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Fixing Unforced Errors

“I’ve been shooting for two years and should be shooting better than C class. I have too many unforced errors. Thoughts on my dilemma?”


This shooter wants to know: is it focus? Is it routine? Is it commitment to the breakpoint? Is it overthinking? Is it confidence? What exactly is it?

We’ve answered these questions many times, and we’ve witnessed this many times. It becomes a signpost to direct the shooter to become much more deliberate in their practice.

The first two years, you’re developing gun mount, swing speed, nose on the target, breakpoints, transitioning between pairs, targets on pairs, lead perceptions, registration at the tournament, sleep cycles that complement your physicality, when to eat on game day, when not to eat, how much to eat and what not to eat on game day.

 Basically, you’re developing an approach to the game based on how much commitment you can make physically and financially to achieve whatever it is that you want to achieve. So, in the first two years, you’re immersing yourself in everything from gun mount to choke. You’re experimenting all over the map.

Please remember that what I’m describing is a very normal situation. I know if you’re in the middle of that situation, you have a few adjectives to say to me about by calling you normal. But it is. We see it everywhere.

You’re going to experience this plateau two more times, but the solution is going to be the same. 

To change your results, you must change your approach to developing your new game. Everything must become more deliberate with specific goals that are achievable, because you will be judging your process based on how well different parts of your game progress.

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