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FEATURE // EXPERT FORUM

NOT
UNDER PRESSURE
PART II

THE FINE ART OF

CRACKING

Doug Koenig mentally reviews his X count on his way to winning the 2010 Bianchi Cup. At this mid-point in the match, however, he was uncertain of the outcome, yet focused on his process.

LANNY BASSHAM, Smallbore Rifle
My answer might not be the same as others. It doesn’t mean they are right, or I am right. There are multiple ways that people deal with pressure. One of the things I learned in my early shooting career is that I had some wrong ideas about pressure. The reason that I wasn’t able to deal with it was because I didn’t understand what the right ideas were. Initially, I was able to find some information outside of shooting. When I started working on this in a lot more detail, I found a lot of misinformation about the sensation of pressure. The major reason why this has become a problem for some is because people are very interested in outcome
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and accomplishment—they want to do well. They want to finish the event on top of the leaderboard. While we’re thinking about outcome, the probability is that we can’t simultaneously be thinking about executing the shot. This can cause us to “over try”—and that’s the number one reason why good shooters don’t shoot well under pressure. Shooting is a “trust sport” not a “try sport.” You need to train so well that you can trust your training. The minute that you try to get that national record, things come unzipped. You are applying more mental effort than it actually requires. Our conscious thoughts are interfering with our subconscious mind. The best scores that people shoot happen when they are not thinking about the outcome.



Shooting Sports USA - October 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - October 2011

Shooting Sports USA - October 2011
Competitor’s Corner
Contents
Shooter’s News
Editor’s Diary
Score Sheets
2011 Camp Perry Pistol Champion—Phil Hemphill
2011 National Rifle Championships
How Not To Crack Under Pressure—Part II
A Page from History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Shooting Sports USA - October 2011
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Competitor’s Corner
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 3
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Contents
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 5
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 7
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Editor’s Diary
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 9
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Score Sheets
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 2011 Camp Perry Pistol Champion—Phil Hemphill
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 13
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 2011 National Rifle Championships
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 15
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 21
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - How Not To Crack Under Pressure—Part II
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - 25
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - A Page from History
Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Coming Events
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Shooting Sports USA - October 2011 - Member Info./Classified Ads
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