The Mental Side (Part 1)

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The Mental Side (Part 1)

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August 24th, 2015, 3:17 pm #1

This is something that is greatly disregarded and is more important than most folks realise.
Everything that has gone before is just detail work.

This is the stuff that is really important, regardless of your style of shooting.

The part of your mind that is good at aiming and shooting is your subconscious.
Ultimately you must learn to let your subconscious do what it is good at doing.

It is essential that you learn to distinguish between what is the province of conscious thought and what is properly the province of your subconscious mind.
And you must have no doubts.

The routine you build on the bare boss can in the beginning, or when making changes, be subject to conscious thought and decision making, but as you progress in your practice, it will become more of an embedded routine and can be usefully employed to help tune out conscious thought as you prepare to take a shot.

Once you have decided to take a shot it should be like running down through an autonomous checklist, tuning out conscious thought as you go and increasing the intensity of your focus on the mark.
This can and should be practised.

But we practise the "HOW" on the bare boss, and the "WHAT" when we take it to shooting at marks.
This is an important distinction.

At full draw there should be nothing in your mind except a total concentration on the mark and ultimately the RECOGNITION of a RIGHT picture.

At this stage you still have control and will have learnt that CERTAIN RECOGNITION OF A RIGHT PICTURE IS WHAT TRIGGERS YOUR LOOSE.
Rather than thinking about loosing, you should find that you have loosed the arrow because you KNEW it was right.

If at full draw the word "There.." or "Now..." pops into your mind, a good loose will have gone BEFORE you can fully form the word or the thought.
If you THINK about loosing you will have done it wrong.
This too can be learnt through careful practice.

BUT LACKING THE CONFIRMATION OF RECOGNISING A RIGHT PICTURE you should still have the control to let down safely, this too must be learnt through careful practice.

What you do not want at full draw is a internal dialogue second guessing the outcome.
For the subconscious mind to properly work it's magic, two criteria must be fulfilled.

Anything less is a recipe for at worst, failure, or at best, a fudged shot.

What it is greatest importance is that you do not let the conscious mind intrude and that you have total belief in your ability to make a right shot and to KNOW when you are looking at one.

It is likely that almost everyone will have at least occasional experience of this state of mind in their shooting. The purpose of practice is to have this become the norm rather than the exception.

The qualitative difference this can make should not be underestimated.

Last edited by Rod on August 25th, 2015, 11:50 am, edited 4 times in total.
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