It's Not What You See That Makes You Good!

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on November 5, 2019

The biggest mistake we see other athletes/coaches make is they think it is what they see that makes them good! As chunking occurs the brain learns what to IGNORE which allows for them to see more clearly. So, a shooters ability to see and perform at higher and higher levels has more to do with what they through repetition have trained their brain to NOT SEE than what they are trying to see. Each performer must build their own anticipation circuit through conscious repetition and train the brain what they want it to see. What we are seeing is that what shooters see is an evolution based first on the quality of their practice and how well they predict through detailed visualization what they are about do in the next shot. A successful shot without a detailed prediction occurs in our short-term memory. A successful shot with a detailed prediction of the movie of the shot coming together the way the shooter wants it to, followed by a successful shot the way the shooter committed to before calling pull is immediately stored in our long-term memory which is where all our skill resides. 

 A person’s ability to perform at higher and higher levels whether they are shooting or coaching has more to do with their experiences shooting or coaching than what they see when they are performing. A shooter must be 100% down range with the targets and a coach must be secondarily aware of the targets but primarily aware of the shooter. While you might be able to learn how to hit a particular target from a shooter by seeing what they perceive they think they are seeing, it most likely will be short lived unless you have shot as much as that shooter has shot. Remember skill is the ability of the brain to anticipate ahead of where you are and in order for you to perform consistently and successfully you must have repeated the skill hundreds if not thousands of times with a prediction prior to calling pull. Coaching in the same way has little to do with the coach’s ability to shoot and more to do with the coach’s ability to coach based on thousands of hours of coaching. And when the coach cannot just coach the target but can hit it also with the student’s gun well you might just have stumbled upon someone you might want to spend some time with. When you have seen thousands of shooters brains come to you confused and through your experiences have been able to deeply diagnose the fundamental problem that has caused the apparent problem in short time you then become more than just a shot caller ....behind it give it more.... high get your head down.... slow the muzzle speed down.... and so on. When you know through experience the different way shooters of different ages and body types and different score plateaus need to learn, and in some instances, relearn things it helps immensely with the speed correctness of your diagnosis. Skill comes from experience and making mistakes and learning from them. Being skillful as a shooter comes from the library of data in the data base about shooting and skill as a coach comes from the library of data in the brain about coaching. 

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