In the last video, Cutting Through the Spider’s Web, I discussed that to solve any problem in life, you need to keep raising your levels.
When he picks up his pistol, every shooter in the world goes from A to B to see to follow through. He does so with one and only one goal in mind, and that is to shoot a 10.
If you don't shoot a 10, then that's a problem because you want to shoot a 10, you're not getting your ten, so that's the problem you are facing. How do you solve this problem if you don't shoot a ten? Which areas do you need to raise your level to hit a ten every time you pick up a pistol?
It could be physical, mental, technical, financial, material, emotional, or spiritual.
In this video, I will only discuss the first two, the ‘Physical’ and the ’Technical’.
Physically - if you want to shoot a 10, you must have the ability, strength, and flexibility to pick up a pistol from point A to B to C to follow through to execute one single shot.
Similarly, for a match, you need to do it 60 times. So physically, you need to stand on the firing point and have the physical strength and the ability to shoot 60 record shots plus whatever sighter shots are required.
If you can do that, then tick the box where ‘physical ability’ is concerned.
The next thing we go to is the technical reason; now what is the technical requirement if you wish to shoot a 10? You must know precisely what to do when the sights come into the aiming area.
Very briefly, there are three steps; first, you must understand the ‘aiming process’?
The second is you must know what ‘automatic trigger operation’ is?
And the third thing you must know is what ‘mental focus follow through’ is when the sights come into the aiming area.
What is the aiming process?
The aiming process is divided into three parts: when your sights come into the aiming area, your sights should be aligned, the second thing is they should be in sharp focus and the third thing is your arc of movement should be reduced.
So, knowing this is fine, but the next step is mastering. In order to master these three elements of the aiming process, you have to train very methodically.
You must have a good coach and a good training program because knowing how to master these three skills quickly is the smart thing to do.
So, you must have a very good coach who knows what the aiming process is; he must know how to give you a training program that provides you Mastery in all these three things, in all the three elements, in the shortest possible time.
What happens is when you don't have a coach, or you don't know how to master your skills; you just go on shooting, shooting, shooting. As a result, you're wasting your time, effort, and money. And you again get into the spider's web.
So, this is the first level in the technical aspect which you have to raise, to find out how to master the three elements of the aiming process. Only when you have achieved mastery, that is, in 60 record shots, 90 shots, or 120 shots.
Every time your sights come into the aiming area if you have mastered the aiming process, mastered all three elements, only then will you be able to master the Second Step, which is automatic trigger operation.
Now you know that when the sights come into the aiming area, if your aiming process is mastered, then your trigger should move automatically; there's no need to hang around in the aiming area because if you do, then your trigger is going to freeze, it's going to delay and with delay, you run out of breath. So you jerk the shot, or you cancel the shot and then come into a new set of problems, ' time pressure’. Once your sights enter the aiming area and your aiming process is mastered, your trigger should move automatically.
Once again, do you have a coach? Do you have somebody who will teach you how to make your trigger operation automatic? Do you have a training methodology?
You have to find some method to learn how to make this trigger operation automatic. Supposing you do find somebody and you have mastered the trigger operation, then you have to master the third step which is to keep your mind focused 100% on the trigger operation before, during, and after the shot is fired. Only if you have mastered these three technical areas will you be able to shoot a 10.
The other day, I asked a shooter ; “XYZ, I said, do you know how to shoot a 10?”
He was sitting in a group, and since he had been shooting for the last two to three years; at a reasonably okay score of 550 or thereabouts. It was his ego that was challenged when I asked him the question, and he said of course, I know how to shoot a 10. No problem.
I said are you sure? He said yeah, I'm sure. Okay, good for you I said. The next day, when I was getting into my car, I saw this boy approaching me, who had a very diffident attitude.
You want to speak to me, I asked him, to which he replied, “Yes sir, I want to talk to you regarding the question that you asked me yesterday. When I returned home and went to sleep, I thought about your question. Truthfully, I can tell you that I am not sure; I'm not 100% sure whether I know how to shoot a ten”.
I said that's an excellent first step. You have to realize that you don't know how to shoot a ten because if you don't know how to shoot a ten, how will you achieve your goal for every shot?
So the first step is to ask yourself this question: do you know how to shoot a 10? And those of you who are shooting 560s and 570s, who shoot 25,30, 35 tens, and if you are saying, Yeah, I know how to shoot a 10. Then think very carefully about the next question I will ask you.
At night, think over it, my dear friend, if you know how to shoot a 10, then why is it that you are shooting only 30 tens? Why not 35 why not 40 tens? Rows and rows and rows of tens. One after the other? If you say you know how to shoot a 10 then you should learn how to shoot rows of tens.
I know what your answer is, and we will come to that in the following video where we will discuss the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Till then, I hope you have enjoyed this video, and if you have any questions related to all these points, if you wish to know how to master the aiming process, the automatic trigger operation, and how to keep your mind focused when the sights come into the aiming area? My contact details are provided at the end of this video; feel free to Whatsapp me, email me, or pick up the phone and ask me a question.
If you are afraid even to ask me a question, For Heaven's sake! How in the world are you ever going to be a confident shooter in a match situation if you're afraid of asking a question to which you're going to get a free reply?
What are you going to do in a match situation? Right? So don't hesitate to ask me a question and discuss it with me face to face. I look forward to your questions and happy shooting as always Bye.