Winning happens when preparation, ability and planning come together. Two winning families, the Boones and the Robinsons, were asked how they prepare for the many matches they shoot on a weekly basis.
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“We have a basic routine to prepare for every match. Since we travel to all of them and are on the road a lot, it helps to stick to a routine.”
- Clean all equipment (pistols, magazines, etc.) and recheck them a few days prior to the match. Load all magazines needed for the match so you don’t worry about rushing to load between stages. That in itself is a way to mentally prepare, as you will be more relaxed when you know your equipment is ready.
- Dry-fire practice, live-fire practice and focus on beating your best score, not necessarily someone else’s score.
- Stay hydrated and eat before the match.
- Observe and mentally walk through the course. Rehearse each stage and visualize hitting each target with emphasis on smooth transitions, consistent recovery and doing the right thing every time.
- Use a positive attitude. Say “I will win this” and build confidence with every stage.
- When it’s time to shoot, focus on fundamentals and safety. If you need alone time, take it. Use breathing exercises to relax just before shooting.
- Pre-plan your posture so you always stand and start the same way.
- Set a goal but don’t linger on misses.
- Have a routine for how you set up your magazines at the stage (if shooting multiple entries) so that you don’t have to fumble around.
- Minimize distractions when it’s time to shoot. Finally, try to relax and have fun.
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This article was published in the GLOCK AUTOPISTOLS 2016 magazine. To see the rest of the issue, please visit Personaldefenseworld.com.