Posted 20 June 2018 - 09:49 PM
“With your eyes closed but relaxed, start by rotating them up and around in a 360 degree circle, five full rotations, first to the right and then five full rotations to the left. Then with your eyes still shut, look up and down five times in each direction. Finally, roll your eyes five times fully left and right. At first you will find stretching exercises difficult to do, but with practice they become an excellent preliminary work out before further exercises or as a pre-match warmup.”
I’ve been working on this everyday before getting out of bed. If I do nothing else the rest of the day I do this.
I’ve also set up a few clay targets around my shop. I mark them with a dot in the center then dots at 12,3,6, and 9 o’clock. Whenever I pass by and have a free minute I’ll focus on the center, relax eyes on the entire bird, then hard focus on one of the other dots on the edge. The object is transitioning focus of the eyes from hard focus the soft focus then back to hard.
I may be wrong here but here is my theory on this exercise in particular as it relates to sporting clays.
1. Pick a focal point near your where you will first see the bird.
2. The bird will appear in your peripheral and will cause your eye to adjust/relax and find the bird
3. Resume your hard focus on the leading edge once you have to bird locked in your sight.
I’ve only been doing this for about a week, but at trap tonight, I felt like I was picking up the clays a lot sooner. I shot 3 rounds, 18,20,20. A couple of the regulars commented that I was shooting better tonight. I don’t think it was all vision related because my concentration was on tonight too. The misses I had weren’t because I was delayed in picking up the target, it was other factors, I had pulled a couple of wobbly swing, and shot behind/under a couple of birds, in other words, poor execution.
I’m really digging this eye exercising thing, I think this could be the be the dry fire of the shotgun world.