The Parent’s Choice: Being a sport spectator or a mentor

Coach and shooterLast night I worked with a particularly dynamic coach, staff and team. A previous clinic had awakened the sleeping giants in the players, as they had been shell-shocked from a negative prior coaching experience.

But last night, after applying my system for only a couple of months, and reinforced by their new coaches’ style of leadership, they were a completely different group of players. They were boisterous but respectful, loud but in the Zone, supportive and leadership-driven, yet humble enough to understand what they still didn’t know.

As were the parents in attendance. Yes, the parents. And they positively beamed.

Parents are a part of the team

I include parents in the clinics, at least the few interested ones, because they need to know what their children are learning and they can also benefit by learning the same tools, an effective process I use in my Skype clinics for parents and their teen athletes.
I know some of you must be saying that this must surely squelch the enjoyment of the kids. Continue reading

Taking time off from your shooting sport—use it or lose it

Bob and HaleyA year ago in mid-summer, my wife went on a cruise with her parents and daughter, while I drove 5,000 miles to several US clinics and saw lots of beautiful scenery.  Mistakenly I called the time between clinics a vacation.

My wife came back refreshed from her cruise and I dove back into work believing I was too. Wrong. In November, even though my business to-do list was a mile long, we booked a cruise and disappeared for two weeks. It was the best thing I’d ever done.

Now that the shooting season is over, most of you are hanging up your guns and taking a badly needed rest, too. There are others (mainly retirees) who head to Florida and other sunshine states for the endless shooting season, but most of you northern shooters are forced into a much-deserved rest by the winter weather. And you need and probably deserve it.

So, why would anyone want to take a rest from their passion as a hobby, competitive outlet or professional dream, especially when they live in Florida or might have had a very successful season?

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What is confidence anyway?

Confidence is not a thing, it is a feel. Find that feel and you have everyone telling you that you look confident. 

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Terrie writes: Everyone tells me that I have to be more confident in my sport. How do I do that?

Bob – Great question Terrie.  The need to be confident is often the first thing you’ll read in books on the mental game. It seems like pretty sound advice as we do admire the confidence we see in others. But what is confidence anyway? How does one go about being confident? All-Americans and world champions apparently have it, but what is it and how do we get it as well?

First of all, I’m not sure why you’d even want to be confident, as it seems so unstable. Yes, even All-Americans and world champions can lose it after a couple of missed targets. So we may need to adjust our view of confidence. Just how does someone lose confidence? I know how I lose my car keys and my wallet and my spare change down through the car seat. But how is it that something which apparently takes years to build up can be lost in mere fractions of a second?   Confidence is truly a strange concept and a strange way to look at high performance where “now I have it, now I don’t.” I’m not sure I even would want something so fragile. Continue reading

How to get back on track after equipment malfunctions

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

I find that it is very difficult to recover when the machines or the microphones malfunction.   What are your suggestions?

Bob: Great question Sacha.

Of all the distractions to one’s game, a malfunctioning trap machines is one of the hardest things to overcome as it is so unexpected, erratic and out of your control. You don’t know if it will happen in the next shot or ever again. Continue reading

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

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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.