Hello, friends, here I am again with a brand new video. In the last video, we discussed what a surprise shot is. A surprise shot is a shot where you become mentally aware of the shot being fired, a split second after the shot is actually fired. This was explained to you in the previous video.
Now, in this video we will be discussing, the phenomena of ‘flinching’, what is this flinching? It is related to the shot being fired. When you become mentally aware of the shot being fired, just at the point when it is actually fired. The moment the shot is fired, your mental focus, which should be 100 percent on the trigger pressure feeling breaks and it becomes completely diffused the way it is shown in the video.
In the video, you see just when the shot is fired, your mental focus becomes completely diffused.
What happens is because of this mental focus breaking, you get a shock and a signal from your mind goes through your shooting hand and it changes the grip pressure just at the point when the shot is fired as shown in this video.
Now, in this video, you will see that when the shot breaks, there is a momentary change in the grip pressure and your sights move.
This, broadly speaking, is what flinching is, and because of this flinching the shot may go anywhere.
You will see that there is a twitch in your sights and this happens because this habit of flinching is programmed itself in your conscious and subconscious mind. So, every time you shoot, this flinching happens automatically.
It happens automatically.
And you have no idea why your shot is not going in the ten and it can go just about anywhere.
Now there are different kinds of ‘flinching’, we will discuss the different types of flinching.
The first form of flinching is when you lose your focus on the front sight, the way it is shown in the video.
Just when the shot is fired, you lose focus on the front sight for a fraction of a second.
In the second type of flinching, your foresight when the shot is fired flicks to the left. Or to the right when the shot is fired.
Or it dips down when the shot is fired.
Or it jumps up when the shot is fired.
Now, this happens because your trigger finger pressure changes during the shot. It changes, it breaks because of this signal which goes from your mind into your trigger finger and your grip, this causes a momentary shock and it changes your grip feeling pressure. I’m exaggerating it for your understanding.
Actually, it is a micro movement, it causes a momentary shock, but it is enough for the trigger pressure feeling to change causing your front sight to flick to the left, to the right, to the top or to the bottom. This is the second type of flinching.
The third kind of flinching is when the rear sights twitches this is called the third kind of flinching, and it is related to a change in the grip pressure. As shown in the video. When your grip pressure changes during the moment of the shot the rear sight and even the front sight can twitch. As a result the shot may go anywhere.
The fourth kind of flinching is when your entire sight, just when the shot is fired, will either leave the aiming area to go downwards. Or it may leave the aiming area to go to the left. Or it may leave the area to the right. Or it may leave the area and jump up, the way it is shown in the video
And the fifth is a combination of any two or more of the types of flinching that we have discussed previously, which is a lack of focus, a breaking of focus on the front sight or the flicking of the front sight to the left, right, top or bottom or the entire sights leaving the aiming area to the left, right, top or bottom.
It could be a combination of all the above.
So, this is what flinching is all about, and the cure for flinching is just one. You have to keep yourself mentally focused on your trigger pressure feeling before, during and after the shot. One hundred percent.
Now, it is easier said than done. To keep your mind focused 100 percent on the trigger feeling before, during and after the shot, in the following videos, we will discuss how to maintain this mental focus on your trigger feeling, so that you become aware of the shot a split second after the shot is fired.
Till then I hope you enjoyed the video. Thank you.
Hello, friends, here I am again with a brand new video. And in this video, I will be discussing a ‘secret’ and what is this secret?
The secret is nothing but the fact that every time you pick up your pistol, you will learn how to shoot a ‘10’. Now, the secret is nothing very great. Actually all you have to do, is to think a bit deeply to realize what this secret is all about, and I will explain the secret or the skill or the technique for shooting a ‘10’ in a series of videos.
This is the first part. In this first part we will discuss, what a surprise shot is? And this is really funny because I read about it a lot when I started shooting, that your shot has to be a surprise shot and during those days, I used to hang around these top shooters trying to pick up any clue or any tip or any technique which would help me to improve my shooting.
Then one day I heard one of the top shooters discussing with another top shooter and he said. “Today, my shot was a surprise shot”. Well, I said to myself. Yes! This is what I had read about, that your shot has to be a surprise shot.
So, I went quickly on the shooting range. I took out my pistol, loaded a pellet, prepared my target and I was all ready to be surprised with my shooting.
This is where the interpretation misdirects a shooter, some top shooter is saying something, and we understand it in a completely different way. So, this is what happened. I loaded my pistol and I was all prepared to be surprised because to my thinking, a surprise was something like what siblings do when they try and scare each other. One sibling hides behind the door while the other one is passing by, and the first one jumps up and says, BOO! and the other one gets surprised. So that’s what I thought, that is what my surprise shot should be like. The moment I press the trigger, I should be surprised.
So, that’s what I did. I cocked my pistol and I was all prepared to be surprised. And when the shot was fired, I was surprised and I said, well, that was indeed a surprise shot. Let’s see the result.
