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 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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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