Rest your mind

Q What should I do between rounds of shooting?

John Swimmer, SalfordKevin

A This will depend on how much time you have between rounds, so enjoying yourself is a good place to start – chatting with friends, watching the TV or a DVD. Computer games are not a good idea as they can tire the eyes and the brain.

Preserve energy – I have been at some shoots where there were four hours between rounds, on that occasion I went back to the hotel to rest and read, although this is not always practical – so nothing too energetic that will wear you out like playing tennis, or a full game of football – a kick about is ok. Playing cards, listening to music, snack eating or grazing. No large or heavy meals, as this will make you tired and slow. Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated, so the mind and body are ready to perform when you go on the line.

There are no hard and fast rules: you need to find out what works best for you. But whatever you do, ensure that you stretch and be mentally and physically alert to shoot as soon as you step onto the stand. It is no good missing the first few targets because you are not really awake and ready to perform. LG

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