Our host, Julian Pena, welcomes Bob to Hotel El Ciervo in Xares, Spain
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.
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?
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
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.