Clay Target Sports

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

 

Alex asks: “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. Continue reading

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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.
SportExcel 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 1-on-1 Skype training for athletes or a parent/young athlete training together.  Call us at 877.967.5747 or email: bpalmer@sportexcel.ca.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Why do we do well in practice but panic in competition?

 

Bob Palmer answers a trap shooter’s question about why we can shoot so well in practice but then panic and shoot poorly in competition.

Bob Palmer, SportExcel

 

So much advice on trap shooting but so little improvement. Why?

This question comes from Duncan in Phoenix, AZ who asks how it is possible to be getting so much advice on trap shooting at the club, but it doesn’t translate into improved performance.   In this video Bob Palmer answers Duncan’s question and provides some strategies on how to deal with well-meaning or unsolicited advice.

Thoughts? Questions? Please post your comments below and I’ll reply personally.

Bob Palmer, SportExcel

 

 

What does a Mental Coach do?

The question: What does a mental coach do? is answered by Bob Palmer in this video with a very basic answer. Mental coaches help you to make your game fun and easy:

Fun, because you learn the tools to fix virtually any problem and;

Easy, because you learn to make training a fun challenge.

Thoughts? Questions? Please post your comments below and I’ll reply personally.

Bob Palmer, SportExcel

 

Is Trap shooting 90% Mental?

Spencer asks if shooting clay targets is 90% mental.  Bob answers with a big YES.  Very skillful athletes can collapse in the big game because they become intimidated, feel bad when they make a mistake, think about a past loss, etc.

They can keep practicing harder or they can use mental exercises to make the next  competition seem exciting and familiar, and they can use various strategies to make their “fearsome” opponents disappear when they step into the are in the post. Continue reading

What is different about SportExcel?

By learning a system and the proper tools to use the Zone as a High Performance Engine that drives your game, the athlete or sports team can get great results and avoid talk therapy and talking about problems and emotions. What does the athlete want? The Zone now, so he or she can play their game with passion and have success.

SportExcel works all over the world via Skype – contact us today.