Should you train for a 40 shot match or a 60 shot match during your training session.
I remember in the 90s, we shot a 40-shot match because that was the normal format. Then in the early 90s, the UIT changed the format from a 40-shot match to 60 shots.
We found it difficult to adapt to the 60 shot match but eventually, with practice we could do it quite easily.
It is now 2022 and it’s been over thirty years since the change of format from 40 shots to 60 shots but I find it extremely amusing to see shooters shooting 40 shots in a training session while competing at the national level in the 60 shot match.
Obviously, if you are going to train for 40 shots only, you are bound to underperform physically as well as mentally when you take part directly in a 60-shots match in the nationals.
Just imagine if Usain Bolt and Carl Lewis trained only for 60 meters instead of the 100 meters.
Do you think that makes sense?
Well in the same way, if you are going to participate at the National level in a 60-shots match then you cannot train for 40 shots. Ideally, you should be shooting 90 shots minimum per session.
And if you have the aspirations to reach the national level to represent your country then 120 to 150 shots per training session is the bare minimum. With two sessions per day, you can hope to reach the national team.
So, please do not shoot 40 shot matches, if you are taking part in a 60 shot match train for a minimum 90 shot, 120 shot 150 shots per session then you will understand what it takes to be physically fit and mentally fit t shoot over a prolonged session.
In the last video I had defined what is talent, that is I had defined what talent is and I had also shown you how you can find a very good coach.
And to find a good coach you must know what follow through is for which you have to go on my website www.foresightshooting.com and find out the definition of correct follow through by watching a series of videos specifically addressing the issue of follow through.
How many have you done this?
How many of you have gone on my website and registered for the free basic course?
The free basic course and found out the meaning of follow through?
Today’s video is of great interest specifically for parents and for youngsters aged between 15 to 20. I have been noticing since the last 10 to 15 years, youngsters between the age of 15 and 20 years who are very talented in shooting who are shooting between 560 and 570 very easily, Suddenly after a year or two, their score drop and get stuck between 550 and 560.
Brilliant shooters who shot between 560 to 570 quite easily are now shooting between 550 and 560 now. 551 , 552, 553, 554 and so on..
Obviously they are a frustrated lot and even their parents are equally frustrated, they just don’t seem to know what is happening to them. Why is their child dropping in scores?
Why is the child’s performance dropping and why is it not increasing?
The reason for this is the HUGE amount of pressure to perform on these youngsters. This huge pressure for performaing is 50 % parents are responsible and the balance 50 % is the shooter who is himself to blame for this pressure.
Now where does this pressure come from? This pressure to perform?
You see in India, in this country with a population of 1.25 billion people the competition for good jobs and thereby improving the quality of life is so HUGE, it is so FIERCE! And this is seen even in shooting.
Parents feel and these youngsters feel that if they become an international shooter or if they get an Olympic medal the parents feel that their children or the shooters themselves feel that they can get a good job with a public sector company or with the state government through the sports quota.
And it is with this ‘approach’ and ‘attitude’ that they approach or take up shooting with the sole objective of becoming an international shooter. Hoping that when they do that they will land a good job through the sports quota.
So, the moment they fail and you are bound to fail, in every sport and in every aspect of life you are bound to fail.
Failure is necessary and is a cornerstone to success, because if you don’t fail you will not know where you are going wrong.
So you are bound to fail. But if you are putting so much pressure upon yourself to perform that every failure becomes so HUGE for you, The failure is blown out of proportion for you. Then that leads to a very serious problem which is you lose the joy of shooting.
The same joy of shooting with which you could shoot beyond 570 vey easily, the joy which made you do that, is now GONE!
Now, every time you go for a match or your child goes for a match, you are under so much of pressure TO PERFORM! TO PERFORM! TO PERFORM!
As a result there is NO JOY IN EXECUTING the shot. Therefore you get stuck on the 550s. Talented shooters just don’t know how to get out of it.
Neither do the parents know how to get out of it.
But now you have this opportunity not only to get out of this vicious cycle. You will learn how to shoot brilliantly!
The first CLUE or TIP is to STOP SCORING!
This is a series of videos and blogs which should be seen by youngsters and not only youngsters who wish to take up the sport of shooting but also their Parents.
Now, every parent thinks that his child is talented. Talented enough to become an international shooter. And this is the goal of every youngster who takes up the sport and also the parents who want their children to take up the sport.
If you really want to know whether you are really talented to excel in this sport then you must first understand the definition of ‘talent’.
Let me give you my definition of ‘talent’;
Talent is the ‘ability’ to quickly adapt to the demands of the sport of 10 m Air Pistol Shooting.
What is the ‘demand’ of the sport? The ‘demand’ of the sport is that your ‘aiming process’ must be automatic and your ‘trigger operation’ must be automatic and this must happen for a minimum of forty shots out of sixty record shots.
Now, the first thing you want to know is the automatic aiming process and automatic trigger operation.
The automatic aiming process is when the sights come into the aiming area, the sights must be aligned, in sharp focus, and the arc of movement should be reduced to the minimum all these three things should happen automatically when the sights come into the aiming area.
