MIND VS TARGET: New book for the clay target sports now out

Bob Palmer’s new book for target shooters is now available!

The highly acclaimed SportExcel system is a revolutionary way to win, and it is changing the way clay-target shooters approach their game in North America and around the globe. With Bob Palmer’s easy-to-read and easy-to-understand, step-by-step system, you learn to see the target as huge, to eliminate distractions and to stay totally focused.

Mind vs Target is NOT psychology. This book is your mental handbook on winning—it’s a tested and proven system and it is your prescription for taking your game to the next level. This book is filled with tools and tips as well as short cuts to learning—And it’s backed by winning clay-target shooters, professionals and Olympians. And it’s backed by science.

Mind vs Target builds a strong mental game by:

  • Giving you consistency, where you stop thinking and get rid of all distracting self-talk and affirmations
  • Putting you in control by stopping people from distracting you
  • Putting the brakes on embarrassing death spirals, so one dropped target means nothing
  • Making your eyes dynamic where you see targets slow and bright and as big as garbage pail lids, and by
  • Shooting with purpose and learning to forget all past mistakes

This book teaches you the Zone, how to stay in it and how to use it for fun, success and winning.

The book is available in both e-book and paperback.

Get your copy today!

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See the Target…Hit the Target: Using Peripheral Vision to pick up the Target

Trap and Field Magazine

SportExcel Inc.

How do I stop my bad habit of moving my gun before I see the bird come out of the house?

This is a great question from Alex.  The reason we develop this bad habit is because the bird usually comes out very close to the time we call for it, and we can get often get away with moving early.  It is only when there is a delay that we start noticing our bad habit.

The best way to avoid this is to have your gun movement triggered not by the “pull” but by the moving target.  And the means to do this is by using Quiet Eye, a technique introduced to me by Olympic shooting development Coach, Les Greevy.

When you set this up in a soft or quiet eye vision, it is extremely fast picking up the target.  According to Coach Steve Brown of East Texas, far and away the best expert on the eyes I’ve ever met for Clay target sports, one’s peripheral gaze picks up movement faster than a focused one.

So, here’s what you do to set this up.  Look out a window toward a distant item like a tree or flag pole and look through your fingers.  Then bring your fingers around to the sides so you can see both the distant object and your fingers.  This is quiet eye.  It triggers your mind to go into optimum readiness mode.

Hold your eyes in the manner and drop your fingers.  Practice it in your home and get used to how it feels, and then take it to the range.  When it becomes a natural feeling and your default way of looking for the target, take it to your competition.

Set QE up as part of your routine and rehearse it.  When you call for the target, your eyes will pick up the target quickly and it, not your pull call, will trigger your body to move the gun to the target.

If you want to learn more about the art of winning in clay target sports, give me a call at SportExcel.  Or check out my website and see when one of my clinics is going to be in your vicinity.

SportExcel trains trap shooters from all over North America in the art of winning so that they can own their game.  Call us to find out about our small group Skype training with 2-4 friends or to find out when SportExcel will be in your area delivering high performance clinics.  We also have a new ebook for high performance in the clay target sports due for release in the next number of weeks.   Call us at 877.967.5747 or email: bpalmer@sportexcel.ca.

Fitness is Important to Clay Target Sports: Improve endurance, fun and health

Dale Gerlich, a trap shooter, asks: Is fitness important to great trap shooting?
Bob Palmer, High Performance Trainer and CEO of SportExcel, http://www.sportexcel.ca answers:
Fitness is important for any sport because of the impact it has on vision, endurance and overall feeling.  It also affects your longevity and enjoyment in your sport.    Lack of fitness eventually catches up with you in terms health problems.Fitness in clay target sports is a touchy subject as these sports require very little movement.  So, theoretically, one could be very much out of shape and still turn in a very good score.  As a matter of fact, some very good shooters are heavy people.
However, I am going to suggest that the more fit you are, the easier time you’ll have shooting, especially on very hot or demanding days.  As well, fitness and stamina go hand in hand, especially as you grow older.   Most of my clients have regular walking and exercise routines or hit the gym a couple of times a week.Usually young shooters such as yourself, play high school sports and very little thought is given to cross training.  However when high school ends it is different.   I took up karate at that time in my life and a regular trip to the gym kept me sharp and feeling good.So my vote goes to being fit, having great stamina and staying healthy.  I think you’ll find it is a wise policy.
Ignition TrainingSportExcel assists trap shooters from all over North America in the art of winning so that they can own their game.  Call us to find out about our small group Skype training with 2-4 friends.  It’s cost-effective and effective!    Call us at 877.967.5747 or email: bpalmer@sportexcel.ca.

How to adjust between trap clubs, backgrounds and target setups

Trap and FieldBack to Trap and Field

Drew asks Bob Palmer, High Performance Trainer for SportExcel the following question:

“How do you adjust between different trap clubs, be it different backgrounds or target setups?”

