Q. Sometimes after a shoot I will try to practice specific targets that I may have struggled with. This seems the logical thing to do but, frustratingly, I have found even if I ‘figure it out’ and make a number of good hits in practice, I may still miss something similar next time around. What do you think about this?
Liz Prichard, Cumbria
A. It does seem logical and good practice is always valuable, but you have discovered that to perform a good shot requires good excecution of the fundamentals at every attempt. Just because you hit a presentation well repeatedly on a given day is no guarantee it will automatically happen again, the steps of the shot must be performed well every time.
When this happens in a competition most shooters do what you have – search for the physical reason for missing. If indeed you can execute the shot consistently well in practice it would be useful for you to discover whether internal or external distractions interfered with you execution of the shot you are capable of making.
Also, after such a practice session it is tempting to think ‘I’ve got it now, I’ll never miss those again.’ This thinking may result in taking the shot for granted next time and giving it less than full attention, resulting in poor execution and more frustrating misses.