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PART 3 OF 3

URE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
BY MALCOLM COOPER

2 in the March 2014 issue of Shooting Sports USA magazine.
which most shooters attribute
only to an increased pulse
beat. Your heart rate does
increase with adrenaline, but
if your technique is good, there
is no significant increase in
movement from the pulse beat.
It is just that the adrenaline is
letting you see better. Most of
the movement is always there,
but it can't be seen as clearly.
If you do see an increase in
movement, that is OK. In fact
it's good. It means you are seeing well. The problem is when
that perceived increase in movement makes the shooter anxious
and that anxiety leads to the
release of too much adrenaline. Trouble can begin at this
point because the body comes
right up to a razor's edge, and
equilibrium is easily disturbed.
That anxiety, though, should
never be experienced if one
is confident, uses positive
thinking and pays really good
attention to the job at hand.
Such anxiety is caused only
by negative thoughts, which
can be controlled with adequate mental training.

As you practice, it is hard to
put pressure on yourself and
create the same situation that
you will face in a match. When
I was learning to compete, I
would often seek a pressure
situation so I could perform at
my best. I would use a pressuring device such as needling my
friends that I would do better
than them or bragging that I
would shoot a difficult score.
Before any match, I psych myself up to perform at my best
and get my adrenaline at the
necessary level. If, after one
position, I feel dull and want
to be picked up, I look at the
scores my competitors are
firing and ask what score I need
to win. This will create tension
and give me the necessary
lift I need. All it's for is to
heighten the senses.
There is no other pressure
for me like shooting in the
Olympics. The world championships do not create the same
kind of feeling. Even after four
Olympics, I still sometimes
have butterflies before I start.
But once I start, I funnel my

energy and focus my mind on
the job at hand. I must be totally
focused on what I am doing
in the match. At this point it is
critical that I have no negative
thoughts to push the adrenaline
level up too much. I just use
what's there from the excitement
of the match.
The key to this is that whenever I shoot, I keep my attention
on what I am doing and let the
score look after itself. If I control
my thoughts on each shot, there
is no time to calculate scores or
work out where I will place. It is
no good wishing for 10s and having my attention on the target. My
attention must be 100 percent on
what I am doing. I am the launching pad for the shot. The target
is simply the vehicle to show I've
performed correctly.
By facing pressure whenever
you feel it, you can learn to
use your heightened senses
and the related feelings that
adrenaline brings. Learn to shoot
under these conditions, always
being careful to focus entirely
on the task at hand and avoid
negative thoughts.

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