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Defining Mental Representations

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on January 7, 2020

Creating long-term memory is defining mental representations: a visual image we see when a phrase is introduced to our brain. Long-term memory enables the brain to process enormous amounts of data in a fraction of a second. The pattern recognition via repetitions in deep practice makes the patterns more and more obvious to the brain. This enables the brain to fill in more and more precisely, allowing for the athlete ... Read more…

Deliberate Practice: Three to Four Basic Moves

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on December 31, 2019

I went to range Thursday night and shot three boxes. I missed some easy shots but stuck with the program and did not get emotionally involved. I went back to range on Saturday and shot seven boxes and it all came back. While I had a couple of hiccups, all in all, I really felt in control of the targets. I just had a little problem with a long, slow curler left to right and was not giving it enough lead. But I was at... Read more…

Your Brain Needs a Mental Representation

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on December 24, 2019

To do anything, the brain must have a mental representation of what it is about to do! The better the mental representation, the better the shot. The better the shot, the better the mental representation, and so on and so on. It becomes a virtual circle when you predict and commit to the prediction! This is what deliberate practice is all about and why there as so many shooters who have spurts of success but never r... Read more…

Predicting with Deliberate Practice

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on December 17, 2019

Deliberate practice is about predicting what you are about to do and committing to do just that. The more detailed the prediction, the clearer it becomes for both sides of the brain to be comfortable with the task at hand. Then they become so much better at doing what you want them to do because they have done it together so many times! This is how you build a library of sight pictures that you can access at any ti... Read more…

You Cannot NOT Think!

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on December 10, 2019

Just like you cannot “not think,” you cannot shoot consistently without being aware of the barrel. It's there. It's part of it, albeit a small awareness. Trying to feel your way through the shot and not see the barrel is futile, and establishing an awareness of the muzzle in the periphery is an individual evolution. It is what deliberate practice is all about.This topic was in great measure the genesis of our Kill Shot... Read more…