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FEATURE // MENTAL TRAINING
For instance, I have noticed that my brain knows
to not pull the trigger if my conscious mind isn't
on the topic of executing my shot plan. Sometimes I don't realize that I have been saved from
myself until after I've lowered the pistol, abandoning the shot, and it comes to me that my
mind had slipped off somewhere. So, I've learned
to trust my (unconscious) mind to make decisions for 'me.' I find this analytic, problem-solving process endlessly fascinating. Some shooters
are far less interested in it-another of those
variations among us-and for others, their access
to it is lessened either by their upbringing or lack
of practice.
"Another component of my game is clearly
relational in that it occurs in a group context.
I have performed at my best repeatedly when
shooting for a team. My favorite example of this
was shooting my personal best with hardball
.45 when I was 'burned' as a new shooter on
the Michigan State Team at the National Trophy
Team Match at Perry in 2003. [Editor's note: Team
rules require that one or more on the roster is a
new, "tyro" shooter. A "burned" shooter has shot
on a team previously and is no longer a tyro.]
Another was being 'high man' on the Springfield
team when we won the center fire team trophy
at the Nationals at Perry in 2011. (Or maybe it is
just being at Camp Perry that does it?!) There is
something about being part of a team that helps
me settle down and get on with it-as a sense
of security, support, having a shooting 'family'
that diffuses negative pressure and channels my
energy effectively. I know I'm not unusual in this.
"Finally, I am convinced that my early experience performing as a flutist has helped my
bullseye shooting, not just because of the need
to activate fine motor skills on demand, but also
because I had to deal with being watched while
doing it. This goes to the basic notion that repeated exposure to stress, given adequate preparation, helps develop resilience in the face of it.
I sympathize with shooters who say they hate
shooting alibis or being the last to finish a slowfire string because then others will be watching
them. When I ask what they dislike about it, they
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always mention worry about being judged negatively. I've worn out that worry pretty much and
have come to think of those situations as quiet
time (for alibis at least). And I'm pretty sure that
what the watchers are thinking is, 'I'm glad it's
not me!'"

PERFORMANCE
ANXIETY

From The Brain, "Performance anxiety is the
largest culprit of poor athletic performance." In
the Navy SEAL study, recruits were taught that
performance anxiety is simply their fear of losing. Stated another way, it is when the amygdala
wins. The SEAL study concluded that shooting
an assault rifle is a low level activity and under
these circumstances, the frontal lobe should just
be turned off. Sound familiar? In her interview,
Olympic Rifle Gold Medalist Launi Meili called it
being "in the zone." It has been said that sports
success is the ability to modulate the brain by
balancing fear with strategy, and the trained ability of the cerebellum-sometimes referred to as
"letting go when it counts."

QUIETING THE
MIND

The autonomic nervous system controls several functions unconsciously, such as heart
rate, respiratory rate, pupillary response, etc.
This "auto-circuit" causes us to flinch when
first learning how to shoot, or to blink when a
rock hits the windshield, before we're even aware
of the threat. This same part of the brain controls
the much broader reflex known as the "fight-orflight" response for superhuman effort. Included
in this "blitz" of neuro responses is the release
of hormones, specifically-norepinephrine-
responsible for vigilant concentration. Sounds
appropriate for a competitive shooter, doesn't it?
Norepinephrine also affects the area of the brain
where attention and responses are controlled.
Unfortunately, this "all hands on deck" reaction
of the body against a threat includes a rise in



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