Recalling is Essential… and It Works!

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on August 18, 2020

Allowing for the brain to recall opens up all the subconscious database to the brain. It allows you to concentrate more of your focus on the target when your visual process is vivid.

The more vivid your visual process is, the easier it is for the brain to choose and sync up the different parts of different circuits. It does this with amazing speed and clarity. 

Recalling is seldom practiced. It’s the reason I'm coming to believe now that most shooters practice much better than they perform.

Performance comes from the ability to vividly imagine the movie of where and how you want the shot to come together. Allow the brain to recall from its vast long-term memory the necessary parts of which circuits to put together, and then sync those things up. That will allow you to break that target the way you want it broken.

Most shooters practice targets they are familiar with over and over again. That doesn't make their brains have to recall and construct different circuits over and over. This leads to those shooters using the same old circuits over and over and getting stuck in a rut.

They want to have a great practice. But they end up doing things like missing on the last pair, saying, “I can’t leave a station on a miss,” and only shooting the stands they are familiar with. They have a high percentage of success, but they don’t get any better! Invariably, this leads to the jitters and being nervous at tournaments, because tournament targets are way different.

The familiarity with the targets ultimately gives them a “sugar high” of being able to shoot really well. But when shooting unfamiliar targets under pressure, their brains have not been pushed to recall different circuits or even combine different circuits to break a target that they're not familiar with. In turn, this allows for these shooters to become more involved with the mechanical part of their setup and the shot, which keeps them from being able to access all the experiences in their long-term memory.

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