November 2007 Sporting Clays Tip
by Dan Schindler
Surely you've noticed. On game day, the rivals clash on the field as we watch. It won't be long before one team gets momentum on their side. This can also apply to a player in tennis, golf and shooting. More than just an energy, momentum can be a force. In football and basketball, when a team really gets some momentum underway, the opposing coach will usually call a time out. More than just giving his team a chance to rest and set the new plan, the objective is to stop, then reverse the momentum to their favor. Highs and lows in a match are simply momentum shifts.
So developing some personal momentum would be an asset to your game.
Because it's not a perfect world and each of us has our share of problems, instead of dwelling on the negatives so much, it's to our advantage to reward ourselves for our accomplishments. Shooting well on one pair, one station, or one tournament should be savored. That's where momentum comes from. Absorbing the gratification-immersing yourself in the joy-fuels an accelerating performance that shouldn't be allowed to languish and fade.
While we can't buy or force momentum, we can create it if we choose to. Each victory, large or small, can be used effectively to build momentum, but it's up to us as individuals to be the catalyst, the initiators of our own momentum. When engaged, momentum is a palpable energy that can be used to create higher and higher degrees of success.
I recommend you not underestimate the power of momentum. It is an inspiring force that delivers peak performances.
As Rick Smith says, "It tastes bad but it's good for you"
Because I see this counterproductive habit everywhere, I feel it deserves our attention. How many times have you seen a shooter get upset over a miss? There are two reasons for getting upset, one valid, one not. Let's first talk about the one that's valid..............
There are basically 3 ballistics in rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting. 1) Internal ballistics, or what takes place inside the chamber and barrel; 2) external ballistics, what takes place during the shot string flight; and 3) terminal ballistics, what happens when the shot string impacts the target.
It was a sunny, crisp day at Upper Nisqually Gun Club in Eatonville WA..............