Pre-Mount in Routine
Our conclusions are typically drawn from how many times we have to make the same correction on thousands of students. If an elite shooter came to me and asked for some help and if that elite shooter did a pre mount and it did not seem to put the muzzle in the shot causing him to miss then probably would not say anything. But if the same shooter came to me with an intermittent missing problem on a variety of shots then things might change.
I would have to question them farther on when the misses occurred in the tournament round like the first third, second third or last third? Then on first bird or second of a pair then question direction of the TRANSITION! Based on their answers the pre-mount could be the cause so I would begin throwing pairs to exploit their weakness saying nothing until a miss occurred or more importantly a chipped bird and ask immediately did the barrel get in the way. If yes then the question how much and if there is any hesitation be quiet and listen.
An elite shooter is elite because of their ability to self correct and they have come to me to help them with their ability to self correct! In my career as a shooter first and then more extensively as a coach I have learned that most great shooters have a center line in what they do and it becomes easy for them to deviate from their center line and still break the target but eventually that specific deviation will get too far from their center line and they will miss the occasional target and due to their successes with the deviation they don’t know what is happening! And neither do I but when I find myself in a situation like this i will put the target and the shooter in my periphery and notice where the two are not together and that’s where I begin to look for clues.
My gut tells me that if they pre-mount they are seeing the sight picture not checking the beads and making sure the gun is mounted correctly.
“He's careful to distinguish the difference between a less experienced shooter who may do this and be looking down the beads, vs the experienced competitor who is reinforcing his commitment to the target at the break point!”
Because everything we do in shooting moving occurs in the periphery and things in the periphery are interpreted based on how we want them to be seen or perceived then less experienced shooters cannot get away with pre-mount in their
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