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HOW TO OVER COME THE BUTTERFLIES???

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by trapshootinmachine13, Mar 3, 2012.

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  1. trapshootinmachine13

    trapshootinmachine13 Member

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    i shot some registered today and i am only 13, i have been shooting around a year and went to the grand this past year. i boke about 10,25 straight but never could get that 50 straight to come. well point is i borke 88 out of my fist 90 targets and i was leading the squad and i got on post 4 and missed my first 2 broke the other 3 got on post 5 and missed 2. i get them butterflies when i know i am on a good score i boke 25,24,25,20 to end up with a 94 how do you good shooters overcome them butterflies. please post

    thanks,dalton
     
  2. 4EVRYOUNG

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    Stop counting!!Each target is it's own event, win each event, Don't worry about 50 or 100 break every single target event they throw your way and no one can beat you. Shut your Brain off, easier said then done.
    Good shooting anyway, they will come!!
     
  3. RainmanRFW

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    I like the discussion of the butterflies. I get them every time I shoot ATA. If you read up on some sports psychology articles, you'll learn that it's important to have some degree of the butterflies. I recommend you do some searching in this area. For now, learn to breathe through them. Take deep, slow breaths in between shots. When you're ready to shoot, take a deep breath, let half out, call for the bird and powder it. People will tell you not to count birds by I find it almost impossible. Learn to love the heartbeat, to relish it, to feed off it, and to channel it into focusing on the shot. Good luck and good shooting.
     
  4. Dr.Longshot

    Dr.Longshot Banned Banned

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    Quit counting targets, put 5 extra shells in your pocket.

    Lee Davidson the Winchester Rep told me, keep your head down, concentrate, and break the little #$%^&.


    Gary Bryant
    Dr.longshot
     
  5. AAtrap

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    Wished I had some of those butterflies back. As mentioned above;some of those don't hurt. Just keep them all flying in the same direction. Good luck and good shooting.

    Steve
     
  6. cnsane

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    We called it "Going off like cheap Chinese fireworks". In my experience, once the novelty of shooting good wears off, the butterflys are still noticable but won't affect your scores.
     
  7. Uncle Screech

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    Interesting post... I am going through the same thing myself and I am nowhere near 13 so it doesn't go away with age. I have been shooting for a little more than 3 years now and it has mostly been a weekend thing for me. But there have been times when the pressure was on and I folded like a cheap sweater. What I am doing this year is forcing myself to get into as many pressure situations as I can in an attempt to "get comfortable" with the feeling. If I can do that then it's one variable that I can push to the side. I know from my time in the music world that the butterflies do not go away but the more you do whatever it is that causes them the more comfortable you get with them. Learn to enjoy the feeling, it means you are involved in something that REALLY means a lot to you and whether or not you do well it will be a cherished memory for the rest of your life.
     
  8. straightaway

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    Excellent question Dalton.

    No matter how you try, you won't be able to not be aware of what your score is.

    Make those butterflies work FOR you. Evidently your mechanics are fine, don't mess with them. Sharpen your focus, you KNOW you can break anything out of the house. Don't get in your own way, let it happen. Mount the gun, keep it still until the target is a defined object, look at the target so hard you see it spinning then LET your hand eye coordination do its thing.

    A fine line point to remember is shoot at the target to break it, not shoot at it to not miss it.

    Have a great day! Dan
     
  9. Uncle Sam

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    Nice shooting Dalton!! Keep up the good work! I think that those "Butterflies" are just part of the game. As you shoot more and more I think they will get easier to deal with but for me they never totally go away.....and I hope they never do!!!.........Please ...keep shooting and having fun!.....Your friend in Pennsylvania...........Uncle Sam
     
  10. Claymuncher

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    Dalton : To me butterflies are adrenalin, which is good thing. Adrenalin makes your senses responsive. Everyone gets them and most athletes "try" to get the rush going before an event. If you have them and cannot get rid of them turn them into a positive. I have a really hard time with butterflies in a large event shoot off, but if I channel it and use it as a positive it helps. The real challenge is making it an asset in the middle of an event, but if you realize what it is and you know it is coming it is easier to deal with.

    Uncle Sam is right, Turn it into fun!

    CM
     
  11. oskerspap12

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    If,and when those butterflies go away,its time to stop shooting.Don't worry about it,its a part of the game...........Its the rush,enjoy it,and smoke 'em all.

    D.P.Reynolds
     
  12. cubancigar2000

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    everybody will find something that works for them but this one works for everyone. 4EVERYOUNG hit it dead on. Just take each target one at a time. I always say to myself, one more target and concentrate on that one. Then do it again 99 more times. Best advice I ever got and has stuck with me for over 50 years
     
  13. Hauxfan

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    I used to do the same thing. Frustrating, isn't it?

    What I did was to tell myself that the last trap was no different than the first trap.

    Worked for me.

    Good Luck, I know you can break them.

    Hauxfan!
     
  14. esoxhunter

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    Dalton: It's part of being human. It happens to the vast majority of us. Before retirement I taught tactical firearms classes for law enforcement officers. Part of the training was to alleviate as much stress as possible to avoid a panic situation. One of the parts of this training was called "autogenic breathing". Basically all you do is inhale very deeply through your nose, hold your breath for 4 seconds and then exhale through your mouth until you have completely exhaled and then hold your breath again for 4 seconds. We would do this 3 or 4 times. If you would do this before your final round I am sure you will calm down and it will surely help. Also, when shooting your last target at a post; breathe deeply through your nose, hold your breath and when you arrive at your next post, exhale through your mouth and hold your breath again until it's time to shoot. You will be surprised how this will calm you throughout the round. Good Luck. Ed
     
  15. shot410ga

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    It's a one target game at a time. You against the machine on each launch. The one before and next one don't count.
     
  16. Old Cowboy

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    Put yourself in competition every chance you get. Those "butterflies" are essentially a fear of losing, after you've become really comfortable with being in competition you'll lose the fear and the same thing that caused it'll become a will to win.
     
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    You might find some Lanny Basham cds useful too. Every little bit helps. Trapshooting is 90% mental. Whip that 90% and the other 10 fall into place. Good luck. John
     
  18. goose2

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    Butterflies are part of competing. If you are a competitor of any kind you will get butterflies. The butterflies are why I played football and coached football. Wow what a neat feeling. It's a legal hi.
    When I get in those tight situations when the pressures on I just tell myself there is nobody better than me and they are chasing me. Dont forget that it will get easier the more you do it.
     
  19. John Thompson

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    Confidence is number 1. Direct nervous energy toward eliminating any thought process while shooting. Any physical activity is confused by thought. They are right side/left side brain activities. I took relaxation training and it helped a lot.
     
  20. Johnny

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    Only dead people don't get butterflies.
     
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