I recently received an email from Tom, a trap shooter, with the following question:Tom asks: During handicap I dropped 7 targets out of 50! I had not dropped that many targets during any of my practice rounds. I was devastated! Angry, frustrated and frankly confused. I had been practicing well, lots of targets in the previous ten days, maybe 700 targets in total. Where was my head?
I frequently get questions from readers of my book, blog and monthly articles in Trap & Field and other magazines. Shooters are stymied by some component of their game and turn to me, aka ASK BOB, the “Ann Landers” of the shooting sports.
I want to give you a challenge over the course of your next two competitions. For those of you heading to college in science programs, the exercise will be good preparation. For those of you in other disciplines or who have day jobs, it will be a good problem-solving exercise. And although this article is written for shotgun competitors, other types of athletes can simply change the wording to suit their own discipline.
I just got back from Spain, where I had the opportunity to work with an international skeet-shooting client in the mountains of Galicia. He had invited me to Spain to conduct a high performance clinic for Spanish shooters and coaches. To get there, my wife and I wended our way straight up thousands of nail-biting feet to Xares. For the faint of heart, Julian also has a helicopter pad! Continue reading →
Last 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.
A 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.
Confidence is not a thing, it is a feel. Find that feel and you have everyone telling you that you look confident.
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?