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experiences and do it when they are at their
most intense. While having a coach at these
times would be a real asset, there is nothing to
keep us from deliberately using these experiences as reminders to search for mismatching
information or evidence to help us change and
strengthen our mental game.
"As a personal example, I remember a
2700 match some years back in which I crossfired early in the slow-fire portion of .22 and
had to face the rest of the day, down a bunch
of points. I recall feeling embarrassed and
defeated, as if the match was over and a disaster
already. Like a good cognitive therapist though, I
reminded myself, almost mechanically, to hang in
there anyway (positive self-talk of the suppressing sort) and hunkered down to "do my best"
(more positive self-talk). At the end of the day, I
had shot some of my best short lines [25-yards]
ever with the .45, resulting in a half-decent
aggregate score. It was an "aha!" moment
for me. With the distress of the crossfiring
(old, intense negative experience) still accessible
but destabilized by the conflicting, contradictory
reality of an OK aggregate score, a new knowing settled in my gut (memory reconsolidation):
"Never give up, ever!" I've crossfired since, not a
pleasant experience certainly, but I don't go back
to that old defeated place. Something shifted for
me that day and I believe the mismatch of my
initial negative assessment with the tolerable
outcome gave substance to the conviction that
it's never over until it's done.
"

SEEING IN
SLOW MOTION

Observation:
With timed fire, standing in the wind, moving
the trigger finger and even fatigue from holding
the firearm, our training regimens eventually
address shot timing in an effort to shrink target
holes to a winning group size. As discussed in
Begley's book, extensive training can produce a
direct, neurological circuit between procedures
stored in the "deep brain" and the trigger finger,

and may even educate the muscle itself in the
proper technique.
Slow-motion cameras capture many more
frames per second in order to reveal details
not visible at normal speed. In slow motion,
we are seeing a fraction of the original movement, extended over the same time interval.
If only the human eye could slow down the
shooter's sight picture so we could split that
last second into 10, or better yet, 100 frames,
enabling us to select the precise sight picture
"frame" prior to releasing the shot. As it turns
out, we can.
Recall the phrase after a moment of crisis:
"It was as if time stood still. Law enforcement
"
officers have described their actions under
stress as seemingly "in slow motion. During
"
a slip on the ice that left the author hovering
several feet above the asphalt, I felt I had a
full minute to prepare for the fall, all due to
the intense, momentary crisis and subsequent
focus from the part of the brain dedicated to
"fight-or-flight.
"
Research:
As we've learned, training can improve our
ability to exclude unnecessary thoughts. As
Lanny Bassham explained, a proper attitude can
re-cast the "fight-or-flight" reaction of our early
reptilian brain into the positive component of
hyper concentration. If we replace "frames per
second" with "procedures per second" and eliminate most of the unnecessary data through better
focus, then the same amount of time is devoted
to fewer procedures. In effect, we are seeing in
slow motion.

Many thanks to Dr. Judy Tant and Dr. Mike
Keyes for their time and contributions
to this series. While wide-ranging, hopefully
these articles will help the reader with one
or more new perspectives toward a better
understanding of how our brain influences
our shooting performance.
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