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#26 daves_not_here

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:38 AM

ktm300,

Once you get Lanny Basham's book listen to the part about "running a mental program". Keeping the conscious mind on something is important so it doesn't mess with your subconsious. Lanny says it can be anything even not even related to the task you're about to perform. Looking at the shoelaces is a good one and he has a couple others.

It's great that you've noticed a pattern. I'm still trying to figure out what works consistently for me.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

I was just looking at this thread and thought about the youtube of miculek talking about vision skills.

The first 1:15 of the video, he describes how if you just watch it happen(your shooting), it will feel slow but it will be your personal best.

I have pretty limited experience, just over two years now, but if I reflect on it, my best performances have always felt slow while they were happening.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:58 PM

"if you just watch it happen(your shooting), it will feel slow but it will be your personal best."

This "feeling slow" is what keeps shooters out of "the zone."

You must forget about the perception of time, you just can't measure it accurately yourself.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:29 AM

What the OP described happened to me the first time at a steel match one day. I finished what I thought was an okay run. Went shot for shot on the steel and saw more than I had before. I was convinced if I saw that much it must have been a slow run, but I had no idea of time. When the RO called out the time I was convinced his timer was broken. Personal best by far and the second fastest run for the whole match.

I have spent the last couple of years trying to get back to that place. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. When I do, great things happen. It's what draws me back to shoot more.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:11 PM

What the OP described happened to me the first time at a steel match one day. I finished what I thought was an okay run. Went shot for shot on the steel and saw more than I had before. I was convinced if I saw that much it must have been a slow run, but I had no idea of time. When the RO called out the time I was convinced his timer was broken. Personal best by far and the second fastest run for the whole match.

I have spent the last couple of years trying to get back to that place. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. When I do, great things happen. It's what draws me back to shoot more.

Cool - that's the good stuff. It's fun when you finally realize that there is more to shooting than just pulling the trigger. Or is there?
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:50 AM

"if you just watch it happen(your shooting), it will feel slow but it will be your personal best."

This "feeling slow" is what keeps shooters out of "the zone."

You must forget about the perception of time, you just can't measure it accurately yourself.


To be fair, I misquoted. What he actually said was "When you are shooting very good or at your level, it looks extremely slow" In this case, it looks extremely slow to the shooter as the observer.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:04 PM

I know all the great ones have spoken but.
Slow is slow, Smooth can be fast.
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