Phil Coley suggests an interesting way to become more aware of your shooting movements
You know when you get to a stand you suddenly get sweaty palms, your heart rate increases and you don’t want to lose? It’s the fear of failure. Almost all have experienced it. The fear of failure creeps up on…
Q What should I do between rounds of shooting?
Phil Coley plans your season’s training to make sure you hit the high scores
I can keep my concentration for about 18 shots during a round, then I seem to lose it and miss the next three to four targets altogether. How can I stop this happening?
Q I have been struggling with all types of teal targets. One day I can hit them, another day I miss the same target four times in a row. Some good shooters have given me tips and I had a lesson just for teal. I hit a few more but after a week or two I’m right back to missing more than I hit. Can you help?
Q My friend is always making excuses when he shoots badly or misses targets. He says things like: “I’m tired, I didn’t sleep much last night” or “I am not in the mood to shoot today” or “I had a busy week at work and I am still thinking about it”. It is very annoying as I know he can shoot better than he is doing. What can I do to help him?
Q I am disappointed with myself as, several times in the past season I realised I have given up during a shoot. It happens when I am uncomfortable – too hot or too cold – or when I think I have missed too many to win anything. I don’t want to do this: can you suggest something to help?
Q I have heard about centering and how it helps with concentration. What is it and what can it do for my shooting?
Q I simply have lost confidence in my shooting and don’t know how to get it back, can you offer any suggestions? Joshua Brennan, Birmingham A Confidence may be the most misunderstood of all performance principles. The short of it…