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Inconsistency and Evaluation: What’s Holding You Back?

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on November 3, 2020

Ask a room full of sporting clays shooters if they would like to be more consistent, and you’ll be overrun with enthusiastic responses. Few, if any, really know why they are so inconsistent. They’re good on some days and not so good on others. But there seems to be no real consistent rhyme or reason for their results.  It’s the inconsistency that keeps most shotgun shooters from practicing, because they don’t ... Read more…

The Limits of Massed Practice

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on October 27, 2020

Our intuition persuades us to dedicate stretches of time to single-minded repetitive practice of things we want to master. We’ve been led to believe that the regimen of massed practice is essential for building mastery of a skill or learning new knowledge. But it fails the long-term test.  These intuitions are compelling and hard to distrust for two reasons. First, as we practice over and over, we often see ou... Read more…

The Power of Learning and its Challenges

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on October 20, 2020

Remember that the most successful students take charge of their own learning and follow a simple but disciplined strategy. You may not have been taught how to do this, but you can do it and will likely surprise yourself with the results.  Embrace the fact that significant learning is often difficult. You will experience setbacks, but these are signs of effort, not failure. Setbacks come with striving, and stri... Read more…

Vary Your Practice as Much as Possible

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on October 13, 2020

In Houston, we're fortunate that we have quite a few clubs to go to. But if you practice at the same place every time, you need to vary it as much as you can.  I recommend mixing it up as much as possible - not necessarily practicing pairs. But practice singles, playing the game, and retrieval as often as possible. Always change your break point whenever you can. After two or three shots, practice these three m... Read more…

Shoot Every Tournament You Can

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on October 6, 2020

If you want to push yourself, I encourage you to go and shoot every tournament you can possibly get into, if you have the time and can afford to do it.  It’s occurred to me that this is one of the main reasons top shooters are top shooters. Yes, they see the same targets delivered in so many different ways: the speeds, lines, backgrounds and angles from the many tournaments that they’ve shot at.  Not only d... Read more…