When I got the target back, I was not surprised. I was shocked because the shot had gone in the sixth ring!
I said. Well! This is not surprising. This is shocking! Maybe I’ve gone wrong somewhere, so let me try again.
So, I kept on shooting a lot of shots and kept surprising myself, with disastrous results.
The shots were all over the target. Some were in the white, some were in the seven, the good ones were in the eight. Hardly one, entered the ninth ring, not a single one was a ‘10’.
Then I said to myself, this surprise shot business is nonsense. I’m not going to be surprised anymore. I don’t believe in this concept.
It was many years later that I realized what a surprise shot really is. And In this surprise shot lies the secret to improving your shooting. In order to understand what a surprise shot actually means, I will take the help of this video.
In this video you will see how the second pull begins. And you can see how smoothly and continuously the trigger finger moves before, during and after the shot is fired.
Now, this red rectangle that you see, which is placed in such a way that the shot fired is shown by the red dashed line, which indicates a shot fired comes is right between the red rectangle.
This rectangle indicates that you must have 100 percent mental focus and concentration on the trigger pressure just before, during and after the shot is fired. And you have to keep this mental focus on your trigger pressure for just one second, and that one second is indicated by that red rectangle. The limits of which. Indicate the one second gap. Which is before, during and after the shot is fired.
In the next video, you will see that the red arrow, which is indicating the point where the shot is fired, if at that point of time, just when the shot is fired, if at that point that you become aware that the shot is fired, then the shot will never go in the ‘10’.
What you have to do is to extend the awareness of the shot fired a split second after the shot is fired, as shown in the video.
And my dear friends, this is what a surprise shot is. The split second that it takes you to realise that the shot is fired is more than enough for the pellet or the bullet to leave the muzzle of the barrel.
If you become immediately aware that the shot is fired, the pellet or the bullet is just emerging from the tip of the muzzle. And it causes a slight movement. And because of this moment, your shot will never go in the ‘10’. You have to maintain a 100 percent mental focus on the trigger pressure for a split second after the shot is fired.
And that is a surprise shot. So a surprise shot is an afterthought. The afterthought is a thought which follows an action and here the action is the shot being fired and when the shot is fired, you are not aware of it because you are focusing 100 percent on the trigger pressure and you are so deeply involved and engrossed and concentrating on the trigger pressure feeling that you realize that the shot is gone a split second after the shot is fired. And that my friends is a surprise shot.
You can try it out, go on the shooting range, try it out and remember one thing, there are several states of this hundred percent concentration on your trigger pressure. It’s a state of mind where you are 100 percent mentally focused only on one thought, and that is the trigger pressure feeling.
You have to be so deeply engrossed, that you do not realize that the shot is gone. It comes as an afterthought after the shot is fired and that is enough for you to achieve a beautiful, perfect follow through and you will shoot a ‘10’.
Ok, this is what I would like you to do. Go on the shooting range and practice what I’ve told you. Try to concentrate 100 percent on the trigger pressure. And you will realize. The state of mind, the deep state of mind that you require to shoot a surprise shot. And when you shoot a surprise shot, it will be a ‘10’.
If it is not a ‘10’. It means that you are not deeply 100 percent focused on your trigger pressure. Now, initially, this takes a lot of doing, but I would like you to get to know the state of feeling. In the next videos, we will discuss the state of mind more deeply. And we’ll discuss how you can learn to master this feeling for not one shot, but rows of shots. See you.
In this VLOG, I will be demonstrating the correct dry firing technique for the 10 M air Pistol shooting.
More often than not, you will see that shooters, when they dry fire, bring the pistol down immediately after the dry shot is fired. The moment they hear the ‘tick’ sound occurring during dry firing, they reflexively bring the pistol down as shown in the video.
This programs the subconscious mind to reproduce exactly the same action while ‘live firing’ at the expense of a correct ‘follow through’. Obviously, the chances of your shot going in the 10 are vastly reduced.
It is recommended, to continue holding the pistol for a few seconds after the shot, reproducing all the things that were being done before and during the shot to continue after the shot has gone in the extended holding.
In the live firing demo, you will see the correct follow through result obtained due to the correct habit ingrained within the subconscious mind, to continue the follow through in an extended holding after the shot.
In the last webinar, I had discussed the importance of taking a stable stance and position. In that webinar, I had asked you a question.
What is the relation between a stable stance and position, with your smooth trigger operation, when the sights come into aiming area?
I had very briefly explained and answered this question in my webinar, but I figured, I needed to go a little bit deeper and make the explanation more simpler and more interesting to understand.
When your stance is not stable, your arc of movement becomes wider, as shown in this clip. Now, this is how a beginner whose arc of movement is very wide and he takes a lot of time in trying to reduce this arc of movement.
An expert level shooter, a top level shooter, an experienced shooter, who has a very good, stable stance and position. When his sights come into the aiming area, the arc of movement is greatly reduced and he spends very little time in reducing the arc of movement and his arc of movement, looks the way it is shown in this clip.
