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#1 flyingpig

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 10:02 AM

I'm getting damn frustrated. As far as practice sessions go I can pretty much call all (most) of my shots no matter what drill I happen to be working on. Come match day my shot calling skills go right out the window. I don't know if its because my mind is racing, or because I'm thinking too far ahead, blinking or what. Whatever it is though its really pissing me off. Are there any specific drills that might help me get over this hump?

Like I said in practice i'm fine, but put some match pressure on and its game off. I was thinking maybe I should set up some actual stages to run? Might this help? What else might I try?


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 10:30 AM

I find the more targets the harder it is to remember what I did where.

What bug me more is when I call shots wrong - A Charlie that turned out to be a solid Alpha, a called ‘good’ shot that I still mugged into a no-shoot.
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Posted 23 June 2018 - 10:32 AM

Make bigger practice stages (not drills) and introduce pressure (people that will judge you and tell you your shooting is cancer when it's cancer).


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 10:56 AM

I find the more targets the harder it is to remember what I did where.

What bug me more is when I call shots wrong - A Carlie that turned out to be a solid Alpha, a called ‘good’ shot that I still mugged into a no-shoot.

 

I definitely tend to do this in matches. take a make up shot and voila 3 alphas. Then skip right past an alpha delta like an idiot. Pissing me off!!



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Posted 23 June 2018 - 11:34 AM

In a match you are shooting unknown stages most of the time so you are not on auto pilot like we can be shooting drills at home. Try mixing up and making your drills more complicated. In this sport you have to learn how to shoot and how to compete, it takes a lot of match shooting to learn how to shoot your potential at a match, the more matches you can shoot the easier it will get provided you have your goals set correctly.


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Posted 23 June 2018 - 04:41 PM

Under match pressure you may be rushing or not acheving the same sight pictures or sight focus that you do in practice. It sounds like you may be calling the shot based on where the gun was aimed rather than where the sights are lifting from.
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Posted 24 June 2018 - 04:41 PM

Under match pressure you may be rushing or not acheving the same sight pictures or sight focus that you do in practice. It sounds like you may be calling the shot based on where the gun was aimed rather than where the sights are lifting from.

 

I think you hit the nail on the head. Shot a match today and took extra precaution to see my sights a tad better as my accuracy was starting to fall off. I lost a few seconds on the match but had second most alphas in production and shot pretty well (for me anyway. placed 5th of 17) despite the lost time. I was calling a bunch more shots today as well. I think I just need to stop chasing guys that are better/faster than me and just shoot my game and see my sights.



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Posted 24 June 2018 - 06:14 PM

You need to introduce pressure into your practice. Setup a practice stage before any shooting and shoot it cold. This is your benchmark. Make it so you have consequences or something if you fuck up. 

 

You also need to identify those pressures and how to remain calm and relaxed during a match. What is your mental game prep before a stage beyond stage planning? How are you mitigating the feeling you need to go fast? How did you feel during the last stage? Were you rushing? etc.

 

Mitigating the feeling to GO FAST during the match will lead to consistency and calling shots. 


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Posted 25 June 2018 - 12:45 PM

How long have you been shooting USPSA?
What is your classification right now?
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Posted 25 June 2018 - 01:32 PM

You need to introduce pressure into your practice. Setup a practice stage before any shooting and shoot it cold. This is your benchmark. Make it so you have consequences or something if you fuck up. 

 

Also: set up a drill or mini stage that features a tight partial or two and/or tough shot(s) on steel. It can be as simple as Distance Change-Up (six shots).

 

Then, shoot it clean multiple times in a row. Pucker factor will pick up quickly.



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Posted 25 June 2018 - 02:29 PM

I just spendlt a session doing nothing but “Diamond Cutter” (4 x no shoot partials) at 7, 10, 12 and 15 yards - helped lots.
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Posted 25 June 2018 - 03:26 PM

Put a dot on your production gun and shoot CO

Problem solved :)

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 03:33 PM

Because you aren't shooting a red dot sight?


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Posted 25 June 2018 - 04:04 PM

Put a dot on your production gun and shoot CO

Problem solved :)


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Posted 25 June 2018 - 08:16 PM

Put a dot on your production gun and shoot CO

Problem solved :)

 

Do red dots constitute real guns?



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Posted 25 June 2018 - 08:22 PM

How long have you been shooting USPSA?
What is your classification right now?

 

I've been shooting USPSA for 14 months now. I am about a 65% "B" class shooter currently. Still relatively new but have gained a much better understanding of the game in the last 6 months or so which means I've actually started practicing and want to make a real effort at getting better. The first 6 months I was pretty much just shooting matches and having fun with nowhere to practice. 



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Posted 26 June 2018 - 03:37 AM

Do red dots constitute real guns?


Still a real gun, but with an OLD Man’s aiming device :)

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 06:22 AM

Still a real gun, but with an OLD Man’s aiming device :)

 

I just wear magnifier shooting glasses.....................for real......... :P






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