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Teaching in Beaumont…how quickly the brain can respond

Shot last week in Beaumont and Houston with several different shooters and most were confused and trying not to see the barrel. It is becoming more and more evident to me that trying not to see the barrel on the surface seems like something you can do but the reality is that it is impossible, for any length of time anyway. The one eyed shooter raised his ugly head once again; from the taped glasses to closing the eye had one of each type. First a man, experienced and fairly good shooter but 1 inch wide tape over his glasses horizontally and thought his problem was mental. After I watched him shoot a few crossers I discovered it was not mental! He was a good shooter but had no control over his gun speed, especially at the end of his shot. So inconsistency abounded and especially on right to left shots (right eye occluded) and when I asked about shooting with two eyes he said he had tried shooting with 2 eyes and shot some 80’s but just not consistent. He then went into a long dialogur about wher exactly his dominance was just inside of the bridge of his nose on the side of the right eye! He said he consistently missed 1.5 feet ahead of right to left and 1.5 feet behind left to right and that he had adjusted his gun all out of whack with reasoning still not understood by me but eventually went back to 1 eye. No bug deal to me but he should have come to see me when he tried to shoot with 2 eyes because I could have fixed him fast so I gave him some things to work on got him to understand the value of stable at the end and after nationals he is going to come back and give me a chance to help him. Hope he does….Had a group of 4 kids Saturday morning, 3 guys and a small girl. Actually two high school boys and a younger boy and girl and they all wanted to get better at crossers, especially long crossers. I showed them the picture and how to stabilize the shot at the end and man it was amazing how quickly their brains picked this up and they all became more consistent and confident immediately and they all shot a true 75 yard crosser at the end of the two hour session. The little girl kept looking down the barrel but not big deal she just needs experience and man when I showed her what it was supposed to look like she whacked the chandelle and all the crossers, she got tired toward the end of the lesson. What a great group of young adults and what manners and respect they all had for each other and me, it was truly amazing being among them.In my last lesson on Saturday had a left handed male who had just had surgery on his left hand a few months before and had not recovered his ability to shoot after the surgery and he shared a lesson with a young lady, a mom with small girl say 6 or 7 years old. She was a classic example of some one who had an adjustable everything on her over and under Zoli and used every adjustment on it and had it all out of whack! Her husband had adjusted it to poor shooting posture. You know the real wide stance lunging forward back straight or slightly bent back to hold up the gun and head cocked to the right with left eye closed looking down the barrel. Well first I showed her the 3 bullet drill and then the animations and she said they make sense but her conclusion was that she could not shoot with 2 eyes because she did not know which barrel to aim. No problem close an eye. Well I finally got her to see the bird behind the barrel and began to develop some timing and rhythm with the target and then I said it; something that I have never said before!While walking her through and encouraging her to do the three bullet drill with her gun adjusted like I adjusted it she was beginning to come around and understand the pictures once we got her to mount the gun standing like a shooter should. In trying to help her to have the courage to continue to do the bullet drill I said…..”The problem with shutting an eye is that you will not be able to use all those timing circuits in your brain because they were developed with two eyes and when you shut an eye the target is half as large and twice as fast (she did agree that it was faster when she closed her eye and at that point I had her). So with one eye you will have to rebuild all your timing circuits with one eye but you will keep living your life and learning new circuits with two eyes, which will continue to confuse the brain as to what it is you really want it to do. If you will do the 3-bullet drill for 3 weeks twice a day for 5 to 10 minutes about half way through the second week it will begin to look normal as long as you don’t try to look down the barrel. It is looking down the barrel that creates the visual confusion!”Funny thing while we were talking and getting her to stand correctly with spine curved slightly forward, as she understood the stance and why it was that way, she began to mount the gun correctly after I had readjusted it. We went out and shot a teal from about 25 yards. The man understood the picture on the 3rdshot and just hammered about 20 in a row and was beaming and said he had never been able to hit that #$%^& target! Now she got up and I started her with an up gun 1/3 up looking over it and seeing the bird above the barrel and pushing through it and shooting when she covered it. Well she was so much more in balance when doing this shot even she was amazed, and she shot it consistently well. The man got back in and whacked another 10 or 12 from 35 yards and you guessed it she did to and it was as if every time she mounted the gun with the proper stance she began to look more and more like a shooter. My only hope is that she will really do the 3-bullet drill and her husband will leave her alone and when we come back in November she will come out and shoot with Vicki once each day without her husband around. He is a barrel dragging one eyed muzzle slashing lead chasser with A-D-D and three nervous ticks……Continue to be amazed at how quickly the brain can respond when it clearly understands what you are asking it to do…..my left-handed sight pictures are beginning to be so much clearer…..amazing simply amazing….GA

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