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.

Faulty trap machines are frustrating events that we know, in the back of our minds, could happen at any time.   Because of this, we get frustrated, and even more so when we start to miss. This in turn wires in the feeling of frustration which gets triggered the next time and the next time and the next time it happens.

So what do you do? First, learn to reset. Skeet shooter Paul Giambrone III doesn’t miss very often, but when he analyzed his misses, most of them came from his failure to reset. Once he identified that, his instinct is now to reset every time.

The mistake people make about resetting is to be embarrassed. If you do it with every shot, you should be!   However, if you do it after every faulty clay, no one will blame you.

So, lower your gun, count to five if necessary to simulate the other shooters shooting before you and go back through your pre-shot routine and proceed, just as though it is just a new target.

Pretty simple. Reset, reset and reset. Give it a try and if you still are having trouble with this or any other part of your mental game, give me a call.

Bob Palmer, helping you to own the Zone and own the game.

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