinking I'll switch to mostly 7yd dots once I can clean a sheet @ 5yd cold at the beginning of a practice session.
I am going to just experiment with the new options of a grip, I just want a better recoil control of it. I am going to shoot some slo motion video tomorrow, and if I can see what I need to do better I will do it, if not I will experiment with different recoil springs.
Ok time for probably the biggest range entry I have had.
Last night I thought long and hard about trying to acquire a spot for nationals. And while I probably could, I just don't feel ready for it. I understand nationals is a very long time away, but I really feel like I would be much better prepped for next years nationals. Especially having options of what I need to do, and plenty of matches in between then and now.
So naturally after deciding what I need to do, I have decided I need to start training.
From a pure shooting experience, what I see to be my issues are 3 pretty big aspects.
1. Consistency. I can absolutely burn down stages that turn out to be match wins by a very generous amount, but I can't seem to string together more than 10 of them. (I noticed this at Area 1 especially).
2. Accuracy. Simply put I am shooting too many alphas to be a top 10 shooter. Considering thats my goal, obviously I need to change my alpha count. I think a lot of this is just not being patient enough with my sights for every targets, but I need to change it fast and start shooting at 92-95% of points at every match.
3. Steel make ups. Quite frankly I am just taking too much time with make ups on steel. Some stages steel comes very naturally for me, others I just end up sucking ass on it and getting lucky. I think a way to fix this is to just train like a 3 gunner. I watch a good friend of mine Brian Nelson just dominate on steel, and he says a lot of it is because he practices on 4x10 knock downs. Makes sense.
From a health standpoint I am just overweight. This is causing me to have to shoot differently than how I would being lighter. Right now I weigh in at 250 or so. Gonna push that down to 200-210. Which for 6'1 I think thats very acceptable.
Now, how to remedy this?
I think I need to be doing live fire between 2-4 times a week, along with dry firing every day. I used to shoot matches every weekend, but I think I am going to start lessening that because simply, there is no reason to shoot a match, unless I need to figure out what I need to do. If I can save 20 or 25 bucks a week, plus gas money and lunch with friends I am up to 40 bucks. Thats about 400 rounds that I can spend on training. So I want to shoot 2 locals a month, along with majors.
For locals, I want to start shooting 92-95% of points. Now that I have made GM I can spend classifiers on making points for the match, and don't have to worry about fucking up GM with a medium classifier. I am going to start designing stages at locals, hopefully to start doing some pretty gnarly standards.
As far as live fire training, I want to introduce more match mode training. Less timer, more match mode by watching my sights between partials. Portions of stages I felt weakest at my last match, and then figuring out why it was weak etc.
For working out, I need to cut out soda and high sugar drinks. Unfortunately that means tea, monster, red mountain dew, basically everything good in life. Luckily I got a hook up on sugar free calorie free monster, which will help a ton. Not only will this cut out useless calories, but also will save me a lot of money. I figure 3 bucks a day for monster, thats 20 bucks a day. And as my friend says "dats match fee".
Live fire wise I am going to start really working hard on Ben's 15 minute program along with his book. I made huge gains when I was using the timer in dry fire through Ben's dry fire book using specific drills with set times. I am going to get back to that, and start really hammering down those par times. My reloads need to be more consistent, and my draw has gotten slow.
-Shoot Top 10 at 2017 Production Nationals. (Yes I know what Basham says about goals like this)
-Shoot 92-95% of points at 3 locals in a row.
-Clean dots at 5 yards.