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Building Long-Term Memory in Practice

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on December 1, 2020

We are finding out that practice is perhaps the most valuable tool in our game of shooting a moving target with a shotgun. At the same time, it’s the most wasted tool. Shooters shoot a lot and think they are practicing, but all they are really practicing is loading the gun and calling “pull.” You have two kinds of memory: long-term and short-term. Short-term memory is great for remembering a phone number until... Read more…

A Flexible vs. Fixed Mindset

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on November 24, 2020

Our research shows that a person’s mindset is the greatest single determining factor that opens the door to higher and higher levels of performance, because it must be learned. The majority of shooters have what is called a “fixed mindset,” where their main goal is to look good. When offered either a hard course that pushes them out of their comfort zone or an easy corporate course where the targets are easie... Read more…

The Myths of Skill

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on November 17, 2020

In his book Peak, Anders Ericsson mentions that there are three myths associated with skill and improving skill. We think it’s important to talk about them. That way, you can be aware of them and not fall prey to them, because they will kill the learning process in your game.  The myths are: 1. Our abilities are limited by genetics or surroundings. 2. If you do something long enough you will get better. 3. A... Read more…

Building Long-Term Positive Memories

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on November 10, 2020

You become what you repeatedly do, and eventually you become what you remember. How you file those things in your brain as positive or negative will determine who you become.  In their book Be A Player, Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson share this about memory:  “Psychological research has shown that humans have a 3:1 negativity bias as our default setting in storing memories. The brain naturally stores negati... Read more…

Nationals 2020: Competing With New Eyes

Author: Vicki Ash
Posted on November 9, 2020

Previously: My reflections on being able to see for the first time in 2 years. Gil, Doss, and I got three days to actually shoot at our field before Nationals. And that was the first time I had shot after my cataract surgery. I had not shot since last year’s Nationals, since I couldn’t see, so I had to go through a learning curve. We worked on a new move called the challenge move and that was about all we did. I spent ... Read more…