Thoughts on Improving Your Shooting

There is more to improving your shooting than just going to the range and firing shots. Considering all aspects including planning, performance analysis, record keeping, setting objectives and being open to new ideas all come into it. Here are some thoughts to get you started.


Planning your shooting program
a)    Set your ultimate goal. (What do you want from this sport?)
b)    Decide on matches to be favoured. (What is the match/matches you like most?)
c)    Plan a physical and shooting program. (You may need help from an experienced coach)
d)    Plan a competition program. (Which matches you will attend, when and why?)

Keeping Records
a)    Keep a shooting diary.
b)    Shot by shot.
c)    Day by day.
d)    Match by match.
e)    Prepare graphs.

Analysis of Performance
a)    Shooting diary; record of conditions, shots, techniques, problems and their solutions, scores (if shooting for scores), thoughts feelings, positive solutions, rewarding comments.
b)    Shot by shot:

i)   nominate and analyse each shot
ii)  eliminate one fault at a time
iii) look for pattern of shot on card, and over all cards. (E.g. first five shots are being poor, etc.)

c)    Day by day: Analyse daily performance in relation to weather, shooting conditions, and yourself. Was your performance aided by, or in spite of conditions?
d)    Match by match: analyse your match performances over a period of time with the aid of graphs. Compare results of Club matches to Open Competitions to Training.
e)    Analyse progress: are you in fact progressing? If not, take a long look at your objectives, minor (short term and ultimate (long term).

Resetting minor objectives
a)    Be constantly resetting minor objectives
b)    Always keep objectives well ahead of present performance
c)    Make sure you give yourself something to work for.
d)    Minor objectives may be a score but preferably, a performance such as “no 8’s in precision”.
e)    If you are not progressing, it is usually because you are accepting your present level of performance and not making yourself strive for (and work for) more distant objectives.

Evaluation of ideas
a)    Always keep an open mind to positive suggestions.
b)    Reject negative ideas.
c)    When your own plan is failing and you want to try a new idea, do so but give it a minimum of three months before rejecting it.
d)    Listen to all and try to pick out those pieces of information that would be most helpful to you.