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How do you deal clear your mind while shootin

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  1. hubcap

    hubcap TS Member

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    Wondering about the techniques you may use to clear your mind of negative thoughts and get into the "zone" while shooting in competition.

    Personally, I tend towards a cluttered mind which typically causes me to lose some targets............especially if I've ran about 90 straight.

    Hubcap
     
  2. phirel

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    I do hope someone answers this question.

    Pat Ireland
     
  3. Mike Battista

    Mike Battista Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    Try singing to yourself until you call for the target. Something upbeat or positive Keeping your mind occuppied should prevent any negative thoughts or distractions from affecting your performance. Try it. What have you got to lose.
    Just don't sing out loud.
    Mike Battista
     
  4. redix

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    Listening to the Buena Vista Social Club on my iPod helps.
     
  5. smsnyder

    smsnyder Well-Known Member

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    good subject, this is my major proplem. i started off with two back to back 24 in handicaps at Pa State. This was my best start in caps ever and I fell apart because of stress, nerves or lack of total focus. I need to improve on this one.
     
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    A wee shot of.....
     
  7. nomderf

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    CTRL - ALT - DEL

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  8. motordoctor

    motordoctor Shoji Tabuchi in Branson

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    just tell yourself "one at a time" over and over again and remember that you are just shooting practice. motordoc
     
  9. midalake

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    Having a clear mind is VERY important. I have done some reading on the topic, and for the last three years used a technique. First off I do not use my system unless necessary. First and foremost I try to keep a clear mind and fight to do so the entire sub event. If it fails I use the catch word "one" and I repeat it as much as necessary until I call pull. Your mileage may vary but I recommend something to keep it simple [and short] to clear the mind. Shooting yesterday I went into "one" mode about 3-4 times per sub. Then into the shoot-offs where I almost used it for every mount. To be successful I believe that one needs to have this option.

    GS
     
  10. lumper

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    I think about shooting skeet and BahWHAMMOOO ... before ya know it the round is over and I've broken another 26 straight targets.
     
  11. jimbob

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    I go over my pre shot routine in my head. "good foot position, hold point, bbl at the bottom of the window (skeet) head down and call for the bird. It took years for me to quit rushing my shot while on the pad.

    I like the Robt Redford moive where he says to himself "clear the mechinisim".
     
  12. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    Eyes on target, eyes on target, eyes on target. Over and over again.
     
  13. lumper

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    BTW ... when I shoot skeet I think about the easy shots of trap and BahWHAMMOOO, another 25 broken targets.
     
  14. timb99

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    Duckman

    I think that was Kevin Costner in "For Love of the Game."
     
  15. Loyac

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    zarathrusta Is right... Caffeine will keep you sharp. Other than that, try to visualize the bird in all its various trajectories. This will keep you calm and collected. John
     
  16. Big Bopper

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    Get Lanny Basham's audio CD or book "With Winning in Mind". He also has a CD especially for trap shooters. Bob
     
  17. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

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    What was it "Stitch" Jones suggested in "Heartbreak Ridge"?
     
  18. jbmOU

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    look staight ahead and focus on every target that comes out of the house. Looking behind or to the side makes me lose my concentration.
     
  19. W.P.T.

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    I have found that I can put undo pressure on myself by thinking in terms of "having to" as opposed to "wanting to" in this case break the targets ... Phil Kiner teaches you to think in a positive manner of wanting to break the target and if you practice it will work ... Those who have the "Magic Rocks" from a few years back will find it much easier to leave the internal pressures and mind games in the club house but for those who do not try this method and see if it works for you ... You only have to give total consentration for a few seconds per target when your taking them one at a time which is the only weay they can be taken from a shooters standpoint ... Good Luck and good shooting ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  20. recurvyarcher

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    What Otnot said. When I am able to do it (sometimes, not always yet, but getting better), I don't focus until it's my turn. Then I go through Phil Kiner's Bottom's Up routine, and shoot the target. Got me a K-gun in a shoot off that way...
     
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