Shooting Sports USA - July 2009 - (Page 16)

THE MENTAL GAME By Chip Lohman, Managing Editor Getting Back “In The Zone” Lones Wigger When firing for record, we usually achieve our best scores when the mind simply observes what the eye and trigger finger have been trained to do. Sometimes, however, either because of over-thinking or distractions, we can lose this fragile state of mind. Read what seven experts do to “re-set” themselves mentally if this happens. Can you find the similarities in their answers? Lones Wigger: Five time U.S. Olympian, Wigger has won more medals in international shooting competition (111) than any other shooting sports athlete in the world, and is the only athlete to win medals in all three Olympic rifle shooting disciplines. He was selected as one of the United States Olympic Committee’s 100 Golden Olympians in 1996 and carried the Olympic Torch in 1996 and 2002. A member of four Halls of Fame, his international shooting career spanned 25 years, from 1961-1986. “Coming out of the ‘zone’ is usually caused by lack of preparation which causes loss of focus and confidence. When you compete in a match with proper preparation, it increases your confidence and allows you to focus on performance. This subconscious state referred to as ‘in the zone’ happens more often with proper training and match preparation, as well as with experience gained through match competitions. If you become distracted during a match, re-focus on your front sight and your hold. This will help you perform the perfect shot and help you re-set yourself mentally. “Many inexperienced shooters use different techniques in training than they do during matches. Most learn to train by setting up a comfortable rhythm and shooting many shots down range. Their scores are usually acceptable during training, but when they shoot under match conditions, they completely change their technique. In a match, they shoot much slower and labor on each shot, which is a completely different technique than that used during training. As a result, they tire quickly and score much lower than 16 • SSUSA in training. Basically, their training has been mostly a waste of time because they have not learned how to perform for a match. As shooters progress, they learn how to train smart and utilize their training to combat match pressure, which leads to improved performance in competition.” July 2009 photo courtesy usA shootING

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Shooting Sports USA - July 2009
Shooter's News
Range Bag
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Under Pressure
Getting Back “In The Zone”
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Shooting Sports USA - July 2009