Two Questions for the pro's
Posted 16 October 2011 - 12:35 PM
Second: When going from target to target do you first look at the next target and then transition the gun to that target -or- do you keep the sight in front of you and transition to the next target?
I am new to ths sport and would like the opinion of some top shooters??????????????? Thanks for the help...
Posted 16 October 2011 - 02:15 PM
Think of when you're writing with a pencil. You don't focus on the pencil tip, pick it up without breaking focus on the tip, and move the pencil tip and your focus to the paper and the spot you're writing on. Instead, you look the spot on the paper where you want to write, blindly pick up the pencil, and bring the tip to the spot your want to write on.
Same concept with shooting. Focus on the target and bring the front sight into your sight plane, then change your visual focus from the target to your front sight.
Hope this helps, despite being a non-pro.
Posted 16 October 2011 - 09:45 PM
You cannot move your gun as fast as you can move your eyes. The eyes move to the next plate and the gun follows.
Posted 17 October 2011 - 02:48 AM
I have always been taught that after you make the shot shift your eyes to the next target and the gun will follow.
Taran Butler said the same thing last week in Top Shot when talking about transitions.
Posted 18 October 2011 - 03:18 AM
On the last episode of Shooting USA Julie Golob was showing that you need to shoot a stage every way possible to see which way is fastest for you. In her case one particular plate order was 3/10ths faster than any other way. Until you know what your comfort zone is you won't know what you are good at right now and possibly what you need to work on. Some stages don't lend themselves to too many options due to plate positioning and on those you have to concentrate on doing it in the order that makes the most sense. Often your method, especially if you are not that familiar with a stage, is influenced by transition distances and differing plate sizes. You can work on strategies just by printing out the stages and seeing which ways make more sense.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:23 AM
#1 - I like to stay focused on my dot, bringing my head and gun up together. I seem to have a better flow this way. When I watch the pro's, it seems that most do the opposite.
#2 - In IPSC where most targets are double tapped, it's more of a turning to look to the next target as your gun is finishing the last shot and then it's snapped to the target/eye. I have noticed that the faster you go, like in SC, there isn't much time for that and I end up moving my head and gun at about the same pace. Maybe slightly behind but not by much. Watch some of the pro's and that what it looks like they are doing too.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 06:44 PM
I have noticed that the faster you go, like in SC, there isn't much time for that and I end up moving my head and gun at about the same pace. Maybe slightly behind but not by much. Watch some of the pro's and that what it looks like they are doing too.
I think the important point here is that when moving fast there is an illusion of the gun and eye moving in the same plane--this illusion is exacerbated when the gun doesn't have to move far to get from one target to the next--but the eye is truly leading the way, if not by much. If you ever get a chance to watch a closeup of the pro's eyes in slow motion during their course of fire, their eyes are in fact moving first, with the gun a fraction of a second behind the eyes.
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