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Do u shoot a practice round b 4 tournament starts?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by senior smoke, Apr 24, 2011.

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    How many of you shoot a practice round before you shoot an event at a major tournament? What is your logic of either doing this or not doing this? A friend of mine does not like to do this as he feels he doesn't want to waste a 25 in practice. He will even go as far as missing a target on purpose in the practice round because of this superstition. I think this is ludicrous. What is your feeling about practice rounds before you start shooting?
    Steve Balistreri
     
  2. leadvail

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    I did like practice rounds untill I would run 25 or a 24 and then blow it by dropping the first one out or shooting a 17 or something like that. Its like those starting on post 1 or 5. Get it over with.

    Interesting thread, anxious to see what other folks say their experience has been. Bob
     
  3. ms_yuan

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    Almost always, and most of the time, it helps, especially at a club I've never been to before. Problem is, it never helps me *enough*, lol.
     
  4. Martinpicker

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    I am just getting back into competitive shooting after a long hiatus, but I like a practice round. I prefer to shoot from the 20 before singles and from a yard or two behind my handicap before handicap. Then when I get to move up it seems easier. Jack
     
  5. milkmaster

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    I don't necessarily shoot an entire round. I mostly shoot a couple of shots from each station. All I am really doing with practice is checking the speed of the machines. I know all that is supposed to be set, but there are differences! Good Luck!
     
  6. Old Cowboy

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    No, never. I practice at home.

    John C. Saubak
     
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    I think of my first round as a warm up round whether it's for a score or not.
     
  8. senior smoke

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    To me personally, I enjoy shooting a practice round as it seems to help me. I can not tell you how many times I would start shooting a tournament without shooting a practice round first, and then I would start out with a terrible first round score, and then shoot great for the next three rounds.

    What I like to do is squad in the middle of the pack so I have time to shoot a practice round in case there is a long line at the ptractice traps so I don't have to worry about rushing or missing my squad when it is called. To me, rushing at a shoot can kill good scores.
    Steve
     
  9. RED Z06

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    I usually shoot a round, sometimes two, depending how much time I have before I start. I like to loosen up a bit and try to "set" my concentration a little before I start.

    Sometimes the back ground at a club I don't frequent regularly can take a little time to adjust to. So for me practice round(s) are usually my norm.

    Thanks,
    Pat
     
  10. miketmx

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    I did not shoot a practice round before the real event for many years but I'm gonna start doing it now. I have been having more frequent problems with the intermittent crossfire and it seems especially bad on the 1st trap where I can shoot a 17 before my eyes even start working as a team.
     
  11. birdtracker

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    I like 1/2 a practice and give the remaining targets to a youth. Birdtracker
     
  12. John55

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    I like to but don't manage to do it very often. I don't want/need to fire 25 rounds to get warmed up so many times will split a round with someone. Two or three shots off of each post is plenty.
     
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    I generally shoot a practice round on doubles..The backgrounds vary so much between clubs and are impacted by how they are set at different clubs.....SMOKIT
     
  14. recurvyarcher

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    I used to shoot a practice round, but it really didn't do me any good. If I could shoot several practice rounds, that would help. I'm going to try splitting a practice round with someone next time to see if that will do anything for me.
     
  15. otnot

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    Always!
     
  16. recurvyarcher

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    Smokit, are you sure you only shoot ONE practice round?
     
  17. goose2

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    I do just to get me loosened up.
     
  18. RonC

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    I like a couple of shots a post not full rounds. Failing the reduced practice rounds I do bounce my eyes around a bit to loosen up the eye muscles. My brain thinks it helps

    Ron
     
  19. Barry C. Roach

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    I think practicing before each event helps your focus.
     
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    Given my sorry performance at yesterdays first ATA shoot of the year (for me) I probably should have but I don't know if it would have made a whole lot of difference....I need a gun fitter and clinic real bad....that and a practice facility closer than a 1 hour drive away...
     
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