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I confess....I'm guilty of thinking when getting ready to shoot on line and I know better! I'm going to list a few of the things NOT to think about when it is your turn to shoot. Please feel free to add some of your thoughts to this and maybe it will in some way help some of the new shooters and some of the trap philosophers!

1. This trap IS throwing all hard rights!

2. How did I miss that last target, I was right on it!

3. Well, I'm not going to break a 100 straight now!

4. I wish he would go ahead and shoot, it's hot out here!

5. Is it going to throw another broken target!

6. I wonder what he is loading with, it sounds like dynamite!

7. I don't think that was goat I had at the Kandahar Restaurant last night, wonder if anyone is missing their dog?

8. Wow! I'm 67 straight!

9. I don't think these are the right shells, they sound funny!

10. I sure hope I don't miss!

These are just some of the things you SHOULD NEVER think about on the line. Thinking about most anything is going to negatively affect your score, so try to just think about what you are doing and how you are going to break the next target! Hope this helps! Biff
 

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It is really windy out here today!
 

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Well, I have some practice routines that are mostly ingrained now... But if I try to think about them as I shoot for score often I miss.

Biff. Your next foray into shooting foibles should be what distractions bother you the most.

Wait! I guess somoeone did that one. But I was distracted at the time

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I'm thinking..........How do I get 5 hard rights on post 5, and 5 hard lefts on post one? I must be jinxed!

Hauxfan!
 

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1. Don't call your office just before you go out to the line.

2. Don't look at a new gun just before.

3. Don't think about what Biff is going to shoot in the 2nd 100.

Don
 

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I have ran the last four post only five more to go....Gawd I hope I don't drop one....

Assuming the next target will be a hard right (if on post 5) or hard left (if on post 1).
 

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All this being said, how does one clear their mind? What should be racing thru my mind? I'm probably guilty of all the wrong things to think about.--Matt
 

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grntitan,

Right before you mount the gun, clear your mind and say to yourself, "concentrate and follow through." Mount the gun, call pull. Before you know it you are out of shells, you have shot all 25, and you are reaching for another shell. That is when you know you are really concentrating in my opinion. It is amazing how just concentrating and really bearing down on the target can eliminate lifting your head, flinch, etc.. You almost have to want to smoke the target with controlled and focused anger. That makes it really hard to concentrate on anything else. Jon
 

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SF:

I like that!

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Seriously, based on the last post I wonder if dumping your shells in your pouch would help. I always count 1,2,3,4,5 so that I know when to move. If I am not lead off, maybe I don't need to do that.
 

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Yeah seems i'm always consious of what shell i'm on. I use a Shamrock shell/box holder and its always obvious what shot i'm on. I'm definately gonna focus more on crushing targets then everything else. I found out along time ago that shooting with my son is a bad idea. I can't quit worrying about his shooting and it affects mine. We started squadding on different squads. I'm not beyond trying something new to clear my mind. I do have a flinch issue occasionally and i think this might just help that as well.---Matt
 

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I never count the targets. Since each row is five shells across, when I reach down and feel the next row I know it is "Dead and change..."

Breathe....I can not express this enough. Some say take that deep breath two shooters ahead of you and then hold during the shooter just before you and then exhale when it is your turn. Very similar to combat breathing.
 
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