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The value of "one at a time"
Part of the guru grumbles.
I saw a really good example of the winning method when Colin won the
He will be the first to tell you that the accumulation of his gigantic win came
mostly from his ability to isolate, and concentrate on one shot at a time.
Just how important is this?..... HUGE!
I would like to start this "grumbles" with a question for you all.
Based on a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your ability to concentrate
on, and fire, one shot at a time?
( Be honest with yourself too!)
If you came up with anything less than 8 on that scale, you have some work to
The one at a time routine depends on your mind, and if you understand that
elite level shooting is a mind sport, you would also understand that it takes a
bit of work to put this in place.
You see, if you can isolate each individual shot, and perform that shot to the
best of your ability, the emphasis is on performance, and not results.
If you are result oriented, then there is an extremely high chance that this type
of mental approach lacks guts when it comes down to finding yourself leading
the Queens with 1,000 yards to go.
If you focus your attention on the method of getting the results, (performance
oriented) then the accumulated scores will gain the results anyway.
Each single ten shot possible (a 50.10) is made up of ten smaller possibles,
and this is the key to one at a time performances.
If you look at the process by which you can focus on the shot you have just
loaded in the chamber, there is quite a lot of these processes.
Have a look at this.
The gear is put together, and even then, long before you take your place on
the mound, you mind is at work as you rehearse what you have established
as a goal. You are thinking about the method, NOT the score you need to
achieve. Just the method.
You are called to take your place on the mound in plenty of time to prepare,
and if you are first on the target, a big tip is to never start until you are ready.
The position is assumed, and the aiming point established. Already your mind
is at work assessing where the rifle is pointing without any muscle influencing
the direction. You are relaxed and perform the function of finding the natural
aiming pint of your position and adjusting this if necessary to get it pointed
correctly. You are also checking your breathing, and watching carefully the
direction of the muzzle movement under normal breathing. In some routines
the eyes are closed during this facet. (I use this method religiously)
I pay an enormous amount of attention to getting the aim to rest on waterline
elevation at the point of natural breath expulsion. This is checked at least
three times in the set up process, and I will not proceed until this is achieved.
All my attention is devoted to the performance of this aspect, and is checked
regularly during the shoot if I become aware of some tendency to adjust the
point of the rifle. If this is the case, then something has moved! I can assure
you that if you are trained up correctly, your mind will tell you that something
is not right. You will become aware of it almost instantly. This is one of my
alarm bells clanging away..
These alarm bells are a bonus of the mind training, when your sub conscious
tells you that either something is wrong, or hasnít been done according to the
process. I do not know of any really high level performance, by any shooter,
that does not have a very high level of sub conscious content.
Then there is the psychology of winning, which is another story, and really in
OK, you have prepared enough to bring about the first sighter shot, and the
focus on this particular shot needs to be totally correct, and there is an
extremely important facet to instigate in the performance.
Having done all the preliminary stuff, the sighter is so important that the rest of
the shoot performance depends on just how correct this shot is.
The sights are the most important aspect of any performance, and I have
found that if you are trained up enough, and you concentrate on the aiming
accuracy, this develops the one at a time shot release process to a much
higher degree. The reason for this is the level of training you are reaching,
and when the sight picture is highly concentrated on, it virtually isolates a
particular technique with in the sphere of the rest of the shooting process, and
allows the fine training you have installed into the subconscious mind to take
over. The first process of the one at a time shot release routine.
Once this aspect has reached a result on the target, and the information is
processed according to the shot nomination, the decision needs to be made
based on the information received as to determine sight alteration (if
necessary). This is made, and immediately the next shot is in the process tin.
(My imagery, allows this) and the result from the first shot is put on the shelf,
and the one at a time process for the next shot is installed.
I call this process "Wave Effect concentration" which also is the subject for
The one at a time process is crucial training to develop, because connected
with this aspect is an opening of your mind to the real control of a winning rifle
shooter. The ability to shoot a good on down there, gain the information
needed, then shelve that shot result, allowing the devotion to the performance
for the next shot, including the methods to avert any form of imagined
pressures of the match development, is mandatory training in my opinion if
you want to win anything big in the world of rifle shooting.
The true strength of any top level rifle shooter is the ability to read the
performance within oneself, and make the adjustments necessary to bring
about the goals they had written and worked on for so long.
You see, any high level win just does not suddenly happen. The win is
produced only with tremendous attention to detail. Not only in the overall
picture, written in the goals, but in the performance process as well.
I seriously urge you to think about it
Last Modified - 12:44 4 Jun 2019