And you have to master the aiming process first because if you haven’t mastered the aiming process, your mind or attention will continuously go on the sights when they are moving if they are not aligned or they are not in sharp focus.
As a result, your mental focus on your smooth, continuous trigger operation is disturbed and you have something called the stop, start, stop-start trigger operation which results in a jerky shot and the shot may go anywhere.
So you have to master the aiming process, make it automatic, and then you have to learn how to make your trigger operation also, automatic.
What is automatic trigger operation, when your sights come into the aiming area, your trigger starts moving smoothly continuously and automatically before during, and after the shot is fired, this is called a trigger operation follow through.
Both the trigger operation and the aiming process have to be automatic and to make both the aiming area and trigger operation automatic you must have a very good coach or the knowledge which will show you how to master both, the trigger operation and the aiming process so that both become automatic.
You should be able to spot a very good coach or the parents should be able to spot a very good coach. Now how will you find that out? How will you know whether a coach is good or not good?
You can ask a supposed coach the following question;
What is the meaning of ‘follow through’?
I am not going to give you the correct answer. I want you to go to my website www.foresightshooting.com, there is a Free Basic Course and it starts off with the correct definition of ‘follow-through’.
Once you have understood what the definition of correct follow-through is, then when you ask this question to any coach. You compare it with what he is replying and compare it with what is given in my free basic course, the correct definition of follow through and you will come to know whether this coach is good enough to train with or not.
So, the first and most important thing is that you should have the intelligence, the fire in the belly the ability to find the correct coach. For this, you have to take the effort for going on my website and finding out the meaning of correct follow-through which is not given anywhere on the internet.
Do you have the fire, then go on my website, find out the meaning of correct follow through then compare it with what others have to say then decide who you want to be coached with. Till then thank you.
Many shooters all around the globe keep asking me several questions on YouTube as well as Facebook and I also receive many emails. Through these blogs, I will answer as many of them as possible.
Question: Why don’t we aim or keep the sights directly in the bullseye or the black ring of the 10 m target?
While this may be a great idea while shooting in Bullseye shooting competitions, however in the ISSF format the common practice is to keep the sights somewhere between the bottom edge of the target and the bottom edge of the bull or black circle (7th ring).
Your sights, both rear and the front sight are black in colour. Therefore when you aim directly in the black, the sights gap between the front and rear sights are also black and it becomes very difficult to get a correct sight alignment.
However, if you choose to aim the sights between the bottom edge of the target and the bottom edge of the 7th ring, (black), the sight gap between the front and rear sights is white or bright yellow.
This contrast in background colour makes the sight alignment process much easier. Hence the sights are maintained somewhere between the 3rd, 4th or 5th ring.
Please refer to Video No. 25 Sight Picture and Video No. 26 Correct hold of Sights in the Aiming area.
In the last videos we have progressed to doing eight sets of exercises from Exercises 1 to 8 – B. In a day, in each session if you are going to do 80 to 120 shots and if you are going to do two sessions per day that itself comes to about 240 shots.
Now that is a tremendous physical load on your body and you need to increase your physical fitness to sustain this load otherwise you will develop serious injuries.
I will be telling you ten very simple exercises and I advise you to incorporate them in your daily routine.
The first exercise is the Dumbbell Curls as shown in the video, your dumbbell should not be more than 3 kilos, for ladies it can be about 2 kilos and for gents it can be about 3 kilos. The dumbbell curls help in developing the biceps and the forearm flexors and extensors.
The next exercise is the dumbbell support curls, they specifically develop the wrist flexors and extensors.
The next exercise is the Dumbbell support curls ulnar and radial and it is done the way it is shown in the video. These develop the supinators and pronators .
The next exercise is the Overhead Dumbbells . The overhead dumbbells strengthen your triceps.
The next exercise is the Push-ups as shown in the clip. These develop the trapezius, deltoid, biceps, triceps, elbow forearms, wrist muscles.
The next exercise is the Pull ups . This exercise develops the trapezius, forearms muscles, the elbows.
The next exercise is the Dips on the parallel bar. The dips strengthens the deltoid, the pectorals, the elbow joint and the triceps.
The next exercise is the Squats, this exercise strengthens the thigh muscles, the knee joints and the core muscles of the abdomen.
The next exercise is Sit ups, these strengthen your stomach muscles and your back muscles as shown in the clip.
And finally we come to walking, the benefits of walking are shown in the clip. They greatly strengthen your leg and abdominal muscles.
|1. Dumbbell Curls||1 to 4 sets.|
|2. Dumbbell support Curls||1 to 4 sets.|
|3. Dumbbell Ulnar & Radial||1 to 4 sets.|
|4. Overhead Dumbbells||1 to 2 sets.|
|5. Push ups||1 to 3 sets.|
|6. Pull ups||1 to 2 sets.|
|7. Dips||1 to 2 sets.|
|8. Squats||1 to 2 sets.|
|9. Sit ups||1 to 4 sets.|
|10. Walking||1 to 5 kms.|