Thought I would share some of the things I'm doing as a novice shooter.
I recently purchased a King Cat SS from Jack Koehler
and I'm getting prepared for the East Coast Championships.
After shooting the KCSS and adjusting and re-adjusting the sighting system I've decided that this will be
my SS of choice in tournaments. i was about to give up on the sights before it finally worked for me and boy does it work
I must give all the credit to Jack
for his online guidance in helping me with aiming technique, sight system adjustments,
and many other tips I can use during my pratice sessions. Not to metion his book has been a HUGE
One thing that rings true and I believe Smitty
on this board says it well is, "Practice and then practice some more."
I've been at this now for less than 2 months. I knew right off from shooting a SS made from Gary Miller that I was a natural
at accuracy. It just clicked with me for some reason. With that being said, I'm motivated more than ever
now to practice
to become the BEST
there is at tournaments.
Last week I shot 99 out of 100 with my KCSS at a 3" diameter target that flips around when hit directly. Actually, I hit it 100
out of 100 times but being my own worst critic I didn't count one of the shots because it didn't hit the target directly but I did
I'm no pro at this (yet, LOL!) but as a novice here's some things I'm doing to hone my skills:
50 shots per day minimum. Goal is 100 per day.
Increasing my endurance levels by timing my total time for 100 shots. Believe me, when I hit 99 out of 100
shots my focus was off the charts. Sweating profusely and fighting fatique. Each week I go a little longer to increase
I have my son and wife try to distract me while shooting. I want to be good under pressure or not.
They shout at me. Jump up and down waving their arms around, hollering the whole time. Try this to
perfect your focus and concentration.
Doing a wrist strengthening regimen with static holds as in shooting position. Also, I practice
with wrist weights wrapped around my wrist. Increasing my thumb strength and endurance with timed pinch holds
with LifeLine tubes. 10 times stronger than the bands I use to shoot with.
in the rain. The heat and on windy days.
Hope I haven't missed anything here. Above all, I get out there and pratice shooting!
mentally picturing myself hitting my target every time. I even imagine the sound it makes when I hit the target.
I did not realize the physical and mental demands of this sport until I hit 99 out of 100 last week. I'm not in anyway
saying it was easy. Just staying focused and concentrating like I was really taxed me in the end.
I hope some of what I shared here may help others.
I look forward to meeting some of the BEST
shooters out there SOON!
if you're not practicing,
your competitor could be.
Take care and have a wonderful Labor Day!!!
(Future Sling Shot Champion)