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I made ended up tying for first place in C class at the Utah State Singles Championship. I was in a shootoff with 3 others and it did not go well for me. Other than not choking, does anybody have any tips to become more successful in shootoffs.


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Congratulations on being in your first shoot off!
Like Waverider says ,free birds, but for me the excitement never dulls. You just learn to control it a bit better. Deep breaths will help lower your blood pressure, plus gives you something to think about. In the mouth out your nose, or vise versa
Keep your focus like you did to get to the shoot off, and the birds will break.
 

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When you get to a shoot-off, remind yourself what got you there and build off that confidence.
Win or lose, you made it to a shoot-off and that alone is quite an accomplishment.
 

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does anybody have any tips to become more successful in shootoffs.
This may sound trite, but, get into more shoot-offs.

The shoot-off you are in today is practice for the next one. The more shoot-offs you participate in, the less daunting they seem.

You've done one now. The mystery is gone. Shoot-off targets are just like any other targets.
 

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Great info above. Another thing I will do is during any practice shooting my friends and I will bet a dollar or even a quarter on the round. It begins to stimulate a shoot off and helps you deal with pressure
 

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The hardest part is moderating your speed. If you shot with your 3 other competitors, a 4 man squad rhythm isn’t bad. But if by yourself or one other, timing can be tough. You can practice some by yourself to work on slowing down and keeping from getting tired.

Be deliberate in your setup and routine. And shoot the targets the same as the event. Remember to shoot your targets, not anyone else’s. Meaning, it’s easy to count their misses and then you start missing your own. Ignore their result. Because if you do your part, theirs don’t matter.

And as Tim said, the more you get in them, the better you’ll be in the long run.
 

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What Tim said, getting into more shoot offs helps and when you are in a shoot off it's just one bird at a time. Have confidence in your own ability since that is what got you there in the first place, stick to your routine.
 

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I was told that because shoot offs are very often a short squad, you need to put in extra effort to maintain your normal rhythm or even show down. The other shooters may try to control the pace, do not let this happen. Stay in your own lane, meaning focus on you and take your time.
Also, do not turn around to see who is watching. Your total attention needs to be in front of you.
Had a shootoff with a good friend who is a much better shooter. She shook my hand before going to the line and said "I hope you win". I did not, she did, but that was a memorable moment. Just because your shootoff may be against a friend, still give it your all.
All the flat stuff worked for Leo but there only was one Leo.
 

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So I should bring more than 2 flats?
Depends on the shootoff. ;-)
Why do some who ask to flip get all bent out of shape when thier competitor wants to shoot .
Henry
I have never once wanted to flip. I always want to shoot. Free targets and the competitor in me wants to earn it. But I will never take a forfeit unless the other person is gone. If the other guy won’t shoot, I’ll flip for it before taking it because the other person doesn’t want to shoot. But that’s just me I guess.
 
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