Notice his arc of movement is reduced the moment his sights come into the aiming area. Now, this is an ideal situation. Even the best of shooters don’t get this kind of arc of movement, the moment the sights come into the area. But this is an ideal arc of movement.
Now, please remember one thing that your mind can focus, or concentrate or pay attention to only one thing at a time. Therefore, when the sights come into the aiming area and you need to concentrate on your smooth trigger operation. Your mind starts jumping from the moving sights and then back to the trigger.
From the trigger, back to the moving sights and this hopping from the sights to the trigger operation, results in a discontinuous trigger operation. Whereas your trigger operation should be smooth and continuous, till follow through.
As a result of this stop, start, stop, start trigger operation. Because your mind gets diverted to the wide arc of movement. Eventually, the trigger operation is not smooth, it’s not continuous, and the shot can go anywhere as shown in this clip.
Notice in this video how the trigger operation breaks. A number of times. And the shot may go anywhere. The trigger operation, as shown in the video, keeps breaking. Because your concentration, instead of being on the smooth trigger operation, smooth, continuous trigger operation, keeps getting distracted by the wide arc of movement.
Let’s see the clip again. Now, watch how the trigger operation breaks because your attention gets diverted to the arc of movement. As a result, the shot may go anywhere.
The second scenario is, that some beginners initially, wait for the arc of movement to reduce to their satisfaction, and then they start the trigger operation.
When the sights become steady, then they start the trigger operation. By this time. Several seconds are past and there is a strong urge building up in your lungs to resume breathing. And this, again, diverts your attention from the trigger operation, and you want to get rid of that shot as fast as possible so you jerk the trigger as shown in this video.
Notice how the shooter is waiting for the sights to reduce its arc of movement and then so many seconds have gone, the trigger is jerked.
Let’s watch the video again. Because the arc of movement is taking a very, very long time. And this builds up of pressure in your lungs to resume breathing, you jerk the trigger as shown in the clip.
So, if you have a very good, stable stance and position, your arc of movement will be reduced. And you will be able to concentrate much better on a smooth, continuous trigger operation as shown in this clip. The moment the sights come into the aiming area, you concentrate on your trigger operation. And the shot is superb.
Notice how the trigger moves very smoothly and continuously, and it is an excellent follow through of the trigger, smooth, continuous trigger before, during and after the shot. Let’s watch the clip once again.
Notice how the trigger starts off the moment the sights come into the area and it is very smooth, continuous before, during and after the shot. And because of an excellent follow through, the shot has gone into the 10.
So that is the relationship between your stable stance and a smooth, continuous operation follow through.
And between the two, your stable stance and your trigger operation, is the reduced moment. Because a stable stance and position contributes to a great extent, to reduce the arc of movement. And when your arc of movement is reduced as quickly as possible, you can then concentrate on a smooth continuous trigger operation follow through
So that is the relationship between your stable stance and position and your smooth, continuous trigger operation when the sights come into the aiming area.
Very shortly, I will be launching air pistol coaching webinars. For those of you, who do not know what webinars are, then here is a simple explanation;
Webinars are classroom lectures/seminars, hosted on the web by an expert/coach (myself), on a particular subject (air pistol coaching) to students all over the world, using video conferencing software. The key feature of webinars is that it allows real time live discussions enabling the coach to providing answers to questions on the spot.
Webinars therefore remove the final mental barrier for students who believe that coaching can only be done face to face. Webinars therefore transcend geographical boundaries and time zones, since webinars can now be accessed at the convenience of each student whenever it suits them (time wise).
This then brings me to the next point, which is, what and how will the content of each webinar be relevant to beginners, intermediate and advanced level students?
Roughly, my webinars will address three categories of shooters;
- The Basic Free Course, Module No. 1, which will address all beginners.
- The Intermediate course will be for Modules 2 to 5, which will address those students who are already working on these modules for a period of 6 to 12 months.
- The advanced course webinars, are meant only for those students who have matured and understood the concepts laid out in Modules 2 to 5 and who have attained a fair degree of proficiency. Specifically these webinars deal with Module No. 6 : The Mental Shot Program.
Presently, online coaching, interaction and discussions were held on our WhatsApp group: The Elite Member’s Group. Additionally, my students could video call me and or call me via the phone.
The limitations of this medium were, that the benefit of in-depth discussion of each point, benefited only ONE shooter at a time. Through webinars, ALL my students would benefit from my interaction with each student, plus, they can access this webinar anytime to review the discussion again and again. Also, those who could not attend a particular webinar, will now be able to do so by accessing the recorded webinars stored on my website.
Additionally, if a shooter wants me to view his shooting live, then this can also be achieved quite easily. This is particularly relevant to the present Corona Virus time.
Videos in English and Hindi have been uploaded on YouTube, which explains how you can access my webinars. The links are provided below;
You Tube Video Links
You are requested to go through and prepare yourself technically for participating in my webinars.