Did quite a bit of shooting this past weekend. Focus was on "unfkcing things when I shoot pistol". . .
Shooting is a perishable skill is something I'm sure we've all heard, and I for one have experienced many times. Particularly in recent years when I've had lengthy breaks from shooting. However, shooting often, at least for me, can have detrimental effects. Trying to solve a specific issue, or get better at something sometimes results in slight tweaks away from "the foundation". That and reps with bad fundamentals is simply bad. I think that's where I had been going and results in a couple of recent matches showed that.
When I find that my pistol shooting is off, I do a lot of ball and dummy drills. But prior to that, I was doing some dry manipulations at home and found that my support hand grip crept slightly forward. I think that was a result of wanting to shoot flatter and exaggerate the "locking out" of my support hand, mostly due to wanting to track the RDS better/faster. Well, I noticed that that creep resulted in a gap in my grip near the thumb pad of my support hand. That was something that a keen eye instructor has mentioned a while back. I had corrected that, but seems to have returned. So that was one example of a return to solid foundation that I worked on. Second, was a slight adjustment with the thumb on my shooting hand. Both of those showed promising results in the ball and dummy drills, as well as showed on paper.
Looking back at previous match results, I found that in my effort to push times, my hits really suffered. Particularly with more mikes. So I wanted to get back to smoothing things out (not necessarily slowing things down). That included paying more attention to shot difficulty, being faster on the transitions as opposed to pushing splits, and lastly, blocking out the pace that the PCC and open shooters go about the stages. That pace tends to stick in my mind at what is possible and I tend to pushing things a bit too fast.
The first three stages went pretty well with the keys from recent practice. Looking back at the video, could work on the transitions and such, but hit factor went way up. On one stage, my time was "decent", but I had all As and one C. That's getting back to the hits that I used to get when I first started out and was focused on hits as opposed to pushing the time.
The last two stages were classifiers, both included shooting around barricades that made for interesting shooting positions and angles. The other included smaller percentage target areas in terms of distance and coverage by no-shoot or cover. I told myself going in to be mindful of those factors. However, I hadn't done well on classifiers in previous weeks, so I think I pushing things a bit. While I did better than previous weeks, I know I can do better. That and I think because I had done well on stages 1-3, that that sort of emboldened me and got away from "the plan".
Overall, I finished much better than previous weeks, so I was very happy about that. Will need some time with solid reps with solid foundation and get those automatic. There were times in the recent match where I had to be more mindful of those recent tweaks, as well as when I caught myself reverting back to old/bad habits. In any case, was a fun day on the range. There were a couple of new shooters as well as a few that came back out after being the newbie in a recent match. Good to have more people interested in the matches and shooting in general.