Monday, August 5, 2013
Time to Train the Brain
Readers know that I recently gained insight into my standing off-hand technique by watching video clip of Israeli shooter Sergey Richter. My most recent match started very well. As a reminder, I am using a .308 bolt action rifle with metallic sights. My two sighting shots were both 10s, just a little left (this was a 100 yard reduced match, so the 10-ring is 3.35" and the X is 1.35") :
Now it hits me. For off hand shooting, both my sighters and record shots are super tight. My zero is near perfect. My hold today is super tight and slow. I could shoot a perfect target if this keeps up....
My pulse starts to pick up a bit...but I use some of the relaxation techniques know, and continue shooting, but I sense my hold is widening:
But despite the rough start, I did fairly well in the sitting and rapid-fire prone stages of the match. Then came prone, where I continue to get better and better each outing. The first 17 shots, I did everything mentally right, had no thoughts of score, and shot all 10s and Xs. Then I started to think about the fact that I might be about to shoot my first clean target. I considered not checking the scope any more for the final 3 shots, but decided that would be a "cheap trick" and should just shoot as normal. Shots 18 and 19 disappeared into the 10-shot hole I was building around the X-ring, and this is what I saw in my spotting scope:
Anyhow, the point of the pictures above is to demonstrate my need to win the mental game--I've got the physical skills. In future posts I'll talk about what I'm doing to get there. Wish me mazal tov!