Kick Ash Method
Teaching the Kick-Ash Method in Florida
Coming back from OK Corral in sunny Florida where it was anything but warm. We just about froze to death on Sunday and there was a ton of rain on Thursday and Friday morning.
We shot those 7/8 oz 1200 fps Rio shells all weekend and continue to be impressed with how effective those little 7 and 1/2s are at distance. We were shooting a big left-to-right chandelle that was normally about 35 yards out, but with the 20+ mph wind at our backs, it was a good 55 or 60 yards out according to the range manager Ben Wise. It was on his newest course, and what a hittable target it was, using the “mount in front, let it come, and stabilize the shot” method – hereafter known as the “Kick-Ash Method.”
The Animations Work!
I continue to be amazed with the lethality of this method on so many targets and how the animations get the stable picture across so easily and quickly, too.
Willy and his father Bill shot with me for two days and his father was quick to say that he was hard to teach anything new but was willing to try. “We’ll just wait and see,” I replied, and Willy winked at me. His goal was to hit long crossers and I couldn’t wait. I’m still amazed at how many people are still trying to look down the barrel and get the gun ahead of the target and “not look at the gun.”
After seeing the animations on the second day, Bill remarked that he wished he had paid closer attention on the first day because they made so much sense when he viewed them the second day. He and Willy had gotten there a little late the first day and he told me he had said to himself “What the hell was this guy showing me this stuff for? He’s supposed to be the best in the business.”
Well, he and Willy were talking about the animations at dinner the first night. Willy is a web designer and understands the cost of doing this kind of stuff. He informed Bill about how much money we had spent just to do the animations and Bill was shocked. And the other shocker was how, by just looking at them for a second, they were able to influence him and his ability on hitting those long shots on the first day, and how viewing them the second day they played such a huge role in imprinting the Kick-Ash Method in his brain.
How Do You Visualize “Not Seeing” Something?
We had another shooter named Carol who called the office a week before the clinic and talked to me. She said that she wanted to get better and asked if I thought we could help her. After talking to her and asking a few questions, I asked her if she was trying to look down the barrel and get the gun ahead of the target and not look at the gun, to which she said “Yes.” I asked how she could visualize not seeing something. She was speechless.
I then asked if she was frustrated at not being able to self-correct. “How did you know that?” she asked. “This is what I do,” I said. “And if you want to get better, you’re gonna have to do something different.” She called back in 30 minutes and signed up for two days. Man, did the animations make a difference to her.
You should have seen her face when I played the one of the shooter chasing the bird. She was dumbfounded and said “That is me!” – along with a few other shooters in the group. Really, all of them.
From the first station on, she was amazed at how clear the birds were and how with the Kick-Ash Method she could make the birds slow down. Frankly, she did not miss many birds on either day.