I am just a kids' coach but insecurity does not seem like a good thing to be experiencing when you are shooting in a WC Final or the Olympics. It is a shame because she has no reason at all to be insecure. She lost the gold to Pirelli in Lonato only because nerves got to her at the very end. Of course, she is pretty young and inexperienced, but I am quite sure that having heard that "90% of all women" nonsense her whole life did not help.Ok so she said that she does not have a dominance issue. At one time she questioned herself and her dominance and the practice of covering her left eye helped her overcome that insecurity.
I could not agree with you more, but these advanced competition aspects should be taught later, not when they are young, beginning kids.Coaching involves far more than merely imparting the mechanics of shooting.
One must provide mechanisms to cope with stress, with expectations, with failure and with success.
Example. How do you coach a person to go on and shoot 99 when they dump their first if you haven't experienced that yourself?
How do you coach a person who is sitting on a 99 not to dump their 100th?
How do you coach a person to approach a shootoff? Or an ISSF final?
How do you teach coping mechanisms regarding a slow squad, a fast squad, or a shooter in your squad who misses every second target? How do you teach them the intricacies of the rules, and the proper way to challenge a wrong decision by a referee or scorer?
The mental aspects-visualisation, compartmentalisation, the ability to go from relaxed to aware to full focus and back again-are just as, if not more important, than how to break a target.
Now, I'm not saying that a good coach must have been the best shot ever. But IMHO they should be, or have been, good enough to appreciate those pressure scenarios, and to have developed mechanisms to cope with them that they can pass on and continue to develop with their students.
There's a great deal more to coaching than merely shooting with one eye or two.
And, be it noted, at no time have I used denigrating expressions such as "ignorant" or "bozo".
That’s amazingBased on 30 years teaching I estimate the % of female shooters that HAVE to use some form of 1-eye while shooting trap is probably close to 97-98%.
HAVE meaning if they are going to shoot up to their potential.
What is crazy is that several of the top female trap shoot with 2 eyes and I have not figured out if they did anything different or are just the exception to the rule.
My wife is starting out, had a guy at the club put his hand over her off eye while she was shooting and she started to hit them after missing alotMy lady shoots 2 eyed. Shot with Kim Rohde when they were both juniors.
Having said that, many/most of the women we coach shoot one eyed. So do some, but less as a %, of men.