That is a great question about adjusting.   I live in Canada and in the winter it gets very cold.  However, my dog goes from room temperature to minus 16 degrees F and all it takes a simple shake of her body to adjust.  Perhaps it fluffs up the pile of her fur.  Whatever the process, the adjustment takes about two seconds.

Ideally then, your adjustments to different backgrounds and presentations should be that fast, so that you don’t even notice the difference.  However, to get that fast, you have to practice.

1)  Practice with varied presentations.  One of my clients trains for his trap competitions by playing other clay target games such as skeet and sporting clays.  It keeps him sharp and able to adjust quickly.

2)  Go on the internet and view the terrain of your next shoot—Colorado to Minnesota.  Then visualize yourself shooting in that terrain, always adding adrenaline of course and feeling good and smoking the targets.

3) You can train your visual acuity with book called “Where’s Waldo”.   You learn to be very good at spotting the Waldo character on a page.  When you can do this fast, as well as see some of the other items in this mishmash and profusion of color, you’ll be able to get any target to pop off the sky in any background—any light

So there are three things you can do to help you to adjust just like my puppy instantly adjusts to cold.  Practice different presentations, visualize and train your visual acuity.

Latest news from SportExcel:

High Performance Book: Bob Palmer will be sharing his  mental high performance strategies in a book written especially for the clay target sports.  The book will be launched later this spring.    Interested in receiving more information or reserving your copy?  Call us or email us today.

Kickstart your season with high performance training: Call us for a free training session to introduce you to SportExcel’s high performance training program.  We’ll give you some strategies that can immediately be applied to your sport and tell you about the program that has helped many  trap shooters take their sport to the next level.

Call us toll-free in North America : 1.877.967.5747 or international: 705.720.2291 or email: bpalmer@sportexcel.ca

Comments that Distract your Focus in Trap Shooting

Three tools to stop the mind games that people play

Q   Trap shooter Gloria asks Bob:  The other day I was going out to shoot and someone made a comment.   How do I get that out of my mind and get my mind back on shooting?

That is a great question from the point of view of both you and the person who distracted you.

The first thing you need to do is to realize that the person who made the comment knew what they were doing, either consciously or subconsciously.  In North America we are a very competitive lot and we do a lot of things to mess others up.  Now this person who did this would likely be appalled if you accused them of throwing you off your game.  It is so automatic that we can’t help it sometimes.  So, for starters, if the person who made the comment is hearing this, or you are someone who is prone to giving advice because you think it is helpful, don’t – because it isn’t.

For you, since you’ll never muzzle all the comments, you have to learn how to deal with them.  Here are three suggestions to try out:

1)  See if you can get away for 30 minutes before your round.   I call it the 30-minute rule and it works to avoid most of the chatter.  I teach various strategies you can do in this period of time but just getting away from comments can help.

2)  After every conversation, before you head off to do your 30 minutes of prep, take a mental shower.  I imagine reaching up to pull the chain and all this imaginary water pours down and cleanses me of whatever comments were made to me.  I’ve taught this to medical practitioners and other professionals who need to stay unaffected by some seriously sick people (and I’m not suggesting people who make comments to you are seriously sick).

3) Replay the comment in your head and then “play” it backward in a way where you imagine it all garbled up.  Play it forward, then backward again.  Do this several times faster and faster.  This is a bit like running a nail across an old vinyl LP and after a while you’ll make no sense of it.   You may even forget the original troublesome comment!

Have fun with these strategies and see which one works best for you.  And if you’d like to make people like this disappear, not like Tony Soprano does, but with the strategies as a part of my program, give me a call.

Bob Palmer, SportExcel

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What is the cost for the SportExcel high performance training program?

Trap shooter Jonathan asks Bob:  How much do you charge for the SportExcel high performance training program?

Hi Jonathan,

I charge $850 for a seven week high performance training program for amateur athletes and coaches.

You get seven sessions of high performance strategies via Skype.  Right from the get-go you get into the Zone in the first session.  Most athletes I work with show huge improvements from this point forward.  In the subsequent sessions you learn the strategies with which to stay in the Zone consistently.  You learn to get over competition nerves, forget past disasters, model the skills of All-Americans, deal with difficult people on your squad, see the target bigger and slower and control your adrenaline all day at a competition.  As well, you get backup materials via email that includes videos, and you get to email or call me for extra help, especially before competitions.

If you are a coach you learn to do what I do in terms of motivating your athletes and helping them to learn very fast.  If you are a parent, you get to sit in with your child and learn right along with them and support them—at no extra cost.

As well, you can’t confine the SportExcel high performance strategies to your sport.  Young athletes find that their school marks typically improve.  Business people take the skills into their work.

Give me a call at 877.967.5747 and I’ll give you a test drive of the SportExcel system at no charge and no obligation.

Own the Zone and own the game.


 

Trap Shooters Ask: Why is Post One so Difficult?

In this video, Desira asks Bob why the first post in trap shooting is so difficult.     Bob’s answer in this video gives suggestions to make the first post easy and comfortable so that you don’t have to go in cold.

Bob Palmer, SportExcel

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