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good outcome, that’s when nerves can get the better of us. With shooting, we have the luxury of stopping and starting over if we can catch ourselves varying from that high level mental focus. It’s a high level technical focus: How does the gun fit, is the position set up correctly or am I using muscles? The other is the mental focus: What you’re focusing on that creates the good shot, rather than focusing on the trophy. When you can feel either technically or mentally that your high level focus is starting to decay, you have to detect that you are moving away from a high level focus. What do you do about that? It takes selfdiscipline. We have time during competition when we can just dry fire shots. I stop and take a little mental vacation. I think about something else for a few seconds, totally away from what I am doing, to relax myself technically and mentally. The things that I think about take me totally away, like a beach in Maui. I’m getting totally out of the situation I’m in. After I take my micro vacation, I start analyzing. Define the issue: (1) Am I making a mistake technically or mentally in what I am doing? (2) Am I leaving something out in my process that I normally do? From that analysis, then I ask: What do I need to do to correct this issue? Then I come up with a little plan to implement the correction. I dry fire three to five shots and I visualize implementing the new plan of doing things right. It’s a rehearsal in my mind before I do the dry firing. Then I dry fire five shots to get my technical level back up. The last thing is you load your gun and shoot a perfect shot. There is something else that I do that is called contingency planning. I’m off the range when I’m doing this, and I’m identifying a list of things that could you wrong. If item ‘A’ happens, what is the best, most logical thing for me to do to get back into the competition at a high level? If it actually happens, then you implement the plan that you have already thought out. You know what to do and you do it. It takes a lot of discipline to learn to do this and do it well. I would be a liar if said I never thought about the outcome. It is normal for our focus to divert sometimes, but if you train hard enough, you can put yourself back on track.

Larry Carter (of Larry’s Guns) takes a mental vacation during the 2011 Camp Perry National Pistol Matches to relax his mind.

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Shooting Sports USA - November 2011
Competitor’s Corner
Contents
Shooter’s News
Nikon’s New M-233 Scope
Score Sheets
2011 National Police Shooting Championships
A Sight for Old Eyes—Iron Sight Solutions
How Not To Crack Under Pressure—Part III
A Page from History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Cover2
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Competitor’s Corner
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Contents
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - 7
Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Nikon’s New M-233 Scope
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Shooting Sports USA - November 2011 - Score Sheets
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