What is it that separates world-class athletes such as Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and (pre-affair) Tiger Woods from thousands of mediocre competitors? Many players in the NBA are as physically athletic as Kobe, and many PGA golfers can drive a ball as far as Tiger and putt as accurately. Why then do these two individuals consistently dominate their sport?
The simple answer is competition. They live, breathe, and love competition. At the end of the game when it's all on the line, they are in their element. They aren't afraid of last-second shots and tournament winning putts. At the end of the game or tournament, they become more accurate and focused, while lesser competitors give into their nerves and make mistakes.
How can this help us to become more accurate shooters? Easy, invite a couple buddies to the gun range with you and introduce an element of competition into the shooting session.
One of our favorite shooting games with the guys at the Impact Steel Targets office is a drill we call the Rolling Steel Target Distance Match. The basic idea of the competition is to roll your target farther than your buddies before your first miss. The setup and rules are incredibly simple.
1. Set your Rolling Steel Target at the minimum distance recommended for your caliber of firearm (example: 25 yards for handguns and .22 LR).
2. Pick a shooting position such as offhand, kneeling or prone you'd like to improve at.
3. Shoot one at a time (or if you have two targets it's even more fun to shoot side by side.
4. The goal is to roll your target farther than your buddy can before your first miss (if a bullet connects with the target, but not well enough to roll it doesn't count as a miss).
5. Keep track of wins and losses as well as your overall distance record.
This is incredibly effective at helping shooters become more accurate because it combines so many different aspects into one drill.
First, it helps you focus and practice specific field shooting positions.
Second, because the target rolls after each successful shot the level of concentration and skill required to make each shot increases.
Third, there's an immediate consequence for a missed shot. Because your turn ends after only one miss, it helps reinforce the necessity of good shooting fundamentals and focus on each shot.
Fourth, shooting competitively with others introduces the same elements of loss and self-doubt that hunting does. Overcoming this in practice sessions will help ensure you are ready and confident enough to make a difficult shot on the buck or bull of a lifetime this hunting season.
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