How to adjust between trap clubs, backgrounds and target setups

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.

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