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blog from lehigh valley…..over the four days never cease to be amazed at how many shooters in spite of how many times we write about not looking down the barrel are still doing it and even though it does not make any logical sense when we propose the reality of it they still are doing it……the three bullet drill is still the sleeper because it really does communicate to the brain what it is really supposed to look like…. we are still amazed at how quickly the sight pictures are in the brain and how looking at the bird behind the barrel is the key to getting into the brain the pictures and allowing for peripheral acceptance of the barrel which in turn allows for the target to come to the lead….the target coming to the lead is huge in the over all scheme of things…..it is as if when the target comes to the lead that the right brain just takes care of it and when it is stable it is right…..the farther behind the barrel the shooter is comfortable with the target being the easier longer shots become….when time is short to take the shot or the target is fast the brain always defaults to its comfort zone with respect to how far it is comfortable with the target behind the barrel….the preload is huge and the more the preload is used and success happens after the correct preload the more rapidly the brain learns and responds…..it occurred to me the other day that there aren’t many different leads in reality due to the size of the pattern…..I mean the majority of the shots occur with in maybe 4 or 5 feet of the target and most as quartering appear with in 3 feet…..it however the aiming reflex that dominates shooters brains that keeps the simplicity of the skill from being realized…had a shooter who was so enamored with the lead and where he was missing that he almost had a melt down on his second day…..helicopter pilot so he had coordination and timing but he kept trying to be perfect instead of just firing the circuit and correcting it and eventually when he started missing toward the end of the day he just lost it…..normal with those shooters who concentrate on lead…..he even said he understood what we meant when we said just fire the circuit and not worry about hitting the target….. but eventually hitting the target became more important to him than learning what we wanted him to learn…..even heard his comment on the second day when he was struggling ….. I will take anyone on in this state with a pistol or a rifle but this shotgun thing i am struggling with….the sad part of this whole thing is that his ego based out look kept him from learning as quickly as he could…..and eventually got in the way of him learning the second half of the day on his second day….he got pissed because he began to evaluate his performance based on hitting the target not based on how in control he was of the target……the absolute instant you begin to evaluate you are not in flow or int he present and performance will falter…..let that be a lesson to you….if you remain in Mastery flow when you miss the target you do not evaluate from a performance/score stand point but from a technical correction and process stand point….this keeps the learning alive and performance improves……more later….

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